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The study, published today in JAMA Psychiatry, was the biggest international comparison of incidence of psychotic disorders, and the first major study of its kind in more than 25 years. "It's well-established that psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, are highly heritable, but genetics don't tell the whole story. Our findings suggest that environmental factors can also play a big role," said the study's lead author, Dr James Kirkbride (UCL Psychiatry).
Being called a "snowflake" will cause damage to their mental health, say youngsters. A new research by insurance firm Aviva found that among 16-24 year-olds in the U.K., 72 percent felt the term was unfairly applied, while 74 percent thought it could have a negative effect on young people's mental health, the Telegraph reported. The slang term is often used to refer to people, mostly youngsters or millennials, who are thought to take offense very easily and are perceived to be highly sensitive and intolerant of disagreement.
Stay-at-home mothers and fathers are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, a study by the International Longevity Centre has found. Both men and women who said they were "homemakers" at 55 were more likely to have suffered from psychological problems in both childhood and adulthood than other groups, researchers discovered.
"I was so afraid of germs that I couldn't change my own daughter's diaper," Jennifer says with tears welling in her eyes. After bringing her baby from the hospital nearly a decade ago, she felt "an injection of anxiety," and describes, "I spent so much time washing her clothes and cleaning her bottles and disinfecting myself that I wasn't sleeping – I was alone and desperate." She says in a whispering voice, "I thought then I had to give her up for adoption."
Tykara Lang sought refuge when her classmates ran outside to play. Most days it was the library or the school staffroom where she sat in silence, willing the lunch break to pass without approach. A girl of just nine, Lang was suffering serious mental health issues. She had already been diagnosed with anxiety and depression. The teasing was relentless and Lang's striking red hair did little to help her blend in.
Enrollment on the Obamacare marketplace hit 3.6 million, as the sign-up season on that federally run exchange entered its final two weeks, officials said Wednesday. While the pace of sign-ups picked up last week, it still remains far from clear whether will end up enrolling more people for insurance this open enrollment period than last season.
Marine Corps veteran James Pacheco has known two kinds of battle: battles in war, and battles at home. After serving in Iraq, he struggled with trauma and addiction, and even spent time in jail. "It left me with a lot of regret that I had wasted a great many years of my life," he says.
A year after New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray launched a national coalition of city leaders pushing for mental health reform, she is rolling out the now 200 person coalition’s funding priorities for 2018. She’s also heading to Washington, D.C. early next year to lobby congressional lawmakers. In November 2016, McCray announced the formation of the Cities Thrive Coalition, a bipartisan group of mayors from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico looking to shape mental health reform locally and nationally.
A mental health treatment wing in the San Luis Obispo County Jail and an emergency detoxification center are two projects that grabbed the attention of the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday among a list of recommendations for improving local mental health treatment. Supervisors received recommendations from two ad hoc committees tasked with identifying problems at the jail and County Health Agency and suggesting solutions for preventing people from cycling through the criminal justice system.
Several months ago, the Center for Global Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Immaculate Conception Parish started talking together about the unaddressed mental health and psychosocial needs of migrant families from Mexico. This church on Chicago’s southwest side serves 4,000 of these families. Like many others from Mexico living in the U.S., they face serious challenges related to poverty, gangs, violence, discrimination, cultural adjustment, and immigration, including the forced deportation of parents, large numbers of undocumented persons and "Dreamers" facing possible deportation.
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New research from The Australian National University (ANU) has found that men who are diagnosed with a mental health condition in their lifetime can expect to live 10.2 years less than those who aren't, and women 7.3 years. Lead researcher Associate Professor Annette Erlangsen said the study, which analysed medical and hospital data from Denmark over two decades from 1994-2014, also found the "mortality-gap" had stayed consistent, despite efforts to address the issue.