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Vision Loss Linked to Higher Risk of Depression

Physicians are increasingly being called upon to include aspects of mental health screenings into their regular exams. A physician who prescribes medication for pain, for example, may screen a patient for a history of substance abuse before prescribing a pain medication known to have addictive qualities. Following a recent study conducted by researchers at the …

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Using Facebook to Identify College Students Suffering From Depression

Physical wounds are often easy to see or sense. A broken arm shows an obvious cast. A broken foot comes with a limp. What about a broken psyche? That’s often harder to spot, but social media could be a valuable window into the mental health of individuals who need help. College campuses have become swamped …

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Teens Are Feeling More Anxious Than Ever

Is your teen what you would call a “worry wart?” Does she experience panic attacks? Does she avoid social situations? Does she seem anxious even when you can’t see anything to be worried about? If you can describe your teen with any of the above statements, it is possible that she suffers from an anxiety …

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Women 40 Percent More Likely to Develop Mental Illness, Study Finds

Researchers from Oxford University in England carefully compared and analyzed data collected in 12 large-scale epidemiological studies on mental illness carried out in the United States, England, Australia, New Zealand and Europe from the 1990s through the 2000s. Led by Oxford clinical psychologist Daniel Freeman, this team of medical scientists sought confirmation for the widely …

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One in Four Stroke Patients Suffers From PTSD

Stroke is the medical name for a life-threatening situation that occurs when the flow of blood to the brain gets blocked or when one of the brain’s arteries bursts open or springs a leak. People who experience a stroke—or a related event called a transient ischemic attack (TIA)—have significantly heightened risks for developing the mental …

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Substance Abuse, Addiction Take Heavy Toll on Military Families

If you’re in a military family, you’re keenly aware of the cost of your family member’s service to the country. You may find yourself living on a military base, far away from other family and close friends. You may find yourself charged with the sole care, feeding and nurturing of your children, from infants to …

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Signs That Your Child Is a Victim of Cyberbullying

Bullying has always been a problem with kids, but something has changed. In modern times, there is a new component to these acts of aggression: the Internet. Especially with the advent of social media, teens have new avenues for targeting and bullying peers. It does not require much imagination to discern the harm bullying can …

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