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How Acts of Kindness Help Heal Depression
How Acts of Kindness
Help Heal Depression
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How Acts of Kindness Help Heal Depression

Unlike some therapeutic techniques, it relieves symptoms and boosts social connection: study

(Newser) - People experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression will likely feel better in performing acts of kindness for others, which distract from their own feelings, new research shows. "Social connection is one of the ingredients of life most strongly associated with well-being," study co-author David Cregg, a PhD candidate...

Trial Raises Hope for Psilocybin as Depression Treatment

Regulatory approval could come 'potentially within a few years' time'

(Newser) - One or two doses of psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, has been found to help people with cancer , alcohol problems , anxiety, and depression , and now those with a severe, treatment-resistant form of depression, according to researchers. A phase 2 randomized, double-blind clinical trial involving 233 people with treatment-resistant...

WHO Has a Warning for Couch Potatoes

Agency notes 'severe' cost for physical inactivity, with various diseases looming

(Newser) - Get active or risk disease. That's the message from the World Health Organization, whose first global report on physical activity indicates 500 million people in 194 countries will develop heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke, dementia, depression, or other diseases unless they boost their physical activity. "There are few...

Autopsy Report Reveals Cause of Death for Naomi Judd

Naomi Judd died by suicide with a firearm, as her family had previously indicated

(Newser) - Update: In a confirmation of what Naomi Judd's family has told the public, a newly released autopsy report indicates she killed herself with a firearm, per the AP . The report, which is considered public record in Tennessee, also showed multiple prescription drugs in her system used to treat various...

Naomi Judd Was Open About Mental Health Struggles

Late country star battled depression for years

(Newser) - "We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness," is how daughters Ashley and Wynonna Judd put it in announcing the death of their mother, Naomi , at age 76. For those with only a passing acquaintance of the country star, that might have come as a...

Brain Implant Gives Woman Relief From Lifelong Depression

Doctors used a device approved for epilepsy

(Newser) - A woman with depression that never got better, not with antidepressants and not with electroconvulsive therapy, is finally getting some relief, and some researchers are as happy as she is. A woman, identified only as Sarah, had struggled for most of her 36 years, but now finds herself capable of...

iPhones of the Future May Keep Tabs on Your Mental Health

Apple has teamed up with Biogen, UCLA to study depression, anxiety, cognitive decline

(Newser) - We rely on our devices for practically everything these days, and Apple apparently hopes we'll soon check our iPhones to get a better handle on our mental health. The tech giant has previously teamed up with UCLA on mental health research, and with pharmaceuticals company Biogen on studying cognitive...

Laughing Gas May Ease Severe Depression
Small Study Suggests
Unusual Depression Treatment
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Small Study Suggests Unusual Depression Treatment

A pool of 24 people got relief after short treatments with laughing gas

(Newser) - Can laughing gas treat severe depression? Scientists are starting to ask that question, and the answer is looking like a promising maybe. In a small study —only 24 people, 96% of whom were white and 70% were women—nitrous oxide lifted the symptoms of treatment-resistant depression. A larger...

Falwell: 'Roller Coaster' of Hiding Wife's Affair Led to Depression

Former head of Liberty University says wife's former lover threatened them, demanded money

(Newser) - Jerry Falwell Jr. made several different headlines earlier this year, including when he told students they could come back to Liberty University during the pandemic, made a cringey face mask "joke," and stepped down from Liberty after an odd photo of him emerged. Now, in an exclusive statement...

Daughter of NFL Owner, Film Producer Dead at 36

Hilary Tisch 'bravely fought the disease of depression for as long as she could,' says dad Steve

(Newser) - The 36-year-old daughter of New York Giants co-owner and film producer Steve Tisch has died. Hilary Anne Tisch died Monday, Steve Tisch said in a statement issued on behalf of the family. The statement did not cite a cause of death or say where she died, but it noted she...

Edgar Allan Poe Likely Didn't Kill Himself
Edgar Allan Poe Likely
Didn't Kill Himself
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Edgar Allan Poe Likely Didn't Kill Himself

Researchers study his language, don't think he was suicidal

(Newser) - Psychologists looking into the death of Edgar Allen Poe are disputing a widely held theory that the famous author committed suicide. The 40-year-old Poe died in a hospital in 1849 after what has been described as days of delirium, notes Fast Company . The cause of his death remains unclear to...

Psilocybin May Ease Anxiety for a Surprisingly Long Time

Cancer patients still feeling positive effects almost 5 years later

(Newser) - About five years ago, a study found that cancer patients who took one dose of the compound found in magic mushrooms had much less anxiety. A followup study suggests the psilocybin's effect is still in place, reports NBC News . The study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology suggests that psilocybin...

In Protest-Heavy Nation, a Big Find on PTSD
In Protest-Heavy
Nation, a Big
Find on PTSD
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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...

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...

Research Claws at 'Crazy Cat Lady' Stereotype
Research Claws at
'Crazy Cat Lady' Stereotype
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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...

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...

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,'...

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...

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...

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...

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