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  • History of Suicide Attempt Linked to Shorter Life Expectancy Mental illnesses are known to place people at risk for shortened life, but this is the first study to show suicide attempt is itself a risk factor for reduced life expectancy.
  • Early Puberty Sets Girls Up for Future Mental Health Issues Challenges of early puberty are 'not just growing pains' and could lead to mental health problems in adulthood, so they deserve clinicians' attention, study authors warn.
  • Mediterranean Diet Improves Depression Diet matters when it comes to mental health. When people with severe depression followed a Mediterranean diet, they experienced a significant reduction in symptom severity.
  • Nature and Nurture Contribute Equally to Depression Risk For the first time, researchers have found that the environment you’re raised in is as important as your genes in determining risk for major depression.
  • Suicide Risk Rife in Sexual Minority Teens Forty percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or 'questioning' high school students have considered suicide; bisexual youth are most at risk, new survey data show.
  • 'Ticking Time Bomb' as Pacific Kids Bear Mental Scars of Climate Disasters
  • Allergan, Richter's Bipolar Depression Drug Succeeds Key Trial Allergan Plc and Hungary's Gedeon Richter Plc said on Monday their drug to treat severe bipolar depression in adults met the main goal of a late-stage study, bringing the them closer to getting another approval for the drug.
  • Serious Mental Illness: Federal Panel Urges Better Care The United States needs to place greater focus on early identification of serious mental illness and more timely treatment, says a federal panel in its first-ever report.
  • Head and Neck Cancer Survivors Have Long-lasting Cognitive Problems Patients who survive head and neck cancer may be more likely to experience declines in cognitive function than people who don’t have these tumors, a recent study suggests.
  • Music Therapy May Help Ease Depression Traditional depression treatments like psychotherapy or medication might work better for some patients when doctors add a dose of music therapy, a research review suggests.
  • Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs Researchers estimate that 25 percent of people ages 65 to 69 take at least five prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions. But some doctors are trying to teach others about “deprescribing” or systematically discontinuing medicines that are inappropriate, duplicative or unnecessary.
  • Ketamine Rapidly Reduces Suicidal Ideation Ketamine led to clinically meaningful reductions in suicidal ideation within 24 hours after infusion that persisted at 6 weeks with optimized pharmacologic therapy, results of a large trial show.
  • Hearing Loss May Be a Risk Factor for Dementia Older adults who develop hearing loss may more likely to experience dementia and cognitive decline than their counterparts without hearing problems, a research review suggests.
  • AAAP Smoking Cessation Treatment in Mental Illness Effective Headway is being made in the treatment of tobacco dependence in psychiatric and substance abuse patients, owing to a better understanding of the safety and efficacy of therapeutic strategies.
  • 2017 Psychiatry News Quiz: Test Your Smarts The safety of antidepressants, corruption in a 'top rated' psychiatric hospital, and the opioid crisis were among the most read news stories by psychiatrists this year. Test your news knowledge.
  • Structured Interventions Lower Depression in Intellectually Disabled Adults Behavioral intervention and guided self-help each improve depression in intellectually disabled adults, research from the UK suggests.
  • Depressed High School Students More Likely to Drop Out Older teens struggling with depression are more than twice as likely to drop out of high school as peers without that mental illness or those who recovered from a bout of depression earlier in life, Canadian researchers say.
  • APA Urges Psychiatrists to Address Patients' Physical Health In a new white paper, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) calls on its members to do more to address the physical health of patients with serious mental illness.
  • Childhood Maltreatment Drives Self-injury Childhood sexual abuse has been linked to nonsuicidal self-injury, but this is the first study to comprehensively review the association with other forms of childhood maltreatment.
  • Bullied Teens Twice as Likely to Bring Weapons to School One in five teens are victims of bullying, and these adolescents are about twice as likely to bring guns and knives to school than peers who aren’t bullied, a U.S. study suggests.