Exposure to Violent News Can Cause Trauma, and Other News

A young person browses on her smart phoneExposure to traumatic or life-threatening circumstances, such as a rape, car accident, or military combat, can lead to symptoms of posttraumatic stress. According to a new study, though, you don’t have to have firsthand experience of these events to suffer trauma. Researchers gave 189 participants with no prior trauma history a questionnaire that posed questions about social media use and symptoms of trauma. Twenty-two percent of participants showed symptoms of trauma based solely on their exposure to school shootings, terrorist attacks, and other sources of trauma on social media.

Bran Scans Confirm ‘Fuzzy Thinking’ as Symptom of Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Some people with bipolar and depression report “fuzzy thinking,” and a new fMRI study addresses this symptom. Participants engaged in executive functioning tests that required quick thinking and rapid responses. The depression and bipolar group performed similarly to one another, but not as well to groups without either condition. Brain scans revealed that those with bipolar and depression had less brain activity in the posterior parietal cortex. 

Crazy Good: How Mental Illnesses Help Entrepreneurs Thrive

Mental health issues don’t have to derail success. Indeed, for some entrepreneurs, they may fuel it. According to a poll of entrepreneurs, 72% are directly affected by mental health issues, either via their own or a family member’s mental health issues. In the general population, the figure is just 48%. Though researchers don’t yet understand what’s behind this correlation, it could be that different ways of thinking, creative problem-solving, and other personality traits sometimes associated with atypical mental health play a role in entrepreneurial success. 

Loyola Researchers Find Link Between Recent Recession and Major Depression

The Great Recession may have contributed to an increase in mental health problems, according to a Loyola University study. Researchers found a depression prevalence of 2.3% from 2005–2006, the years immediately prior to the recession. The figure increased to 3.5% in 2009–2010, and to 3.8% in 2010–2011. 

NYC Mayor Proposes Millions in New Mental Health Services

Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose wife recently detailed her family’s struggles with mental health issues, announced $54 million in new funding for mental health services this year. The figure will increase to $78 million next year. De Blasio wants to install mental health clinics in 80 schools, ensure every police precinct has a victim’s advocate, and offer mental health care to families in homeless shelters. New York may serve as a model for other cities to address mental health needs.

Campus Sex Crime Reporting Nearly Doubled in Last 5 Years, Education Dept. Says

According to the U.S. Department of Education, sex crime reports have almost doubled in a five-year period. In 2009, colleges reported 3,357 crimes, compared to 6,073 cases in 2013. Sex crimes such as rape are notoriously underreported, so it’s difficult to discern whether the numbers suggest an increase in sex crimes, or an improvement in reporting rates.

Healthy Diets Mean Less Chance of Memory Loss, Study Says

The so-called Mediterranean diet, which heavily relies upon nuts, fruits, and vegetables, may be a good way to stave off age-related memory decline. Researchers, who followed nearly 30,000 participants across 40 countries for an average of five years, found that those who followed such a diet saw 24% fewer symptoms of memory loss and thinking problems.

Condolence Cards Designed By a Cancer Survivor

Cancer patients often report pressure to conform to the stereotype of the “good patient” diligently fighting a “battle.” Emily McDowell, who survived stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma, created her condolence cards in response to this narrative. The cards are tongue-in-cheek, but offer meaningful support without forcing cancer patients into stereotypes.

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  • marian


    May 8th, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    I know that the things that we see everyday on the news and online are going to be things that have the potential to scare us. But in the end the people who are doing all of these bad things that we hear about are winning when we let their actions control us even when they do not necessarily directly effect us.
    I for one wish that we could all learn to take a little of that back for ourselves and stop giving in so much to their demands.

  • JerseyGirl


    May 8th, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    I can’t tell you how much better I have personally felt when I changed my diet to be more reflective of the Mediterranean model of eating! Best thing that I ever did for me and my family!

  • Sofie


    May 9th, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Hope that this is not the case but I think that there are so many colleges and universities where rape has become the norm so that while the reporting could have gone up I kind of think that probably the numbers of incidents have increased too.
    You look at that and think that we should be moving past this as a society but I see a lot of control issues that go on between men and women and I think that there are some really bad decisions that are being made and this is just one of the ways that this continues to show up.

  • rena


    May 9th, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    hehehe I took a look at those condolence cards and they are awesome!!

  • Mike


    May 11th, 2015 at 3:36 AM

    Good for the mayor of New York and good for the city. If ever there was a need for more mental health services it is bound to be somewhere like NYC where there is a large population, many of whom are having their health care needs overall go under served.

  • Jonah


    May 11th, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Craziness begets a little more creativeness!!

  • emme


    May 11th, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Believe me when I say that during 2009 and 2010 that was the lowest I have ever been in my life. I lost my job and there were very few prospects on the horizon for a very long time. That was a depression like I had never felt before and I almost got to the point of just giving up and not caring anymore.
    It was hard because day after day I felt like I was just pretending and going through the motions of trying to find a job and stay upbeat when all I really wanted to do was crawl under the covers and hide from it all.

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