(HealthDay News) — In the aftermath of the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children in Newtown, Conn., last Friday, voices around the nation are asking, “How could this have happened?”
At the heart of any answer is the psychological makeup of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old shooter who forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School before gunning down the young students and six adults. Earlier that morning, he shot and killed his mother in the home they shared.
Details of Lanza’s mental health issues are still emerging, but it’s clear he was a troubled child and young adult. As reported by ABC News, typical comments by people who knew Lanza included “weird kid,” “not well” and “hated looking at your eyes.”
Mental health experts stressed that merely noting that a child seems “weird” is not enough to mandate that he or she seek care. Most agree, however, that children and young people with mental health issues across the United States are falling through the cracks of an inadequate system.
via Is the Mental Health System Failing Troubled Kids?.
Lindsey Vonn has revealed that she has been battling depression for close to a decade.
The 28-year-old is the most decorated female skier in U.S. history but she is not above having setbacks. She told People magazine that depression runs in her family and first came to affect her in 2002 when she made her Olympic debut .
Vonn said she currently takes an anti-depressant to manage her symptoms.
via Skier Lindsey Vonn reveals battle with depression | GantDaily.com.
Due to cultural stigmas and a lack of access to health care, Latinas may be at high risk for postpartum depression, a form of depression common in women who have just given birth.According to Arizona State University, “The Latino belief of Marianismo, the ideal that woman puts duty and family above her own needs, can often stop Latinas from asking for help from others and this can lead to feelings of inadequacy, isolation, and an even deeper type of depression called postpartum depression or PPD.”Research has indicated Latinas are 3
via Latinas At Higher Risk Of Postpartum Depression Due To Cultural Stigmas.
In any given year, 7% of adults suffer from major depression, and at least 1 in 10 youth will reckon with the disorder at some point during their teenage years. But about 20% of these cases will not respond to current treatments; for those that do, relief may take weeks to months to come.
There is one treatment, however, that works much faster: the anesthetic and “club drug” ketamine. It takes effect within hours. A single dose of ketamine produces relief of depression that has been shown in studies to last for up to 10 days; it also appears to reduce symptoms of bipolar disorder and suicidal thoughts. Now, a new research review published in Science calls the discovery of these effects of ketamine, “”arguably the most important discovery in half a century” of depression research.
via Ketamine for Depression: The Most Important Advance in Field in 50 Years? | Healthland | TIME.com.
The military is seeing unprecedented mental illness and suicide in its ranks, and is funding research to treat depression and prevent the most tragic of outcomes.Follow @NBCNewsUSIn July, a report released by the military found that mental health disorders in active-duty troops increased 65 percent since 2000. Of the more than 900,000 diagnoses, about 85 percent included cases of adjustment disorders, depression, alcohol abuse and anxiety. This month, the Army reported 38 suspected suicides among active-duty and reserve soldiers in July, the highest monthly number of suicides since record-keeping began a few years ago.
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