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“Blood Test Spots Adult Depression: Study”

A depressed man sitting on a bench

A depressed man sitting on a bench (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This September 16, 2014 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about a new test being studied to see if it can accurately detect if someone is depressed or at risk of becoming depressed.  The test involves a simple blood draw and then the sample is checked for specific markers.  The article indicates that the test results are promising and may offer another tool to help doctors and psychiatrists confirm a diagnosis of depression.

“Poor Access To SSRIs May Result In Suicide Inequalities”

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This September 7, 2014 Medical Research and News article talks about recent findings that may show that poor access to SSRI antidepressants could be a factor in the risk of suicide in some populations.

“Mental health issues create problems for African-Americans in city jails”

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This August 26, 2014 New Pittsburgh Courier article talks about studies showing that the number of African-Americans in jails and prisons with mental health issues exceeds the number of African-Americans in the community with mental health issues.

“Portraits of Recovery | Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness | KET” (Video)

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This video was uploaded to YouTube on March 26, 2014 and offers insight into peer support, and puts faces to stories about recovery from mental illness.  This video is focused on Kentucky, but I feel that it is something that anyone could benefit from regardless of if they are in Kentucky or any other state.  The message is both positive and universal.

“Could More Time on Facebook Help Spur Eating Disorders?”

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This March 7, 2014 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about a possible link between the amount of time spent on Facebook and the risk of having an eating disorder.

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“Body clock may be to blame when tots fight sleep”

English: A little girl leaning against a sofa.

English: A little girl leaning against a sofa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This December 30, 2013 article on the Philly.com website talks about a recent study that looks at why toddlers fight sleep despite being tired.  In the study the measured melatonin levels in toddlers in addition to having their parents keep diaries about the child’s activities and sleep patterns.

“New US manual for diagnosing mental disorders published”

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This May 18, 2013 article on theguardian website talks about the DSM-5 being published.

 

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