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In Protest-Heavy Nation, a Big Find on PTSD

Nearly one-third of people in Hong Kong say they have PTSD symptoms

(Newser) - A new study identifies a "major mental health burden" in Hong Kong, and it's linked to much of the social unrest there. Per the Guardian , a new study published in the Lancet journal notes that almost a third of adults there—nearly 2 million people—reported having symptoms... More »

Ruby Rose Ran Into an Old Pal. Then It All Began 'to Unravel'

'Batwoman' actress reveals lifelong struggles with depression, suicide attempts, dissociative amnesia

(Newser) - Ruby Rose made the revelation last month that she'd badly hurt doing stunts on the set of Batwoman, and she even posted an up-close look at the surgery she'd had to undergo to take care of her injuries. Now the 33-year-old actress has offered another glimpse into her... More »

Research Claws at 'Crazy Cat Lady' Stereotype

It suggests cat owners are no more anxious, depressed than others

(Newser) - Roughly half of Americans buy into the "crazy cat lady" stereotype, generally believing cat owners to be single women surrounded by numerous balls of fur, according to a 2015 survey spotted by the Los Angeles Times . It's a long-standing idea, as evidenced by an 1872 editorial in the... More »

Teen Rape Survivor Who Requested Euthanasia Ends Her Life

17-year-old Noa Pothoven suffered PTSD and depression

(Newser) - "After years of struggling and fighting, it's over." So reads a Dutch teen's "sad last post" Saturday on her Instagram account , noting she'd stopped eating and drinking and would soon be free from "[unbearable] suffering." The Washington Post reports on the right-to-die... More »

Ariana Professes Big Love for a Star. He Sweetly Responds

Grande, Jim Carrey bond over their thoughts on depression

(Newser) - Ariana Grande started a sweet back-and-forth with Jim Carrey of all people on Saturday, USA Today reports, when she posted an Instagram story showing a picture Carrey, alongside a quote of his on dealing with depression. "You should think of the word 'depressed' as 'deep rest,'... More »

First Postpartum Depression Drug: Effective, Cumbersome

Women felt improvement within 24 hours, but need to get it via IV for 60 hours

(Newser) - A groundbreaking treatment has been approved for what doctors say is a major medical condition that doesn't get talked about enough. The FDA has approved brexanolone, the first treatment specifically targeting postpartum depression, which will be sold as "Zulresso," USA Today reports. Doctors say it is much... More »

Nasal Spray Derived From Party Drug Approved for Depression

Esketamine, for treatment-resistant depression, to be administered by experts

(Newser) - The FDA has approved a new fast-acting depression treatment derived from a party drug . Nasal spray esketamine from Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceuticals contains an active portion of the ketamine molecule. As a generic anesthetic, ketamine or "Special K" is increasingly available for depression, but costs a pretty... More »

Devices, Bad for Teens? Now They Might Help

Patterns of smartphone use could indicate changes in mental health

(Newser) - Rising suicide rates and depression in US teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it? The idea has sparked a race to develop apps that warn of... More »

Ariana, Celebs Rally Around 'Suicidal' Pete Davidson

Saturday Night Live star posts grim Instagram message

(Newser) - Is Pete Davidson on the brink? The Saturday Night Live star posted online missives Saturday that touch on mental health and suicide, per TMZ . "I really don't want to be on this earth anymore," writes the 25-year-old on Instagram. "I'm doing my best to stay... More »

The 'Magic' in 'Shrooms Could Really Help You

New study says it can serve medicinal purposes

(Newser) - Want to quit smoking or alleviate depression? In a few years you might be taking the psychedelic "magic" in magic mushrooms—if the FDA ever agrees, the New York Times reports. Researchers from John Hopkins University suggest the FDA should reclassify psilocybin—the psychedelic drug in hallucinogenic mushrooms—to... More »

'Rising Democratic Star' Drops Out of Race, Cites PTSD

Democrat Jason Kander says he's 'done hiding' his post-traumatic stress disorder, depression

(Newser) - "I suffer from depression and have PTSD symptoms. After 11 years, I'm finally ready to do something about it." That was the surprise tweet Tuesday from Jason Kander, an Afghanistan war veteran and "rising Democratic star" who'd hoped to become the next mayor of Kansas... More »

Autopsy Confirms Kate Spade's Cause of Death

Designer committed suicide by hanging herself with a scarf

(Newser) - All signs pointed to suicide in the death of fashion icon Kate Spade, and the New York City medical examiner's office confirmed that on Thursday, reports the Daily News . The office ruled that the 55-year-old took her own life by hanging inside her apartment on Park Avenue. The confirmation... More »

Dwayne Johnson Opens Up About Depression

And his mom's long-ago suicide attempt

(Newser) - In February, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson revealed on Instagram that when he was 15, he saved his mother from a suicide attempt. In a new interview with the Express , he opens up about that—and his own struggle with depression. "She got outta the car on Interstate 65... More »

K-Pop Star Dies in Apparent Suicide Using Coal

South Korea's Jonghyun appears to have killed himself by burning coal

(Newser) - A K-pop superstar in South Korea whose bandmates said "loved music more than anyone" died Monday in what appears to be a suicide, the BBC reports. Police say Jonghyun (full name Kim Jong-hyun), said to be in his late 20s, was found unconscious in a Seoul residence hotel and... More »

Video Shows a Laughing Chester Bennington Hours Before He Died

Linkin Park frontman's widow posts clip: 'This is what depression looked like to us'

(Newser) - Even those closest to someone with depression might not see warning signs, as evidenced by a new video posted by Chester Bennington's widow. TMZ reports that Talinda Bennington uploaded a video to Twitter on Saturday showing the Linkin Park frontman, who killed himself in July, participating in a jelly... More »

Feeling Depressed? Google Might Be Able to Help Out

Users have the option to fill out a questionnaire

(Newser) - Only about half of people who are depressed seek treatment, and Google says it wants to help. The company is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Health to deploy a tool the groups hope will encourage those at risk of depression to seek help, reports Forbes . The set-up is... More »

Women's Brains More Active Than Men's in 2 Key Areas

Those managing self-control and focus, as well as mood disorders

(Newser) - In the latest "men are from Mars, women are from Venus" debate, neuroscience jumps into the fray. In what UPI deems the "largest functional brain imaging survey ever," researchers from California's Amen Clinics used a type of 3D imaging to determine that women's brains are... More »

Depressed? Try Rock Climbing

New research shows that scaling a rock face may help ease depression

(Newser) - Heading out for a weekend climb or scaling the rock wall at the gym may be good therapy for treating depression, new research shows. A University of Arizona study found that a form of rock climbing eased depression symptoms in participants from moderate to mild levels after eight weeks, Inverse... More »

Artist Chihuly on Mental Illness: 'I Don't Have Neutral Very Much'

Glass art pioneer talks about highs, lows of his struggles with bipolar disorder

(Newser) - The private studio of glass artist Dale Chihuly reflects his obsession with collecting, from stamps and pocket knives to carnival-prize figurines on shelves that reach the ceiling. But amid the ordered clutter, some items hint at something more: a long row of Ernest Hemingway titles in one bookcase, an entire... More »

Facebook Likes Aren't Necessarily Uplifting

People who go out of their way to get more likes tend to have lower self-esteem

(Newser) - Teens aren't necessarily as in love with social media as they're portrayed to be. The results of an AP poll released last week show that nearly 60% of teens in the US have taken social media breaks—most of the time voluntary ones that last at least a... More »

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