Medical students face ‘alarmingly high’ rate of depression, study finds.

Medical students are at high risk for depression and suicidal ideation, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In fact, medical students have an “alarmingly high depression prevalence” compared to what is seen in the general population, says study co-author, Dr. Douglas Mata, a resident physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. To conduct the study, researchers reviewed more than 180 studies involving 129,000 medical students worldwide, including those in Canada. They found the incidence of depression among this group was 27 per cent, compared to eight to nine per cent in the…

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Basic Income in Ontario.

A Canadian province is to run a pilot project aimed at providing every citizen a minimum basic income of $1,320 (£773) a month. The provincial government of Ontario confirmed it is holding public consultations on the $25m (£15m) project over the next two months, which could replace social assistance payments administered by the province for people aged 18 to 65. People with disabilities will receive $500 (£292) more under the scheme, and individuals who earn less than $22,000 (£13,000) a year after tax will have their incomes topped up to reach that threshold. The pilot report was submitted by Conservative ex-senator Hugh…

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Neo-Liberalism And It’s Impact on Mental Illness.

What greater indictment of a system could there be than an epidemic of mental illness? Yet plagues of anxiety, stress, depression, social phobia, eating disorders, self-harm and loneliness now strike people down all over the world. The latest, catastrophic figures for children’s mental health in England reflect a global crisis. Children’s mental health in crisis – readers share their stories There are plenty of secondary reasons for this distress, but it seems to me that the underlying cause is everywhere the same: human beings, the ultrasocial mammals, whose brains are wired to respond to other people, are being peeled apart. Economic and technological…

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Pill and Link to Depression

Women taking pill more likely to be treated for depression, study finds Researchers found that women taking the combined oral contraceptive were 23% more likely to be diagnosed with depression and those using progestin-only pills (also known as “the mini-pill”) were 34% more likely. Teens were at the greatest risk of depression, with an 80% increase when taking the combined pill, and that risk is two-fold with the progestin-only pill. In addition, other hormone-based methods commonly offered to women seeking an alternative to the pill – such as the hormonal IUS/coil, the patch and the ring – were shown to…

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Hormonal contraceptives linked to higher depression risk: study

New research in Denmark suggests hormonal contraceptives are linked to an increased risk of depression in women. The long-term study of over a million women also found a higher risk for heightened depression in adolescents and for women who used devices like the patch or vaginal ring. Dr. Ojvind Lidegaard says study proves what he has seen in his gynecological practice because for years he heard anecdotal evidence that the pill causes women to experience unexpected bouts of depression. Link to full news article: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-october-5-2016-1.3791095/hormonal-contraceptives-linked-to-higher-depression-risk-study-1.3791096 Link to study: http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2552796

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