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Many rape victims experience 'paralysis' during assault

Many sexual assault victims experience an involuntary inability to move during rape, and those who do are more likely to later develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, Swedish researchers say. “Victims tend to blame themselves for not resisting, so the fact that 7 out of 10 have paralysis is useful to know,” said lead study author Dr. Anna Moller. Past studies indicate that humans can similarly feel paralyzed when under attack or in other life-threatening circumstances, experiencing temporary, involuntary immobility that may also involve a dissociated, catatonic-like mental state. “In court situations, a lot of focus is given to whether the victim consented to the intercourse or not,” Moller said. “This paralysis and passiveness should not be considered consent”

June 15, 2017
Reuters

Do antidepressants in pregnancy raise kids’ ADHD risk?

Women with depression may be more likely than other mothers to have children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) even if they don’t take antidepressants during pregnancy, a recent study suggests. The results indicate that at least part of the link previously seen between kids’ exposure to antidepressants during pregnancy and their risk of developing ADHD may be explained by “family factors” such as maternal depression, rather than the drugs themselves, the study authors write in The BMJ

June 7, 2017
Reuters

Why ‘gig health’ matters

Those who make their living in the gig economy, generally working for app-based platforms that match consumer needs with workers who can fulfil them are regarded as being in precarious or contingent employment. Now attention is turning to the health and wellbeing of this fast growing workforce, which numbers about 1.3m in the UK. A recent Italian study indicated those on temporary contracts are more likely to use prescription medication for mental health conditions like depression. Gig workers are not generally eligible for sick pay or compensation from injury. Low pay, low support, high demand mean long hours to make a basic income stoking future physical and mental health issues

May 25, 2017
Financial Times

La depresión posparto es el lado oscuro de la maternidad

El Nuevo Dia features an article on Postnatal Depression and its prevalence and impact on one in five women. It cites WHO figures that a study of 7,187 women in Mexico in 2012 concluded that the dramatic changes and mood swings that affect one in five women are part of this syndrome. It is particularly tough to detect and is often put down to baby blues, when for most women it resolves itself after a few weeks, for some it carries on for months and that is when it becomes critical and needs medical support. The stigma of seeking support should be removed and the issue more actively discussed and understood, argues the article

May 10, 2017
El Nuevo Dia

Children of depressed mothers at risk for unintentional injuries

Children under the age of 5 are more likely to accidentally get injured if their mothers are having a depression or anxiety episode, according to a study in the UK. The rate of child poisonings, small fractures and minor burns increased during these episodes, researchers found

March 2, 2017
Reuters

Non communicable diseases

Combo of sleep apnea and insomnia linked to depression in men

Men with both obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia are much more likely to have depression symptoms compared to men with either sleep disorder alone, suggests a recent Australian study. The depression symptoms also seem to be worse for men who have both apnea and insomnia compared to men with depression but without this combination of sleep problems, the authors report in the journal Respirology. Researchers found that more than half of the men had undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea

June 20, 2017
Reuters

Exercise may stave off postpartum depression

Physical activity during and after pregnancy improves psychological wellbeing and may protect against postpartum depression, according to a new analysis of existing research. Even low-intensity exercise, such as walking with a baby stroller, was linked to a lower likelihood of depressive symptoms in new mothers, researchers found. “The negative consequences of postpartum depression not only affect the mother but also the child, who can suffer poor emotional and cognitive development,” said study co-author Celia Alvarez-Bueno of the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Cuenca, Spain

June 16, 2017
Reuters

Tiny blood vessel damage tied to depression among older adults

Damage to the microvascular system, often caused by high blood pressure or diabetes and made worse by smoking is tied to an increased risk of depression among people aged 40 years and older, researchers have found. Depending on how microvascular dysfunction was measured in the various studies, it increased the risk of depression by up to 58%, according to a report in JAMA Psychiatry. The theory is that blood vessel damage disrupts communication in areas of the brain important for mood control

June 1, 2017
Reuters

Se han duplicado las cifras de depresion en Mexico

Mexico saw the number of people suffering from depression or trying to commit suicide jump from 2.2 cases per 100,000 people to 4.7 cases between the years 1990 and 2012, according to WHO statistics. The group of people most at risk were young people between the ages of 15 and 29. Many were women of reproductive age and another major group were older adults. The way society looks at depression is partly to blame, asking sufferers to snap out of it, or make a bigger effort, instead of helping them to overcome the situation with treatment and advice

May 9, 2017
Sipse

Will my medical expenses get paid if I become suicidal?

