Frank Stephens is changing how the world sees Down syndrome.

Frank Stephens is changing how the world sees Down syndrome.

Frank Stephens grew up in a society that questioned his worth. But he’s determined to build a more loving and inclusive world for people with Down syndrome. #extraordinaryhuman 💙🌎💛

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Before his suicide, Sandy Hook dad and neuroscientist sought origins of violence in the brain

“It’s Jeremy Richman who understood the brain and how it tries to trick you into violence, and he couldn’t find a way to deal with the issues with which he struggled,” Murphy said. “It speaks to how difficult it is for everyone else who’s going through trauma.”
In an interview with ABC Radio, Richman spoke about his daily struggles,. He said the time since his daughter’s death was an “infinite heartache.” But there was hope in helping. When asked what everyone else could do to help, Richman said, “having discussions about brain health, talking about your feelings and your motivations for doing things and recognizing that the brain is just another organ. … That’s really important. It’s not a character flaw if you feel depressed.”

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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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