Mental Health - Continued - Page 2

The plight of people with autism has been highlighted by MPs in the commons who held a special debate on the issue. The latest figures show that there are around 700.000 autistic people in the UK. That's more than 1 in 100. According to the national autistic society, more than 70% of people with autism will suffer from mental health issues at some time. Adults with autism are 9 times more likely to take there own lives while children are 28 times more likely to think about it. ITV News

NHS trusts in England to get an extra £350m immediately to deal with winter pressures. - NHS to get an extra £10bn over the course of this parliament. - £28m for Kensington and Chelsea council for mental health services and support for surrounding areas. - The government will investigate how the tax system can charge on single-use plastic items can reduce waste. The Budget. BBC Parliament.

After the mass shooting in Texas, USA, President Trump said, its not a matter of guns, but a matter of mental health. Sky News.

Seasonal affective disorder. When the clocks go back, for many people, the mood goes black. When the days get shorter, less sunlight, you'll start to feel lethargic and depressed. It increases craving for starchy carbohydrate food. In northern Scandinavia, they call it cabin fever because they get very little sunlight, people get severe depression and loss of interest. The use of 'light boxes' on your desk can help. Dr Chris Steele. ITV: This Morning.

Loneliness. In technological terms, we are more connected to each other than ever before, but still, loneliness is a huge problem. Which, as well as feeling miserable, can affect your health long term. Connecting via social media is a solution for some, but not everyone is comfortable with the technology. The team at Bath University in the UK are working on a project using a radio-like box, to connect up carers who are isolated at home looking after other people. Loneliness is a public health issue. The negative effects of loneliness outweigh the negative effects of not taking exercise, of obesity, and are equal to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  BBC World Service: Health Check.

One in six workers in England are said to be suffering from mental health problems. The report is warning it could be costing the economy 99 billion pounds a year. Staff well-being needs to be taking seriously. RNIB Connect: Early Edition News.

New research on psilocybin, which is the ingredient you find in magic mushrooms. A new study has been looking at what happens in the brain after taking it. Its not clear how. But the chemical may some how, reboot the brain to treat some of these patients. Only about 19 patients in the UK were tested. They scanned their brain to see how they felt. It was fascinating really. All 19 patients said their depression had improved immediately after taking the chemical, and almost half still felt the benefits five weeks later. We need to do more random trials. People with depression have been warned not to treat themselves, but with clinical trials with medical supervision. BBC World Service: Health Check.

Warning over child mental health delays. The care quality commission said, there are unacceptable delays in dealing with child mental health issues, and if left untreated could cause the child to self-harm and is a strain on parents. The positive is, we see it as an illness, something treatable, but there's long-term under-investment in the NHS, that's why its hard to get the help to see a specialist.  The Guardian: Sky News Preview.

On average, we smile on 11 occasions each day or more than 232,000 times a lifetime. A compliment from a  stranger, flicking through old photos and summer sunshine is the most likely to trigger a grin, researchers found/. Smiling is as important as the five-a-day rule for fruit and veg - the benefits on positive mental health are immense. Psychologist Dr Jessamy Hibberd. Metro News.

The largest NHS mental health trust in the country, Southern Health has been fined £125,000 after a patient suffered life-changing neck injuries when he plummeted from a roof. They admitted failing to stop patients accessing the rooftop at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, even after a serious accident in 2015. Metro News.

The older people who feel isolated. The age UK, the charity in the UK did a survey and found that half of the people over 55 said, they have experienced depression and anxiety. The vast majority had never sought any help at all, or had access to any. They might feel they want to keep a stiff-upper-lip in that British way, but that's not unique to British culture. A lot of elderly people feel they mustn't bother anyone, they mustn't speak up, they don't want to be any trouble, they should be encouraged to seek help. We actually know in general terms that 65  to 79 year-old's are of the age of peak happiness that people often report. Family Doctor. Ann Robinson. BBC World Service: Health Check.

