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After Orlando: A Mom Who Knows Talks Mental Health

With reports that the shooter in the Orlando tragedy displayed behavioral and emotional problems as far back as elementary school, violence and mental illness have again become linked in the public conversation.

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Posted on June 23, 2016
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On World Bipolar Day: ‘What I Want the World to Know’

Each year on March 30, World Bipolar Day aims to take us a little closer to understanding bipolar disorder and a little further from the stigma that can still surround the illness. Read More

Posted on March 28, 2016
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Depression Treatment Beyond Drugs: 10 Things It Can’t Hurt to Try

Tell your doctor you’re depressed and it’s a sure bet you’ll walk out of the office with a prescription for an antidepressant. Read More

Posted on February 29, 2016

Just Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder? 20 Tips From Those Who’ve Been There

A bipolar disorder diagnosis can prompt a multitude of feelings — anxiety, disbelief, confusion, fear. But it can also bring hope. You at last learn the source of the dramatic shifts in mood and energy you’ve been feeling, that it can be treated and managed, and that many others who share your diagnosis are living full and productive lives. Read More

Posted on November 5, 2015

A 24-Hour Depression Cure? Researchers Might Have Found It

Imagine a treatment that could end depression in a single day with little to no side effects. It might sound like the inflated claims of a late-night infomercial, but researchers at the University of Maryland have reason to believe such treatment will one day be reality thanks to their identification of compounds that appear to restore the brain’s ability to feel pleasure within 24 hours.

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Posted on October 6, 2015

Tips for Helping a Friend or Loved One with Depression

If you have a friend or loved one who is depressed, you may feel uncertain as to how to help them. You want to reach out and offer support, but you don’t want to hurt their feelings or offend them if you say the wrong thing. One of the worst things you can do is ignore it, or ignore their suffering and pretend that everything is fine. Things aren’t fine – and their depression affects everyone around them – including you. Read More

Posted on September 23, 2015
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Stress in Early Childhood Ups Risks for Depression, Marijuana Addiction

New findings from a group of American researchers point toward an increased risk for depression-related marijuana problems in adults exposed to high amounts of stress early on in life.

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Posted on July 1, 2015
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Postpartum Depression Can Begin During Pregnancy

Symptoms of postpartum depression come in three distinct subtypes and may actually first appear while a woman is still pregnant, a team of American researchers report in a new study.

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a form of moderate-to-severe depression normally thought to occur in the days, weeks or months after a woman gives birth. In a study published in January 2015 in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry, researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine used information from a large-scale, multinational project to identify common clusters of symptoms that appear in women affected by this condition. These researchers concluded that, depending on the amount and severity of the symptoms present, postpartum depression falls into any one of three subtypes and in some cases may first arise during pregnancy.

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Posted on April 7, 2015

Ways to Weather the Woes of the World

You don’t need to look far for bad news. In fact, turn on the TV or radio, check your social media feed or hang out at the workplace watercooler and chances are bad news will find you.

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Posted on March 14, 2015
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Teens Who Smoke or Are Depressed Less Willing to Delay Rewards

By nature, people tend to want to be rewarded for their behavior now rather than later. Psychologists call the preference for short-term rewards over long-term rewards delay discounting. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from two U.S. universities explored the ways in which delay discounting and depression affect the chances that any given teenager will begin smoking.

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Posted on January 15, 2015
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How to Beat the Post-Thanksgiving Blues

Thanksgiving is a holiday to spend with family, a time to be thankful for all that we have, and a joyous time of celebration. When the table has been cleared, the dishes have been washed and all the guests have left, you might be feeling down or even depressed. The day was full of laughter, talking, drinking and general busyness, and now you feel alone. This is a normal feeling to have and there are ways that you can cope with and get past it.

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Posted on November 29, 2014
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Lithium Curbs Suicide Rate in People With Mood Disorders

Mood disorders are a group of mental health conditions that involve dysfunctional changes in the everyday stability of mood or psychological/emotional state of mind. Well-known conditions within this group include major depression and the classic manic-depressive illness called bipolar I disorder. One of the widely used treatments for bipolar I disorder is the mood-stabilizing medication lithium.

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Posted on November 14, 2014
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