What You and Your Family Need to Know About Maternal Depression

For the first time, a national health panel has recommended a way to prevent depression during and after pregnancy. This condition, known as perinatal depression, affects up to one in seven women and is considered the most common complication of pregnancy. The panel, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, said two types of counseling can help keep symptoms at bay. Its recommendation means that under the Affordable Care Act, such counseling must be covered by insurance with no co-payment.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/12/health/maternal-depression-prevention-pregnancy-.html

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Nearly 1 in 7 US kids and teens has a mental health condition, and half go untreated, study says

Half of children with a mental health condition in the United States go without treatment, according to a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/11/health/children-teens-mental-health-untreated-study/index.html

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Depression 101: Dallas schoolkids learn about mental health

Youth Aware of Mental health is just one of the programs used to teach teens about mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness created a 50-minute program called Ending the Silence that teaches students the warning signs of mental health problems. It has reached almost 450,000 kids in 41 states since the organization started offering it nationally in 2014, said Jennifer Rothman, the group’s senior manager for youth and young adult initiatives.

https://www.apnews.com/602833125c9d4ba995733a6a92389705

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Education won’t help much when it comes to dementia, study says

A high level of education does not delay the start of dementia and does not slow the speed of decline, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology. Rather, it might be best to remain inquisitive and intellectually active throughout your years, the lead researcher says.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/06/health/education-dementia-study/index.html

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How to manage 5 common symptoms of schizophrenia

Individuals with schizophrenia often develop five symptoms that are difficult for the individual, parents, brothers, sisters, professionals and others to deal with. The symptoms are paranoia, denial of illness, stigma, demoralization, and terror of being psychotic.

The following, edited from an article by Dr. Peter Weiden, and Dr. Leston Havens, may be helpful in dealing with these syndromes. These ideas presume the availability of and belief in psychopharmacologic treatment. Medication management should be reviewed regularly.

http://schizophrenia.com/family/mansymptoms.htm

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Psychosis: A Beginning. An End.

Psychosis: A Beginning. An End.

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COULD AN ANTIBIOTIC TREAT AUTISM? MEDICATION TO REDUCE BRAIN CELL INFLAMMATION COULD TREAT WIDESPREAD DISORDER

Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, depression and alcoholism may all share some similar genetic origins, according to a new paper published Thursday in Science. Understanding these genetic commonalities and differences could lead to new treatments—and for autism, that day might be right around the corner.

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Tips for finding motivation with depression

Depression is a medical condition that causes a person to experience feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of motivation.

More than just a temporary case of the blues, depression can be long-lasting. It may affect a person’s ability to perform daily activities, and can lead to thoughts of suicide.

One of the hallmark symptoms associated with depression is persistent lack of motivation. Without the desire or willingness to complete regular tasks, a person can sink more deeply into their depression.

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The Exercise That Helps Mental Health Most

It found that physical activity typically performed in groups, such as team sports and gym classes, provided greater benefits than running or walking.

Researchers rated mental health based on a survey. It asked respondents how many days in the previous month their mental health was “not good” due to stress, depression or problems with emotions.

People who played team sports like soccer and basketball reported 22.3% fewer poor mental-health days than those who didn’t exercise. Those who ran or jogged fared 19% better, while those who did household chores 11.8% better.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-exercise-that-helps-mental-health-most-1534777677?mod=e2fb

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The Life Vest Of Support

 

One of the worst feelings in the world is feeling like you’re all alone. Feeling like nobody could possibly understand what you’re going through or identify with the deep, drowning pain you feel. Throughout my life and journey with mental illness, I’ve felt this way more times than I’d like to admit. With help from my mom, friends, therapy, medication and working in the mental health field, I’ve always managed to come out of those dark moments and even help others who’ve felt the same.

When my father died by suicide last year, I was thrown into a new kind of deep pain. I had helped countless others over the years who had experienced suicidal ideation or lost loved ones to suicide, but actually going through it myself left me feeling confused and unsupported. I’ve heard that mental illness is “not a greeting card illness,” and I think that rings true for suicide survivors as well. There is no card in existence offering condolences to family members who lose someone to suicide.

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