Legalized discrimination has real, tangible effects on the life prospects of those who are subject to its restrictions. Fortunately a number of laws have been passed in recent years that have made discrimination based on race, gender, physical impairment or sexual preference much more rare.
A recent study from the University of Adelaide in South Australia has identified an apparent link between insomnia, depression, generalized anxiety and panic disorders in teenagers. The results of the study were recently published in the journal Sleep Medicine.
Cammy is one of those unassuming women with a secret weapon—a knockout smile and brains for days. She’s an assistant professor in women’s studies and the single mom of two young girls. She lectures and researches every weekday, then grabs the girls dinner on the way home. They eat in the car as they head to karate and gymnastics. Cammy talks to them while she drives about the importance of loving their bodies exactly as they are, and tells them about the women who inspired her when she was their age—all women who lived in books. She answers their questions and laughs with her kids, and the girls think their mom is great—as long as it’s still daylight.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention somewhere between 5-10 percent of adolescents in this country struggle with depression, and around 25 percent experience anxiety as a mental health concern. Some causes behind these conditions are not easily remedied, but a recent review of studies shows that at least one risk factor could be reduced.
New mothers and infants are associated with feelings of excitement, joy and love. But for those mothers who suffer from postpartum depression, childbirth can also mean mental health issues that overshadow child rearing, and share similarities to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
While many of us may talk about feeling depressed, what we often mean is that we are not as ‘up’ as usual. True depression is a lot more than feeling a little bit blue. When depression strikes teens it can affect nearly everything in their lives: how they are able to perform at school; parent/child relations; straining existing friendships and making it tough to forge all-important adolescent friendships.
Recovery time for mental illness depends on social factors, genetics, concurrent disorders and the type of treatment a patient is undergoing. The Treatment of Adolescents with Depression Study, which was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, stresses that adolescents with major depression should have long-term treatment in order to fully recover.
Depression is a serious condition that affects millions of Americans every year. Although it knows no boundaries with regards to race, gender, socio-economic status, or education, some groups are more likely to struggle with this particular mental health disorder than others. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is one of the groups that is especially vulnerable. Individuals who identify themselves as LGBT are more likely to struggle with depression than their heterosexual peers.
A new study published in JAMA Psychiatry in September 2013 shows that children at “double-risk” for depression experience positive results from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT.) The study followed 316 teenagers with a history of depressive symptoms, who also have at least one parent with current or past depression. The results of the study show that those teenagers who underwent a series of group CBT sessions known as cognitive behavioral prevention (CBP) were less likely to experience depressive symptoms or depressive episodes later on.