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6 States With Most Mental Illness

West Virginians especially struggle with it

(Newser) - Nearly 10 million Americans experience a serious mental illness within any one year, and 24/7 Wall St. outlines the 12 states that have the largest adult populations struggling with various forms of mental illness, including depression and bipolar disorder. To come up with this ranking, the site examined surveys administered... More »

Parasite Found in Cat Poop Linked to Rage Disorder

Toxoplasmosis has been linked to host of neurological disorders

(Newser) - People prone to angry outbursts are more than twice as likely to be infected with a common parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which is often spread through cat feces. So report researchers in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry , who looked for circulating antibodies to the parasite in 358 adults with intermittent... More »

5 Celebs Who've Struggled With Mental Health

And what they had to say about it

(Newser) - Drew Barrymore has been opening up about mental health issues recently, first revealing she struggled with postpartum depression after the birth of her second child, then later talking about her childhood, during which she was "institutionalized" at a hospital for the mentally ill at age 13. The Chive rounds... More »

Ex-Olympian: Why I Became a Vegas Call Girl

Suzy Favor Hamilton opens up in new memoir, 'Fast Girl'

(Newser) - Suzy Favor Hamilton's "runner's high" became replaced with a much more destructive rush in late 2011, when the three-time Olympian began working as a high-priced Vegas escort . Her memoir Fast Girl is out Monday, and its upcoming release has the former track champion talking to People about... More »

Does Creativity Up Your Risk of Mental Illness?

Iceland researchers say there's a genetic link, other scientists say it's flimsy

(Newser) - The "mad genius" is back in fashion with a new claim that there's a genetic link between creativity and genius, the Guardian reports. A study published in Nature Neuroscience analyzed 86,000 Icelanders to flesh out genetic variations that double one's risk of schizophrenia and more than... More »

Misty Upham's Dad: She Died Fleeing Police

Cops had taunted Native American actress, dad says

(Newser) - The father of a Native American actress found dead in the woods this week says his daughter died while running away from the cops, Fox News reports. Misty Upham, 32, who acted in August: Osage County and Django Unchained, "did not commit suicide," Charles Upham writes on Facebook... More »

Missing Actress Found Dead in Ravine

Uncle finds Misty Upham's body after she disappeared Oct. 6

(Newser) - Native American actress Misty Upham has been found dead in the woods of Auburn, Wash., after family reported her missing on Oct. 6. A three-man search party led by Upham's uncle discovered her body at the bottom of a 150-foot embankment; her purse and identification were also found at... More »

Meet the 'Artist' Behind Boston's Bomb Hoax

Kevin Edson, aka Kayvon Edson, posted strange meme jokes about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

(Newser) - Police have identified the man suspected of planting a fake bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last night, and he is … something else. His name is Kevin Edson, according to the AP . A barefoot Edson approached the finish line last night wearing a black veil over... More »

Older Dad? Mental Illness Risk Goes Up

But study shouldn't discourage older dads, experts say

(Newser) - Are older dads more likely to have troubled children? A wide-ranging new study suggests yes, linking older fathers to an increased risk of a wide range of mental disorders as well as lower grades in school and a higher risk of drug problems. Children born to 45-year-old fathers were more... More »

Social Services Forced C-Section, Took Baby: UK Case

15 months later, child still not with mother

(Newser) - The Telegraph reported yesterday on a crazy court case in the UK: After a pregnant Italian woman, in town for business, had a panic attack, social service workers in Essex got a court order allowing the woman to be forcibly sedated and undergo a C-section so they could take her... More »

Flu During Pregnancy Hikes Risk of Bipolar Baby

But risk is pretty small regardless

(Newser) - Apparently getting sick while you're pregnant sucks in even more ways than you realized. Children are more likely to develop bipolar disorder later in life if their mothers caught the flu while pregnant, a new study published yesterday in JAMA Psychiatry suggests. The effect is fairly small, amounting to... More »

Zeta-Jones in Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

But, sources say, it's just for 'maintenance'

(Newser) - Catherine Zeta-Jones has for the second time entered a treatment center for her bipolar disorder, TMZ reports. Zeta-Jones checked in yesterday and is doing a 30-day program; her rep tells Radar she's just being "proactive" and "is committed to periodic care in order to manage her health... More »

In One Fight With Bipolar Disorder, a Loss of Self

A patient learns that mental-health experts ignore identity

(Newser) - Bipolar disorder sent Linda Logan on a terrifying journey in her thirties. A budding writer and mother of three, she was hospitalized several times with the illness and found herself losing all sense of identity. "I was stripped of my identity as wife, mother, teacher, and writer and transformed... More »

9 Stars Balancing Bipolar Disorder and Fame

Catherine Zeta-Jones calls it 'intense'

(Newser) - Catherine Zeta-Jones recently opened up about her struggle with bipolar disorder , telling InStyle, "It's been an intense time, in good ways and bad." She says she wants to "help remove any stigma attached" to the disorder, and let people know that there are ways to treat... More »

Jesse Jackson Jr. Returning to Clinic

Sun-Times says he's going back to Mayo

(Newser) - If it looked like Jesse Jackson Jr. was on track to getting his bipolar depression under control and heading back to Congress, this might suggest otherwise: The Chicago-Sun Times says Jackson is returning to the Mayo Clinic for treatment because constant media scrutiny made progress in Chicago impossible. Despite his... More »

Kennedy: Jackson Jr. in 'Deep Depression'

Congressman has a lot of work ahead of him, he says

(Newser) - Jesse Jackson Jr. is in a deep depression and has a lot of work to do before he can get well, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy said after an emotional meeting with his old friend at the Mayo Clinic yesterday. The Illinois congressman, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder , was... More »

Jesse Jackson Jr. Has Bipolar Disorder

Likely a result of his 2004 gastric bypass surgery

(Newser) - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is responding well to treatment, doctors at the Mayo Clinic say. The Illinois congressman, who has been absent from Congress since early June, is suffering from the milder and more easily treated version of the disorder, according to the... More »

Premature Babies More Prone to Mental Illness

Meanwhile, another study says fear makes labor last longer

(Newser) - A pair of new studies today took a look at pregnancy, birth, and the brain, with one focused on the baby and the other on the mother. The breakdown:
  • The first found that babies born very prematurely—at less than 32 weeks of gestation—were twice as likely to be
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Bank Robber Leaves a Tip

Firefighter turned criminal says he was off his medication

(Newser) - If you're going to go off your meds and become a bank robber, you might as well be polite about it. That's what Texas firefighter Jesus Ventura did this week. According to a federal complaint, Ventura, 37, walked into a Chase Bank on April 10, asked where the... More »

Former Marine Arrested Over Biden Death Threats

Justin Alan Woodward also said he was supposed to assassinate Obama

(Newser) - A former US Marine was arrested Friday after threatening to kill Vice President Joe Biden, authorities say. Justin Alan Woodward was arrested upon his arrival in Hawaii from Thailand, and he admitted to Secret Service agents he had sent messages from Thailand, the AP reports. One expletive-ridden message, sent to... More »

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