Depression

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The number of people living with depression increased by more than 18% between 2005 and 2015, according to a new WHO report. Depression is also the largest cause of disability worldwide. More than 80% of this disease burden is among people living in low- and middle-income countries.

The release of these estimates, along with corresponding data on anxiety disorders, comes just six weeks before the World Health Day, which this year will focus on depression. World Health Day will be the highlight of a one-year campaign “Depression: let’s talk”, the goal of which is that more people with depression, in all countries, seek and get help. Continue reading

globalnews.ca

By Carmen Chai

If you’re unhappy with changes to your job, getting to work may feel like an insurmountable task. A new Canadian survey warns that 46 per cent of employees have taken time off work or noticed their colleagues take time away to tend to their mental health following workplace changes, specifically a change in job roles.

When changes sweep the workplace, negative implications for employees often follow, according to a new survey by Morneau Shepell, a human resources consulting company. Continue reading

thestar.com

By PETER GOFFIN

Family doctors are the first point of contact for most people seeking diagnosis and care, but a disconnect between physicians and mental health professionals leaves many stranded.

When Esme Hurst’s teenage son Alex started showing signs of depression and anxiety, she took him to their family doctor.

His physician diagnosed depression, prescribed an anti-depressant and referred Alex to a local hospital’s youth mental health services.

None of it helped Alex. He got an assessment from hospital staff, but they did not refer him to ongoing treatment. And he hated the anti-depressants, said they made him feel strange.

Family doctors are the first point of contact for thousands of people seeking diagnosis and care for mental illness, but a disconnect between physicians and mental health professionals leaves many patients stranded without an effective path to treatment.

Alex’s depression got worse.

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broadly.vice.com
by Emily Korstanje

When Nadia was 18, her parents took her to a Muslim faith healer who claimed to be able to exorcize her depression.

Throughout her adolescence in Saudi Arabia, Nadia* struggled to find joy in life.

“As time went on, I felt like I couldn’t hold myself together,” Nadia said. “It feels like my life is wasted, because society doesn’t think that I have value, there is so much pressure to be something you are not here.”

Around her 18th birthday, her angst turned into full blown depression. She often felt worthless, suffered from anxiety and at times could barely get out of bed. Nadia knew she needed help and turned to her parents for support. Uneducated about mental illness and extremely superstitious, her parents took her to a religious (also known as faith or traditional) healer to perform an exorcism on her. They believed that she was possessed. Continue reading

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Alexandra Sifferlin

A new review suggests cannabis may help mental health disorders

Legal access to marijuana, medicinal or otherwise, is growing. In 2016, four states approved recreational use of the drug and four states passed laws related to medical-cannabis access, bringing the total number of states that allow some form of legal marijuana use to 28.

Scientists know that marijuana contains more than 100 compounds, called cannabinoids, that have biological effects on the body. Medically, cannabis can be prescribed for physical ailments like arthritis and cancer symptoms as well as mental health issues like PTSD, depression and anxiety. Continue reading

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For those caring for youth with social, emotional and behavioral challenges, it’s easy to feel alone. The Children Come First Conference Nov. 16-17 in the Wisconsin Dells is an opportunity for caregivers to connect with each other and learn from experts on children’s mental health.

As USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin’s Kids in Crisis series has shown, Wisconsin has high rates of youth dealing with mental health challenges that are often unaddressed. According to a 2015 survey, more than half of adolescents who had major depressive episodes did not receive treatment for depression. The youth suicide rate is among the highest in the nation. Continue reading

medicaldaily.com

New research has unearthed more clues to help understand the physical cause for depression. Researchers from the U.K.’s University of Warwick and the Fudan University in China found that the part of the brain involved in non-reward is linked to depression.

The study published Friday in the journal Brain found that the lateral orbitofrontal cortex, which is involved in non-reward is affected by depression hence giving patients a sense of loss and disappointment associated with not receiving rewards. Continue reading

dailymail.co.uk

By LAUREN INGRAM FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA

Stefani Caminiti is like many young women her age: she’s studying, working, and planning her wedding to her fiance.

She also has, like more than four million Australians, been diagnosed with a mental illness or behavioural problem.

The 28-year-old from Perth has lived with depression and anxiety for most of her life, but was only officially diagnosed 10 years ago. Continue reading

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