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Harvey May Cause Some Victims Of Previous Flooding Disasters To Experience Symptoms Of PTSD

USA Today (8/26, O’Donnell) reported on the mental health impacts Hurricane Harvey may have on those “who survived Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago or last August’s flood in Louisiana,” even if these survivors are not in the path of Harvey. In some cases, people may be “more likely to experience symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.”

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— “Harvey can be hazardous to your mental health, even if you aren’t in path of the storm,” Jayne O’Donnell, USA Today, August 26, 2017.

Sibling Survivors Of Suicide Often Don’t Receive Mental Health Treatment

The NPR (8/25, Weinstock) “Shots” blog reported that sibling survivors of suicide have been “overlooked in medical research” until recently, but, “according to several studies of survivors, those who lose a sibling to suicide, especially one of the same sex or close in age, have more serious mood disorders and thoughts of suicide themselves than survivors who lose a sibling for any other reason.” A recent survey of 3,432 bereaved young adults in the UK between 18 and 40 who lost a friend or relative by suicide found that 20 percent did not receive mental health support. The report was published online Aug. 27 in the BMJ.

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— “Sibling Survivors Of Suicide Often Don’t Receive Mental Health Treatment, Study Finds.,” CHERYL PLATZMAN WEINSTOCK, NPR, August 25, 2017.

Sleep-Disordered Breathing May Be Associated With Higher Odds Of Developing Cognitive Impairment

Reuters (8/28, Rapaport) reports, “Data obtained from 14 previously published studies with a total of more than 4.2 million men and women showed that people with sleep-disordered breathing had 26 percent higher odds of developing cognitive impairment,” researchers found. The review’s findings were published online Aug. 28 in JAMA Neurology. Healio (8/28, Miller) also covers the study.

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— “Nighttime breathing problems tied to cognitive decline,” Lisa Rapaport, Reuters, August 28, 2017.

Patients With Psoriasis May Be Twice As Likely To Consider Suicide Than The General Population

Healio (8/28, Volansky) reports that “patients with psoriasis were twice as likely to consider suicide than the general population,” researchers found. What’s more, the 18-study review revealed that “psoriasis was significantly associated with both attempted and completed suicide.” The findings were published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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— “Suicide 20% more likely among patients with psoriasis,” Singh S, et al., Healio, August 28, 2017.

21% Of New Moms Experiencing Postpartum May Not Tell Their Physicians

The New York Daily News (8/28, Scotti) reports, “About 21% of new mothers experiencing postpartum mood disorders like depression and anxiety don’t tell their doctors about their symptoms,” researchers found in a study published online Aug. 1 in the Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Psychiatric News (8/25) reported that “46% said that barriers such as stigma and negative perception of therapy made it difficult or impossible to report such symptoms,” researchers reported in a study involving “211 predominantly white, middle-class women who had given birth within the past three years.”

In an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times’ (8/28) “Daily Pilot,” registered nurse Pamela Pimentel, RN, CEO of MOMS Orange County, and physician Patricia de Marco Centeno, director of consultation-liaison psychiatry and Women’s Mental Health at Hoag Hospital, write, “If you have the opportunity to influence pregnant women, encourage them to participate in maternal mental health screenings and seek treatment for disorders.” Women who are “are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant, avail yourself of maternal mental health screenings and services.”

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— “One in five women suffering from postpartum disorders keeps her symptoms a secret,” Ariel Scotti, New York Daily News, August 28, 2017.

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