Dark Side of ‘Chat Rooms’ for Troubled Teens: Talk of Self-Harm

(HealthDay News) — While social media can help vulnerable teenagers seeking support, Internet use can do more harm than good for young people at risk of self-harm or suicide, a new study suggests.

Researchers from Oxford University in England found conflicting evidence on whether online activity poses a positive or negative influence for vulnerable teens, but observed a strong link between the use of Internet forums or "chat rooms" and an increased risk of suicide.

via Dark Side of 'Chat Rooms' for Troubled Teens: Talk of Self-Harm.

Workplace Depression Tied to How Boss Treats You: Study

You should think that a huge workload would cause depression but this is not necessarily the case. However, when the piles on the desk are accompanied by an unfair boss and unclear work procedures, things can go wrong.

This is the result of new research from Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus University, Bispebjerg Hospital, Regional Hospital West Jutland and the National Research Centre for the Working Environment.

A total of 4,500 Danish public employees participated in a comprehensive study of the connection between the psychosocial work environment and depression. The study was conducted between 2007 and 2009 and consisted of both questionnaires, personal interviews, and biological saliva samples measuring the stress hormone cortisol among participants.

via ShowNews – Aarhus University Hospital.

Suicide a Risk for Young Cancer Patients, Study Finds

(HealthDay News) — A diagnosis of cancer may put teens and young adults at risk for suicide, a new study finds.

"There is a need to support and carefully monitor this vulnerable population," said lead researcher Donghao Lu, from the department of medical epidemiology and biostatistics at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

The study of Swedes aged 15 to 30 found that those with a cancer diagnosis had a 60 percent greater risk of suicide or attempted suicide compared to similar young people without cancer. And the risk peaked the first year after diagnosis, when it was 150 percent higher, the researchers found.

via Suicide a Risk for Young Cancer Patients, Study Finds.

Study Sees No Suicide Risk From Stop-Smoking Drugs

(HealthDay News) — People who take anti-smoking drugs have no higher risk of depression or suicide than those who use nicotine replacement therapies to help them quit smoking, according to a new study.

Health officials in the United States and some other countries have issued safety warnings that the drugs Chantix (varenicline) and Zyban (bupropion) — which work by reducing nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms — may increase the risk of suicide.

via Study Sees No Suicide Risk From Stop-Smoking Drugs.

Variant of Club Drug ‘K’ Might Have New Life as Antidepressant

HealthDay News — The veterinary tranquilizer ketamine — perhaps better known as the illicit "club drug" Special K — may be reformulated for use as an antidepressant, and researchers report promising early findings.The goal is to produce a ketamine-like drug without nasty side effects, such as hallucinations. In this new study, which researchers say is the most comprehensive of its kind, depressed people who took the drug reported improvement over three weeks.

via Variant of Club Drug 'K' Might Have New Life as Antidepressant.