Is Talking About Mental Illness Online a Good Idea?

The stigma around mental illness had always meant that for most people, it was a topic of no discussion. No one discussed the implications, the pain, the side effects or even the treatments they sometimes needed to undergo. However, with the rise of social media, the way people communicate has drastically changed, and there are many now that not only talk about their mental illnesses online, but also seek help through the Internet. Yet this prompts the question: is it a good idea to do ...

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According to Data, Opioid Shipments Increased by Over 50% As Addiction Crisis Grew

New Federal data shows that drugmakers increased the shipment of painkillers during the acceleration of the opoioid crisis across to the United States. According to Time, the data showed that companies distributed 8.4 billion hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to pharmacies in 2006, a number which increased to 12.6 billion in 2012, an increase of over 50% It was during that time that over 100,000 deaths were attributed to the opioid epidemic, and things have yet to show signs of improvement, ...

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Study Shows Link Between Depression and Increased Social Media Use In Teens

A study conducted by researches at Montreal's Saint-Justine Hospital in Canada has found a correlation between depression and the time teenagers spend using social media. "Our research reveals that increased time spent using some forms of digital media in a given year predicts depressive symptoms within that same year," Patricia Conrod, the research team's lead said, in a press release on Monday. The research team kept track of 4000 teenagers between the ages of 12 and 16,  monitoring ...

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Suboxone maker Reckitt Benckiser to pay $1.4 billion in largest opioid settlement in US history

Suboxone maker Reckitt Benckiser Group (RB Group) will pay the U.S. government a record $1.4 billion to end criminal and civil probes into the marketing of its addiction treatment medication, making it the largest settlement related to the opioid crisis in U.S. history, authorities said on Thursday. The settlement will cover multiple investigations into the company's subsidiary, Indivior (formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc.), and its alleged illegal marketing of its ...

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Teens Are More Anxious, Depressed and Suicidal Today. Why?

It's a fact.  Teenagers today are more anxious and depressed than ever, and suicides are skyrocketing. According to Vox, in 2017, 6,241 suicide deaths ocurred in ages 15-24. Overall, around 16 percent of adolescents, the CDC reports, consider suicide in a given year. “That’s an epidemic,” says Mitch Prinstein, the director of clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. And the craziest thing is that the experts do not really understand what has been causing ...

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Simon Pegg Discusses His Alcohol Addiction and Depression

Simon Pegg, the actor known for movies like the Mission Impossible Franchise and Shaun of the dead, has recently talked about his struggles with depression and addiction. "What I have come to realize from back then is that depression is always there," Pegg said in an interview with G2 Hype. "No matter what I did. I don’t think you ever really lose your demons. You just try to find a way to keep them in their place,” he said. After hitting rock bottom, Pegg finally ended up seeking treatment ...

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Gaming Addiction is Real and It Has Ruined Teenagers Lives

With the rise of the popularity of video games like Fortnite, the problem of video game addiction has become more prevalent in today's society. Now, as a gamer, I hate the fact that many people blame the games themselves for the addiction problem in children, when they themselves are addicted to social media, or alcohol and drugs. Yes, video games are designed for you to want to continue playing them, but at the end of the day, just like everything else, it is up to our society to educate on ...

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Ohio Doctor Charged with Murder After Prescribing Excessive Doses of Painkillers

Prosecutors in Ohio have charged William Husel with 25 counts of murder after a six month investigation gave light to the fact that he was excessively prescribing pain killers to his patients. Husel has pleaded not guilty and released under a $1 million dollar bond. He faces up to 15 years in prison per charge. Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said that the doses prescribed by the doctor "could not support any legitimate medical purpose," according to MSN news. Investigators are continuing to work ...

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Famous Comedians Address Depression and Anxiety in New Documentary

Sometimes we have the misguided belief that the people that make us laugh are the happiest people in the world. Then we hear about icons like Robin Williams taking their lives and we do not understand why. Now, according the Huffington Post, comedians like Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson and Wayne Brady are showing people the not-so-funny part of the story, and share the own stories and struggles with depression and anxiety. "Its Not That Funny," is the name of the film that would soon be ...

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17 Year Old Girl Decides to Legally End Her Life After Battling Mental Illness for Years

After being raped three times as a child,  Noa Pothoven decided to undergo euthanasia on Sunday. According to The Sun, Noa said: Out of fear and shame, I relive the fear, that pain every day. Always scared, always on my guard. And to this day my body stills feels dirty. "After years of battling and fighting, I am drained," the teenager said. Noa had written a critically acclaimed autobiography called Winning or Learning, which explained her struggles with mental illness and suicide attemp...

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