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The risks and benefits of new Netflix show “13 Reasons Why”

People are buzzing about the new Netflix show “13 Reasons Why”, which chronicles a high school girl’s rationale for committing suicide. It’s entertainment factor is undeniable, but it also raises serious questions about the portrayal of mental health concerns, sexual assault and other issues facing youth today. Katharine J. Nelson, MD, of University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry weighs-in on the risks and benefits of this show, and how parents can talk to their kids about key themes in the show.

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Lower levels of appetite control hormones may also account for depressive relapse in people with bipolar disorder, study finds

People who are overweight have a 25 percent higher chance of developing a depressive illness, while people who are obese have a 50 percent higher chance.

Conversely, people with mood disorders are more likely to become overweight.

It’s a well-known relationship that scientists have observed for years. But David J. Bond, M.D. Ph.D, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, wanted a biological explanation for this occurrence.

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Back-to-school stress, how much is too much?

It’s no secret that when the summer sun begins to set, it doesn’t take long for back-to-school stress to set in.

Health Talk spoke with Michael Miller, Psy.D., L.P., an associate psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry about how this strain can impact the wellbeing of students, and what parents can do to help combat stress as school is in session.

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