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Loneliness and Mental Illness

Loneliness and Mental Illness

Human beings are social creatures.  Our closest animal counterparts by behavior are apes and group predators like wolves, both heavily interdependent societal animals.  We grow up by learning from our parents and peers, form close-knit, more-or-less permanent family groups, and make deep, satisfying, long-lasting friendships. Addiction and other mental disorders disturb and endanger our relationships, leaving many with problems feeling completely alone.  Mental health problems are threatening not just to the sufferer but to friends and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Love and Relationships, Mental Illness

When Personal Crisis Strikes

When Personal Crisis Strikes

  Turning for help when a personal crisis hits is critical, as it can be the difference between life and death. There are nearly 30,000 suicides in the United States each year, and many of them could have been averted if the person contemplating suicide turned to get help. I am not saying that, before committing suicide, some of those people didn’t ask for help or cry out in their own way. Perhaps they did try to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Life, Mental Illness, Recovery

Women More Likely to Develop Mental Health Problems, According to Study

Women More Likely to Develop Mental Health Problems, According to Study

  Women are more likely to develop mental health problems, according to a study by Professor Daniel Freeman of Oxford University. The findings of the study, which is based on data from other epidemiological studies from the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, present significant ramifications for public health. According to Freeman’s study, women are almost 75% more likely than their male counterparts to report recent difficulties with depression and about 60% are more … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Latest News, Research

Afghan War Veterans Sent Home with High Rates of Mental Disorders, including PTSD

Afghan War Veterans Sent Home with High Rates of Mental Disorders, including PTSD

  A recent review of medical records has revealed that a significant percentage of Canadian soldiers returning from the war in Afghanistan have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Significant numbers are also coming back with other mental disorders such as depression. During the past 12 years of war in Afghanistan, more than 40,000 members of the Canadian armed forces went to battle. In the aftermath, significant research has been done on mental health problems found … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders

Brain Scans May Help Identify Who Would Benefit From Psychotherapy, Antidepressants

Brain Scans May Help Identify Who Would Benefit From Psychotherapy, Antidepressants

  In terms of treating depression, there has been a longstanding debate amongst professionals over whether medication or talk therapy is the better treatment for this painful mental condition. Until now, there hasn’t been much evidence in hard science to determine which could work better for someone who’s diagnosed with depression. For the first time, a study from Emory University suggests that brain imaging could be used to determine who would benefit the most from what … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Research, Treatment

Chew Your Way Back to Cheerful

Chew Your Way Back to Cheerful

  Scientists have long suspected that chewing gum can effectively reduce stress, relieve tension and lower depression. However, a scientific study has not been done in this area—until recently! In the last several years, a handful of studies have concluded that chewing gum is beneficial for a bevy of reasons. One of the studies looked at 30 patients suffering from mild to moderate depression. They were administered either medication along with chewing gum or medication alone. After … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Mental Illness, Treatment

Antidepressants: Are They Effective, and Why It Matters

Antidepressants: Are They Effective, and Why It Matters

  In the world of depression and antidepressants, there has been a long and heated debate regarding the effectiveness of medication as a part of treatment. There are many varying schools of thought: some claim that the majority of help is due to a placebo effect; others say they work most effectively when used to treat severe depression; still others argue that genetic factors influence a person’s favorable or negative response to medication. Are any of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Mental Illness, Research

New Study Reveals Women More Likely Than Men to Develop Mental Health Problems

New Study Reveals Women More Likely Than Men to Develop Mental Health Problems

  A new analysis done by Professor Daniel Freeman of Oxford University has found that women are much more likely than men to develop a mental health condition. The findings of the study, which is based on data from other epidemiological studies from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe present significant ramifications for public health. Millions of people in the U.K. alone were affected by mental illness. According to Dr. Freeman’s study, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mental Illness, Research

Study Says Physical Exercise Not Effective in Treating Depression in Elderly

Study Says Physical Exercise Not Effective in Treating Depression in Elderly

  New research conducted in the United Kingdom suggests that physical exercise is not efficacious in lowering depression levels in elderly nursing home residents. This finding contradicts past studies that have been done among normal populations showing that exercise is as effective as antidepressants in lowering or eliminating depression among participants. Exercise is considered low-risk and effective for improving mental health. For this study, “group exercise sessions” were conducted in order to attempt to reduce depression in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Research

Electric Brain Stimulation Alleviates Serious Depression

Electric Brain Stimulation Alleviates Serious Depression

  In the ongoing quest to quell depression, new research reveals that another treatment modality has been proven effective in patients who didn’t respond to standard antidepressant treatment—electric brain stimulation. Also known as vagus nerve stimulation, this method of treatment has been proven to effectively alleviate symptoms of depression. New findings published in the medical journal Brain Stimulation show that a form of electronic brain stimulation, known as vagus nerve stimulation, catalyzes changes in brain metabolism a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conditions and Disorders, Mental Illness, Treatment