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August 14, 2020 

Pandemic has driven Americans to depression and drinking, CDC says - YHOO! News ~ According to the new study, 31 percent of respondents were suffering from symptoms of anxiety or depression; 26 percent experienced symptoms of traumatic disorder; 13 percent were using drugs or alcohol more heavily, or for the first time, to cope with the pandemic; and 11 percent had seriously contemplated suicide. 

Link Between Youth Smoking, Electronic Cigarette Use, and Coronavirus Disease 2019 - Journal of Adolescent Health ~ COVID-19 diagnosis was five times more likely among ever-users of e-cigarettes only seven times more likely among ever-dual-users and 6.8 times more likely among past 30-day dual-users. 

Supplement Plus Probiotic May Improve Depressive Symptoms - Medscape ~ Extensive research has also shed light on the role of microbiota in patients with depressive disorder, suggesting a role for probiotic supplementation. A probiotic called L. plantarum 299v has been found to have a significant effect on stress markers, such as cortisol levels.

Amid Pandemic, Young Kids With Special Needs Missing Out On Services - Disability Scoop ~ As COVID-19 disrupts the transition from early intervention to school, children are going without occupational, physical and speech therapies and other services they're entitled to. 

I've Had Depression. Opening Up Has Rewards - Medscape ~So, as she progressed through one of her pregnancies, she felt she should be joyfully anticipating the new life that she was about to bring into the world. Instead, she was struggling with mental well-being, and when diagnosed with peripatrum depression, she sought to keep this secret… 

Researchers Doubt That Certain Mental Disorders Are Disorders At All - Forbes ~ First, that medical science has never been able to prove that anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are inherited conditions. Second, despite widespread and increasing use of antidepressants, rates of anxiety and depression do not seem to be improving…Third, “in conflict‐affected countries, an estimated one in five people suffers from depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and other disorders,” 

New psychology study finds people typically experience shifting mental disorders over their lifespan - PsyPost ~ The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, a major funder of mental health research internationally, has called for a new approach to studying mental illness, to be shaped by investigating research domains rather than by investigating traditional categorical diagnoses. 

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The Lyons Township Mental Health Commission is one of approximately sixty-six community mental health boards in Illinois.  Boards are generally organized on a county basis except in suburban Cook County where there are a limited number of mental health boards in suburban townships.  In addition to Lyons Township, these include Berwyn Township, Cicero Township, Hanover Township, Proviso Township and Riverside Township.


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