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Reddit helping mentally distressed people improve their written communication

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Reddit helping mentally distressed people improve their written communication The effects of social media or virtual addiction on mental health are not only negative, but positive as well. A recent study by researchers at the University of Utah has shown that participation in certain online forums has the potential to enhance the written communication of people who are affected by mental health disorders, such as depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. After studying over 2 million undeleted posts on Reddit, the authors discovered that mentally distressed people with not-so-good communication skills can work on their language impairment. This is the first and unique study to assess real-world written communication difficulties…

‘Supermarket Sweep’ star Dale Winton’s tryst with depression ends with his death

April 20, 2018 depression

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‘Supermarket Sweep’ star Dale Winton’s tryst with depression ends with her death The British television fraternity has lost one of its brightest stars. The 62-year-old television and radio presenter, Dale Winton, was found dead at his north London apartment on April 18, 2018. Best known for hosting shows “Supermarket Sweep” and the “Nation Lottery: In It To Win It,” the news of Winton’s death was confirmed by his long-term agent. The police is investigating the star’s sudden death but has ruled out any suspicion. Winton had a cheerful persona and was loved for his dazzling smile and genuine warmth. But behind the cheerful façade, there was a dark side. Winton was suffering…

Maryland ERs flooded with patients of mental health and addiction problems

April 19, 2018 Mental Health

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Maryland ERs flooded with patients of mental health and addiction problems Maryland continues to suffer from lack of treatment facilities for patients of mental problems and substance abuse, resulting in longer wait times of such patients outside emergency rooms (ER), and delayed recovery. The ER staff is responsible for stabilizing such patients before handing them off to community-based treatment. What adds to the patients’ woes is lack of care in ERs along with the chaos of regular ER patients. However, when these patients do get attention for their medical needs, some of them refuse referrals for long-term behavioral health treatment while others simply leave in frustration. The issue was brought to…

3 years on, most pharmacies in New York City not ready to sell naloxone sans prescription

April 18, 2018 Drug Rehab

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3 years on, most pharmacies in New York City not ready to sell naloxone sans prescription In a bid to combat the growing opioid crisis, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray had announced in 2015 that people would be able to gain access to naloxone, the overdose-reversing drug, at chemist shops sans a prescription. However, according to a recent survey by The New York Times, out of the 720 pharmacies authorized to provide naloxone, only one-third of them were ready to sell the drug without a medical prescription. The pharmacies instructed to always keep naloxone handy are situated only at certain locations of the city. The list of such locations…

Alcohol is the most widespread date rape drug, says study

April 17, 2018 Alcohol Rehab

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Alcohol is the most widespread date rape drug, says study Substances like ketamine, ecstasy, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), and Rohypnol are considered the most common date rape drugs. Also known as “club drugs,” they usually have no smell, color, or taste, and can make a person weak and unconscious. But experts argue that alcohol, which is legally accessible, is the most common date rape drug in the U.S. “There’s no question that the use of alcohol as a date rape drug just dwarfs the use of any other substances simply because it is so accessible and it’s legal,” said David Lisak, clinical psychologist and former associate professor…

World Health Day: Living in leafy neighborhoods can curb stress and depression, says study

April 6, 2018 depression

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World Health Day: Living in leafy neighborhoods can curb stress and depression, says study Living in green neighborhoods can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety to a great extent, according to an observation made by a group of researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Hong Kong (HKU). Their study is the first-of-its-kind to use high-resolution aerial photography in acquiring new outlook about the streets of 10 cities in England, Wales and Scotland. The research paper titled “Residential greenness and prevalence of major depressive disorders: a cross-sectional, observational, associational study of 94879 adult UK Biobank participants,”  published in April 2018, explored the positive effect of natural environment in reducing stress, boosting mental health and…

Poverty, mother’s suicide bid and shattered dreams led ‘The Rock’ to depression

April 6, 2018 depression

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Poverty, mother’s suicide bid and shattered dreams led ‘The Rock’ to depression For those who think Hollywood is all about glitz and glamour, it is time to think again. In the latest confession by one of the top Hollywood celebrities, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson opened up about his battle with depression and how it left him “devastated and crying constantly.” In a recent interview with The Express, the 45-year-old star said that the darkest time of his life was when he “didn’t want to do a thing” or “go anywhere”. Talking about his depression, Johnson acknowledged that the “struggle and pain was real” and it left him “devastated”. According to Johnson, his…

Twin sisters with OCD die in suspected ‘suicide pact’

Twin sisters with OCD die in suspected ‘suicide pact’ Twin sisters from Colorado battling obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) since childhood reportedly committed suicide recently. Bodies of Sara and Amanda Eldrich were discovered with fatal gunshot wounds in a car near the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Canon City. The duo had made headlines in 2015 for undergoing path-breaking deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery to treat the disorder that changed their lives for better. For the first time, they had felt hopeful, happy and alive. But their success story came to a tragic end on March 30, 2018. As per a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for the…

Despite allegations, Johns Hopkins to move ahead with alcohol study

Despite allegations, Johns Hopkins to move ahead with alcohol study Unfazed by the allegations of conducting a study being funded by the liquor industry, scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) have decided to go ahead with the international research on whether one alcohol drink per day can decrease the risk of diabetes and heart disease. According to media reports, the 10-year government trial is funded by major alcohol companies through donations to a foundation that raises money for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The liquor firms have already pledged an amount of $67.7 million toward the study which cost $100 million. According to JHM officials, the medical institution has…

Iowan with borderline personality disorder urging people to publicly end mental health stigma

Iowan with borderline personality disorder urging people to publicly end mental health stigma Imagine a bunch of people across the globe, holding cardboard signs and taking to the streets on the same day to announce that they have a mental illness, and that they are not ashamed. This may seem like a far-fetched idea to many, but not to Iowan Ross Trowbridge. In 2015, Trowbridge was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), and in the same year, he was rendered homeless after losing his job. These setbacks inspired him to publicize his disorder and offer support to others suffering from mental illnesses. During Trowbridge’s homelessness, he met and spoke with other displaced people.…
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