'The Big Sick': Has a Healthy Outlook

Mental Health - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 21:19

Director Michael Showalter's "The Big Sick," based on Pakistani-born comedian/actor Kumail Nanjiani's real-life story, is often hilarious proof that in jest there is truth. While gleefully verifying that in dedicated hands the classical romantic comedy remains a viable entertainment, this convivial foray into whether or not love conquers all also asserts a humanistic message that is of late egregiously absent from our national consciousness.

'Grey's Anatomy' Eric Dane says he's doing OK after bout with depression

Depression - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 17:44

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People find it difficult to judge how good their intuitions are

Mental Health - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 16:43

Whether people believe they are 'intuitive' or not may have no bearing on how they perform in tasks that require intuition, according to new research by psychologists at the University of Kent. Researchers Dr Mario Weick and Stefan Leach, of the University's School of Psychology, found that the extent to which people feel confident about, and endorse, their intuitions may often not provide an indication of how good their intuitions actually are.

Clay Art Therapy and Depression

Depression - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 13:06

To date, there have been relatively few investigations of just how the use of clay in art therapy can help in the reparation and recovery of individuals with mental health disorders, including major depressive disorder . To understand more about the role of art therapy in the treatment of emotional disorders, Hong Kong researchers Nan and Ho recently conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine if short-term "clay art therapy" could mediate a variety of challenges related to depression in adults.

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Low omega-3 levels linked to prenatal depression: Taiwan study

Depression - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 13:06

Omega-3 deficiency and heightened inflammation are associated with prenatal depression , with the former resulting in longer depressive episodes, according to a recent Taiwanese study. The study, conducted by Taichung's China Medical University, assessed 33 women - 16 healthy and 17 with PND - in the second or third trimester of their pregnancies, measuring their omega-3 levels and inflammatory markers such as tumour necrosis factor alpha .

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Internet searches on suicide went up after '13 Reasons Why'

Mental Health - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:04

In the season finale of the popular Netflix TV series "13 Reasons Why," 17-year-old student Hannah Baker kills herself in a prolonged three-minute scene. Even though the entire story, much of it told through flashbacks, has been leading up to this moment, and viewers already know Hannah is dead, the graphic sequence is a torment to watch.

Internet searches on suicide went up after '13 Reasons Why'

Mental Health - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:04

This image released by Netflix shows Katherine Langford in a scene from the series, "13 Reasons Why," about a 17-year-old teenager, Hannah Baker, who commits suicide. Even though the entire story, much of it told through flashbacks, has been leading up to this moment, and viewers already know Hannah is dead, the graphic sequence is a torment to watch.

Can This Therapy Robot Help Fix The Depression And Anxiety Epidemic With Uplifting Gifs?

Depression - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:43

"I'll teach you how to crush self-defeating thinking styles," promises my new therapist as he flashes me a thumbs-up. "I'll give you insight on how your mood changes."

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My Sister's Eating Disorder Almost Destroyed Our Relationship

Mental Health - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 09:32

Just eat the piece of cake, I thought, as my sister methodically scraped crumbs of Funfetti with the spokes of a fork. We had been sitting there for forty minutes, small talk disintegrated, eye contact lost.

Ketamine for depression encouraging, but questions remain around long-term use

Depression - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 05:59

A world-first systematic review into the safety of ketamine as a treatment for depression , published in the prestigious Lancet Psychiatry , shows the risks of long-term ketamine treatment remain unclear. Led by researchers from UNSW Sydney and Black Dog Institute, the review examined all prior published studies of ketamine treatment for depression, and finds few existing studies effectively report the safety of repeated doses or sustained use.

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Mental health plan will see 21,000 new posts created

Mental Health - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 02:47

Mental health care in the UK has been given a massive boost thanks to a 1.3 billion NHS expansion drive that will see thousands of new posts created. Making the announcement, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the aim was to treat an extra one million people by 2021 under one of the biggest expansion plans to mental health care in Europe.

Maryland scientists research gene linked to depression

Depression - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 01:37

Although there are medications to treat depression, many scientists aren't sure why they're effective and why they don't work for everyone. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine believe they may have found a key to the puzzle of major depression that could lead to therapies for those who don't respond to medications already on the market.

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Faster-acting antidepressants may finally be within reach

Depression - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 23:32

Some activity patterns in the brain can be dangerous, producing persistent dark moods that drain people's motivation, pleasure, and hope. For the past thirty years, pills like Prozac or Zoloft-collectively known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs-have offered millions of Americans a way to shed the heavy cloak of depression and attain more wholesome states of mind.

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Does the high-risk psychiatric patient pose a risk for the patient or the doctor?

Mental Health - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 20:11

A woman recently requested a medication evaluation at the suggestion of her psychotherapist. The caller told me her diagnosis was borderline personality disorder.

Linkin Park filmed 'Carpool Karaoke' one week before Chester Bennington's death

Depression - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 19:13

Linkin Park filmed an episode of the Late Late Show 's "Carpool Karaoke" segment less than a week before the death of lead singer Chester Bennington. Variety reports that the band shared a picture on Twitter on July 14 where they appear alongside actor Ken Jeong to promote their episode of the popular Late Late Show sketch spinoff.

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After 30 years of self-harm, Sarah Killoh's scars mark the woman she's become

Depression - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 14:55

The Christchurch woman has been diagnosed with bipolar, schizoaffective, borderline personality and post-traumatic stress disorders, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, and complex-PTSD. She's been forced to receive treatment, including electroconvulsive therapy - where an electric shock is used to disrupt the brain chemistry - under the Mental Health Act.

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How Do Refugee Teens Build Resilience?

Mental Health - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 09:10

You're resilient if you're like a stick of bamboo - able to bend with the winds rather than break in half. That's how psychologists like to explain it.

Linkin Park legend's death major blow to world of rock

Depression - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 04:11

New Delhi, July 30 - Linkin Park legend Charles Chester Benington, who committed suicide last week, had apparently been suffering from poor health and depression for quite some time. Benington, best known as the frontman and lead vocalist of the American alt rock/nu Metal band Linkin Park, was found hanging in his home Palos Verdes Estates, California, on July 20. His housekeeper discovered the body.

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Death Rate Doubles For Depressed Heart Patients

Depression - Sat, 07/29/2017 - 19:42

People who are diagnosed with coronary artery disease and then develop depression face a risk of death that's twice as high as heart patients without depression, according to a new study. The increased risk of death from any cause holds true whether the depression immediately follows the heart disease diagnosis or occurs even years later, according to Heidi May, Ph.D., a cardiovascular epidemiologist at Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City and the study's lead author.

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University of Maryland scientists research gene linked to depression

Depression - Sat, 07/29/2017 - 15:34

Dr. Mary Kay Lobo and her colleagues have been examining the gene known as Slc6a15 and researching the role it plays in either protecting from stress or contributing to depression. Dr. Mary Kay Lobo and her colleagues have been examining the gene known as Slc6a15 and researching the role it plays in either protecting from stress or contributing to depression.

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