WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — For most of her 34-year life, Bridget Harrison lived with perfection and pain.
With an IQ of more than 200, she graduated from Wichita East High School's IB program with...
Correction: Insider Q&A-AIG’s Kevin Hogan story
In an interview with Kevin Hogan, chief executive of AIG's Life & Retirement division, published April 21, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Hogan mentioned the demise of defined...
Woman who shoved friend off bridge gets jail, work crew
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A woman who pleaded guilty to pushing her 16-year-old friend from a bridge at a popular swimming area near Vancouver has been sentenced to two days in jail and 38 days on a...
Once almost broken, Colby Love is back in the pool
PITTSBURGH (AP) — When the first heat hit the water, Colby Love stepped behind the starting blocks and took a deep breath. As the only freshman to make the podium the previous year in the 200-yard...
Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seven weeks after a massive earthquake rocked Alaska, aftershocks are still shattering 7-year-old Connor Cartwright's sense of safety.
They shake the earth far less than the 7.0 magnitude quake that sent a mirror, TV and dishes crashing to the ground in the Anchorage home where Connor lives with his mother, father and 11-year-old brother.
State to consider 6 conditions to treat with medical pot
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state medical board is reviewing six additional conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana use in Ohio, including autism and chronic anxiety.
Cannabis products are becoming available in Ohio dispensaries over the next few months following delays in rolling out the program last year.
Judge denies Arkansas teen’s request for school service dog
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a plea by a 16-year-old Arkansas girl who sought to bring her service dog to school to help ease panic attacks that can debilitate her.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that federal Judge Brian Miller ruled Wednesday that the Conway School District can't be compelled under the Americans with Disabilities Act to allow the dog.
Organization helps new mothers deal with depression, anxiety
Kimberly Barnard-Bracey turned to a small group of women inside a room at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center on a recent weekday afternoon.
"So what's the topic this week?" said Barnard-Bracey, a licensed clinical social worker. "What've you guys got going on?"
Ashley Beer, holding her 7-month-old son, Travis, launched into a story of how she snapped at her husband recently — she was feeling overwhelmed as tasks like cleaning started to add up.
Yale psychologist, game developer partner for anxiety study
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — In a novel approach to clinical study, a game developer and a Yale University psychologist developed a game for measuring avoidance in anxiety disorders.
Cavs’ Love raises mental health awareness with ‘locker’ talk
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love can't remember being this freshly shaven, gliding his fingers over his smooth cheeks and chin while glancing at a large mirror.
The reflection doesn't pain him anymore.
From the outside, the Cleveland Cavaliers' All-Star forward appears to have it all: A model's striking looks, a multi-million dollar contract and dream job. At 30, he's in the prime of his career, and maybe for the first time, truly happy.
Vancouver woman finds outlet to cope with mental illness
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Linda Harbaugh knew she had to leave her home on Livingston Mountain — the space was too depressing.
She walked a nearby gravel path in flip flops and onto a main road. When she reached the base of the mountain, she didn't want to go back up so she kept walking.
High school grad pens book on battling social anxiety
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — In her newly-published book, 18-year-old Grace Griffin dedicates its contents to "those who unknowingly saved me from my monster."
The recent Portsmouth High School graduate was once terrified to be called on in class. Sometimes, she ate lunch in a classroom alone, or other times, in the bathroom. She begged her parents to allow her to drop out and take online classes from home.
Nebraska colleges try new ways to help students seeking
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — College is presented in movie and myth as a rollicking time of high jinks and happiness.
In reality, it can be a challenging transition for many students, a time of vulnerability and stress.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In an emotional appearance, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall opened up to reporters Wednesday about his wife's weekend suicide, saying she was a beautiful and gentle person who had a long struggle with depression, anxiety and chronic pain.
With his adult daughter and other family members standing behind him during a press conference at a northern Alabama church, Marshall sobbed at times as he described Bridgette Marshall's life and deeply personal struggles.
LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California emergency room doctor has been suspended after cursing and mocking a man who said he had an anxiety attack.
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis school district is contesting a ruling that requires the district pay for special education services for a 16-year-old girl with severe anxiety who has not been able to attend classes.
St. Louis Park High School officials are contesting the ruling in U.S. District Court, Minnesota Public Radio reported .
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David Rosenberg, Wayne State University
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Basketball Players Association has hired its first director of mental health and wellness.
Dr. William D. Parham will oversee the union's new program designed to help members with mental health issues. The program will be headquartered in Los Angeles.
NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts says the union has "heard our players' stories and are making mental health a priority now."
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love's arms are lined with finger-nail scratches, discolored bruises and abrasions, hard-earned mementos from months battling under the basket against other NBA big men.
Some of the surface wounds are healing, some are fresh.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — For about four years, Amy Corn had been living her life undiagnosed. Her pain wasn't from something anyone could easily see, and no one ever told her what it was.
While sitting with a friend at lunch one day, she finally realized what was wrong.
NEW YORK (AP) — Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has discussed his battle with depression. Mariah Carey recently revealed she has bipolar disorder. Prince Harry said he needed counseling to deal with years of grief and anger following the death of his mother, Princess Diana. And "Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds has acknowledged dealing with anxiety disorder.
Can your child run a mile? According to the American Heart Association, the average child’s mile time is up 90 seconds from the 1980s, and children’s cardiovascular endurance has been dropping 5 percent every decade. Meanwhile, about 1 in 6 children is obese, and more are overweight or living sedentary lifestyles.
Are cellphones causing our kids’ anxiety problems? It’s more complicated than we think
You probably know that there’s a correlation between smartphones and anxiety and depression.
Boy George feared for his life when he was suffering from panic attacks.
The 56-year-old singer has revealed that he suffered particularly bad moments of anxiety during the 1990s, which left him thinking he was going to die.
He shared: "When you're in the public eye, you're going along and then suddenly ... you realise you're not so in control of your life as you think you are.
Ex-cop gets $1.1M to settle New Jersey harassment suit
BELLEVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A former police officer who says she was so intensely harassed by her fellow officers that she suffered a severe anxiety attack and had to spend 10 days in the hospital will receive $1.1 million from the New Jersey town where she worked.
Heydi Portalatin filed a lawsuit in 2015, claiming she was harassed for years starting after she was hired 2011 because she was one of three women on the 100-person department.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Flanked by two former managers and a senior manager, Siena men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos on Friday denied allegations he verbally abused a team student manager afflicted by an anxiety disorder and withheld per diem allowances from players and team aides.
Pine-Richland High School students and staff members have a new set of options for improving both mental and physical health thanks to the recently created Mind Body Balance group.
The after-school program, which was awarded a grant from the Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund (PROF), offers yoga, kickboxing and meditation to help both students and faculty unwind at the end of the day. It is the brainchild of AP psychology teacher Matt Roberts.
MIAMI (AP) — Richie Humble says flashbacks and anxiety attacks have haunted him ever since a pedestrian bridge near a Florida university fell on the car he was riding in, killing six people including the college friend driving their vehicle.
As anxiety and depression among college students soars, universities in Connecticut and nationally are expanding their mental health counseling, even offering courses that address mental well-being.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Suffering for years in silence, Kevin Love has opened up about his struggles with mental health.
The Cavaliers forward writes in an essay for the Players' Tribune that he had a panic attack during a game this season and he has spent most of his life afraid to accept there was something wrong with him.
"For 29 years, I thought about mental health as someone else's problem," he said.
More college students seek emotional support animals
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — If Sam Okhuysen is feeling anxious, sometimes all it takes is for her emotional support cat, Cleo, to curl up on the small of her back to calm her down.
"That instantly almost relieves all of the anxiety that I have. So, I'll pretty much take a nap almost with her on my back and I'll wake up feeling good," said Okhuysen, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
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David Rosenberg, Wayne State University
(THE CONVERSATION) Many of us think of college as a wondrous time of new experiences and great freedom to explore new ideas and find one’s true self.
Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks discussed his battle with anxiety this week, one that has forced him on many Sunday mornings to vomit before games.
The man to his right, tackle Lane Johnson, also deals with anxiety in a way he hopes lessens the too-often-negative stigma around mental health and athletes.
Illinois students creating video games for social good
CHICAGO (AP) — Students at DePaul University in Chicago are creating video games that raise awareness for mental illnesses and other afflictions.
Patient’s withdrawal symptoms have her rethinking going off of medication
Dear Doctor: I am a 70-year-old woman who has been taking 20 milligrams of Paxil for 17 years. It has worked wonders for me, changing my life after a lifetime of depression. Last year, my doctor told me she wants me to go off Paxil, saying that patients taking the drug were dying earlier. I have severe withdrawal symptoms when missing more than one dose, but she has left it up to me to wean myself from the drug. Do you suggest I continue the medication? Also, is there a connection between Paxil and Alzheimer's/dementia? It is very prevalent in my family.
