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Autism Starts in the Womb

Finding offers new hopes for treatment

(Newser) - Autism appears to start with changes in the brain months before birth, according to new research that highlights the need for early identification and treatment of the disorder. Researchers studying the brains of deceased autistic children found abnormal patches in the cortex that suggest something went wrong either during or... More »

Almost 20% of Soldiers Had Mental Illness Before Enlisting

Trio of studies underscores problems in screening process

(Newser) - Three new studies raise questions about how well the military screens its recruits, finding that almost 20% of US soldiers had a common mental illness before enlisting in the Army. The studies were commissioned after the recent surge in military suicides , and they find that most soldiers with suicidal tendencies... More »

Dolphins' Richie Incognito Enters Psych Clinic

He admits he smashed his own car with baseball bat, calls it 'art'

(Newser) - Richie Incognito has reportedly been admitted to an Arizona psychiatric clinic, in the wake of an incident in which he smashed his own car with a baseball bat. Sources differ on the circumstances; TMZ 's sources say Incognito didn't go to the facility willingly, and that police filled... More »

PTSD Rampant, Undiagnosed in High-Crime US Cities

ProPublica: It's common among trauma center patients, but often untreated

(Newser) - Post traumatic stress disorder is generally associated with war veterans , but a ProPublica investigation finds that it is routinely going undiagnosed and thus untreated among ordinary Americans living in US cities. Consider that in 2011, researchers at Cook County Hospital in Chicago screened patients in its trauma center for PTSD... More »

Creigh Deeds: As Son Stabbed Me, I Told Him I Loved Him

Talks about son Gus' struggle with mental illness with Anderson Cooper

(Newser) - Creigh Deeds saw his son walking across the yard toward him as he fed the animals in the family barn last November. "Hey bud, how'd you sleep?" Deeds said, waving. But just moments later, "I turned my back, and I took it twice in the back" as... More »

Not So Funny? Comedians Have Psychotic Traits

Score higher compared to those in 'non-creative' jobs

(Newser) - Plenty of people would agree comedians are a bit crazy—but are they psychotic? Not quite, but they measure as having higher levels of psychotic personality traits than those in "non-creative" professions, a new study finds. Researchers had 523 comedians, 364 actors, and 831 people in the "non-creative... More »

Creigh Deeds Introduces Mental Health Bills

7 weeks after son stabbed him, killed self

(Newser) - Seven weeks after Gus Deeds stabbed father Creigh and then fatally shot himself, the Virginia state senator has introduced three bills intended to improve the state's mental health system. On Nov. 18, Gus Deeds was released from an emergency custody order for a mental health evaluation, because no psychiatric... 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 »

Stabbed Va. Senator: I Survived 'for a Reason'

Creigh Deeds blames Community Services Board in attack

(Newser) - Creigh Deeds , released from the hospital, is speaking out after his son stabbed him before committing suicide . "I am alive for a reason, and I will work for change," Deeds tells the Recorder newspaper, via the Richmond Times-Dispatch . "I owe that to my precious son."... More »

Depressed? Tackling Your Insomnia First Could Help

New study could lead to major shift in treatment

(Newser) - We might be on the verge of what the New York Times calls "the most significant [advance] in the treatment of depression since the introduction of Prozac in 1987": a new way of looking at treatment for depression and insomnia. More than half of Americans who suffer from depression... More »

Newtown Cop's PTSD Could Get Him Fired

Thomas Bean was a first responder

(Newser) - A Newtown, Conn., police officer on his day off was among the first to respond to the Sandy Hook school shooting—and he still can't escape the horrific memories. Thomas Bean has flashbacks and has considered suicide, he tells CNN : "That day killed me inside." He was... More »

Big Changes Coming to Mental Health Coverage

New rules require mental illnesses to be treated like physical ones

(Newser) - Kathleen Sebelius will reveal a new set of insurance parity rules today that require insurers to treat mental illness just as they would any physical illness, The Hill reports. The regulations will affect the majority of Americans with insurance, and among other things, they will ensure soldiers with traumatic brain... More »

Officials Identify Woman Killed in DC Chase

Miriam Carey, 34, suffered from mental health issues

(Newser) - Law enforcement officials have identified the woman killed during a high-speed chase near the White House today as 34-year-old Miriam Carey of Stamford, Conn, NBC News reports. The Daily News reports that Carey, a dental hygienist who once lived in Brooklyn, had mental health issues and was let go from... More »

Detroit Man Gets Probation After Stealing Dad's Body

He had hoped 93-year-old would return to life

(Newser) - A man who stole his father's body from a Detroit cemetery was placed on probation today and ordered to take mental health medication or face jail. Vincent Bright avoided a prison sentence under a deal with the Wayne County prosecutor's office. He pleaded guilty in August to disinterment... More »

Navy Gunman Flipped Out at Us at Airport: Family

More details emerge about Aaron Alexis' mental issues

(Newser) - When Aaron Alexis called Rhode Island police to complain that three people were " sending vibrations into his body ," he said he suspected his tormentors had been dispatched by someone he argued with at an airport. Now, a family tells Fox News that they were the ones Alexis quarreled... More »

Guys, You're Just as Depressed as Women

When symptoms like rage and substance abuse are factored in

(Newser) - Depression might be known more as a women's disease, but new research shows men suffer just as much—only differently. When rage, risk-taking, and substance abuse are taken into account, men are just as likely to be diagnosed with depression as women, the study says. In fact, if nontraditional... More »

Study: No Link Between Combat, Military Suicides

Suicide risk factors same as in civilian population

(Newser) - People in the military kill themselves for the same reasons civilians do and there is no clear link between combat or deployment overseas and the military's surging suicide rate , according to a new study. Researchers, who tracked 150,000 soldiers from 2001 to 2008, found that most of those... More »

Smokers More Likely to Be Stressed, Depressed

Poll finds 26% of smokers have battled depression

(Newser) - You already know smoking is bad for your body, but a new survey finds it may be tough on your mental health, too. According to the Gallup poll , 26% of smokers suffer from clinical depression compared with just 15% of nonsmokers. Researchers interviewed more than 83,000 Americans to determine... More »

Castro Set for Competency Test Today

Three women want the case over as quickly as possible

(Newser) - Ariel Castro will undergo an evaluation to determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial, a judge ordered yesterday. Although the defense and the prosecution agree Castro is competent, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael Russo said he wants to make sure Castro is able to understand the charges... More »

Up to 20% of US Kids Have Mental Disorder

Prevalence has been increasing for years

(Newser) - The CDC is out with its first report on mental disorders and kids, and the bottom line is a pretty heavy one: 13% to 20% of kids between ages 3 and 17 now suffer from a mental disorder, per the AFP . And that has costly implications: The disorders spur $247... More »

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