Phelps honored for honesty on mental health, helping others

Sports 05/21/19, 17:43

While swimming to Olympic glory, Michael Phelps found comfort in the pool and quite a bit of angst out of it. His bout with depression reached its nadir in 2014 after a second DUI arrest. That's when the most decorated Olympian of all time checked himself into a rehabilitative center in ...

Minnesota senator opens up about her bouts of depression

Health 05/13/19, 17:18

Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota is sharing her experiences with depression for the first time as she calls for more federal funding for mental health programs.The Democrat said she battled depression as a teenager and again in her late 30s, the Star Tribune reported."It just sort of feels like all ...

NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace struggling with depression

Sports 05/10/19, 17:10

NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace acknowledged covering up depression "for many years" before breaking down in near tears during a media session ahead of Saturday night's race at Kansas Speedway.The 25-year-old Wallace has struggled throughout his second full season at NASCAR's top level, his best finish coming in 17th at Martinsville. ...

Mind-altering, ketamine-like drug OK’d for severe depression

Treatment 03/05/19, 21:28

A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K won U.S. approval Tuesday for patients with hard-to-treat depression, the first in a series of long-overlooked substances being reconsidered for severe forms of mental illness. The nasal spray from Johnson & Johnson is a chemical cousin of ketamine, which has been ...

Researchers find clues that depression may speed brain aging

U.S. 02/14/19, 13:32

Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are peeking inside living brains to tell if depression might worsen that decline — and finding some worrisome clues.Depression has long been linked to certain cognitive problems, and depression late in life even may be a risk factor for ...

Depression 101: Dallas schoolkids learn about mental health

U.S. 02/09/19, 09:54

Dozens of Dallas-area schools are among a growing number around the world that are teaching children how to spot the signs of depression in themselves and others.Government statistics show suicide is the second-leading cause of death among Americans ages 10 to 18. Experts hope such lessons will mean depressed teens ...

Man says emotional support alligator helps his depression

U.S. 01/26/19, 13:10

A Pennsylvania man says his emotional support alligator helps him deal with his depression.Joie Henney, 65, said his registered emotional support animal named Wally likes to snuggle and give hugs, despite being a 5-foot-long alligator. The York Haven man said he received approval from his doctor to use Wally as ...

Man says emotional support alligator helps his depression

U.S. 01/24/19, 11:22

A Pennsylvania man says his emotional support alligator helps him deal with his depression.Sixty-five-year-old Joie Henney, of York Haven, says his registered emotional support animal named Wally likes to snuggle and give hugs, despite being a 5-foot-long alligator. reports Henney says he received approval from his doctor to use ...

Europe’s human rights court to hear Belgian euthanasia case

Europe 01/08/19, 06:47

Europe's top human rights court has agreed to hear a case being brought against Belgium by a man whose mother was euthanized in 2012 for depression, the second case that implicates one of Belgium's leading euthanasia doctors.In a statement on Tuesday, lawyers for Tom Mortier said they brought their case ...

Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angst

U.S. 01/03/19, 12:14

Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it?The idea has sparked a race to develop apps that warn of impending ...

Could smartphones spot teen depression?

News 01/03/19, 01:11

Smartphones have been blamed for contributing to depression and suicidal behavior in susceptible teens. But what if they could identify kids at risk? Researchers are trying to develop phone apps to detect impending mental health crises. Source: The Associated Press

High hopes & hype for experimental depression drug ketamine

Business 10/31/18, 01:02

An anesthetic also used as the club drug, Special K, is finding new life as unapproved treatment for severe depression.Clinics have opened around the U.S. promising nearly instant relief with ketamine.Lauren Pestikas holds her dog Sambuca in Chicago on Aug. 1, 2018. Since starting treatments with ketamine infusions, she says ...

Cavs’ Love raises mental health awareness with ‘locker’ talk

Basketball 10/25/18, 12:42

Kevin Love can't remember being this freshly shaven, gliding his fingers over his smooth cheeks and chin while glancing at a large mirror.The reflection doesn't pain him anymore.From the outside, the Cleveland Cavaliers' All-Star forward appears to have it all: A model's striking looks, a multi-million dollar contract and dream ...

Kander, citing mental health concerns, drops out of KC race

Health 10/02/18, 15:06

Jason Kander, a rising star in Democratic politics who narrowly lost a 2016 Senate bid, dropped out of the race for mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, on Tuesday so he could get help for post-traumatic stress and depression that he said he has suffered from for more than a decade.Kander, ...

UW Health researches medical uses for psychedelics

Health 09/29/18, 01:47

Alan Ferguson's depression became so severe this spring, he quit his job, gave away his dog and planned to end his life. None of the medications he had tried eased his despair.A psychiatrist suggested one last treatment: ketamine, an anesthetic known as "special K," a party or date-rape drug.After one ...

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