Prenatal Antidepressants Don’t Raise Fetal, Infant Death Risk: Study

(HealthDay News) — Women who take certain antidepressants while pregnant do not raise the risk of a stillbirth or death of their baby in the first year of life, according to a large new study.

The findings stem from an analysis of birth outcomes in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden that included about 1.6 million babies born between 1996 and 2007. Close to 2 percent of the infants’ mothers — about 30,000 women — took prescription selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac (fluoxetine) and Paxil (paroxetine), for depressive symptoms during their pregnancy.

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Mental Disorders Linked With Domestic Violence, Study Says

(HealthDay News) — People diagnosed with mental illness are more likely than others to be victims of domestic violence, a new analysis finds.

Previous research has linked depression to domestic violence, but this review looks at a possible link between mental illness overall and domestic abuse in men and women.

“In this study, we found that both men and women with mental health problems are at an increased risk of domestic violence,” senior study author Louise Howard, a professor at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, said in a college news release.

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Hiding Bisexuality Increases Risk of Depression | Psych Central News

Experts say bisexual men are less likely than gay men to come out of the closet and declare their sexuality.

Researchers say this concealment is associated with more symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Investigators from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, examined bisexual men “on the down low,” a subgroup of bisexual men who live predominantly heterosexual lives and do not disclose their same-sex behavior, a group that has not been studied to date.

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How Treating Wrinkles May Also Relieve Depression | TIME.com

It’s a popular cosmetic treatment but early data hints that Botox could have a role in treating not just aging, but mental illness as well.And the connection may actually be skin deep. Data now suggests that treating frown lines and erasing the outward signs of aging may actually lift spirits among people with depression.As odd and superficial as it sounds, the connection actually derives from a significant body of research. The idea that physical expressions of emotion influence our experience of feelings goes back to Charles Darwin, who studied emotions in both animals and humans in various cultures. Darwin referred to the frown muscles as the “grief muscles,” and connected frowns to feelings of sadness.

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For Psychiatric Patients, Cancer Is Often Spotted Too Late

(HealthDay News) — People with psychiatric disorders have a 30 percent higher death rate from cancer, even though they are no more likely to develop the disease than others. And the underlying reason may be relatively simple: Their cancer is frequently discovered late, often after it has spread, a new Australian study finds.

It’s long been known that people with psychiatric conditions — ranging from alcohol and drug disorders to depression and schizophrenia — are less apt to seek regular medical attention and pursue a healthy lifestyle.

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