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Chester Bennington's Final Interview: He Was Candid About Depression, Death & More

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 09:20

In what's believed to be Chester Bennington's final interview before his tragic apparent suicide, he discussed his depression, contemplating death and much more. Read his heartbreaking quotes here.

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9 lifestyle changes could reduce your chances of getting dementia

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:04

Nine lifestyle and environmental changes starting in childhood could prevent a third of dementia cases according to an international study. The panel of 24 international experts identified a range of modifiable risk factors they believe to be responsible for around 35 per cent of all instances of dementia, including Alzheimer's.

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Better services needed for postnatal depression and anxiety, says study

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:39

Depression and anxiety affect nearly one in five of all women in the perinatal period, with potentially very serious consequences for mothers, babies and families. A review from researchers at City, University London, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and the Royal College of General Practitioners shows that GP and others working in primary care , including midwives and health visitors, are likely to be the first point of contact for women with these problems, but there is a serious shortage of community-based services to which women can be referred for treatment.

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Why Is Everything So 'Heavy'? How Linkin Park's Chester Bennington...

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 22:11

Chester Bennington is gone, lost to suicide at the age of 41 . News like this jabs you out of nowhere, first hitting you with shock and sadness, then shape-shifting to reflect whatever unique ways the artist's work affected you.

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Civil unrest related to Freddie Gray death caused depressive symptoms ...

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:32

Half of the mothers who lived in the neighborhoods wrecked by the civil unrest that followed the death of Freddie Gray in 2015 became so stressed out by the circumstances that they suffered from insomnia, loss of appetite and other depressive symptoms, according to new research by the University of Maryland School of Medicine. While the mothers weren't tested to see if they fit the clinical definition of depression, the researchers said the results found that the sight of burning buildings, looting and the barrage of blue lights from police cars was enough to have a major emotional impact on moms in the six zip codes where the brunt of the unrest took place.

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Study finds gene variant increases risk for depression

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:32

A University of Central Florida study has found that a gene variant, thought to be carried by nearly 25 percent of the population, increases the odds of developing depression. People with apolipoprotein-E4, called ApoE4 for short, have a 20 percent greater chance of developing clinically significant depressive symptoms later in life compared to those who don't have the gene variant, said Rosanna Scott, lead author of the study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry .

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Psychedelics like shrooms could address depression in a way that's...

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:42

When Clark Martin tripped on magic mushrooms for the first time, he was flanked by two researchers in a small room at New York University. An avid sailor, Martin said the first few hours of the experience reminded him of a time he'd been knocked off his boat by a powerful wave and lost track of the vessel.

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Depression among heart attack survivors can be deadly, yet is often ignored

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:17

Boyce, 61, survived two strokes and five operations to unblock arteries around his heart, including three procedures in which doctors propped open his blood vessels with stents. He takes 18 pills a day and gets injections every two weeks with a powerful drug to lower cholesterol.

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How can you help somebody with mental health issues?

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 05:38

One of the difficult things about having a mental illness is not accurately being able to explain it to those closest to you. We often wish we could snap a family member or friend out of a dark place or help give another perspective, but more often than not, a supporter's advice simply rings on deaf ears.

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Lifeline volunteer turns negative to positive after losing dad to suicide

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 01:10

Her family has a history of anxiety and depression, and Victoria Kendall is thankful she's had the support of counsellors. Her dad, who died in December, had relied on similar helpline services in the past, and she says volunteering for the organisation has been a big part of her healing process.

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ZM star opens up about his battle with depression

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 20:34

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Factors That Affect Depression In Women May Include Menstrual Cycle Onset, Birth Control Use

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 18:20

A new study found women who experienced their first menstruation earlier, and therefore were exposed to the hormone estradiol for longer, had a decreased depression rate later in life. Differences in exposure to estradiol, a derivative of estrogen, as well as long-term use of birth control may both explain why some women experience significant signs of depression around the time they go through menopause and others are protected, the study from the North American Menopause Society suggests.

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How college athletes are fighting the stigma of mental illness

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:04

Victoria Garrick on the court at the Stanford v. USC volleyball game in 2015 during the PAC-12 conference play.

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New study of brain circuits finds key links to symptoms of depression

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 11:21

In a study published in the journal Cell , researchers in UC San Diego's Division of Biological Sciences found brain circuits tied to feelings of despair and helplessness and were able to alleviate and even reverse such symptoms in mice studies. "We took an approach of studying depression in the sense that different brain areas and circuits of the brain might mediate or contribute to very discrete aspects of depression," said study first-author Daniel Knowland, a UC San Diego graduate student.

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Study explores reasons for higher risk of depression in some women

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:30

It's no secret that the risk of depression increases for women when their hormones are fluctuating. Especially vulnerable times include the menopause transition and onset of postmenopause.

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Heard of the Blue Whale? A new teen 'game' prompts concern in NJ

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:21

There is growing concern about a dangerous new "game" circulating on social media being referred to as the Blue Whale Challenge. It encourages young people to perform various tasks, and then after 40 days, take their own lives.

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UC study aims to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 00:05

Psychology PhD student Hayley Bradley is recruiting pregnant women for a new clinical trial at the University of Canterbury's Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group . Antenatal depression and anxiety are serious mental health problems and are amongst the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality worldwide, according to Hayley.

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Blood sugar swings tied to depression in elderly with type 2 diabetes

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 19:37

Greater ups and downs of hemoglobin A1c , a marker of long-term blood sugar levels, are associated with a higher number of symptoms of depression in elderly individuals with type 2 diabetes, a recent Israeli study finds. "The results suggest that maintaining stability in glycemic control may be important for prevention of depressive symptoms in elderly diabetic patients," Dr. Ramit Ravona-Springer from Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan, and Tel-Aviv University told Reuters Health.

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New PTSD study identifies potential path to treatment

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 17:12

A study of post-traumatic stress disorder - conducted by the VA National Center for PTSD , National PTSD Brain Bank, and Yale University - has identified a new potential mechanism contributing to the biology of the disorder that may be targeted by future treatments. Among combat veterans, PTSD is a common and disabling condition that is associated with high suicide risk, and in some cases it is difficult to treat effectively.

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Froma Harrop: The suicide epidemic: Social, economic or both?

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 15:00

Ours is a nation in despair. U.S. suicide rates have surged to a 30-year high, and it's not just among struggling middle-aged whites.

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