High Poisoning Rates Among Teenage Girls, and Other News

Back of teenage girl's head outsideTeenagers are poisoning themselves at increasing rates, with teenage girls significantly more likely than teenage boys to self-poison, according to new research published in the journal Injury Prevention.

Researchers looked at 17,862 poisonings that occurred between 1992 and 2012 among children in the United Kingdom ages 10 to 17. Of those that took place between 2007 and 2012, 64% were intentional and 4% were reported as accidental. Sixteen percent were related to alcohol, and in another 16% of cases, it was not possible to determine whether the poisoning was intentional.

Over the 20-year study period, intentional poisonings almost doubled. Teenage poisonings rose by 27% in the same time period. Teenage girls ages 15-16 were especially likely to harm themselves by drinking to excess.

Several recent studies suggest teenage mental health often goes overlooked. A 2015 survey of adolescent girls found 58% thought mental health issues were a serious concern, with 37% expressing concerns about cyberbullying and 36% concerned about their ability to get a job. Respondents felt their parents had different concerns, citing drug use (42%), alcohol (33%), and smoking (29%).

ADHD May Emerge After Childhood for Some People, According to New Study

Attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) has traditionally been treated as a childhood condition, though it may persist into adulthood. New research published in JAMA Psychiatry suggests some people can develop ADHD as adults, even if they had no symptoms in childhood. The findings suggest about 70% of young adults with ADHD in the study did not have any symptoms in childhood.

For Treatment-Resistant Depression, Magic Mushroom Drug Holds Promise

Psilocybin, the active compound in “magic” mushrooms, could improve symptoms of treatment-resistant depression, according to a study of 12 people. Participants each took two doses in one week, and eight experienced depression remission. Recent studies have linked psychedelic drugs to improved mental health outcomes. In April, another study found lower rates of domestic violence among psychedelic drug users.

Despite $10B ‘Fix,’ Veterans Are Waiting Even Longer to See Doctors

In spite of funding for the $10 billion Veterans Choice program, veterans are still facing long waits to see a doctor. Wait times are now worse than they were last year, with more than 70,000 veterans waiting a month or more to see a health care provider. Previous research pointed to a crisis in access to mental health care among soldiers.

Think You’re an Ethical Person? You May Just Have a Selective Memory

According to a study of 2,109 people, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the brain may actively work to cultivate a positive self-image. According to the study, people’s brains may blur memories of actions that conflict with moral values, and sharpen memories of more positive actions.

REM Sleep Essential for Normal Memory Formation

According to a study of mice, rapid eye movement (REM) sleep—the phase of sleep during which dreams are most likely—is key to memory formation. Researchers used light pulses to “turn off” brain cells associated with memory formation while the mice were in REM sleep, and found this made it difficult for them to complete memory tasks learned from the previous day.

Chronic Fatigue Patients More Likely to Suppress Emotions

According to research published in the journal Health Psychology, people with chronic fatigue are more likely to report anxiety and distress, but are also more likely to suppress these feelings. During times of intense stress, they also show a more exaggerated “fight-or-flight” response.

People with chronic fatigue often face stigma, and may even encounter people who think their condition is not real. A previous study showed researchers are closer to identifying a biological cause of chronic fatigue.

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  • natalie


    May 20th, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Oh good grief i must be terrible being a teenager today! The worst we used to think about was stealing a cigarette out of our mom’s purses to smoke in the bathroom at the skating rink. And now they want to poison themselves? I just don’t get it.

  • Matthew


    May 21st, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    It might not be that ADHD emerges after childhood, just that it takes someone this long to figure out that this is what is going on.

  • Simon


    May 21st, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    I must not get into REM sleep
    I can never remember a thing!

  • Jax


    May 23rd, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    So now there is even more awareness of the wit times for vets to see drs but still no marked improvements? How is this even possible? And the person who is supposed to be in charge of this? how do they even still have their job? because obviously somewhere along the line there is an epic failure in the system that someone should be held accountable for.

  • melissa


    May 23rd, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    There is not one of us out there who is perfect and if all of your memories are telling you that you always made the best decisions and the right choices, then you probably need to know that there are some things there in that memory that are missing.
    I think that most of us like to think that we are doing the right thing in life, and maybe we are most of the time. But we all make mistakes, none of us are perfect, and ethics and morality should be things that w should all strive for but not when we are always thinking that we are better than everyone else.

  • Jodie R

    Jodie R

    May 24th, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    could the use of psychedelics really start to catch on?

  • Kelsey


    May 25th, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    The one thing that would help to make the care for veterans a little better would be to allow them to see their own doctors and up the reimbursement rates that they get paid so that they are going to be more willing to see these patients. Why should there have to be long lines and wit times for appointments when there are plenty of medical providers to see them but they have to be compensated fairly? This is sch a ridiculous problem to me that could be solved if we just sat up and noticed how important it is for these men and women to receive the quality care that they fought for and now deserve.

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