4 Women On What It's Really Like To Live With A Mental Illness

Opening up about struggles with mental illness can be a daunting task. Many people don’t feel comfortable doing it ― even though such illnesses are quite common.  About 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness in a given year, and 1 in 25 adults will have a debilitating mental illness that can interfere with their daily lives. Although mental illness can affect anyone, women are at a higher risk for many conditions, including anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. They’re also 70 percent more likely than men to experience depression. In an effort to encourage more people to share their struggles, we talked to four women about diagnosis and treatment for a variety of mental health issues. Here’s what they’ve learned along the way and what they wish others knew: Kathleen Halliday Location: Inwood, New York What condition do you have? Bipolar disorder (rapid cycling with psychotic features), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and an eating disorder What was your journey to diagnosis? I was always anxious as a kid. I used to tell my mom I felt bad because I didn’t know how to verbalize it. I first saw a therapist in middle school, which is where I got the GAD diagnosis. My bipolar diagnosis was rockier in that it was preceded by a manic episode. Bipolar disorder was one of my biggest fears before that, but I didn’t really think I would develop it. As for the eating disorder, I had realized I had &...
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ConclusionSupplementation with EPA and increased levels of E2 during pregnancy might function together to alleviate antenatal depression through a mechanism other than anti-inflammation.
Source: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 14 February 2019Source: Epilepsy &BehaviorAuthor(s): Tracy Butler, Patrick Harvey, Lila Cardozo, Yuan-Shan Zhu, Adam Mosa, Emily Tanzi, Fahad PervezAbstractDepression affects a large proportion of patients with epilepsy, and is likely due in part to biological mechanism. Hormonal dysregulation due to the disruptive effects of seizures and interictal epileptiform discharges on the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis likely contributes to high rates of depression in epilepsy. This paper reviews the largely unexplored role of neuroendocrine factors in epilepsy-related depress...
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Authors: Lees T, Elliott JL, Gunning S, Newton PJ, Rai T, Lal S Abstract Law enforcement is inherently stressful, and police officers are particularly vulnerable to mental and physical disorders. As such, researchers are currently assessing intervention strategies that may combat or manage these psychological, physical and mental issues. To review most recent information regarding anxiety, PTSD, and sleepiness and fatigue and identify the interventions and treatments proposed to overcome work related stressors and associated mental illnesses inflicting law enforcement officers. The EMBASE, OVID MEDLINE and PsycINFO...
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ConclusionThe injuries treated in pets in British Columbia included abscesses, sprains and abrasions. Dogs were also treated with medicinal plants for rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain and articular cartilage injuries. More than 40 plants were used. Anal gland problems were treated with Allium sativum L., Aloe vera L., Calendula officinalis L., Plantago major L., Ulmus fulva Michx., Urtica dioica L. and the lichen Usnea longissima Ach. Antioxidants in plants, such as diarctigenin from Arctium lappa, used in ethnoveterinary medicine for rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain in pets are said to be of use in treating pathologica...
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ConclusionsThe present study demonstrates that R. rosea extract robustly reverses prepulse inhibition deficits in rodents. This suggests antipsychotic-like effects of R. rosea extract. Future studies should focus on the pharmacological mechanisms underlying these effects.Graphical abstract
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Publication date: Available online 14 February 2019Source: European Journal of Integrative MedicineAuthor(s): Ezgi Karadag EzgiAbstractIntroductionThe aim of this study was to examine the effect of a music listening intervention applied during radiation therapy on the anxiety and comfort level experienced by women with early-stage breast cancer.MethodThis randomized controlled study was conducted with 60 patients residing in a city located in the western Turkey. After providing informed consent, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and Radiation Therapy Comfort Questionnaire (RTCQ) were administered. A music l...
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Publication date: Available online 14 February 2019Source: Stem Cell ReportsAuthor(s): Mirza Muhammad Fahd Qadir, Silvia Álvarez-Cubela, Kinsley Belle, Tamar Sapir, Fanuel Messaggio, Kevin B. Johnson, Oliver Umland, Darrell Hardin, Dagmar Klein, Ingrid Pérez-Álvarez, Fatima Sadiq, Oscar Alcázar, Luca A. Inverardi, Camillo Ricordi, Peter Buchwald, Christopher A. Fraker, Ricardo L. Pastori, Juan Domínguez-BendalaSummaryThe transplantation of human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived insulin-producing β cells for the treatment of diabetes is finally approaching the clinical stage. Howeve...
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I remember September 27, 2018 like it was yesterday. When Ashley* picked me up from my apartment Thursday morning, I thought it would be like the 138 past Lyft rides I ’ve taken since 2017. I was wrong. After I waived to Ashley from the curb, I got settled into the right back seat. The doors […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more.
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Tamoxifen, a medication commonly used to treat breast cancer, appears to hold some promise as a treatment for mania, according to asystematic review and meta-analysisappearing in theJournal of Psychopharmacology.Tamoxifen has been proposed as a treatment for bipolar disorder because it acts on cells in a way similar to lithium and valproate —both of which are effective medications for bipolar disorder. However, the current review found most studies focused on the effect of tamoxifen on mania, not on bipolar disorder, and its effects on depression are unknown.“Tamoxifen appears to be a promising potential treatm...
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