Category results for "Mental Health"

Hearings to Focus on Implementation of Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

Implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 has been slow, but there are small signs of progress, according to a coalition that aims to ensure that the law is properly enforced.

Use of ADHD Drugs Grew By 46 Percent in Children From 2002 to 2010

Use of drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children jumped 46 percent from 2002 to 2010, according to a new report in the journal Pediatrics.

Study Links Prescription Drug Abuse and Depression, Suicidal Thoughts in College Students

A new study finds college students who use prescription drugs for non-medical purposes are at increased risk of depression and thoughts of suicide.

Teens With Mental Health Disorders More Likely to Become Long-Term Opioid Users

A new study concludes teenagers and young adults with mental health disorders are more likely to be prescribed opioids for chronic pain, and more likely to become long-term opioid users, compared with their peers who don’t have a mental health disorder.

More High School Students Using ADHD Drugs to Get Better Grades

A growing number of high school students are using attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, to help them get better grades, The New York Times reports. Teens get them from friends, buy them from student dealers, or pretend to have ADHD in order to get prescriptions.

Treating Teens for Depression Can Reduce Odds of Future Drug Abuse

Treating teenagers for major depression can reduce the odds they will develop a drug use disorder, a new study suggests.

Almost One-Fourth of Suicide Victims Are Legally Intoxicated When They Die

Almost one-fourth of suicide victims in the United States are legally intoxicated at the time of death, a new study has found.

Military Limits Use of Antipsychotic Medications to Treat Soldiers with PTSD

The U.S. military is limiting the use of certain antipsychotic drugs such as Seroquel for treatment of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). These drugs, used to treat severe mental illness, are sometimes prescribed in lower doses to relieve symptoms of PTSD and anxiety. When they are mixed with other prescriptions, however, they can be dangerous and even deadly.

Revised Definition of Addiction Could Lead to Millions More Being Diagnosed

A proposed revision to the definition of addiction by mental health specialists could lead to millions of additional people receiving an addiction diagnosis, The New York Times reports. The changes could lead to big consequences for both health insurers and taxpayers, according to the newspaper.

Smoking in Pregnancy Could be Linked to Increased Risk of High-Functioning Autism

A new study suggests women who smoke during pregnancy may be more likely to have a child with high-functioning autism. The research did not find a conclusive link between a woman’s smoking and her child’s autism, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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