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Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE


Russell Brand: Is a World That Robin Williams Can’t Live In Broken?

The comedian reflects on the death of one of the funniest men ever, tying it to “the overarching misery of our times,” in his latest episode of “The Trews.”

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE



Don’t Try to Cheer Me Up, Man

“Those with low self-esteem actually reject the so-called ‘positive reframing,’ or expressions of optimism and encouragement, most of us offer to them,” Dr. Denise Marigold, the lead author of a study into the issue, told Today.com.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



Depression Researchers Find ‘Exciting’ Potential Breakthrough in ... Ketamine

Ketamine is known to horse enthusiasts as an equine tranquilizer and to recreational pharmacology enthusiasts as the party drug “Special K.” It might also have other unexpected applications, including as part of a treatment regimen for depression.

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New Test Could Make Antidepressants Safer

Antidepressants are wildly popular in the United States, where one in 10 people take them. The problem is that they sometimes cause what’s called suicidal ideation—thoughts of suicide.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Young Britons ‘Feel They Have Nothing to Live For’

A study for the Prince’s Trust charity reports that almost a third of long-term unemployed people have contemplated killing themselves and that “urgent action must be taken to prevent the young jobless from becoming the young hopeless,” the BBC reports.

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Where Does Depression Hurt? A Map of World Clinical Diagnoses

The second leading cause of disability, clinical depression is a widespread disorder. A new study shows the rates at which each country suffers depression and speculates as to the reasons why, for example, Afghanistan has the most incidences of depression while Japan has the fewest.

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 READ MORE


Black Rush Life: Working the Oil Fields of North Dakota

For some Americans, a North Dakota oil rig is the only place to get a job. The days are long, and compared to what they’re used to making, the pay is big. But the relative rewards come with deep personal costs, as a new movie by a pair of Brooklyn filmmakers shows.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Extend Their Benefits and They Still Take Jobs

New research from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco shows that long-term jobless people whose unemployment benefits were extended at the start of the recession did not become unwilling to work.

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A 7.5 Percent Jobless Rate Means the McRecovery Continues

The U.S. economy appears to have added just enough jobs in April to keep pace with population growth, and the new positions are low wage and mostly nonunion.

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The Part-Time Jobs Crisis

Americans stuck in part-time work take little comfort in news that the nation has added jobs for 30 consecutive months.

Posted on Apr 20, 2013 READ MORE



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The Recession’s Toll on Your Health

A broken economy means broken bodies—bodies that give way under stress, inadequate and unavailable health care, and in some places, fewer available supplies to treat the increased numbers of ill. Greece points the way.

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Hundreds of Thousands More Like Tomas Young

Almost half of the 2.2 million troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan report problems on returning home, but the attention and care many receive from the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs are not enough, a report published Tuesday finds.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Stress Disorders and Drone Pilots

Researchers report that drone pilots experience mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder at the same rate as pilots of manned aircraft deployed in the Middle East.

Posted on Feb 23, 2013 READ MORE


Krugman on Why Jobs Come First

New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman drew on 20th century U.S. history to explain to Bill Moyers how a Washington that was willing to spend could end the present American depression.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Iceland’s Leaders

One country refused to bail out its derelict banks and slash social spending amid the financial crisis. And guess what? Unlike the eurozone and the United States, it’s making a sturdy comeback.

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Mild Head Injury Upsets Brain’s Resting State

MRI scans conducted by researchers at NYU’s School of Medicine have shown that the resting state functioning of brains that have suffered mild trauma corresponds to a host of problems, including cognitive dysfunction, depression, anxiety and fatigue.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Study: Obesity Gene May Help Prevent Depression

The same gene that may be increasing your girth may also be making you happier, according to a new report.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Eurozone Headed for a New Recession

The eurozone is headed for another recession as its economic output shrinks again in 2012’s third quarter, economists say.

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How Bad Things Are

In March 2009 Ben Bernanke, normally neither the most cheerful nor the most poetic of men, waxed optimistic about the economic prospect. After the fall of Lehman Brothers six months earlier, America had entered a terrifying economic nosedive. But appearing on the TV show “60 Minutes,” the Fed chairman declared that spring was at hand.

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Doctors Get a Clue About How Shock Therapy Works

It’s long been a subject of controversy, as well as a few dramatic movie scenes, but electroconvulsive therapy, aka shock therapy, also appears to work when other treatments don’t in some persistent cases of depression. Now the medical community has a little more insight into how it helps patients.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Krugman Calls It a Depression

The Nobel Prize-winning economist writes in his New York Times column Sunday that even though “it’s not a full replay of the Great Depression,” people continue to suffer without work and we should call the thing by its name.

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Brussels Summit Will Not Avert Eurozone Crisis

At the close of an economic summit that appears to have failed to rescue Italy, Spain and more of Europe from sinking deeper into a mire of recession, Guardian economics editor Larry Elliott prefigures the collapse of the euro as a unifying currency of the European Union. (more)

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Matt Rourke

Thanks for What?

On this Thanksgiving we have been cheated of the bounty of the harvest as one in three Americans descends into poverty.

