Posts Tagged 'depression'

The Impact of Mass Shootings on Survivors and Communities

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This week, the USA experienced its 355th mass shooting of 2015, the worst one of the year. 14 people were killed, more were injured, and thousands of people were affected by lockdowns and road closures as the police searched for the people responsible. Fortunately, they were apprehended, although a third person’s involvement is still being disputed.

When something like this happens, people are quick to take sides on issues of gun control of public safety. But something that should not be ...

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Childhood Bipolar Disorder: Symptoms, Signs And Facts

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Bipolar disorder is more than shifting moods. It’s a chronic brain disorder most commonly marked by bouts of extreme and often impairing changes in thinking, mood and behavior. Symptoms may emerge gradually or suddenly, and they can appear at any time in a person’s life. Researchers have identified cases of bipolar disorder in every age group studied, including preschoolers.

Childhood bipolar disorder, also known as pediatric bipolar disorder, is much less commonly diagnosed than adults with the disorder. In fact, its ...

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Depressed? It’s Time For Therapy And Antidepressants

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Many people try to handle their depression on their own. But if you’re like most people and you’ve struggled with moderate to severe depression, you should be engaging in two simultaneous treatments: therapy and antidepressant medication. Many people opt for one or the other or do nothing at all. In making that choice, they can short-change their chances at a faster recovery.

If you’ve been struggling with depression, look into behavioral health services in your area. Be honest about your ...

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Teen Sleep Patterns And Mental Health

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Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 2.24.07 PMMany teenagers suffer from insomnia or just prefer to stay up late. Strict sleep patterns are difficult to establish during adolescence since weekends are often filled with activities and weekday study sessions can go late. But according to a recent study from South Australia, teenagers are launched into a slippery slope of insomnia and poor mental health once they ...

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Depression During Pregnancy

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Women who have depression during pregnancy may be more likely to have a child who is depressed by the age of 18, according to a recent study. Researchers from Bristol University in the United Kingdom studied data from 4,500 parents with teen children. The higher the mothers scored on their questionnaire assessing prenatal depression, the more likely their children were to be depressed.

Since October is Depression Awareness Month, the results of this study are well timed. These findings suggest that ...

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National Depression Screening Day is October 11

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Since October is Depression Awareness Month, the goal within the health community is to spread knowledge and understanding to the general public. Depression affects around 19 million American adults every year,  some of which may go untreated otherwise. Anyone who thinks they may have depression is highly encouraged to participate in National Depression Screening Day on October 11.

Health screenings provide a quick and simple way to spot the first signs of serious illness. Clinical depression is a common mental illness, ...

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Is It Depression or Just the Blues?

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October is National Depression Awareness Month. The purpose of setting aside this month to bring more awareness to depression is so that those who are living in a state of sadness will know that there is hope and it’s okay to ask for help. But everyone goes through periods of sadness, and sometimes what we fear might be depression is really just a case of the blues. Here are three key differences between a temporary case of sadness ...

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Grandmothers Who Raise Their Grandkids Struggle With Depression, But Group Therapy Can Help

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Carol Musil, PhD, RN & Professor of Nursing, recently conducted one of the longest-running studies on grandmothers in various family situations. The results clearly showed that grandmothers who are raising their own grandchildren faced extra stress and were far more likely to have depression than grandmothers who weren’t primary caregivers for their grandkids. As stress and depression can have severe effects on the health over time, grandmothers who raise their grandkids would benefit immensely from seeking a mental health therapist ...

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College Students With Mental Illness More Likely To Drop Out

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According to a recent study from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a staggering 64% of college students with mental health issues will end up dropping out of school. The majority of these teens struggle with depression, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse and addiction. The students drop out because of pressure, lack of motivation, and poor grade point averages leading to a loss in financial aid.

There are many reasons these students don’t seek help, the ...

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MRIs Might Make Sense for Bipolar Patients

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Has your mental health therapist suggested that your mood shifts and behavioral issues might be due to bipolar disorder? There might be a way to confirm this diagnosis with a brain scan. Experts at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have been able to distinguish between brain scans of people with and without bipolar using MRI imaging. The technique is accurate in more than seven out of ten cases.

This obviously isn’t perfect. However, bipolar is very often ...

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