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Mental Health

Number of girls and young women reporting self-harm in England on the rise

"Self-harm in girls and young women rising at `alarming` rate," reports Sky News.

A study based on 3 surveys of people in England aged 16 to 74 found a worrying rise in people who say they have ever self-harmed.

The overall numbers rose from 2.4% in 2000 to 6.4% in 2014. The increase in reported self-harm

Posted On June 05, 2019
Mental Health

Daily use of high-strength cannabis increases risk of psychosis

"High-strength cannabis increases risk of mental health problems," reports The Guardian.

Researchers have estimated that people who use high-strength cannabis daily are 5 times more likely to have a first episode of psychosis.

Psychosis is a mental health disorder

Posted On March 20, 2019
Mental Health

Fears bipolar patients could be on the `wrong drugs`

"Bipolar patients `could be on the wrong drugs`," reports BBC News.

A study in Scotland has looked at medicines given to people with bipolar disorder from 2009 to 2016 to see if there has been any changing in describing patterns.

People with the condition

Posted On February 28, 2019
Mental Health

Are women who work long hours more likely to be depressed?

"Women who work more than 55 hours a week are more likely to suffer from depression than those who work the more standard 35-40 hours," The Guardian reports.

The headline was prompted by a new study exploring the association between work and depression symptoms among British workers.

The study found

Posted On February 26, 2019
Mental Health

Teenage cannabis use linked to depression in later life

"Teen cannabis use is to blame for 60,000 people suffering depression in the UK," reports The Sun.

A review has found that teenagers aged under 18 who used cannabis were 37% more likely to get depression in early adulthood than teenagers who didn`t.

Cannabis use among teenagers has been linked to poor

Posted On February 14, 2019
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Older people with depression `less likely to be referred for psychological therapy`

"The elderly are being fobbed off with pills for mental health problems instead of receiving therapy," claims the Mail Online, while The Daily Telegraph reports that "NHS ageism is blocking older people`s access to talking therapies".

The news reports, and their sensational claims, are based on a new review

Posted On February 13, 2019
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Lavender scent may help with anxiety in mice

"A sniff of lavender `calms nerves like Valium`," claims The Times.

The headline should perhaps continue "if you`re a mouse", as the research that prompted the headline was carried out on rodents, not humans.

For centuries, people have used lavender in the belief that its distinctive smell is relaxing.

Posted On October 24, 2018
Mental Health

Rates of deliberate overdoses rising in young people

"Sharp rise in young people overdosing on painkillers and antidepressants," reports The Guardian, describing a UK study that looked at rates of "poisoning events" in recent years.

Researchers looked at data from GP records, hospital admissions and information from the Office for National Statistics to identify

Posted On September 11, 2018
Mental Health

Nearly a quarter of 14-year-old girls in UK `self-harming`, charity reports

"Fifth of 14-year-old girls [actually 22%] in UK `self-harm`", reported BBC News today.

The alarming headline is prompted by the publication of the 7th edition of the Good Childhood Report, produced by UK charity The Children`s Society. This annual report aims to find out how children in the UK feel about their

Posted On August 29, 2018
Mental Health

What drugs work best for ADHD?

"Ritalin-type drugs best to treat ADHD in children, shows study," The Guardian reports.

This and similar headlines were sparked by recent research comparing the effectiveness of drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Posted On August 08, 2018
Mental Health

High-fibre diet `may help relieve stress and anxiety`

"Fibre is [a] stress beater," states The Sun, while the Mail Online says: "high fibre diets may make you less stressed because your gut affects your brain". Both are reporting on a study that explored whether eating more fibre might help the body to combat stress.

The researchers were particularly interested

Posted On August 01, 2018
Mental Health

Study warns that global warming could drive up suicide rates

"Rising temperatures linked to increased suicide rates," cautions The Guardian, reporting on a study that appeared to show an increase in suicide during hotter weather in the US and Mexico.

The researchers were interested whether climate, and climate change, might affect suicide rates. They found small increases

Posted On July 24, 2018