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How a community-based approach to mental health is making strides in Zimbabwe

How a community-based approach to mental health is making strides in Zimbabwe

Patients diagnosed with a mental health issue are referred to the friendship bench where they are met by a trained community counsellor who offers them counseling. Counsellors are trained to use local terms that patients feel comfortable with, such as Kuvhura pfungwa _(opening the mind), _kusimudzira (uplifting) and kusimbisa (to strengthen).

July 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Depression among heart attack survivors can be deadly, yet is often ignored

Depression among heart attack survivors can be deadly, yet is often ignored

One in 5 people hospitalized for a heart attack or chest pain develop major depression — about four times the rate in the general population. One in 3 stroke survivors become depressed, along with up to half of those who undergo heart bypass surgery. Heart disease patients who become depressed are twice as likely to die within the following decade as other patients.

July 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Patients with mental disorders get half of all opioid prescriptions

Patients with mental disorders get half of all opioid prescriptions

Adults with a mental illness receive more than 50 percent of the 115 million opioid prescriptions in the United States annually, according to a new study. The results prompted researchers to suggest that improving pain management for people with mental health problems “is critical to reduce national dependency on opioids.”

June 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Like hunger or thirst, loneliness in seniors can be eased

Like hunger or thirst, loneliness in seniors can be eased

It’s widely believed that older age is darkened by persistent loneliness. But a considerable body of research confirms this isn’t the case. In fact, loneliness is the exception rather than the rule in later life. And when it occurs, it can be alleviated: It’s a mutable psychological state.

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Help the homeless with the rent to cut Medicaid costs, advocates say

Help the homeless with the rent to cut Medicaid costs, advocates say

Helping homeless Medicaid patients in California pay for rent could curb their frequent emergency room visits and save the state’s Medi-Cal program millions of dollars a year, state housing and health care advocates say.

May 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Getting the mentally lll out of jails

Getting the mentally lll out of jails

By Michael Ollove Stateline A dearth of beds at state psychiatric hospitals in many parts of the country and shortages of mental health resources mean that mentally ill people who commit minor crimes often end up languishing in jails, which are poorly equipped to handle their illnesses. It’s a difficult problem that, without intervention, creates […]

April 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
A bit of existentialism for what ails you

A bit of existentialism for what ails you

By Brendan Canavan, Senior Lecturer in Marketing University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. Forget about mindfulness and clean eating – at a time when we appear to be experiencing rising levels of anxiety, narcissism and unhappiness, existentialism may be the philosophy to adopt to improve your mental well-being. Existentialist philosophy explores what it means to be human, […]

March 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Social media is not to blame for depression in young people

Social media is not to blame for depression in young people

By Niall McCrae, Lecturer in Mental Health, King’s College London, London, UK For all we hear about an escalation in mental health problems in adolescence, there is no persuasive evidence that the internet is to blame. My colleagues and I recently conducted a systematic review of the evidence and found only a weak correlation between teenagers’ […]

March 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Internet’s cloak of invisibility: How trolls are made

Internet’s cloak of invisibility: How trolls are made

By Pam Ramsden, Lecturer in Psychology University of Bradford,  Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Milo Yiannopoulos, a right-wing American journalist who is proud of his abusive online posts, was permanently banned from Twitter last year after a particularly offensive tirade. Yiannopoulos has often been described as a professional troll. So what makes a troll – professional or […]

February 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Depression now leading cause of disability worldwide – WHO

Depression now leading cause of disability worldwide – WHO

From the World Health Organization: Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, the United Nations health agency today reported, estimating that it affects more than 300 million people worldwide – the majority of them women, young people and the elderly.

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More