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High school senior gives back
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Adam Moscaritolo began his struggles with debilitating anxiety when he was just 9 years old. After five years of treatments, he happily reports that he's living with "minimal to no anxiety."
As a high school senior grateful to all those who helped him, Adam wanted to give back in some way. So for his senior project, he organized a coed varsity soccer game at his Rhode Island school as a fundraiser for ADAA. Between the event and private donations, Adam sent us a check that proves it was a big success.
We are very grateful for this contribution, and we’re also pleased that Adam continues on his road to recovery. From a difficult time in Adam's life, says his mother Linda Moscaritolo, "his challenge made him grow into a strong, empathetic, caring and compassionate young man." We couldn't agree more.
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This stunning photo series nails what it feels like to have an anxiety disorder
The Huffington Post
It can be difficult to verbalize what it's like to experience mental illness, so photographer Katie Crawford decided to show people instead of tell them. In a stunning self-portrait series titled "My Anxious Heart," Crawford captures how it feels to suffer from generalized anxiety disorder and depression — two conditions she has personally dealt with since she was a child.
How rappers are destigmatizing mental illness
Depression manifests in many different ways, including feelings of worthlessness, loss of interest in normal activities and even recurring suicidal thoughts. Though it often goes undiagnosed, it's a mental health condition that plagues many, and it's commonplace for depression to emerge as a major theme for musicians. One place it's been creeping up more than usual is rap.
Silence is deadly: Mental health and the black community
Today, African-Americans are 20 percent more likely than their white counterparts to report experiencing serious psychological distress. And yet they are 40 percent less likely to have received mental health treatment or counseling in the past year. Here's what that means in real life: Millions of African-Americans suffer from a mental health condition and do not get the treatment they need to live a full and productive life.
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Depression tied to increased risk of Parkinson's disease
The New York Times
Depression is associated with an increased risk for Parkinson's disease, a new study reports, and the more severe the depression, the higher the risk. The study, published in Neurology, found that the rate of Parkinson's disease among people with depression was almost three times that of people without it.
Animals may ease social anxiety in children with autism
Being around animals may help reduce social anxiety in children with autism, new research suggests. The findings could lead to new treatment approaches that use pets such as dogs, cats and guinea pigs to help children with autism improve their social skills and interactions with other people, the researchers said. The study was published online in Developmental Psychobiology.
How childhood bullying victims conquer trauma as adults
A recent study published in the online journal of American Psychologist discusses the long-term implications bullying has on the victim. The collaborative study covered 40 years of research on the lifetime consequences of "peer victimization" in order to give an accurate description of long-term implications of being the recipient of such behavior. Notably, there is no cookie cutter profile for the adult who experienced adolescent bullying.
More US kids getting mental health treatment
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
The number of U.S. children and teens being treated for mental health issues has risen by about 50 percent in the past 20 years — with most of those kids having relatively mild symptoms, a new study finds. The research, published in the May 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, comes at a time of growing concern over young people's mental health treatment.
Chronic gambling and depression often occur together, researchers find
Medical News Today
Chronic gambling is a problem that can lead to difficulties at work, school and home. It can undermine health, ruin relationships and empty the bank account. Now, a new study finds that in young men, chronic gambling often goes hand in hand with depression. Writing in the Journal of Gambling Studies, Frédéric Dussault researchers explain how they also found that boys with high impulsivity tend to become gamblers when they grow up.
Feeling disconnected adds to women's depression from domestic abuse
Women in abusive relationships feel depressed not only from the violence but from the loss of their sense of belonging, new research finds. In the study published in Violence Against Women, researchers examined the relationship between domestic abuse, belongingness and depression of 71 female patients in a Southeast primary care clinic.
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No link found between PTSD and cancer risk
In the largest study to date that examines post-traumatic stress disorder as a risk factor for cancer, researchers have shown no evidence of an association. The evidence is consistent with other population-based studies that report stressful life events generally are not associated with cancer incidence. The study appears in the European Journal of Epidemiology.
Moms' depression risk may flare a year after giving birth
Repeating postpartum depression screening at six and 12 months after childbirth revealed that 13.5 percent of women were newly at high risk for depression compared with their status when screened immediately after giving birth, according to a new study. Researchers reported the findings in an article published in Annals of Family Medicine.
Over 4 million workers have anxiety disorders
HealthDay News via WebMD
A new study finds that 4.3 million Americans with full-time jobs had an anxiety disorder in the past year. That number represents 3.7 percent of full-time workers aged 18 and older, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
PTSD treatment can start early despite addiction
War veterans with both post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse problems can be treated for the trauma without waiting for a long period of sobriety, researchers say. In a small study, a majority of vets with both conditions were able to complete a 12-week course of cognitive processing therapy with significant improvements on two PTSD measures, according to research presented at the recent American Psychiatric Association annual meeting.
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