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Survivors of sunken ferry show serious signs of depression: hospital

ANSAN, South Korea, April 19 (Yonhap) -- Survivors of a ferry that sank off South Korea's south coast earlier this week have shown serious symptoms of depression and anxiety, a hospital chief said Saturday. A total of 29 passengers have been confirmed dead since the 6,825-ton ferry Sewol capsized and sank off the southwestern island of Jindo on Wednesday. More than 260 others remain unaccounted for, with most of them feared to be trapped inside the vessel.

Survivors of sunken ferry show serious signs of depression: hospital

ANSAN, South Korea, April 19 (Yonhap) -- Survivors of a ferry that sank off South Korea's south coast earlier this week have shown serious symptoms of depression and anxiety, a hospital chief said Saturday. A total of 29 passengers have been confirmed dead since the 6,825-ton ferry Sewol capsized and sank off the southwestern island of Jindo on Wednesday. More than 260 others remain unaccounted for, with most of them feared to be trapped inside the vessel.

Yoga may help women ease PTSD symptoms

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women enrolled in a small study reported a reduction in symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a series of yoga classes. However, women in a comparison group that didn't take the classes also reported a similar decline in symptoms, researchers found. "The yoga group did well - they improved in their PTSD symptoms - and our control group actually did well, which we didn't expect," Karen Mitchell told Reuters Health.

For kids, moving can be mentally tough

By Allison Bond NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Moving to a new area may be hard on the mental health of children, especially adolescents, according to a new U.S. study. Based on analysis of medical records for more than a half million children, researchers found the chances a child will require mental health care rise by as much as 20 percent after a move.

EXCLUSIVE: Over 60% of female inmates on psychiatric meds; probe launched

TORONTO - Canada's prison watchdog has launched an investigation into the prescribing practices in federal prisons, after it was revealed that more than 60 per cent of female inmates across the country are receiving psychiatric medication. A joint investigation by The Canadian Press and CBC has learned that in August 2013, of 591 female federal inmates in five correctional institutions, 370 were being prescribed at least one psychotropic medication, drugs that impact mood and behaviour.

Alberta government spending more on mental health programs for children

EDMONTON - The Alberta government is providing more money for mental health programs for kids. The government says it includes after school supports, wellness education, as well as new residential mental health services for young people in the Calgary and Edmonton regions. Health Minister Fred Horne made the announcement Friday at a southwest Edmonton high school, saying the move would get access to families more quickly.

Women with eating disorders may have more pregnancy complications

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women with a history of eating disorders were at higher risk of a range of pregnancy-related complications, a new study from Finland found. However, most of those women did not encounter problems during pregnancy or childbirth.

Experts dispel PTSD link to violence after Fort Hood incident

By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mental health experts raised concerns on Thursday that the deadly shootings at Fort Hood in Texas would unfairly label post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers as violent, saying there is no data to back up that link. The U.S. soldier suspected of killing three people before committing suicide at the military base on Wednesday was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, and was being treated for depression and anxiety, the military said.

Four dead in new shooting at Fort Hood US base

A soldier with "mental health issues" killed three people and wounded 16 before turning the gun on himself Wednesday at Fort Hood, the US military base devastated by a deadly 2009 shooting rampage. Base commander Lieutenant General Mark Milley said the gunman, who served in Iraq in 2011, was being treated for depression and anxiety, and being checked for possible Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). All of the dead and wounded were military personnel. At least four of those injured were hospitalized in critical condition.

Four dead in shooting at US base scarred by 2009 rampage

A soldier killed three people and wounded 16 before turning the gun on himself Wednesday at Fort Hood, the US military base devastated by a deadly 2009 rampage, the commanding general said. Lieutenant General Mark Milley said the gunman, who served in Iraq in 2011, was being treated for depression and anxiety, and being checked for possible Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). All of the dead and wounded were military personnel.
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