News In Mind Newsletter – May 2015

News In Mind Newsletter – May 2015 – Selected Articles

 Can ASPIRIN banish depression? Scientists say the illness could be caused by inflammation in the body As soon as the word depression is mentioned, we tend to think of a mental problem that may need treatment with antidepressant drugs, with all their risk of side-effects such as weight gain and loss of libido. But what if it actually has a physical cause that could be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen, or even antibiotics? This is the fascinating possibility being explored by scientists at Cambridge University. Their research suggests that, in a significant number of cases, depression could be caused by long-term inflammation in the body.untitled




Psychiatrist reveals illicit drug use problem on mental health wards Illicit drug use is a problem on some open mental health wards, Western Australia’s chief psychiatrist has told a coronial inquest. Nathan Gibson has prepared reports for the state coroner on the deaths of two patients, Anthony Edwards and Michael Thomas, from the Alma Street clinic in Fremantle. The coroner is examining the deaths, as well as the suicides of three other patients linked to the centre between 2011 and 2012. defocused window




Being depressed kickstarted my career as a mental health social worker I wake up at 6:15am and take my dog Otis out for a walk. I live in the countryside so rarely see a soul at that time. I usually check my work emails before I’ve even left the house. I’m sure this eagerness is counterproductive and will probably contribute to burnout by the time I’m 35! Breakfast is always something on the go. I’m vegetarian so preparing Otis’ food always puts me off eating first thing in the morning! A typical day starts with a team meeting. images11JOT3DR




Smartphone separation anxiety Cell phones have become a big part of many of our lives. For some people it is the constant need to be connected. Research from the University of Missouri shows cell phone separation can have serious psychological and physiological effects on smartphone users. Some people have called it “smartphone separation anxiety.” 635675824380134054-phonegirlsJ





Snoring Men Who Sleep Excessively Throughout The Day Are More Depressed: Study Men who have obstructive sleep apnea have a higher risk of depression, a study has revealed. Even though the cause-and-effect relationship between the two has still not been proved, researchers believe that there is a strong connection between sleep apnea and depression in men. in-the-bedroom_431-19315680





To improve mental health, tackle problems early There’s a bogeyman that terrorizes Jacob Hartley. Jacob calls this monster “Bugger.” Jacob has always been an eccentric child, his mother Jennifer Hartley says. But his vivid imagination took a dark turn around the age of nine; he became fixated with the idea that other people’s DNA could infect him and change who he was. imagesT94B723Z