As N.S. town grapples with youth mental health, parents search for solutions

  Warning: This story contains content that may be disturbing to some readers. Discretion is advised.  The Mental Health & Addictions Provincial Crisis Line can be reached at 1-888-429-8167. More resources are listed below. Three years after her daughter lost her battle with her mental health struggles, Kelly Mitchell is still coming to terms with … Read more

Depression as marketing – influencers and mental health

Influencers and celebrities talking about mental health online is important, but can turn problematic when used as a marketing tool. Georgievic | E+ | Getty Images Open conversations about mental health are as important as ever — and social media influencers can play a key role in starting them. Sometimes, however, the line between raising … Read more

Long-COVID symptoms worsened by stressful events

A recent study published in the Journal of Neurological Sciences reported that life stressors impact post-acute symptoms and long-term outcomes after hospitalization for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) have been observed in 25% to 69% of non-hospitalized patients and 33% to 90% of hospitalized patients. The variable prevalence could stem from … Read more

How to Tell the Difference Between Sadness and Depression

Given how we use the words “sadness” and “depression” in everyday life and in pop culture, it can be hard to differentiate one from the other. Even though they might seem similar, they’re not. Experts say it’s like comparing a single star to a constellation. Understanding what separates sadness from depression is important, if it … Read more

A third of people at risk of mental health issue could avoid it with regular workouts, study shows 

Can exercise stop one in three cases of depression? A third of people at risk of mental health issue could avoid it with regular workouts, study shows Research suggests getting moving can reduce risk of depression and anxiety 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise could reduce risk by almost 19 per cent Figures come … Read more

HRT ‘makes women depressed’: Women on patches, gels and pills up to twice as likely to be diagnosed

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may carry a risk of depression, a controversial study suggests. Researchers in Denmark monitored around 800,000 menopausal women for more than a decade. Women taking HRT were up to twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression than those not on the tablets, patches and gels. Results also showed that the … Read more

How to beat winter SAD syndrome

Brain chemicals also come into play, she explains. “Serotonin is a chemical messenger that works with your nerve cells. It is sometimes known as the ‘happy chemical’, but it also affects sleep health, bone health, digestion and wound healing. And reduced sunlight can cause a drop in serotonin.” Melatonin, a hormone produced by the brain’s … Read more

All the weird quack menopause treatments… and why they may not work

From a vibrating chair for urinary incontinence to a ‘vampire facial’ to rejuvenate the vagina, clinics offer a range of whacky menopause treatments. Women going through ‘the change’ can suffer anything from depression and anxiety to vaginal dryness and weight gain. All of these are caused by hormone levels falling naturally as they age. Hormone … Read more

LA developer Robert Flaxman jailed for college admissions scandal kills himself at his Malibu home

LA real estate developer Robert Flaxman, who was charged in the college admissions scandal alongside Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, has killed himself. The 66-year-old from Los Angeles was found hanged in his Malibu home last week after his friends requested a welfare check. Authorities told TMZ no note was found but he had a … Read more

Association of sleep duration at age 50, 60, and 70 years with risk of multimorbidity in the UK: 25-year follow-up of the Whitehall II cohort study

Abstract Background Sleep duration has been shown to be associated with individual chronic diseases but its association with multimorbidity, common in older adults, remains poorly understood. We examined whether sleep duration is associated with incidence of a first chronic disease, subsequent multimorbidity and mortality using data spanning 25 years. Methods and findings Data were drawn … Read more