Teens’ Mental Disorders Often Untreated in U.S., Study Finds

(HealthDay News) — Less than half of American teens with mental health disorders receive treatment, and those who do get help rarely see a mental health specialist, a new study indicates.The findings underscore the need for better mental health services for teens, said study author E. Jane Costello, associate director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy in Durham, N.C."It’s still the case in this country that people don’t take psychiatric conditions as seriously as they should," Costello said in a Duke news release. This remains so, despite a wave of mass shootings in which mental illness may have played a role, she and her colleagues noted.

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Spending on Depression Up From 1996 to 2005 –Doctors Lounge

(HealthDay News) — Spending for Florida Medicaid enrollees with depression increased considerably from 1996 to 2005, according to a study published in the December issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Catherine A. Fullerton, M.D., M.P.H., from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues assessed longitudinal trends in health service utilization, spending, and quality of care for depression, among Florida Medicaid enrollees (aged 18 to 64 years), between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 2006. Mental health care expenditures, including inpatient, outpatient, and medication spending were assessed after adjusting for inflation and case mix, and quality-of-care measured, were evaluated.

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To Feel Better, Exercise Harder: Study

(HealthDay News) — Vigorous exercise offers more of a mood boost than less strenuous exercise, a new study finds.

U.K. researchers compared 11 sedentary people who did moderate and high-intensity exercise. Their mood was assessed before, during, immediately following, and 20 minutes after they did the workouts.

The participants’ moods were more negative during and immediately after high-intensity exercise, compared to when they did the less strenuous exercise or no exercise. However, their mood 20 minutes after doing the vigorous workout was much better compared to before the workout.

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Classroom Environment May Affect Kids’ Mental Health

(HealthDay News) — First-grade classrooms with poor environments — not enough resources, teachers who feel disrespected by colleagues — have been linked to a higher number of mental health problems in students, according to a new study.

The study doesn’t prove that classrooms that face more challenges directly cause mental health problems in kids. However, “being in a classroom with a lack of resources might adversely impact children’s mental health because children are frustrated or disheartened by their surroundings,” said study lead author Melissa A. Milkie, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland.

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Abortion Typically Doesn’t Harm Mental Health: Study

(HealthDay News) — Women who undergo an abortion don’t seem to face a greatly increased risk of mental health problems after having the procedure, a new study suggests.

Trine Munk-Olsen, lead author of the study published in the Jan. 27 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, said she was “not surprised by [the] findings,” given that they mirror previous research on the subject.

“Most well-made studies in the field of abortion and mental health show that having an abortion is not associated with an increased risk of having a psychiatric episode,” she said.

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