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Her Prison Job Terrified Her. What Was Scary Were the Guards

Employees kept quiet about abused inmates at Dade Correctional Institution

(Newser) - Harriet Krzykowski felt abandoned—and terrified. A new counselor at Dade Correctional Institution's mental-health ward in 2010, the then-30-year-old heard about guards taunting and starving inmates, so she told her superior. That's when guards began abandoning Krzykowski in areas packed with potentially dangerous prisoners. "It scared the... More »

If You're a Woman, Trees Could Extend Your Life

Scientists say living near greenery linked to lower mortality rates in women

(Newser) - Go hug a tree—it could be lowering your mortality rate, at least if you're a woman. In a study published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, scientists analyzed questionnaires that more than 108,000 women took between 2000 and 2008 and determined that those subjects who resided in... More »

Doc Referred Germanwings Co-Pilot to Psych Clinic, Told No One

French authorities urge better mental health reporting in wake of Andreas Lubitz

(Newser) - Aviation agencies should draw up new rules requiring medical workers to warn authorities when a pilot's mental health could threaten public safety, French investigators recommended Sunday in their report on the Germanwings plane crash. The investigation found that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had consulted dozens of doctors in the weeks... More »

New Study Is 'Crucial Turning Point' in Battle Against Schizophrenia

Scientists may have found the genetic cause for the disease

(Newser) - Scientists published Wednesday what the New York Times is calling a "landmark study" in the fight against schizophrenia. “This paper gives us a foothold, something we can work on, and that’s what we’ve been looking for now, for a long, long time,” one genetics professor... More »

In Young Doctors, a 'Depression Epidemic'

New study shows nearly 1 in 3 residents are depressed

(Newser) - Almost one in three resident doctors may suffer from depression and their patients may suffer as a result, according to a new study led by a Harvard resident. Douglas Mata and his team, which included an expert on physician mental health, examined 17,560 doctors in the early stages of... 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 »

How to Diagnose Delirium in Under 40 Seconds

New 'ultra-brief' delirium test could save lives

(Newser) - Health researchers have figured out how to identify whether elderly hospital patients are suffering from delirium with nearly complete accuracy in about the same amount of time as it takes to read this paragraph, according to a new study published yesterday in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Delirium is a... More »

Man Jailed on $5 Theft for Months Without Bail Dies

Judge ordered him transferred to mental health facility weeks before his death

(Newser) - A man charged with stealing $5 worth of snacks from a 7-Eleven died in a Virginia jail cell last week while being held without bail, weeks after a judge ordered him transferred to a mental health facility, the Guardian reports. Jamycheal Mitchell, 24, was arrested April 22 in Portsmouth for... More »

Want Good Mental Health? Get Religion

Joining a religious organization has a bigger impact than volunteering or sport

(Newser) - Attending a church, synagogue, or mosque may be better for one's mental health than engaging in sports, furthering one's education, or volunteering. So say researchers at the London School of Economics and Erasmus MC, who studied the effects of these four types of activities on the mental health... More »

More Kids in Poverty Now Than in Recession: Report

And it could have detrimental effects on brain development, researchers say

(Newser) - The Great Recession may be long over, but things didn't pick up for everyone in the years immediately after, especially not for US children: A new report from the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation says that while 18% of American kids lived below the poverty line in 2008, that... More »

What the Recession Was Good for: Our Mental Health

Researchers say it could be result of fewer doc visits or more leisure time

(Newser) - Americans appear to have experienced better mental health during the recent recession than during the years leading up to it. So say researchers out of the University of Maryland who crunched data on depression, anxiety, and psychological disorders in a study published this week in PLoS ONE . The reason remains... More »

Nearly 10% of Us Have Both Anger Issues and Guns

Researchers say identifying more serious mental health issues won't do the trick

(Newser) - When Duke University researchers asked subjects to reveal a) if they've ever exhibited impulsive angry behavior, and b) if they have easy access to a gun, 8.9% of them copped to such anger management issues and a gun in their home, while 1.5% of them admitted to... More »

For Better Health, Be Awed

Researchers also found awe can occur more often than you might think

(Newser) - News that's kind of, well, awesome: Research suggests that the feeling of awe offers a health boost, and it actually happens quite frequently. "Some people feel awe listening to music," University of California, Berkeley, researcher Dacher Keltner tells the New York Times , "others watching a sunset... More »

Ala. Investigates Claim That Harper Lee Is Being Abused

Still much debate over author's competence

(Newser) - Harper Lee has been depicted as alternately obstinate , humiliated , and "happy as hell" since HarperCollins announced her second novel would be published —and now more red flags have popped up. Amid the debate over her mental competence, the state of Alabama has jumped into the fray to investigate... More »

Student Debt Hurts Mental Health, Study Suggests

It's the first study to actually look at the link

(Newser) - People have been railing against student loans for a while now, but a new study gives you another reason to complain: Loans, it suggests, can also hurt students' mental health. The study looked at survey responses from nearly 5,000 Americans born between 1980 and 1984, and found that the... More »

Feel Younger Than Your Age? You'll Live Longer

Self-perceived age actually alters mortality rates, study says

(Newser) - If you eat well and exercise, you'll probably feel younger than your chronological age. But new research suggests that simply feeling younger than your age—even when accounting for other longevity factors, such as alcohol intake, wealth, illness, education, and smoking—improves longevity, reports Medical News Today . Studying 6,... More »

Report: Newtown Shooter Could Have Been Helped

Instead, parents, school sheltered and 'appeased' Adam Lanza

(Newser) - Parental denial and stunning breakdowns in his educational and medical treatment led to plenty of missed opportunities to get Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza the help he needed and perhaps avoid the 2012 tragedy, a report released today by the Office of the Child Advocate reveals. Lanza had "'... More »

Every 40 Seconds, Someone Commits Suicide: WHO

'Major public health problem' is No. 2 cause of death among people 15-29

(Newser) - With the suicide of Robin Williams still painfully fresh, the World Health Organization released a startling statistic today: Someone takes his or her own life every 40 seconds—which equates to about 800,000 deaths a year, reports the BBC . Other findings in the WHO study : Suicide is the second-leading... More »

3.5K Dead and Forgotten Mental Patients Now Honored

Cremated remains were found decade ago at Oregon State Hospital

(Newser) - They were dubbed the "forgotten souls"—the cremated remains of thousands who came through the doors of Oregon's state mental hospital, died there and whose ashes were abandoned inside 3,500 copper urns . Discovered a decade ago at the decrepit Oregon State Hospital, where One Flew Over ... More »

Inmate Died After Week Alone in Rikers Cell

Mental health staffers failed to look in on Bradley Ballard as he acted out

(Newser) - Rikers Island might just have a problem with inmates who are mentally ill. A 39-year-old man was found naked and unresponsive on the floor of his cell after being left there, alone, for seven straight days, while being denied some of his medication, an AP report out today reveals. Bradley... More »

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