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Relationships Influence Risk of Depression

  One may not be the loneliest number after all. Individuals in an unhealthy relationship may be better off single, according to recent study from the University of Michigan. The study, which examined data collected from almost 5000 American adults, looked at the connection between the quality of relationships and the future development of depression. The research indicates that those with stressed or problematic spouses were more likely to develop a major depressive disorder. Conversely, bachelors and bachelorettes were not at any increased risk for depression down the road. In fact, subjects with the lowest quality relationships were over two times as likely to experience depression, when compared with those in healthy relationship who were at no increased risk. Anyone who has endured or is enduring an extremely dysfunctional or unstable relationship … Read entire article »

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Catherine Zeta-Jones Enters Treatment Center for Bipolar Disorder

  Dealing with a chronic mental disorder can be extremely debilitating, especially for celebrities who are constantly under public scrutiny. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones entered a 30-day treatment center on Monday to better manage her bipolar II disorder. According to her publicist Cece Yorke, “Catherine has proactively checked into a health care facility. Catherine has said that she is committed to periodic care in order to manage her health in an optimum manner” (Payne). Zeta-Jones, 43, is currently in between projects and realized it was a good opportunity to evaluate her mental health in treatment, according to an anonymous source (DZurilla). Bipolar disorder is a psychiatrically diagnosed mood disorder characterized by intense mood swings. Those who suffer from bipolar disorder typically experience feelings of mania, or a frenzied state of abnormally elevated mood/irritability, … Read entire article »

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Depressive Mentality Might be Contagious

Depressive Mentality Might be Contagious

  Provocative new research suggests that a particular style of thinking that makes people vulnerable to depression can influence others, increasing their symptoms of depression as much as six months later. Psychological scientists Gerald Haeffel, Ph.D., and Jennifer Hames of the University of Notre Dame studied college roommates to determine if the way in which an individual thinks of things can actually “rub off” on others causing detrimental effects. It has long been known that some people are … Read entire article »

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Faith in God Shows Potential Improvement of Mental Health Outcomes

Faith in God Shows Potential Improvement of Mental Health Outcomes

  Recent research indicates faith in a “Higher Power” could substantially increase the chances of a successful outcome from short-term treatment for psychiatric illness. For this study, a team of researchers followed patients who were under care from a hospital’s behavioral health program in order to investigate the relationship between the patients’ degree of faith in God, or a “Higher Power,” and actual outcomes of treatment. The results of the study can be found in the next issue … Read entire article »

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Is it Bipolar Hypersexuality or Sex Addiction?

Is it Bipolar Hypersexuality or Sex Addiction?

  It is often difficult to tell the difference from someone who is a sex addict with bipolar disorder, or if hypersexuality is just a result of bipolar mania.  It is important to researchers to discover how the two are related in order to come up with better treatment options. What is Bipolar Hypersexuality? According to WebMD, hypersexuality is an increased need, even pressure, for sexual gratification and is often a symptom of mania.  It may also include … Read entire article »

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A Diet Too Healthy For Your Own Good – Orthorexia

A Diet Too Healthy For Your Own Good – Orthorexia

  In a society that is obsessed with weight and the new health food craze, it’s a small wonder that so many people are eating much healthier. However, some people are plagued with an obsession to be the healthiest and the purest, and to let foods become their identity. They suffer from a condition called orthorexia nervosa, an eating condition where people become fixated on the obsession to eat healthily, to the point where it becomes … Read entire article »

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Depression: Bad for Your Heart

  It is well known that there is a correlation between depression and cardiac risks; from developing heart problems or having recurring cardiovascular events or heart-related death. This is thought to stem from several external factors that depression influences, such as obesity, smoking, and insomnia, as well as an internal factor; such as slower cardiovascular recovery after exercise. Although the risks are raised, there are certain preventative measures that people can take to maintain a healthy lifestyle with depression. Although the exact link between depression and cardiovascular disease isn’t known, there are certain risk factors that are associated with both. For instance, children with depression are more likely to turn into adolescent smokers, as well as live a sedentary lifestyle. People with depression are also more likely to suffer from insomnia. These … Read entire article »

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Pastor Rick Warren’s Son Takes Own Life

Pastor Rick Warren’s Son Takes Own Life

  The son of prolific megachurch pastor Rick Warren has claimed his own life this week as national statistics suggest that suicide is claiming more young American lives. Dying of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, 27-year-old Matthew Warren ended it all after a long battle with depression and suicidal thoughts. Deputy Daniel Aikin, with the Orange County Coroner’s Office, made the report last Friday. A pioneer of the megachurch movement, Pastor Rick Warren was propelled into the … Read entire article »

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Mental Illness Plays Major Role in Connecticut School Shooting

Mental Illness Plays Major Role in Connecticut School Shooting

  It is widely agreed upon that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School this past December was one of the most horrific events in recent years.  However, the motive of Adam Lanza is something that still baffles us all.  It is difficult to fathom who could commit such an act and why they would do so.  Although most would already assume that Lanza was obviously mentally unstable, new evidence has been revealed that gives us … Read entire article »

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Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

  Although the bipolar disorder diagnosis has been around since the 1930’s, there still seem to be many misconceptions about the nature of the disorder within common culture. The bipolar diagnosis is not simply a general way of classifying mood swings and erratic behavioral patterns. Rather, there is a certain physiological difference in the way people who suffer from bipolar operate. Sometimes, these differences can be very maladaptive, but that does not mean that there isn’t a … Read entire article »

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