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Christina Applegate: 'I'm Trapped in This Darkness'

The actor opened up about her mental health since her MS diagnosis

(Newser) - Christina Applegate broached the subject of her mental health in stark terms on the latest episode of her podcast, revealing she doesn't "enjoy living" in the wake of her 2021 MS diagnosis . The actor said she had avoided therapy because she was "afraid to start crying" and...

Woman's Controversial Death Wish Is Finally Granted

Netherlands' Zoraya ter Beek, 29, gets the OK for an assisted death due to mental health struggles

(Newser) - For nearly four years, Zoraya ter Beek has been patiently biding her time, going through the laborious process in the Netherlands to get the green light for an assisted suicide due to what she describes as overwhelming mental suffering. Last week, ter Beek finally saw her request granted, clearing the...

Man Loses Emotional Support Gator: 'Bring My Baby Back'

Joie Henney was vacationing in Georgia when Wally vanished

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man who credits an alligator named Wally for helping relieve his depression for nearly a decade says he's searching for the reptile after it went missing during a vacation to the coast of Georgia. Joie Henney has thousands of social media users following his pages devoted to...

Starting the Menopause Journey? This Could Be a Risk

Fluctuating hormone levels may trigger depression symptoms or worsen existing ones

(Newser) - Women approaching the onset of menopause face a 40% higher risk of depression than in their earlier years, according to new research, showing the need for support and screening. Experts from University College London performed a meta-analysis of seven studies involving more than 9,000 women in the US, Australia,...

In the Works: a Postpartum Depression Blood Test

$250 test detects gene linked to increased risk

(Newser) - A genetic test powered by artificial intelligence could inform women at risk of postpartum depression, a leading cause of maternal death, before they even become pregnant. Researchers at startup Dionysus Digital Health have developed a $250 blood test based on a gene found to closely link moods with hormonal changes....

Antidepressant Use Surging in Young People
Antidepressant Use
Surging in Young People
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Antidepressant Use Surging in Young People

Prescriptions up 66% since 2016, particularly among girls and young women

(Newser) - A new study in published in the journal Pediatrics found that antidepressant prescriptions for tweens, teens, and young adults have been on the uptick since 2016, rising 66% through 2022. Pharma News Intelligence reports that the researchers analyzed data from the IQVIA Longitudinal Prescription Database, and learned that monthly dispensing...

Bachelorette Contestant Dead at 36
Josh Seiter Says He
Was Victim of 'Cruel Prank'
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Josh Seiter Says He Was Victim of 'Cruel Prank'

Former 'Bachelorette' contestant assures Instagram followers that he's not dead

(Newser) - Former Bachelorette contestant Josh Seiter says he's alive and well—and the victim of a cruel hacker. In a video posted on Instagram Tuesday, the 36-year-old said a death notice on the platform, purportedly posted by family members Monday, had been put up by somebody who had gained access...

After Suicide, Regulators Stop Institute's Research on People

Professor running depression trials resigns from Columbia

(Newser) - After the suicide of a participant, the federal government has shut down research on human subjects at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, which is affiliated with Columbia University. The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Human Research Protections has launched an investigation of the institute's safety...

Prominent Texas Judge Takes a Break for Mental Health

Harris County's Lina Hidalgo says she checked in for inpatient treatment for clinical depression

(Newser) - A Texas judge put out a surprise announcement this week, announcing she'll be taking a work hiatus to deal with a newly diagnosed condition. In a Monday statement released by her office, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo informed constituents that she had checked herself into an inpatient facility late...

Depressed Adults See Higher Risk of Dementia as Seniors

Large study sees a link, though not an explanation as to why

(Newser) - Young adults and those in middle age who are dealing with depression appear to have a higher risk of another serious issue later in life: dementia. A new study in JAMA Neurology found that those diagnosed with depression between the ages of 18 and 59 were 2.4 times more...

On 'Defining Public Health Issue of Our Time,' a Warning

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says social media is driving depression, anxiety in teens, kids

(Newser) - Few parents love seeing their kids hunched over their phones, scrolling like zombies through TikTok videos or Instagram posts, and a new warning from the nation's top doctor isn't about to alleviate those feelings. Per NBC News , Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has issued a new report on youth...

Fetterman Specifies Depression's Low Point

Treatment works, says senator, now back on job at Capitol

(Newser) - Back at work on Capitol Hill, Sen. John Fetterman has traced the development of his clinical depression. The low points didn't necessarily reflect troubled times in his life, he told People . And his wife, Gisele, said she became the most concerned the night the Democrat won election to the...

John Fetterman Describes a 'Downward Spiral'

First interview with senator since his discharge airs on CBS

(Newser) - John Fetterman says a "downward spiral" started after he beat out Dr. Mehmet Oz for a Senate seat and kept getting worse until, soon after he was sworn in, the Pennsylvania senator wasn't eating, struggled to get out of bed, and felt like he was just going through...

Fetterman Leaves Hospital: 'I Am So Happy to Be Home'

Pennsylvania senator had been in treatment for clinical depression, will be back to work in mid-April

(Newser) - A month and a half after checking himself into a DC hospital to be treated for clinical depression, John Fetterman has been discharged, his office says in a statement, per Reuters . "I am so happy to be home," the Pennsylvania senator tweeted late Friday afternoon after leaving Walter...

Fetterman Won't Be Back to Work for Weeks

But senator is 'on a path to recovery,' rep says

(Newser) - A spokesman for Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman says the Democrat is “on a path to recovery” after checking himself into a hospital for clinical depression earlier this month, and he is still expected to be away from the Senate for several weeks, the AP reports. “We understand the...

Fetterman May Have Already Made His Greatest Impact

Discussing depression treatment helps destigmatize mental health issues, writes Li Zhou

(Newser) - In announcing he's checked himself into Walter Reed National Medical Center for treatment of clinical depression , Sen. John Fetterman is doing something few politicians do—"normalizing a conversation around mental health," writes Li Zhou at Vox . "While the discourse about mental health has become more transparent...

Fetterman Is Hospitalized for Depression

Pennsylvania senator had been admitted last week after feeling lightheaded

(Newser) - John Fetterman has checked himself back into the hospital, this time over clinical depression, reports the New York Times . The move comes after the Pennsylvania senator was hospitalized last week when his staff said he felt lightheaded. “While John has experienced depression off and on throughout his life, it...

How Acts of Kindness Help Heal Depression
How Acts of Kindness
Help Heal Depression
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How Acts of Kindness Help Heal Depression

Unlike some therapeutic techniques, it relieves symptoms and boosts social connection: study

(Newser) - People experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression will likely feel better in performing acts of kindness for others, which distract from their own feelings, new research shows. "Social connection is one of the ingredients of life most strongly associated with well-being," study co-author David Cregg, a PhD candidate...

Trial Raises Hope for Psilocybin as Depression Treatment

Regulatory approval could come 'potentially within a few years' time'

(Newser) - One or two doses of psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, has been found to help people with cancer , alcohol problems , anxiety, and depression , and now those with a severe, treatment-resistant form of depression, according to researchers. A phase 2 randomized, double-blind clinical trial involving 233 people with treatment-resistant...

WHO Has a Warning for Couch Potatoes

Agency notes 'severe' cost for physical inactivity, with various diseases looming

(Newser) - Get active or risk disease. That's the message from the World Health Organization, whose first global report on physical activity indicates 500 million people in 194 countries will develop heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke, dementia, depression, or other diseases unless they boost their physical activity. "There are few...

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