Maeve O'Brien

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Schizophrenia: 'I felt like I'd been given a life sentence'

When Jonny Benjamin describes his experience of growing up with a serious mental illness during his teens and early 20s, it can make for harrowing listening. He talks of the loneliness he felt keeping his distress hidden from those closest to him; of depression, "total hopelessness", self-harm, …

How is Bipolar Disorder Diagnosed?

You wake up one morning with your head all congested and a bit of a fever. You keep sneezing. Your throat is sore. By mid-afternoon you are miserable …

How you can make life easier for people with schizophrenia

It's Rethink Schizophrenia Awareness Week. Not that many of us will be unaware of schizophrenia. Terrifying reports about "schizophrenic murderers" and their "schizophrenic knife rampages" offer regular reminders that schizophrenia sufferers walk among us, recklessly released "into the community" …

Can The 'Trust Hormone' Make It As A Treatment For Schizophrenia And Autism?

Martin Shkreli, the 30-year-old hedge fund manager turned biotech CEO, is curled up in a chair in his 22nd floor Manhattan offices, looking like a teenager with his shaggy hair, red polo, and bright blue sweater cardigan. Mid-sentence, he grabs a bottle of nose spray off the table, squirts it in …

Amanda Bynes Eating Disorder: Actress Shares Yet Another Worrisome Tweet

When Amanda Bynes shared her weight goal back in February, we felt more than a little concerned for her. "I moved to New York City and I love it!" the 5-foot-8-inch star told Us Weekly. "I lost four pounds since I moved. I'm 121 pounds -- my goal is 100 pounds."<p>100 pounds for Bynes' height is …

Eating Disorders Affecting More Midlife Women

Judith Shaw, a 50-something training to be a yoga instructor, was praised by friends and relatives for her amazing sinewy figure. But when she fell and broke her pubic bone, she had to reveal a dark secret, she told ABCNews: She had an eating disorder.<p>Studies have shown the majority of those …

Vogue's New Beauty Standard: No Underage Models Or Eating Disorders

Beginning with the June issue of <i>Vogue</i>, which hits newsstands this month, readers can expect healthier beauties in its pages. The <i>New York Times</i> reported this morning that all 19 international editions of <i>Vogue</i> have adopted a policy that sets a strong precedent in the health and age of its …

Ke$ha ‘seeking treatment for alcohol abuse after entering rehab for eating disorder treatment’

Troubled pop star Ke$ha has reportedly found herself in fresh personal pain after it was claimed she is undergoing treatment for alcohol abuse as …

Ke$ha's Mother Opens Up About Her Daughter's Eating Disorder, Says The Singer Nearly Died

It has been less than a month since pop star Ke$ha took fans by surprise and checked herself into rehab for an eating disorder. A week later, her mother, Pebe Sebert, checked into rehab herself for "post-traumatic stress disorder." Now, Sebert has opened up to People magazine about her daughter's …

5 Important Reasons to Stop Ignoring Your Mental Health

When we come down with a cold, most of us don't hesitate to pop a pill or visit the doctor. But if we can't seem to shake our endless worries or that nagging sense of hopelessness, we plug along as though nothing is wrong. Hence the dire state of mental health in the U.S., where roughly one in four …

Jumping Genes May Be Linked To Schizophrenia

By Tia Ghose, Staff Writer<p>Published: 01/02/2014 12:21 PM EST on LiveScience<p>Some so-called jumping genes that copy and paste themselves throughout the genome may be linked to schizophrenia, new research suggests.<p>The new study, published today (Jan. 2) in the journal Neuron, suggests these jumping …

You Probably Don't Have Bipolar Disorder (Or One Of These 7 Other Conditions)

Severe depression, extreme irritability, over-exuberance: possible symptoms of bipolar disorder. Dying your hair and then missing the old color? <i>Not</i> bipolar disorder.<p>Which is why Kylie Jenner's tweet saying as much was met with understandable backlash.<p>We were glad to see that Twitter users …

This is a bad time of year to be depressed

Your mother nags you. Your father criticizes you. Your uncle can’t seem to stay away from the eggnog. And you and your brother, well, let’s just say …

Urban Outfitters Pulls 'Depression' Shirt From Shelves, Says It's Sorry (Again)

Urban Outfitters issued a mea culpa on Sunday after yet another controversial garment landed the retailer in hot water. The t-shirt in question bears the word "depression" in a busy repeating pattern -- because isn't depression, like, the coolest?<p>The shirt's existence came to light on Sunday after …

Don't shop at Urban Outfitters. Their 'Depression' shirt is latest controversy

It's almost as if hipster retailer Urban Outfitters has a formula: once a year or more, a fresh outrage erupts on the internet after one of their products is deemed offensive. Sometimes Urban Outfitters pulls the offending product, but other times it sells out first. So, in the first week of 2014, …

Dreaming, Depression, and How Sleep Affects Emotions

<i>Exploring decades of sleep research on everything from disorders like sleepwalking and insomnia to the role of sleep in knowledge retention, ideation, and problem-solving.</i><p>For the past half-century, sleep researcher Rosalind D. Cartwright has produced some of the most compelling and influential work …

How Twitter Knows When You’re Depressed

With its 230 million regular users, Twitter has become such a broad stream of personal expression that researchers are beginning to use it as a tool …

Don't worry, be happy: overcoming worry may be key to mental health

Are you weary of "new year, new you" positive thinking exercises? Tired of trying to feel Tiggerish in the cold, dark, midwinter mornings? Why not try this quick experiment to redress the balance. All you have to do is imagine that something great has happened in your life: maybe you've run into an …

More Than Half Of Teens With Mental Health Problems Aren't Getting Treatment: Study

More than half of teens with psychiatric disorders go untreated, with treatment rates for some conditions being lower than others, according to a new study.<p>And among teens with psychiatric disorders who <i>do</i> receive treatment, the health care providers are not often mental health specialists, but …

School Stress Takes A Toll On Health, Teens And Parents Say

When high school junior Nora Huynh got her report card, she was devastated to see that she didn't get a perfect 4.0.<p>Nora "had a total meltdown, cried for hours," her mother, Jennie Huynh of Alameda, Calif., says. "I couldn't believe her reaction."<p>Nora is doing college-level work, her mother says, …

Editor's Note

Cruise Out of Control: The 13 Worst Norovirus Outbreaks on Cruise Ships

With the latest report of a stomach bug sickening more than 600 people on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, we took a look at similar recent outbreaks …

FDA Revising Food Nutrition Labels

With new knowledge about nutrition and more evidence that people actually consult the labels of food packages, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) …

Beyoncé May be Behind a Rise in Temporary Vegans

Would you be willing to try out the vegan life for a month?<p>Remember when Beyoncé and Jay-Z became vegans for 22 days in December? The couple's pre-Christmas "spiritual cleanse," as Jay-Z called it, scored tons of media attention—and it might have contributed to a recent surge in people trying out …

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