The pandemic and the parallel economic crisis have fueled new concern about access to mental health care. An estimated 40% of American adults are have a condition involving mental illness or substance abuse. In June, federal health officials reported nearly 11% percent of adults surveyed seriously considered suicide during the past 30 days.‘Every day is an emergency’: The pandemic is worsening psychiatric bed shortages nationwide — https://www.statnews.com/2020/12/23/mental-health-covid19-psychiatric-beds/?utm_campaign=rss
We are just ten months into the Great Pandemic and I fear conditions will get worse before they get better.
I live with “the world’s most dangerous” eating disorder
I have been struggling with diabulimia on and off since my diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in 2011, at age 30. I had just started a PhD and spent the first semester walking around campus with all the classic symptoms of type 1 diabetes: famished, dehydrated, constantly needing to urinate, and experiencing rapid weight loss. After my diabetes diagnosis, when I started injecting insulin, I gained the weight back—and then some. It didn’t take long to figure out that omitting insulin was not only an effective weight loss tool, compared with vomiting, it was a much less violent way to purge. Having a history of bulimia nervosa, I thought I had found the holy grail. I could eat what I wanted, not use insulin, and not gain weight.
And I thought Orthorexia Nervosa was bad.
Nutritional deficiencies, especially deficiencies in folate and vitamin D, are associated with first-episode psychosis (FEP), new research suggests.
Australian researchers found significantly lower levels of folate and vitamin D in patients with FEP, compared to healthy control persons. Limited evidence also suggested that serum levels of vitamin C were reduced in people with FEP.
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All-cause mortality was 2.3-fold elevated among women and 2.0-fold higher among men with the psychiatric condition compared with the rest of Sweden after adjusting for other factors, they wrote.
via Bipolar Disorder Linked to Early Death.
Medical News: Epilepsy Increases Risk of Psych Issues in Kids – in Neurology, Seizures from MedPage Today
“In this study of children ages 8 to 13, epilepsy was a risk factor for developing psychiatric symptoms and was a much stronger risk factor in girls than in boys. A number of other independent risk factors were also identified.”