The African press looks at the state of medical insurance with regard to mental health services and reveals that expenses for treatment run out swiftly and many are put off by the mounting costs, leading to many in acute need of support being at extra risk of self-harm or suicide

April 20, 2017
Bhekisisa.org, AllAfrica.com

Heart attacks, suicides kill more CRPF than Naxal operations

Heart attacks, depression and suicides have killed more CRPF troops, over 24 times more, than have operations and ambushes in Naxal violence hit areas over the last two years. Five CRPF men were killed in 2015, 31 in 2016 and thirteen so far this year in the three left-wing extremist affected states of Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand

April 12, 2017
Business Standard

Inconsistent healthcare across India with gaps due to stigma and service holes

According to the National Mental Health Survey, conducted by NIMHANS Bangalore, it was reported that despite three out of four people experiencing severe mental disorders, there are huge gaps in treatment. This has been reported due to the stigma associated with mental disorders and nearly 80% of those with mental disorders had not received any treatment despite being ill for over 12 months

April 11, 2017
Daily O

Act before workers break down

Common factors behind workplace-related depression include stress and burnout, including poor work organization, excessive workloads, job insecurity, sexual harassment and lack of support from higher management 

April 9, 2017
The Star Malaysia

Depression highest among those with chronic diseases

Kenyans who have chronic illnesses such as diabetes, HIV, cancer and arthritis are two times more likely to also suffer from depression than those without those diseases. If undetected this aggravates the sickness. It also generates increased economic costs to society in terms of lost productivity and increased cost of seeking treatment. Poor mental health is also associated with rapid social change and human rights abuse

April 8, 2017
Nation

Scandinavia's Sami struggle with suicide, worsened by climate change

Scandinavia’s Sami, an arctic indigenous population, are struggling with high suicide rates but the impact of global warming is worsening the problem. The traditional way of life herding reindeer is under pressure as rising temperatures threaten the size of the herds and cause financial woes

April 7, 2017
Reuters

Scientists find common antibiotic could prevent or treat PTSD

A common antibiotic called doxycycline can disrupt the formation of negative thoughts and fears in the brain and may prove useful in treating or preventing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to research by British and Swiss scientists. The antibiotic works because it blocks certain proteins outside nerve cells, called matrix enzymes, which our brains need to form memories 

April 4, 2017
Reuters
April 5, 2017
Business Standard

Experts urge huge expansion of online therapy for mental illness

A massive and growing mental health burden across the world can only be tackled successfully with a major expansion of online psychiatric resources such as virtual clinics and web-based psychotherapies, specialists said. With resources tight and the global mental health system only serving about 10% of patients even now, the web is the only option for significant extra treatment capacity 

April 3, 2017
Reuters

With 30 crore patients, depression now No 1 reason for ill health

Depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability in the world, according to WHO. The condition has overtaken lower respiratory disease as the biggest global health problem. WHO identifies a link between depression and other mental and physical health problems; the risk of substance abuse and diseases such as diabetes and heart disease

April 2, 2017
The Times of India

'Let's Talk', WHO says, as depression rates rise 18 percent in a decade

Depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, the World Health Organization said, with more than 300 million people suffering. Rates of depression have risen by more than 18% since 2005, but a lack of support for mental health combined with a common fear of stigma means many do not get the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives 

March 30, 2017
Reuters

What is Mental Healthcare Bill?

The Indian parliament passed a Mental Healthcare Bill which decriminalizes suicide attempts by mentally ill people and provides services for people with mental illnesses

March 28, 2017
Indian Express, India.com
March 27, 2017
Hindustan Times

Physicians rank high in suicide cases, experts lament

Physicians in Nigeria have been known to rank high in suicide cases. Most doctors are stressed and depressed because of workload and poor remuneration, family expectation and friends. Many are going through a lot but they hardly have time to attend to their own health and often simply continue to just about manage until they reach breaking point

March 25, 2017
Vanguard Nigeria

‘Deaths of Despair’ Are Surging Among the White Working Class

Researchers who sounded the alarm on increasing white working class mortality blamed the trend on economic upheaval that has created a web of social issues so tightly interwoven than even successful policies would take years to unsnarl them. Mortality and morbidity rates began climbing in the late 1990s for less educated whites between 45 and 54. That came as progress against heart disease and cancer slowed and drug overdoses, suicide and alcoholism – so-called deaths of despair – became pervasive

March 23, 2017
Bloomberg, Vox

Steady Fall in Suicides Offers Glimmer of Hope in Japan

Fewer Japanese people are taking their own lives, a positive sign in a country with one of the world’s highest suicide rates. The number of cases in 2016, 21,897, is the lowest number since 1994

March 23, 2017
Bloomberg

Depression doubles long-term risk of death after heart disease diagnosis, new study findsam

Depression is the strongest predicator of death in the first decade following a diagnosis of coronary heart disease, according to a new study by researchers

March 13, 2017
Eureka Alert
March 14, 2017
Tech Times

Social media making users feel isolated

A new study suggests that addiction to social media is increasingly leaving users socially isolated, despite spending hours chatting to friends on these platforms. Experts are suggesting a simple solution – go out more often and spend time with real people

March 12, 2017
News24

Depression may be biggest cause of lost productivity with sinus problems

A new study has been published which suggests that depression is the biggest source of lost productivity, along with chronic sinus problems, and this might cause sufferers to miss work or school

March 10, 2017
Reuters