Common allergic conditions linked to mental health

In a new, large-scale study, eczema, hay fever, and asthma are linked to an increased risk of developing mental illnesses. The study backs up previous work and may help to guide clinicians as they treat these people.

A new study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, uncovers links between mental health and the “three A’s”: asthma, allergic rhinitis (or hay fever), and atopic dermatitis (or eczema).

As someone who has all three of these, I was particularly interested to see the results. But I must also admit that I felt slightly unnerved.

Full story at Medical News Today

How long-term depression alters the brain

Depression has become a common mental health problem. For some, this condition lingers for many years, and scientists now strive to understand how that might affect the brain, and how treatments should be adjusted to address these changes.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), across the United States, 8.1 percent of people over the age of 20 have depression over any given 2-week period.

For some people, depression might only be episodic and overcome within a matter of weeks or months.

Full story at Medical News Today

New guidelines help doctors tackle teen depression

The American Academy of Pediatrics are set to release their first updated guidelines regarding teenage mental health in 10 years. They hope to catch mental health issues earlier and, therefore, intervene more successfully.

Approximately 3.1 million individuals in the United States aged 12–17 had a major depressive episode in 2016.

That equates to more than 1 in 8 adolescents. Of these, around 2.2 million experienced severe impairment during the episode.

Worryingly, only around half of adolescents with depression are diagnosed before adulthood.

Full story at Medical News Today

Almost 44 Million Americans Had Mental Illness in the Past Year

Almost 44 million American adults—18 percent—had some type of mental illness in the past year, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Among the states, mental illness estimates ranged from 15.83 percent in New Jersey to 22.72 percent in Oregon, HealthDay reports.

Full story at drugfree.org

More Americans with Substance Use Disorders, Mental Illness Got Insurance Under ACA

More people with substance use disorders and mental illness had insurance coverage in 2014 because of the expansion of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new study finds. Many barriers to treatment remain, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The study found there were no significant increases in use of services to treat substance use disorders or mental illness, HealthDay reports.

Full story of mental illness with insurance under ACA at Science Daily