10 Psychological Concepts that People Don't Get

Mental Health - 9 hours 13 min ago

Here's an interesting thing about Psychology. For the most part, everyone, regardless of educational background, feels like an expert in the field.

Psychiatrist presents best practices for dealing with hidden depression in children and youth

Depression - 10 hours 9 min ago

"There is kind of a myth that teenagers are so moody that we don't need to do anything about it, but in fact, if your teenager's showing symptoms of depression, you need to take it really seriously," said child and adolescent psychiatrist, Ashley Miller. "Teens, especially, can have pretty big feelings a they are going through a lot of stuff, but when the mood stays persistently irritable or depressed, that means most of the day or at least two weeks in a row, and there's other symptoms, physical symptoms, like sleep changes, appetite changes, changes in thinking, like concentration, and changes in how they see the world and think about themselves, then you really do need to start wondering if there is possibly depression."

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Smartphones could be increasing depression, suicide among teen girls

Depression - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 18:40

A spike in the amount of time teenage girls in the United States spend online is a likely culprit behind the surge in rates of depression, suicide and contemplation of suicide, new research suggests. The finding stems from an analysis of fatal injury data collected between 1999 and 2015 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , as well as two large ongoing surveys that have been tracking the thoughts of roughly a half-million American teens since 1991.

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Daughter's tribute to father who attempted suicide

Depression - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 09:53

It's an innocent picture of a man and his daughter, but the emotional story behind it has been shared by thousands of people online. Ellie Wilkie from Edinburgh posted the image on Twitter on Wednesday evening to praise her dad's struggle with mental illness.

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Jim Carrey opens up on depression battle as he reveals it no longer 'drowns' him

Depression - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 05:28

The actor first opened up about his struggle with depression in 2004, saying that he found his humour in the mental illness. The Mask star took Prozac to deal with his depression, before stopping taking any medication or stimulatant as treatment - even coffee.

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Concerns raised about mental health of Auckland Council staff

Depression - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 01:22

The survey, completed by 27 per cent of council's 9000 staff in May, showed one in four suffered depression symptoms and one in six had stress symptoms outside the normal range. The Mental Health Foundation in 2013 said one in six New Zealand adults had been diagnosed with a common mental disorder at some time in their lives.

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Some Antidepressants Might Not Work in Chronic Disease Patients With Major Depression

Depression - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 21:21

Dallas - Chronic disease contributes to depression in millions of Americans. The problem, according to a new study, is that common antidepressants might not provide sufficient relief for those patients.

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Nonfiction: An Ecstatic, Troubled Poet Comes to Life in a New Biography

Depression - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 16:58

James Wright loved to recite poems he knew by heart, and he seemed to know most of them. Friends described his aural memory as "phonographic."

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Depression: Why do I feel more lonely in recovery than when I was diagnosed?

Depression - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 12:11

When people ask me if I've fully recovered from my mental illness, I'm not sure what to say. I currently work three jobs - whereas I was previously unable to hold down just one - and I'm able to maintain my composure in most social situations.

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Bipolar or Depression? Heart Test May Help Tell the Difference

Depression - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 09:53

A simple 15-minute electrocardiogram can help determine whether a patient has major depression or bipolar disorder, according to a new study by researchers with Loyola Medicine in Chicago. The findings, published in the World Journal of Biological Psychiatry , show that heart rate variability can help differentiate between the two disorders.

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Father's depression may affect mental health in teenagers

Depression - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 07:27

While the link between mothers' depression and depression in their children is well-established, the new study is the first to find an association between depression in fathers and their teenaged children, independent of whether the mother has it. "There's a common misconception that mothers are more responsible for their children's mental health, while fathers are less influential.

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Our View: A death at MIT - Suicide case raises moral, legal issues

Depression - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 05:13

A troubled student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology struggles with depression. He also battles to keep his grades up at what is arguably one of the most challenging schools in the world.

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CommUNITY: Black community misunderstands depression

Depression - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:10

You're going under. Darkness clouds your field of vision. Suddenly you're aware of the pressure that's pushing down on your chest.

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Mood food: scientists developing probiotic to treat depression

Depression - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 00:56

Prof John Cryan and Prof Ted Dinan from University College Cork, who have been researching gut bacteria for 14 years. Photo: APC Microbiome Institute Professors Ted Dinan and John Cryan have spent 14 years investigating how the trillions of bacteria living in our gut - the microbiota - can control our brains.

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Depression Amongst Millennials: How can We Help?

Depression - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:47

Among many of the well-known killers of our youth today in America and in Wisconsin alone, depression has to be one of the most silent. The scariest thing about depression is that even when someone is affected, it's never necessarily detected just by personal appearance.

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Study Finds More and More Young Girls Are Self-Harming

Depression - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:14

Teen suicide attempts decreased after the U.S. legalized same-sex marriage , but a new study published today by the CDC in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows emergency rooms saw an increase in self-injury related visits by girls over a 15-year span. While the spike correlates with rising teen depression and suicide, all accounted self-injury was not necessarily intentional.

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How I lived my own version of the Israeli TV drama 'Yellow Peppers'

Mental Health - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 15:59

Autism is really complicated and everyone with autism is different, and my fear is that one big mistake in this television show could do more harm than good. The second season of the BBC-commissioned TV drama The A Word , set in the beautiful region of Cumbria in Northeast England and filmed in Manchester, premiered on November 7. For Israeli audiences the show's plot is familiar, as the BBC show is an adaptation of the Israeli TV drama Yellow Peppers , which aired in Israel from 2010 to 2014.

VGF function in depression and antidepressant efficacy

Depression - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 15:25

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor is a critical effector of depression-like behaviors and antidepressant responses. Here, we show that VGF , which is robustly regulated by BDNF/TrkB signaling, is downregulated in hippocampus and upregulated in nucleus accumbens in depressed human subjects and in mice subjected to chronic social defeat stress .

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Hormonal Birth Control Is Linked to a Higher Risk of Suicide, Study Says

Depression - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:43

Contraceptives are effective ways to prevent pregnancy, alleviate menstrual pain and ease heavy bleeding, but the hormonal changes needed to accomplish that may have some negative psychological side effects. In a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry , researchers in Denmark report that women taking hormonal contraceptives - like birth control pills, the patch, the ring and hormonal IUDs - have up to triple the risk of suicide as women who never took hormonal birth control.

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Treatment trajectories vary for children with depression

Depression - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 05:59

For youths with depression, there are distinct treatment trajectories, which have varying health outcomes, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in JAMA Pediatrics . Nina R. Joyce, Ph.D., from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues conducted a longitudinal cohort study of youths aged 18 years or younger with a new diagnosis of depression and at least 12 months of follow-up from diagnosis.

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