Mental Disorder Treatment Common After Childhood Cancer

Lund said because males in the general population report fewer mental disorders than females, the difference in risk estimates between genders is not as large as it looks. Children diagnosed with cancer before age 10 had the highest risk of going on to be treated for a mental disorder, the researchers found, and male survivors in particular were at an increased risk of depression. Siblings who were 15 years old or older at the time of diagnosis had a reduced risk of mental disorders compared to the general population, according to findings published in The Lancet Oncology. “We’re not quite sure what happens there,” Lund said. “Perhaps they appreciate life more, and they do not take little things seriously because they have experienced the possibility of death.” Although cancer kills more U.S. children than any other disease, the proportion of young patients who survive at least five years after diagnosis has improved from less than half before the 1970s to about 80 percent. A past Danish study found an increased risk of mental problems associated only with central nervous system cancers – which include the brain tumors known as gliomas and medulloblastomas – but this study is larger and more thorough, Lund said.
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Dempsey Has Doubts About Probing Mental Health

Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, says those who have served in the military should not be stigmatized by having to answer questions about their mental health status on security clearance forms. Dempsey’s comments were part of a news conference in which Pentagon leaders announced a review of the security clearance process in response to Monday’s shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist, had been undergoing mental health treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs but was not stripped of his security clearance. Dempsey expressed doubts that questions about mental health on an application form would have revealed the problems Alexis was experiencing. He said he believes service members should have the opportunity to overcome their mental health challenges without being stigmatized.
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MENTAL HEALTH: Better police training could save lives, expert says

How those officers have been trained, therefore, is important to resolving these encounters safely for both the person with a mental illness and the officer, a former police trainer said. Eugene ODonnell, a former New York City police officer who is now a lecturer for New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said mental illness is an increasing problem with more marginalized people and the disaffected. Better training of police nationwide can save lives, ODonnell said. He also said more mental-health care should be available to help avert trouble, so fearful family members dont have to turn to police. Thats what happened Sept. 13 in Riverside, when police responded to a call from the family of a man suffering from mental and physical illness. Hector Eugene Jimenez, 50, resisted officers attempts to negotiate with him and ignored orders to drop a knife that he had used to threaten his wife, police said. Officers shot him to death when they said he lunged at them.
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