Suicide Among Women with Learning Difficulties, and Other News

Woman looking out toward the seaWomen diagnosed with learning difficulties or disabilities are significantly more likely than other women to attempt suicide, according to a study published in the Journal of Learning Disabilities. One in six (16.6%) of women with learning difficulties attempted suicide at some point during their lives, compared to just 3.3% of women without learning difficulties.

Men with learning difficulties were also more likely to attempt suicide, with a lifetime prevalence rate of 7.7%. This compares to a lifetime prevalence rate of 2.1% among men without learning difficulties.

Learning difficulties were just one factor correlated with an increased risk of suicide attempts. Exposure to chronic parental domestic violence doubled the risk of suicide among people with learning difficulties. Childhood sexual abuse doubled the risk, and depression increased the risk by seven.

The study established correlations, but did not find a causal relationship between these risk factors and suicide attempts.

Care System Not to Blame for Increased Risk of Mental Health Issues in Children

According to a study of nearly 400 children involved in state care—through foster care, support at home, or a child protection plan—the care system is not to blame for an increase in mental health concerns among these children. Instead, experiences outside of the care system, including abuse and other forms of trauma, contribute to the increase in mental health issues.

New Surveys Suggest Teen Vaping Rates Falling

The number of middle and high school students who use e-cigarettes fell from 3 million in 2015 to 2.2 million in 2016. This is the first decline since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began tracking vaping rates among teenagers in 2011.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Staves Off Alzheimer’s, Preserves Memory, Study Shows

Mice fed a diet rich in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) had better memories and fewer learning difficulties compared to control mice, according to a new study. Brain scans revealed better preservation of nerve connections in the rodents’ brains, as well as decreased inflammation. Mice who ate EVOO also had fewer reductions in autophagy. Autophagy is a natural cellular destruction and pruning process in the brain that increases in people with Alzheimer’s.

Refugees Struggle With Mental Illness, Suicide Attempts Increase

June 20 was the United Nations’ World Refugee Day. Research suggests factors such as exposure to trauma and displacement has led to an increase in mental health issues among refugees. Suicide attempts are also on the rise among refugees.

‘How I Learned to Live With Multiple Personalities’

Dissociative identity (DID), once known as multiple personality, remains a controversial and poorly understood diagnosis. Researchers believe dissociation is tied to trauma, but others claim DID is an extremely rare or even mythical condition. Little is known about what life is like for people who live with DID.

Serotonin Improves Sociability in Autism: Mouse Study

Some research suggests early serotonin deficiency is associated with later symptoms of autism. New research on mice has found increasing serotonergic activity in the brain can change brain activity and improve sociability.

German Cities Traumatized in WWII Show Distinct Psychological Resilience Today

People living in 89 German cities that were exposed to intense bombing during World War II show distinct personality patterns, a study has found. Researchers suspected these Germans might rank higher on neuroticism, a measure of anxiety, depression, and other mood issues. Instead, they found people living in these regions showed fewer neurotic traits, suggesting higher resilience.

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  • Richard

    Richard

    June 25th, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Hope that with teen vaping rates going down we don’t start to see cigarette smoking on the rise again

  • miranda C

    miranda C

    June 26th, 2017 at 9:23 AM

    The thought of having to leave the home and the life that I know and love would terrify me. So to learn that refugees have a difficult time with adjustment would be quite the understatement. It is so sad that many are trying to do better for the families by getting away from these kinds of horrific situations but then the shock and anxiety of the move could ultimately lead to this sort of decision.
    I don’t know what I would do if I ever had to leave it all behind so it is so ugly to me to think that we would want to harm and belittle these people who are only trying to have a better life by belittling them and making them feel like they are unwanted.

  • Jody

    Jody

    June 26th, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    If this is true re: EVOO then could it also be true that a diet full of other healthy fats could have the same benefits for warding off Alzheimer’s?

  • Jeff

    Jeff

    June 28th, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    What I have witnessed over the years correlates with those cities who were impacted so deeply during WWII. Most of the time those who have been hit the hardest will them be the most able to pick up the pieces and then fight back. They are fighters and many times against all odds they will survive and thrive.

  • Noni

    Noni

    June 30th, 2017 at 6:37 AM

    I cannot even imagine being in the position to have to leave everything behind that meant the world to me.

    My family, my home, everything in my life that I had worked so hard for. It would be terribly distressing to leave all of that behind.

    I know that there are communities which are openly welcoming refugees across the globe, but still, you know that with all of the angst and anxiety that suicide has to be at the forefront of so many of their thoughts.

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