Posted on Nov 24, 2011 READ MORE



Nurses vs. Wall Street

Nurses in San Francisco make a statement about Wall Street; Hispanic media are faring better than their mainstream counterparts; and Steve Jobs leaves the world with a pricey legacy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE



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The 10 Worst U.S. State Economies

AlterNet has compiled a list of the 10 worst U.S. state economies by measures of unemployment, time out of work, per capita income, median net worth, poverty, access to health insurance and foreclosure. (more)

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Antidepressant Nation

A serious conversation is under way in the United States on the subject of psychiatric drugs. The debate consists of three fundamental issues: first, whether antidepressants actually treat depression; second, the vast, growing body of evidence that psychotropic medications ... (more)

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Job Market in a June Swoon

A measly 18,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in June, far below expectations for a rise of close to 90,000, and the unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent. The numbers are a reality check ... (more)

Posted on Jul 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Joblessness Hangs at 45% in Blockaded Gaza

In findings that can hardly be expected to generate Palestinian good will for Israel, a five-year Israeli blockade on Gazan exports has contributed heavily to the joblessness of nearly half the population and a sharp decline in real wages, according to a U.N. report.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 READ MORE



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The U.S. Economy’s Stagnation Problem

The economic indicators for May aren’t pretty, throwing up red flags that American job growth and factory output aren’t enough to carry the U.S. economy into a recovery and forcing a critical look at the way the crisis has been managed. (more)

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Ranks of the Jobless Still Rising

Recovery? What recovery? The number of Americans filing for new unemployment benefits rose to the highest number in eight months, a sign that nearly half a million people have lost their jobs since last summer.

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Wal-Mart’s Customers Are Running Out of Money

After it destroyed neighborhood retailers, forced manufacturing overseas and helped bankrupt the middle class, Wal-Mart is suddenly surprised to learn that its customers are too poor to shop ... (more)

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE



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Studies in Self-Compassion

“No pain, no gain” may have its limits as a personal mantra, according to researchers exploring the idea of self-compassion as a motivating attitude for everything from mood regulation to fitness and weight control—in other words, less stick, more carrot.

Posted on Mar 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Recessions Are Not Good for Your Mind

According to the government agency with the fun acronym SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009 was no party in terms of adult Americans’ mental health. (continued)

Posted on Nov 18, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mark Lennihan

Waking Up in the 1930s

In the year 2010, America once again embraced the bread line, and the neatly dressed, solidly middle class, once working folk who queue up are just becoming reconciled to a stark new reality.

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Chronic Pain? Pot May Do the Trick

This may seem like the results of a study by Professor Obvious, but a research team out of McGill University Health Center in Montreal has determined that smoking marijuana might help chronic pain sufferers manage their symptoms.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE



One-Third of U.S. Counties Face Water Shortage

Today on the list: Britain’s new prime minister flies business class, one-third of U.S. cities face water shortages, the history of canned laughter, and the art professor who squirts paint from the worst possible place.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE


Show Us the Money

We could easily slip into another Great Depression if our leaders continue to heed the chattering class on the deficit. But cutting spending is not just bad economics; it’s bad politics, too.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Ohio’s Unemployed Getting Smashed

While seemingly intuitive, it’s bit frightening to see the correlation so clearly illustrated: A graphic, covering a 12-year period, shows the tie between Ohio’s unemployment rate and the amount of alcohol purchased. With unemployment and booze consumption at their contemporary highs, many are wondering about the public health effects of unemployment on those out of work.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


The Man Who Put the Rainbow in ‘The Wizard of Oz’

The 70-year-old film classic bears close watching this year, perhaps more than in any other, for the message woven into the lyrics, written during the Great Depression by Oscar-winning lyricist E.Y. “Yip” Harburg.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE


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Michael Kazin on Dorothea Lange and the Great Depression

Two new books explore the cultural achievements of the 1930s that continue to shape the American imagination.

Posted on Oct 16, 2009 READ MORE


Unemployment
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Unemployment Hits a 26-Year High

Just as the Labor Day weekend arrives comes word that the U.S. economy shed another 216,000 jobs last month, pushing the unemployment rate up to a 26-year high of 9.7 percent.

Posted on Sep 4, 2009 READ MORE


Paul Krugman: Big Government Prevented a Second Depression

The Nobel Prize-winning economist writes that “around a million more Americans are working now than would have been employed without that [stimulus] plan. ... ” He also argues that “it’s possible to be dissatisfied, even angry, about the way the financial bailouts have worked while acknowledging that without these bailouts things would have been much worse.”

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 READ MORE


Economy
southwestga.com

In the Jobless Numbers, a Glimmer

Woe is still the economy, but several numbers are indicating that the recession might, just might, be easing up. The pace of U.S. job losses has gradually slowed, and the unemployment rate actually dropped in July for the first time in over a year.

Posted on Aug 7, 2009 READ MORE


America’s History, Now on YouTube

Amid the Web site’s trashy home videos and other uneven chronicles of pop culture is a memorable new look at America’s past that whets the appetite for more free fun. The National Archives, in celebration of its 75th anniversary, has posted 17 videos to YouTube.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Financial Plan Fails to Impress

President Obama compares his “sweeping overhaul of the financial regulatory system” to FDR’s crackdown on Wall Street, but New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera isn’t buying it. “Everywhere you look in the plan, you see the same thing,” he writes. “Additional regulation on the margin, but nothing that amounts to a true overhaul.”

Posted on Jun 18, 2009 READ MORE


IMF Recession
imf.org

IMF Sees an Even Deeper Recession

A shrinking global economy has many at the International Monetary Fund worried, as economists project that 2009 will see a decline of 1.3 percent in world economic output—the first global recession since World War II.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009 READ MORE


Freddie Mac
bloomberg.com

Freddie Mac’s Acting CFO Found Dead

The acting chief financial officer for housing lender Freddie Mac, David Kellermann, was found dead Wednesday morning in what appeared to be a suicide. If the death is ruled a suicide, Kellermann will be the seventh high-profile financial services executive to have taken his own life under stress from the current economic crisis.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Susan Walsh

Resist or Become Serfs

If we do not immediately halt our elite’s rapacious looting of the public treasury we will be left with trillions in debts, which can never be repaid, and widespread human misery which we will be helpless to ameliorate. The stimulus and bailout plans are not about saving us. They are about saving them.

Posted on Apr 6, 2009 READ MORE


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