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Rapper 360 on his struggle with drug addiction and bipolar disorder

November 13, 2017 Mental Health


Rapper Matthew James Colwell, known by his stage name 360, was injured In July 2010 in a go-karting accident while celebrating his birthday in Sydney, Australia. He was hospitalized with severe, almost life-threatening injuries and had to be operated upon immediately. To help relieve the pain, 360 was prescribed a “cocktail of prescription medication,” primarily Endone, an oxycodone-based painkiller. This ultimately led to an addiction. Unable to get sufficient quantities of Endone during tours, 360 switched to painkiller Nurofen Plus. At one point, 360 started taking 90 Nurofen Plus tablets every day to prevent withdrawal symptoms and to avoid freezing…

Mental health problem, not gun problem, led to Texas shooting, says Trump

November 7, 2017 Mental Health


Mental health problem, not gun problem, led to Texas shooting, says Trump As the United States tries to deal with yet another tragic gun massacre, critics and advocates of the nation’s gun control laws have renewed their debate on the pros and cons of gun ownership. As worshippers prayed in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5, 2017, an armed man dressed in all black opened fire on them, killing 26 people and wounding several others. The shooter was identified as Devin Patrick Kelley (26), a former member of the U.S. Air Force who was discharged in 2014 due to bad conduct. While law enforcement officers and local government officials…

Always linking mental illness to mass violence only adds to associated stigma

October 27, 2017 Mental Health


Always linking mental illness to mass violence only adds to associated stigma Every episode of mass violence in the United States stirs up several questions about the ulterior motive of the perpetuator behind his or her action. And it seems like a norm when almost every massacre is attributed to the individual’s mental health problems. Similarly, speculations are rife about the mental health condition of Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old gunman responsible for the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. When asked if Paddock had any history of mental illness, his brother asserted, “Not a bit.” Even if Paddock was mentally ill, he probably would not have been deterred even…

Rate of violence by patients on mental health staff goes up, say reports

October 20, 2017 Mental Health


Professionals working in the healthcare industry often face verbal abuse and physical attacks at the hands of patients. This is especially true for mental health and addiction treatment caregivers. Struggling to Cope, a report recently published by Unison, one of the largest trade unions in the United Kingdom, highlighted this fact when it collate the personal experiences of more than 1,000 mental health workers from the National Health Service (NHS). The findings showed that more than two out of five (42 percent) mental health employees faced violent attacks by patients in the past 12 months, while36 percent witnessed patients violently…

Suicide Prevention Week: Suicide a leading cause of death among pregnant and postpartum women, finds study

Motherhood or impending motherhood is accompanied by significant physical and emotional changes in women. Although this is perceived as a happy period which women should eagerly anticipate, many of them experience a variety of psychological conditions such as mood swings, depression and anxiety. Sometimes this can lead to fatal consequences. A new study published on Aug. 28, 2017, in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has found that suicide is a leading cause of death among pregnant and postpartum women. The researchers monitored 966 women in Ontario, Canada between 1994 and 2008. They found that suicide was responsible for 5.3 per…

For survivors of Hurricane Harvey, overcoming trauma a second test of survival

At the emergency shelter set up in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, “Need to talk?” posters line the walls for thousands of Hurricane Harvey evacuees seeking refuge. Volunteers also walk about with the signs and speak to people who call out to them. For people who have survived the physical ordeal of the disaster and lost all their possessions, overcoming the trauma is becoming a second test of survival. Mental and behavioral health officers are stationed at the center to reassure traumatized survivors and help them regain control of their lives. When faced with hurricanes, earthquakes and…

Postpartum anxiety as common and distressing as postpartum depression

Compared to the more widely discussed condition of postpartum depression (PPD), severe anxiety after childbirth, known as postpartum anxiety (PPA), has received limited attention from the general population and the scientific community. The symptoms of PPD and PPA are similar, and chances are that someone with one condition may experience the other concurrently. PPA should not be mistaken for worries related to new motherhood – it is as severe a condition as PPD and can cause as much distress. For postpartum women who have never experienced anxiety before, the symptoms can be even harder to recognize. Indicative signs include worrying…

28-year-old marine veteran with PTSD killed by police after violent rampage

August 25, 2017 Mental Health, PTSD


Recently, the police in Michigan were called in to handle a case of assault by a veteran suffering from PTSD. In the early hours of Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, police in Michigan’s Waterford Township received a 911 call from Colton Puckett’s wife who had escaped from her home on Sunhill Drive. She informed the dispatcher that her husband, a marine veteran, had assaulted her following which she took her son and left home. Police responded to the call, reached their home and made contact with Colton via telephone. On realizing that the officials were outside, Colton threatened to kill the…

Mental health may be affected by divergence in conventional gender roles, suggests study

There has been significant progress in the areas of women’s education and career development in recent decades. However, society’s expectations and perceptions regarding gender stereotypes at home and in the workplace have not evolved at the same pace. New research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggests that parents’ mental health is affected when their work and family identities, along with their respective contributions to family incomes, deviate from conventional gender roles. The research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) held in Montréal, Canada on Aug. 14, 2017. The researchers found that women…

Is yoga effective in reducing depressive symptoms?

The aim of any depression treatment method is holistic healing and improving the quality of life. Mainstream depression treatments which use medication or psychotherapy, although effective for many patients, may not successfully treat the disorder for some. That is why researchers and physicians are constantly looking for healthy alternatives that do not have side effects. For some time now yoga has been gaining popularity in this area since it modulates the stress response. More recently, both small and large studies have investigated the effectiveness of yoga in treating major depression. Research presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American…
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