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October 2, 2018
by Patricia Tomasi

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First Study Of Its Kind Discovers Biological Markers That Show Why Children Of Moms With Postpartum Depression Are More Susceptible To Mental Illness

October 2, 2018 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Depression and Anxiety (the official journal of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America) has found stress and immune biomarkers that link children and their mothers who suffer from postpartum depression. The current study, titled, Maternal depression alters stress and immune biomarkers in mother and child, is part of a 15-year longitudinal study that followed children of depressed mothers from birth to age ten. [More]

July 22, 2015
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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The Real Significance Behind The Semicolon Tattoo Trend

July 22, 2015 07:55 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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There have been a significant number of semi colon tattoos showing up in the news in July. This trend has been worldwide and was started by Project Semicolon, an organization that focuses on concerns of mental illness such as: suicide, depression, addiction,and self-injury.Because an author inserts a semicolon at a point where a sentence could be ended, but is not ended. The reminder is that you are the author of your own life and can choose to continue, rather than end it. [More]

June 15, 2015
by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT

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Suicide Cluster on the Rise among Palo Alto’s Teens : Is it Contagious?

June 15, 2015 07:55 by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT   [About the Author]

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It all began in 2009 -2010 when four students and a recent graduate from Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California killed themselves over a seven-month period. In just five years, the tragedy ensued and was followed by another four suicide victims this year. When a recent graduate from Gunn High killed himself on the tracks near East Meadow Drive in Palo Alto, another student ended his life the same way in less than three weeks after. Two and half months later, a senior killed himself followed by another suicide committed by a sophomore from Palo Alto High School (Kapp, 2015). [More]

January 29, 2015
by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

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Violence, Stigma, and Mental Illness: Understanding the Real Connections

January 29, 2015 07:55 by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.  [About the Author]

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Violence is a main cause of stigma toward people with mental illness, but lack of knowledge and education are also part of the problem. People with mental illness are no more likely to commit violent acts than anyone else, but when mental illness is present with substance abuse and a history of violence, that risk does increase. As a society, we must better understand and effectively address all causes of violence. [More]

January 6, 2015
by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.

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The Intersection of Genetics, Mental Illness, and Stigma

January 6, 2015 07:55 by Lisa La Rose, M.A., L.P.C.  [About the Author]

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As our understanding of the biological and genetic factors that contribute to the development of these disorders, it becomes easier to see these behavioral health disorders as real diseases—like diabetes or heart disease, which can also run in families. But, how might our relatively recent increased understanding of genetics and biology impact how people with mental illness are perceived and treated in our society? Will this understanding help to decrease stigma, or will it further fuel stigma for people living with behavioral health disorders? [More]

December 4, 2014
by Marti Wormuth, MA

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What are Personality Disorders?

December 4, 2014 04:55 by Marti Wormuth, MA  [About the Author]

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There are a lot of issues that are being focused on in the news today, and it's important to take a look at them so that we can better understand them and what they do to the people who are dealing with them. One type of mental illness that has gotten a lot more focus as of late is the category of personality disorders. Personality disorders are a category of disorders that have certain traits, but each of them are different as well. [More]

November 22, 2014
by Dr. C. Wayne Winkle,Phd

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Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Vitamin B-12 - Is There A Connection?

November 22, 2014 11:25 by Dr. C. Wayne Winkle,Phd  [About the Author]

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There appears to be a connection between dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Vitamin B-12, but not one that suggests a cure for dementia of the Alzheimer’s or another type. If B12 reduces memory loss and deterioration of brain volume, it is a step in the right direction for the eventual effective treatment of the terrible condition known as dementia. [More]

November 15, 2014
by Dr. C. Wayne Winkle,Phd

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Vascular Dementia - New Research May Lead To Treatments

November 15, 2014 10:55 by Dr. C. Wayne Winkle,Phd  [About the Author]

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Vascular dementia is one of eleven general types of dementia. It is second only to Alzheimer’s Disease as a cause of this condition that affects the elderly in America. Scientists at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre (University Health Network, 2014) may have found one major cause of this type of dementia. And that could lead to effective treatment approaches for the condition. [More]