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Young people and Mental Health in a changing world

Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these are exciting times. They can also be times of stress and apprehension however. 

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Study provides insights on links between nature and mental wellbeing

Exposure to trees, the sky and birdsong in cities is beneficial for the mental wellbeing of people, a study suggests. 
 
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Study Provides Insights on Links Between Childhood Abuse and Later Depression

Results from an International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry study suggest that smaller social networks and feelings of loneliness might be important risk factors for late-life depression in older adults with a history of childhood abuse as well as with an earlier onset of depression.
 
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Study shows alarming number of teens cyberbully themselves

Adolescents harming themselves with cuts, scratches or burns has gained a lot of attention over the years not just because of the physical damage and internal turmoil, but also because it has been linked to suicide. More recently, a new form of self-harm in youth has emerged and is cause for concern, warns a researcher and bullying expert from Florida Atlantic University.

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Scientist finds secret to thriving

From a teenager studying for their exams to an employee succeeding at work, thriving can be seen at all ages and across all cultures.
Until now and despite plenty of theories, there has been no agreement on what makes a person thrive or on how people can try and ensure they do.
 
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Spanking can be damaging for children's behaviour, even 10 years later

Research has indicated that physical punishment, such as spanking, has negative consequences on child development. Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that physical discipline experienced during infancy can negatively impact temperament and behaviour among children in the fifth grade and into their teenage years. 

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New hope for faster acting antidepressants

For people suffering from depression, a day without treatment can seem like a lifetime. A new study explains why the most commonly prescribed antidepressants can take as long as six weeks to have an effect. The findings could one day lead to more effective and faster acting drugs.

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Depression overshadows the past as well as the present

Depressed people have a peculiar view of the past rather than glorifying the 'good old days', they project their generally bleak outlook on to past events, according to new research.
It is known depression makes sufferers see the present and the future as sad, but this is the first time research has shown it also casts a long shadow over people's memories of the past.

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Lower prenatal stress reduces risk of behavioural issues in kids

Study finds mothers who experience significant prenatal stress may be increasing their child's risk for behavioural issues.
Expectant mothers may want to consider adopting today's trend towards stress management, in light of new research pointing to its ability to lower the risk of problematic behaviour in their offspring. Researchers found that mothers who are exposed to high levels of stress during pregnancy have kids who are more than twice as likely to have chronic symptoms of hyperactivity and conduct disorder.

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Mental health programs in schools

School-based mental health programs can reach large numbers of children, with increasing evidence of effectiveness in improving mental health and related outcomes, according to a research review in the issue of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry.

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How listening to music in a group influences depression

Listening to music together with others has many social benefits, including creating and strengthening interpersonal bonds. It has previously been shown that enjoying music in a group setting has an impact on social relationships, and that synchronizing with other group members to a beat influences how people behave to individuals both within and outside of the group. 

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Parents with bipolar benefit from self-help tool

Online self-management support for parents with Bipolar Disorder leads to improvements in parenting and child behaviour.

That is the finding of researchers from the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University, who recruited 97 parents with Bipolar Disorder who have children aged between 3 and ten years old.

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Living in a poor area increases the risk of anxiety in women, but not in men

Anxiety disorders, which often manifest as excessive worry, fear and a tendency to avoid potentially stressful situations including social gatherings, are some of the most common mental health problems in the Western world. The annual cost related to the disorders in the United States is estimated to be $42.3 million. In the European Union, over 60 million people are affected by anxiety disorders in a given year.

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Discrimination in minority groups has impact on their Mental Health

Discrimination towards minority groups has existed in society for many decades, and though in recent years these negative attitudes have declined, many barriers and disadvantages still exist for those belonging to different cultures.

These barriers occur in day-to-day activities and interactions with people and also in their access to services. Negative attitudes towards race, sexuality and background have been shown to affect an individual’s health in many ways.

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Depression’s physical source discovered; potential for new treatments

Understanding of the physical root of depression has been advanced, thanks to research by the University of Warwick, UK, and Fudan University, China.

The study shows that depression affects the part of the brain which is implicated in non-reward - the lateral orbitofrontal cortex – so that sufferers of the disease feel a sense of loss and disappointment associated with not receiving rewards.

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Asians Mental health is not recognised

Mental Health Needs within Asians Mental health needs are not generally recognised or acknowledged within Asian communities living in Great Britain. I know this is a contentious statement, and perhaps a gross generalisation. However, one cannot deny that when depression or anxiety is talked about with first generation Asian migrants, a look of bewilderment fills their faces.

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