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The stigma surrounding mental health still exists, but that didn’t stop Michael Phelps from discussing anxiety and depression on Thursday’s Today show. The Olympic swimmer bravely opened up about his past and present battle with both anxiety and depression, which he’s talked about before. Just because Phelps is a top athlete with 23 gold medals doesn’t mean he has to always be strong. His new interview importantly shows others that you don’t have to be happy or positive all the time.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an umbrella term used to describe lifelong neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by impairment in social interactions and communication coupled with restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviors or interests that appear to share a common developmental course.1 In this article, we examine psychiatric care of patients with ASD and the most common symptom clusters treated with pharmacotherapy: irritability, anxiety, and hyperactivity/inattention.
Cannabis should be legal, just as alcohol should be legal. But marijuana addiction exists, and it almost wrecked my life.
Should hallucinogens such as ketamine, MDMA, psilocybin, and LSD be considered as treatment options for patients with mental illness?
Depression is the leading cause of mental health-related disease burden globally, affecting an estimated 300 million people worldwide. It represents a barrier to sustainable development in all regions. Depression prevents people from reaching their full potential, impairs human capital, and is associated with premature mortality from suicide and other illnesses.
Over the past decades, understanding of depression has increased. Depression is now thought to have similar core features across many cultures. Research has identified risk factors for depression, such as childhood neglect, trauma, and violence, and acute life events, such as bereavement or financial crisis, that are associated with onset and maintenance of the disorder. Studies of genomic and biological predictors and mechanisms suggest factors likely to be involved in its genesis as well as pathways to the experience of depression. Depression typically has its onset in young adulthood. A relapsing or chronic course is not uncommon, with adverse effects through the life course for individuals with depression and for their children, families, and broader social networks.
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