The mental health trust, Norfolk and Suffolk has been put into special measures for a second time because concerns about patients safety. In a report, inspectors said, the number of serious incidents remained high, and staff had failed to learn from patients deaths. Norfolk and Suffolk are the only health mental health trusts in England who have been put in special measures.  Today's damning report by inspectors said, the Norfolk and Suffolk trust was still not learning from patients deaths - the number of serious incidents was high - it was continually putting patients at risk -   services we re unsafe due to staff shortages - some patients struggled to access crisis care, and since 2013, the number of unexpected or avoidable deaths has more than doubled.  The trusts said, its now begun urgent work to address the inspectors concerns. ITV News.

We know from places like Blackpool that depression rates are known to be higher in deprived areas where people struggle with unemployment and poverty.  If you have decent home circumstances,  if you have financial stability, if you don't have a drug or alcohol problem, if your not a victim of domestic violence or abuse, you're more than likely to be able to engage and move on. If you cannot function properly, you cannot earn, if you can't earn, you cant improve your social situation, so an antidepressant might help you function better and remove yourself from those circumstances.  In Blackpool, there are services, no disrespect to the doctors, but the thinking is, have the pills, you're on your own. It then becomes the norm to be taking medication, not the exception. Medication is essential for the 5%, there's absolutely harmful when they're misapplied. medication is very useful for the few, but becomes dangerous and harmful for the many. BBC2: Billion Dollar Deals.

New figures have detailed how more than 70% of teachers questioned admitted they suffered from psychological or mental health issues because of excessive workloads. In London 1 in 5 have suffered from panic attacks. Over half have struggled with insomnia or trouble sleeping, and 17% have formally been diagnosed with depression. ITV News.

Fibromyalgia. 'Fibro' means painful tendons and ligaments. 'Myalgia' means painful muscles. Its a condition where you get widespread pain throughout the body, fatigue, poor sleep, depression. Unable to think clearly among a whole range of other symptoms. There is no specific test for this. If anyone has this condition, they can feel acute tenderness, along with a history of what the patient is experiencing. Tramadol is quite effective but very addicted. Low-dose antidepressants can be helpful. Physiotherapy, warm hydrotherapy pools, and cognitive behavioural therapy can help. Chris Steele. ITV This Morning.

Treating sleep disorders with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) could help. The 6 months results showed people felt less anxious, less depressed, had fewer nightmares, less mistrustful and happier. Insomnia is one of the contributed causes in the sort of complex package of causation of mental health disorders. It's about helping people to re-learn than being in bed means to falling asleep. Only be in bed to sleep. Setting regular bed times. Build up a sleep drive by exercising, light in the morning and cutting down in the evening. Not using electronic devices.  Consuming fewer stimulants like caffeine or tea. Daniel Freeman.  Department of Psychiatry. The university of Oxford. BBC World Service News hour.

Girls with ADHD are apparently being under diagnosed because they don't always display the same symptoms as boys. The health watchdog N.I.C.E has issued new guidelines to help spot the condition which affects 5% of School age children. BBC World Service: Early Edition.

ADHD, (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,) the disorder that affects children's ability to concentrate and results in disruptive behaviour might simply be the result of them not getting enough sleep leading scientists to believe.  They said it exasperated by bad habits such as not getting to sleep early and using mobiles and tablets before bed. The theory being proposed at a major scientific conference this weekend will fuel the belief that ADHD is caused - or at least aggravated - by lack of firm parenting. It also raises the question, does ADHD cause sleeplessness?, or does sleeplessness cause ADHD?. ADHD is thought to affect about 1 in 20 children, mainly boys Daily Mail.

Gambling is a mental health issue and I believe that the NHS needs to step up and people need to go to their GP and ask for a referral to psychiatric services, because clearly, as in my case, there was, and there is a mental health case. There's 'Gamblers anonymous' and 'GamCare' to help with gambling problems. Its about spotting people and intervening early before the problem gets terribly tragic. Tony Franklin. Former gambler. Jeremy Vine. BBC Radio 2.

