Stories about depression


Are mothers in combat more prone to depression?

By Justin Moyer, The Washington Post on Jan. 28, 2013, at 10:02 a.m.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order Thursday allowing women the same opportunities as men to serve in combat, including formerly off-limits assignments on attack submarines and in the Navy SEALs. Just two weeks before the announcement, researchers from San Diego’s Naval Health Research Center published a study suggesting that …
Amy Rogers Nazarov with her son, whose arrival nearly five years ago caused a bout of post-adoption depression.

After adopting a baby, depression can hit

By Amy Rogers Nazarov, Special to The Washington Post on Jan. 10, 2013, at 9:06 a.m.
In February 2008, my husband, Ari, and I brought home from South Korea our baby Jacob, whose adoption we had begun in 2006. Our first few weeks together were exhausting and wonderful but also scary as Jake came down with one illness after another — 104-degree fevers, croup, tummy troubles, …

Club drug may zap depression when other medications fail

By Jason Gale, Makiko Kitamura and Allison Connolly, Bloomberg News on July 09, 2012, at 8:41 a.m.
Donald says he thought he’d died minutes after ketamine, a popular club drug known as Special K, was infused into his vein at a Sydney hospital in March. “I couldn’t see anything except pure white,” recalled the 63-year-old depression suffer, who declined to be identified by his last name. “I …

Magic mushrooms may help treat depression, British study finds

By Makiko Kitamura, Bloomberg News on Jan. 24, 2012, at 8:54 a.m.
LONDON — Psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called magic mushrooms, may help people with depression, based on two studies that suggest that the drug could have an enduring effect on patients. In a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 30 healthy volunteers took psilocybin …

How to avoid on-the-job depression

By Alison Johnson, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) on Oct. 21, 2011, at 2:10 p.m.
Especially in a tough economy, “it’s unbelievable how many people struggle with trying to feel happy at work,” says Ellen Golding, a psychologist based in Los Angeles. Her tips: Don’t isolate. Walk around and greet co-workers and attend staff lunches and office parties, even if you have to force yourself. …
Emergency crews transport a woman who was pulled from the Penobscot River on the Bangor Waterfront after allegedly jumping from the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge.

Bangor woman shares the story of her jump from bridge as a warning to others

By Eric Russell on April 28, 2011, at 6:22 p.m.
Editor’s Note: The woman interviewed for this story asked that her real name, as well as specific details about her life, not be used in an effort to protect her family from any unwanted scrutiny or ridicule. Charlotte is a pseudonym. BANGOR | Charlotte can still feel the cold …

Police won’t reveal what they found after Northport search in death of Portland woman

By Heather Steeves on April 26, 2011, at 11:20 a.m.
Police have wrapped up their search of a wooded lot in Northport for remains or any evidence related to the death of 24-year-old Elena Lozada of Portland. “We made some recoveries. We’re happy we searched it pretty well,” Portland Police Lt. Gary Rogers said Tuesday morning. “It’s …
Both men and women may experience depression after the birth of a baby.

Postpartum depression affects both moms and dads

By Dr. David Prescott,
The Acadia Hospital on Nov. 08, 2010, at 11:32 a.m.
Postpartum depression in women is becoming better recognized. The onset of symptoms of depression following the birth of a child has been acknowledged with popular terms such as “the baby blues.” Over the past decade, psychologists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals have increasingly identified postpartum depression as a significant health …

Surviving Your First Year of College

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 12, 2010, at 4:57 p.m.
So you’ve decorated your dorm room, posted college photos on Facebook, and eagerly begun your classes. Now as the first few weeks of the semester roll by, you may be feeling more stressed than you expected, and maybe even a bit anxious or depressed. If this is the case, you’re …

Mental health education programs help families

By Joni Averill on Aug. 29, 2010, at 10:13 p.m.
Perhaps it is because I am acquainted with Nancy Grimes of Winterport and know of the tragedy that befell her and her husband, Ken Grimes, when their 27-year-old son, Tom, committed suicide that I feel so strongly about the volunteer work so close to Nancy’s heart.

An ounce of prevention, one mouthful at a time

By Emmet Meara on July 16, 2010, at 7:35 p.m.
I can’t find my keys. I can’t sleep at night. My normally sunny disposition has evaporated with the loss of the weekly expense check. My eyes, never very good, are failing. Prevention magazine tells me the cure is at the end of my fork.
Dr. Vincent Felitti (chief of preventive medicine at Kaiser Permanente managed care organization in San Diego)

Washington County to address health woes

By Meg Haskell on June 24, 2010, at 10:41 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine – Obesity, depression, drug addiction, heart disease: A noted researcher says many common medical problems in adults are rooted in traumatic experiences during childhood. Physician …

Depressed doctors reluctant to seek help

By Meg Haskell on June 01, 2010, at 11:12 p.m.
The death by suicide last fall of Bangor orthopedic surgeon Dr. John West reflects a disturbing trend: Physicians may be less likely than other groups to seek and receive the help they need to combat …

Hard times hit agency for terminally ill children

By Meg Haskell on Sept. 02, 2008, at 10:43 p.m.
BUCKSPORT | In the photograph, Corey Atwood looks as if he’s dying. His arms are stick-thin, his eyes large and dark in his hollow face. His dark hair is thin and patchy. He is seated in his wheelchair. His parents and other family members stand behind him, their expressions unreadable.