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Researchers Link Childhood Stomachaches with Mental Health Issues

Researchers Link Childhood Stomachaches with Mental Health Issues

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Could a simple tummy ache be a warning sign of future mental health problems? A new study says it might.Researchers at Vanderbilt University studied nearly 500 children with and without “chronic abdominal pain,” and …

Pastor Rick Warren Seeks to Remove Stigma Attached to Mental Illness

Pastor Rick Warren Seeks to Remove Stigma Attached to Mental Illness

Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Elton John AIDS Foundation(LAKE FOREST, Calif.) — Pastor Rick Warren, returning to his Saddleback Church pulpit for the first time since his son’s suicide, said Saturday he hoped to be able to remove the stigma that …

Reading, Writing May Help Stall Mental Decline

Reading, Writing May Help Stall Mental Decline

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Dementia, the severe decline in mental abilities, such as memory and reasoning, affects four to five million people in the United States, most of whom are elderly. A study in the journal Neurology finds that keeping …

Man Describes Life With ‘Walking Corpse Syndrome’

Man Describes Life With ‘Walking Corpse Syndrome’

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A man’s account of living with Cotard’s syndrome offers a chilling look at a rare condition that has patients convinced they’re zombies.
The man, identified only as Graham in an interview with New S…

People with Autism Find Job Niche in Tech

People with Autism Find Job Niche in Tech

Fuse(BROOKFIELD, Ill.) — Phillip Griffin graduated high school with honors in 2009, but despite his good grades and interest in math and science, finding a job proved difficult.
That’s because Griffin, 22, has autism spectrum disorder, a developmental…

Mentally Disabled Couple’s Legal Battle Ends with New Home

Mentally Disabled Couple’s Legal Battle Ends with New Home

iStockphoto(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) — A newly married, mentally disabled couple’s dream of living together — up until now beset by legal troubles and care facilities that refused their wishes — is about to come true. New York State is providing them with a…

What Can Crows Teach Us About Stress and Urban Living?

What Can Crows Teach Us About Stress and Urban Living?

Purestock(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — American crows are moving from the countryside to the big city, and like humans, they are paying a price.
Stress.
Crows showed little taste for the urban environment until four or five decades ago, when they began a conti…

Half of All Autistic Kids Will Run Away, Tragedy Often Follows

Half of All Autistic Kids Will Run Away, Tragedy Often Follows

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Nearly half of all children with autism will run away and potentially go missing at least once before their 17th birthday, according to a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Of those who run away, what clin…

W.Va. the Most Stressed State, Hawaii the Least

W.Va. the Most Stressed State, Hawaii the Least

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If your nerves are a bit frazzled, chances are you live in West Virginia. According to the new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released earlier Wednesday, residents of this state are the most stressed-out in the n…

Nev. Psychiatric Hospital Accused of Busing Patients to Calif.

Nev. Psychiatric Hospital Accused of Busing Patients to Calif.

Comstock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The largest psychiatric hospital in Nevada is accused of busing mentally ill patients to California and dumping them in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas is suspected of exp…

Obama Budget Includes $235 Million For Mental Health Care

Obama Budget Includes $235 Million For Mental Health Care

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama is asking for $235 million as part of his new budget proposal to fund mental health initiatives. Of the funds, $130 million will be used to train teachers and others to identify si…

Vanessa Lachey Struggled with ‘Baby Blues’

Vanessa Lachey Struggled with ‘Baby Blues’

Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — New mom Vanessa Lachey couldn’t wait to hold her newborn boy in her arms after giving birth, but says her feelings of pure joy and happiness morphed into debilitating “baby blues.”Lachey, the ho…

Parents of Violent Mental Disorder Patients Share Their Stories on Capitol Hill

Parents of Violent Mental Disorder Patients Share Their Stories on Capitol Hill

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The father of a young man whose battle with mental illness ended in suicide told a bipartisan group of Congress members Tuesday about the sometimes nightmarish struggles he faced trying to help his son.“I can&rsqu…

Study Finds Postpartum Anxiety More Common than Depression

Study Finds Postpartum Anxiety More Common than Depression

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many mothers are screened for depression after giving birth, but a new study shows that postpartum anxiety is even more common in the days and months following delivery.The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, foll…

Children with ADHD More Likely to Suffer from Mental Health Issues

Children with ADHD More Likely to Suffer from Mental Health Issues

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study has found that children diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are more likely to suffer from a number of mental health problems later in life.According to the study, which is set to be p…

Genetic Link between Autism, Schizophrenia, Other Disorders Found

Genetic Link between Autism, Schizophrenia, Other Disorders Found

BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism may have a genetic link, according to a new study out Wednesday.
A new study, published in the Lancet, compared the genes of 33,000 people with sch…

Poll Finds 1 in 5 Americans Know a Victim of Gun Violence

Poll Finds 1 in 5 Americans Know a Victim of Gun Violence

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(MENLO PARK, Calif.) — One in five Americans personally know a victim of gun violence, and 42 percent of Americans say that they are at least somewhat worried about becoming victims themselves, according to a new Kaiser Health…

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp: Reported Obama Gun Proposals ‘Way in Extreme’

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp: Reported Obama Gun Proposals ‘Way in Extreme’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. said Sunday morning on “This Week”  that while all options should be on the table to address gun violence, President Obama’s reported plans to curve shootings are ”way in ex…

Mental Health Reform Push in Colorado After Shootings

Mental Health Reform Push in Colorado After Shootings

World Economic Forum(DENVER) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will ask the state general assembly on Tuesday for $18.5 million to help “redesign and strengthen” the state’s mental health services and support system.The announcement …

Do Video Games Make Kids Violent?

Do Video Games Make Kids Violent?

JupiterImages/Brand X Pictures(NEW YORK) — Adam Lanza gunned down 27 people in Newtown, Conn. Dec. 14 and his access to high-powered firearms has put gun control front and center in the discourse around the tragedy, but the 20-year-old’s reporte…

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