1 in 3 sick notes handed out by GPs in Britain are now for mental health problems. The new report from the Royal Collage of Psychiatrists also found a 14% increase  in the number signed off work through stress and anxiety compared to last year. Sky News.

Drugs for depression. It can take a number of weeks before they work, but they don't work for everyone. LSD has been used in the treatment of depression. Electric compulsive therapy works for people who are severely depressed. 1 in 3 people with moderate or severe depression don't get treated. 1 in 5 people who suffer from anxiety or depression at some point in their life, and most of those will be in the moderate to mild category. One of the mechanisms is a substance in your brain called BDNF (brain derived neural factor). Its a protein that your brain makes. What it does it supports your existing brain cells and encourages the growth of new brain cells and this particular protein is badly hit by stress, so people who are stressed, depressed, particularly for a long period of time you can actually see the changes in the brain, particularly in the areas associated with memory and decision making, and making it really difficult for people to concentrate properly. To encourage new BDNF are antidepressants, Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), Exercise, behavioural therapy, fasting and changes in your gut bacteria through diet. A Mediterranean diet, and oily omega 3 rich fish, nuts and fresh vegetables are good. Dr Michael Mosley. Jeremy Vine show. Radio 2.

Social media. If you think about 'where eating disorders start', you have to have a vulnerability, then you have to have some triggers, and those triggers are feeling the need to lose weight for some reason, or to eat in a different way, with a bunch of rules for some reasons. There is also immense abuse on social media. There is rising rates of depression, anxiety, loneliness and stress amongst young people globally, and its being instigated by a need to perform online by jealously of watching other peoples lives that seem really fantastic. I've heard people say, maybe if I eat the vegan food diet, that this vegan food blogger is posting, my life will be as perfect as hers, or if I ate this particular food, I'll be as slim as her. It can be overwhelming and unhealthy. Anna Bonne. Food Writer.The Food Chain. BBC World Service.

Ambulances and paramedic teams are being forced to step in to respond to a steep rise in calls from 'mental health patients'. The figures collected from a freedom of information request by Labour MP Lucian Berger reveal that ambulance received more than 30.000 mental health calls last year compared to two years earlier. Over the same period, paramedics spent over 55.000 hours supporting patients struggling with mental health. Sky News.

 Transcranial direct current stimulation. The institute of psychiatry at Kings College of London, researchers have been trialling, using it to help people with 'schizophrenia' who can find the condition can effect their memory and concentration. The aim of medication for schizophrenia is to reduce symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations, but it doesn't touch the difficulties with memory and concentration. BBC World Service Health Check.

Record levels of violence and abuse against vulnerable patients at ''mental health' trusts. The use of physical force of patients is endemic in the system. More than 5,000 serious incidents involving both children and adults we're investigated. The serious incidents include, 2,170 incidents of self harm. 371 suicides.198 confidential information leaks. 199 cases of abuse of patients. Daily Paper.

Can brain training make you more cognitively agile outside of doing that 'brain training game', and does it protect against other mental health disorders later on life - things like dementia. The quality of evidence is so poor at the moment. They may or may not, no one has done high enough quality research to actually work out an answer for it. The science isn't good enough to tell you that they do. James Gallagher: health and science reporter: BBC World Service, Health Check.

'Old age' is characterised by a lot. When you get become old, mostly in your 80s and 90s and you've lost a lot of friends, it's depressing. And when your life is beginning to dwindle, you don't see so many people and of course you become depressed, and depression is the epidemic condition of old age. Professor Michael Johnson. This Morning. ITV.

Jeremy Hunt has promised to recruit an 'extra 21. 000 nurses', therapists, psychiatrists and consultants to tackle the burning injustice of poor mental health care provisions. The Royal College of Nursing was more cautious saying, the government has axed 5,000 mental health nurses since 2010 and may struggle to find recruits after scrapping training grants. Metro News.

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