Illustrating Mental Illness

Mental Health - Scientific American - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 12:00
Researcher embraces data art as a way to diagram her own anxieties

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Bouldering may treat depression

Depression - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 05:49

New York, May 26 Besides building muscles and endurance, bouldering, which involves climbing rocks or walls to a moderate height without ropes or a harness, may also treat symptoms of depression, suggests new research. "Bouldering, in many ways, is a positive physical activity," said Eva-Maria Stelzer, one of the researchers and a doctoral student of psychology at University of Arizona in the US.

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Roy Exum: The Suicide Letter

Depression - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 03:41

Two weeks ago there were five suicides and a fatal drug overdose in the same Chattanooga community.

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Concussions, identity crises and depression in athletes

Depression - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 23:21

Michael Gaetz has looked at concussions for nearly 20 years but says much more research is needed. Heavy hits to the head and concussions are known to increase risks of depression and even suicide, but new research suggests that may not be the only reason.

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Nestle-backed study links probiotic strain and depression

Depression - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 21:08

Probiotics could help relieve symptoms of depression in addition to aiding gastrointestinal upsets, according to new Canadian research backed by NestlA©. Research in people with irritable bowel syndrome found that twice as many people taking the probiotic Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 saw a significant improvement in co-existing depression compared to those taking a placebo.

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Simple Plan bassist Desrosiers taking leave to treat depression

Depression - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:24

Chuck Comeau, David Desrosiers, Sebastien Lefebvre, and Jeff Stinco, are shown on Nov. 6, 2012 in Montreal. Simple Plan bassist David Desrosiers says he's taking a temporary leave from the pop-punk band as he fights depression.

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Patients with this type of cancer are most likely to commit suicide

Depression - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:24

Depression is common among those facing chronic life-threatening diseases, such as cancer, but according to a new study, one form of cancer is significantly associated with suicide risk. The report found that lung cancer patients are 420 times more likely to attempt suicide than a member of the general public.

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Depression after surgery: What you need to know

Depression - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:08

Experiencing depression after surgery is common. Having less than perfect health, the cost of surgery, plus other worries, may trigger feelings of hopelessness or despair.

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Art Therapist, Artist and Author Provides an Artistic Way of Revealing Inner Self

Mental Health - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:21

Not only is art therapy a way of healing and treating emotional and mental burdens in people, it also develops their artistic nature and strengthens their spiritual beliefs and provides a sense of affirmation of their personal journeys. Author Margaret Carpenter Arnett discusses a long-established method of psychotherapy and behavioral analysis through art therapy.

The young people come to this rugby club with nothing but a weight on their shoulders

Depression - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:22

Willy Maea is determined the gangs, violence and hardship he remembers from his childhood won't be the memory for new generations. Willie Maea grew up as an immigrant on the streets of Otara, South Auckland, in the 1970s.

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Probiotics Show Promise as Mood Elevator

Depression - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 04:44

A new study suggests that probiotics, so-called "good" bacteria that aid in digestion, may also ease symptoms of depression. The finding adds to a growing body of evidence that what happens in the gut affects the brain.

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Tiffany Scanlon mourns the death of school mate to suicide

Depression - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 00:14

'I feel sad': The Bachelor's Tiffany Scanlon mourns the death of school mate to suicide ... after opening up about her own battle with depression And The Bachelor's Tiffany Scanlon revealed on Wednesday she is mourning the death of a school mate to suicide. The 30-year-old paid tribute to the 'beautiful girl both inside and out' on social media, adding: 'The fight is real.'

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Cuts to addiction services in England are 'a false economy' warns expert

Mental Health - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 23:59

Cuts to addiction services in England are a false economy and are instead increasing pressure elsewhere in the NHS, warns an expert in The BMJ today. Professor Colin Drummond, Chair of the Addictions Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, says typically addiction services in England have seen cuts of 30% but some areas are planning cuts of up to 50% Meanwhile, drug related deaths have more than doubled since addiction services were transferred from NHS control to local authorities in 2012 and are now at the highest level on record, he writes.

Ketamine: A Miracle Drug for Depression?

Depression - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:44

A team of researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health recently discovered why the drug ketamine may act as a rapid antidepressant. Ketamine is best known as an illicit, psychedelic club drug.

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Child suicide rates are up in Georgia

Depression - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:44

So far this year, 18 children have reportedly taken their own lives, with 14 just in the last couple months. The GBI released new data last week, showing the number of suicides for children ages five to 17 years old.

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Ketamine: A Miracle Drug for Depression?

Mental Health - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 19:33

A team of researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health recently discovered why the drug ketamine may act as a rapid antidepressant. Ketamine is best known as an illicit, psychedelic club drug.

ProfNet Experts Available on NAFTA, Iran Elections, More

Mental Health - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:13

You can also submit a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network - it's easy and free! Just fill out the query form to get started: Iran Program Director Democracy Council "Many progressive Iranians, and specially the western-oriented youth, want the incumbent President Rouhani to continue working towards a more open society he is promising on the campaign trail. Rouhani is playing into this trend by adapting a much harsher rhetoric against the establishment, and specially the powerful IRGC and judiciary -- a rhetoric so harsh that was criticized openly by the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

Seeking a cure for depression from an Amazon shaman

Depression - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:10

James Freeman is from a privileged family, attending a privileged college and preparing to live a privileged life. And yet, he slides into a depression so deep he can think of no other way out than suicide.

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How Politics Is Changing Conversations Between Therapists And Patients

Mental Health - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:47

Mental health experts say the current political climate is coming up with patients during their sessions more than ever before - and there are no signs of it slowing down. "Conversations have changed," Cheryl Gore-Felton, a psychologist at Stanford Health Care, told HuffPost.

Mindfulness-focused childbirth education leads to less depression

Depression - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:48

A study this month from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California, San Francisco shows mindfulness training that addresses fear and pain during childbirth can improve women's childbirth experiences and reduce their depression symptoms during pregnancy and the early postpartum period. "Fear of the unknown affects us all, and perhaps none more so than pregnant women," says lead author Larissa Duncan, UW-Madison professor of human development and family studies.

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