Criminal defendants who may be mentally ill and stuck in Washington state jails may finally get some relief they are long overdue. A federal judge has ruled the state must buckle down and adhere to a law that was already on the books requiring jail inmates receive mental competency exams within seven days.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by symptoms such as flashbacks, anxiety, insomnia and depression. It results from the experience or witnessing of a tragic event. The event can be any kind of tragedy, from an assault to a car accident resulting in injury.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 50 percent of the mental health disorders that last throughout life begin by age 14. Oftentimes, symptoms in adolescents go unnoticed and these children may battle depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders alone for years, putting them at risk for substance abuse and suicide.
Depression is a condition which affects nearly one in 20 Americans over the age of 12. Yet methods of diagnosing and treating the condition have made little forward progress over the past few decades. A new study, which represents a collaborative effort between Beth Israel Medical Center, the Albert Einstein Medical Center and Columbia University,…
Comparing youths who have attempted suicide to one another in a recent study may provide a clearer understanding to preventing teen suicides in the future.