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Recovery Update features the most recent articles from throughout the field of psychiatric rehabilitation. Stay up to date on all the latest mental health news through this weekly newsletter.
 

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"I've been dealing with anxiety for as long as I can remember," says Sow Ay, an illustrator who sketches brutally honest cartoons about his ongoing struggle with mental illness. "A few days ago I was diagnosed with panic disorder. It took a lot of time because I was scared to talk about it. But I could no longer live with it, so I'm glad I did talk about it," he tells The Independent. Sow Ay, who is in his twenties but prefers to keep his identity secret and "hide behind" his characters, lives in Auvergne, France, and runs the Forsaken Studio graphic design firm. A golden star often comforts his anxiety-riddled characters in his work.
On the way to her first therapy appointment on a November morning in Lafayette, Louisiana, Windy Maitreme listened to her latest podcast obsession, My Favorite Murder. Maitreme works as an administrative assistant and struggles with anxiety and depression. Podcasts distract her from her fears.
As the countdown to the London Marathon continues, Prince Harry met the runners and Heads Together supporters from across the North East who are working to make 2017 the mental health marathon. Heads Together, the campaign to change the conversation on mental health which is spearheaded by Their Royal Highnesses, is the Official Charity of the Year of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.
College senior Riya Chandiramani was working out at Pottruck Health and Fitness Center when she got a text from her dad. Now, she can't remember what the text said. But she thought she'd done poorly on a quiz in her marketing class, and seeing the text from her dad — a successful man who'd always held her to high standards — was too much. Soon, she was on the floor of the bathroom in Pottruck, breaking down. But the overwhelming feeling of stress wasn't new to her. It had been a part of her life for years. When it comes to mental health — a topic thrust into the spotlight at Penn after a string of student suicides, an outpouring of student activism and a subsequent bundle of administrative policy changes — those challenges can be particularly trying.
Mental health agencies in South Jersey that accept Medicaid are bracing for revenue shortfalls as they transition to New Jersey's new fee-for-service funding model this year. Though Gov. Chris Christie said he will extend $127 million in additional funding for mental health and substance abuse treatment in next year's state budget, some agencies say they are weighing staff reductions and program cuts — and might be forced to turn away patients as a result.
Politics-induced anxiety is so common it's been given an unofficial name: Post-Election Stress Disorder. Mental health professionals around the country, especially those working in Democratic strongholds, report a stream of patients coming in with anxiety and depression related to — or worsened by — the blast of daily news on the new administration.
A growing body of research suggests that young workers are increasingly adding mental health days to their personal days, and young women are particularly at risk. Millennials report higher rates of depression than any other generation and are now the biggest sector of the workforce, creating new challenges in work culture and mental health treatment. And they're not alone: Recent research shows depression is becoming more prevalent in younger women. Between 2005 and 2014 the number of depressed teens jumped by more than half a million, three-fourths of which were teenage girls according to a recent study in the journal Pediatrics. These mental health struggles are extending themselves into the workplace, with millennial women far more likely than their male counterparts to experience burn out and depression.
Your kitty is in the clear: People who grow up with cats in the home are no more likely than anyone else to develop mental illness, British researchers reported Tuesday. They looked for evidence that a common parasite carried by cats might affect the developing brain, making people susceptible to schizophrenia, psychosis and other symptoms of mental illness. The study of nearly 5,000 people found no such evidence, they reported in the journal Psychological Medicine.