Rohingya refugees who fled to Chicago face stress, anxiety
CHICAGO (AP) — Rohingya refugees in Chicago are facing stress and anxiety after escaping violence in Myanmar.
There's an estimated 1,500 Rohingya Muslims currently living in the city amid the ongoing violence in the Southeast Asian nation, the Chicago Tribune reported .
Psychologist schools Greenwich families on anxiety
GREENWICH — Some anxiety is normal in all humans, but when constant worries impair a child’s ability to function at home or school, it may be time to seek help, said psychologist Regine Galanti.
Speaking to an audience of parents and school professionals at Carmel Academy this week, Galanti outlined symptoms of anxious children and treatment methods.
Mental health issues cropping up as financial stress continues on farms
Organic dairy farmer Kevin Stuedemann knows how it feels to be on the verge of calling it quits.
After several producers in his area went out of business, Stuedemanns milk buyer ended its contract with him on 30 days notice because there were no longer enough organic dairies nearby to justify sending a truck. With 70 cows producing milk, no customers and zero income, Stuedemann searched frantically for a new buyer and took an off-farm job to make ends meet.
Editor’s note: This article was written by a Westhill High School student and published in the school’s newspaper, The Westword. The Stamford Advocate is republishing the article as part of a collaboration with Stamford Public Schools.
STAMFORD — Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health topics in the country, especially in teens.
One thing that is not examined as much, however, is the effect of anxiety on athletes.
MT. PLEASANT — Separation anxiety is normal for small children and may occur at different times, and at different ages. There is a difference between sporadic, more “normal” separation anxiety, lasting a few days, and more severe diagnosable separation anxiety disorder, which can last for four weeks or more.
Heidi Montag nearly had a panic attack when she left her son for the first time.
The 'Hills' star was devastated when she had to leave her two-week old son Gunner Stone behind for a few hours and took to Instagram to reveal her anxiety.
Alongside a short video clip, she wrote: "First time I left @gunnerpratt. Don't have a panic attack! (sic)"
Heidi and her husband Spencer Pratt welcomed their first child into the world earlier this month.
Documentary about anxiety taps a world-class athlete
NEW YORK (AP) — A new documentary about anxiety argues that everyone to some extent suffers from stress, nerves and social fear. And, to make their point, the filmmakers have enlisted as Exhibit A the most decorated Olympian in history.
Michael Phelps appears in "Angst" to share his story of being bullied and depressed, leading to severe anxiety. The swimmer, winner of 28 Olympic medals, would look in the mirror and not like what he saw.
UHCL experts tackle math anxiety
As any student will attest, test-taking can be overwhelming. Worry, shortness of breath and panic attacks can trip up even the most prepared students before important exams or assignments.
But experts at the University of Houston-Clear Lake are advocating a new approach to test day: mindfulness.
Should children and teens battling anxiety treat their illness with therapy? Or is medication best? Actually, the answer may lie with a combination of both, according to a new study led by Yale University research.
A prior landmark study of 488 youths between the ages of 7 and 17 had shown that cognitive behavioral therapy, the antidepressant sertraline, or a combination of drugs and therapy all improved outcomes.
It’s a blizzard outside. Roads are treacherous, and the only sound louder than your own heart pounding is the warning broadcast over the radio advising you stay off the streets. At one point or another, many people in this situation have had thoughts about the possibility of getting into a deadly car accident. Eventually, most are able to push this thought out of their minds and get to their destinations as safely and anxiety-free as possible.
A pregnant woman’s psychiatric disorder isn’t a threat to her baby’s health — though there might be slight risks tied to the medications that treat these illnesses.
That’s according to a new study out of Yale University, published today in the journal JAMA psychiatry. The Yale team followed 2,654 women at 137 clinical practices in Connecticut and Massachusetts to assess the impact of psychiatric disorders — including depression, panic disorder and anxiety — on pregnancy outcomes.
Sam Speights’ desperate effort to stay alive during Harvey
ROCKPORT, Texas (AP) — Sam Speights takes medication for extreme anxiety and panic attacks.
But there's no pill for a hurricane — especially when he ventured into it at the height of its fury.
"You don't see the flying debris until it's right in front of you," said Speights. "You can't see it coming."
Teen suicides: The ones they left behind
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The memories of teenagers who died by suicide are closely guarded by those left behind.
The smiles and laughter, the shared experiences, the first days at school and the last hours spent together are beacons for families of children whose lives were cut short after ongoing struggles with mental illnesses including depression, anxiety or eating disorders.