Depression

Focus on fun: 5 easy tips for a relaxed Thanksgiving

Mental Health - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 07:16

While Thanksgiving is supposed to be a heartwarming time for appreciating family and friends, it's no secret the traditionally food-filled holiday can be less than relaxing for those making the preparations. In fact, studies show that 71 percent of Americans feel stressed rather than overjoyed at some point during the holiday season.

Teens beware! Risk of depression increases with time spent in front of screens

Depression - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:52

Symptoms of depression and suicide in teens, especially girls, increase with the time spent in front of a screen- be it computers, cell phones or tablets- a recent study has suggested. The research examined questionnaire data from more than 500,000 U.S. teens and also looked at data suicide statistics kept by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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One in 10 five-year-olds show signs of developing mental illness: study finds

Mental Health - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 02:40

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Top StoryChina uses "Conversion Therapy" to cure homosexuality, according to Human Rights Watch

Mental Health - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 02:40

A new report from the watchdog group Human Rights Watch says that China still uses electric shock therapy to "cure homosexuality". Homosexuality is no longer illegal in the country, but there are still no laws that protect its citizens from any form of discrimination.

Social media & depression: Helpful or harmful?

Depression - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 02:21

One picture, one thought at a time; the world particularly runs off social media, but for the medical community, this is unchartered territory. How does social media affect your mental health? Can social media fuel anxiety, depression and even suicidal thoughts? Can what you post online be used to help expose potential mental health issues? "This is very new.

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Psychedelic Amazonian Drug, Ayahuasca, Might Ease Symptoms of Depression, Alcoholism

Mental Health - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 22:07

A powerful psychedelic drug out of South America might help battle both depression and alcoholism , a new British survey suggests. Ayahuasca is a brew made from a combination of Amazonian plants, including the Psychotria viridis bush and the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, said study author Will Lawn.

This alarming study just sparked a fierce debate about screen time and teen mental health

Depression - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 21:42

Being a teen today means wrestling with how social media and screens shape the very essence of your identity. The anecdotal truth is that both can tear you down as quickly as they build you up; friends and followers can turn into enemies while the promise of human connection can give way to profound loneliness.

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Legal implications of neuroscience research - Harvard Review of Psychiatry presents update

Mental Health - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:59

Nov. 14, 2017 - New research on the biological basis of psychiatric disorders has important implications for legal proceedings as well as mental health treatment, according to a special issue on "Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and the Law," presented in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry . The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer .

47 Ways to Cheer Someone Up

Mental Health - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:59

When your bestie is down in the dumps, you'd do anything to lift their spirits. We've got tons of ideas for how to cheer someone up, whether they're stressing about finals, going through a breakup, or just can't shake the blues.

Psychedelic Amazonian Drug Might Ease Symptoms of Depression, Alcoholism

Depression - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 16:44

A powerful psychedelic drug out of South America might help battle both depression and alcoholism, a new British survey suggests. Ayahuasca is a brew made from a combination of Amazonian plants, including the Psychotria viridis bush and the Banisteriopsis caapi vine, said study author Will Lawn.

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Caregivers of child support beneficiaries at risk for depression

Depression - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:04

IMAGE: Prof Leila Patel, South African Research Chair for Welfare and Social Development and Director of the Centre for Social Development in Africa at the University of Johannesburg led the study... view In South Africa, the Child Support Grant , a cash transfer for poor children, reaches a third of children under eight years. It is one of the country's most successful poverty reduction programmes with positive benefits for children, but by itself it cannot address all the socioeconomic and developmental needs of children and their families.

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Hair cortisol levels predict which mothers are more likely to suffer postpartum depression

Depression - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 07:14

Researchers from the University of Granada , who belong to the Brain, Mind and Behavior Research Center and the Faculty of Psychology, have proven that cortisol levels present in the hair of pregnant women during the first or third trimesters of pregnancy may indicate which of them are more likely to suffer postpartum depression. Their work, published in PLoS ONE , showed that hair cortisol levels in women who developed postpartum depression were higher throughout pregnancy than those seen in women who hadn't developed it, being that difference statistically more significant during the first and third trimesters.

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FDA approves first drug with digital ingestion tracking system

Depression - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 05:00

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first drug in the U.S. with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite has an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill that records that the medication was taken.

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Screen time might boost depression, suicide behaviors in teens

Depression - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 02:59

A new study finds that teens, especially girls, who spend several hours per day on phones and tablets are more likely to be depressed and have suicide-related outcomes Increased time spent in front of a screen -- in the form of computers, cell phones and tablets -- might have contributed to an uptick in symptoms of depression and suicide-related behaviors and thoughts in American young people, especially girls, according to a new study by San Diego State University professor of psychology Jean Twenge. The findings point to the need for parents to monitor how much time their children are spending in front of media screens.

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Screen time might boost depression, suicide behaviors in teens

Depression - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 02:59

Increased time spent in front of a screen-in the form of computers, cell phones and tablets-might have contributed to an uptick in symptoms of depression and suicide-related behaviors and thoughts in American young people, especially girls, according to a new study by San Diego State University professor of psychology Jean Twenge. The findings point to the need for parents to monitor how much time their children are spending in front of media screens.

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Depression - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 02:59

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A schizophrenia drug is the first pill with a digital sensor and...

Depression - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 00:51

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Monday that it had approved Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd's Abilify MyCite, the first drug with a digital ingestion tracking system to be approved in the United States. The product, which uses digital tracking to record if the medication was taken, has been approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults, the FDA said.

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'We're bombarded': Social media fuelling perinatal depression for new mums

Depression - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 20:11

New mums are bombarded with social media images of the "perfect family" and it's leading to increased anxiety and perinatal depression, experts are warning. Research by the national perinatal depression helpline PANDA has also found more than half of mums with the illness are waiting at least a month to seek help, and one in 10 callers to the service are at serious risk of self-harm or suicide.

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The Meadows: What it's like where Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein ...

Mental Health - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 18:11

The Beatle and the Bond girl, married in real life, checked in together to Sierra Tucson in 1988 to work on problems with alcohol, the Daily Mail reported. No word on whether they shared a room.

War veteran hikes 2,600 miles for veteran suicide awareness

Depression - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 17:52

INDIANAPOLIS - Alexander Seling is an Iraq War Veteran, and now he's a man who has hiked the entirety of the Pacific Crest Trail. Seling set off on the 2,600-mile journey on March 28, raising awareness and funds aimed to help prevent veteran suicide.

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