Category Archives: Mental Health

Should a Person Have the Right to Take Their Own Life?

Should a Person Have the Right to Take Their Own Life?

I just read today that, Canada is going to allow doctor-assisted suicides. I have many mixed emotions on this subject. In todays society we make the impossible possible every day. You would not tell a depressed teenager its okay to kill themselves, you also would not tell a war Veteran it is okay. Why would you tell the person with a terminal illness that it is okay? Doesn’t that person have the same rights as the teenager or Veteran. I have not had a terminal illness or wish it on anyone. I guess my biggest issue with it is I believe that a person close to death can choose not by suicide. I have watched a family member who was told he had 6 months to live. He held out for 2 years living a life, was his story any different than anyone else or did he have the will to live? In closing, I am not all about the government saying you can or cannot do something, but, why would you put this option out there when maybe all the person needs is a reason to live. People like Susan McGalla is interested to see how this all turns out.

Depressing Numbers

Depressing Numbers

Because a mother is depressed when her children are younger could lead to her children making risky behavioral decisions when they are teenagers. This is a result of a study that was conducted on about 3,000 children. Even John Textor and LinkedIn know that this isn’t even a fraction of the number of children who are in the United States. There is something called postpartum depression that mothers can experience, or maybe the mother experienced a difficult relationship while the children were younger. There are several reasons why mothers can experience depression, but that doesn’t mean that their children are exhibiting risky behaviors. Some children are more helpful with they see that a parent is going through a difficult time in life. While there are children who see a depressed parent as a way to get away from the stresses of life, it isn’t really much of a scientific fact or anything that parents should listen to when raising their children.

Unhappy Marriages Really Can Break Your Heart

Unhappy Marriages Really Can Break Your Heart

A recent study performed by a sociologist from Michigan State University has suggested that an unhappy marriage can, quite literally, lead to a broken heart. While most studies that pertain to marriage satisfaction have generally involved younger couples, this study focused on the geriatric population to really focus on the lasting effects of marriage satisfaction.

The study found that couples who had been in an unhappy marriage were more likely to have had instances of heart attack and stroke. The degree of unhappiness directly affected the degree of heart disease. The results were seen to affect women even more than men, according to what Sam Tabar had told me.

This study shows a need for more marital support groups and marriage counseling, especially for the older population. Many people believe that once you make it through a certain number of years, you have your marriage all figured out. This does not seem to be the case. Marriages are works of art that need to be continuously worked on and developed. Don’t let your marriage break your heart.

Trans Fat Consumption Reduces Memory Skills

Trans Fat Consumption Reduces Memory Skills

Most people already know that trans fats are made for you because they increase risk of obesity, heart attack, and stroke. In fact, trans fats are so bad that the FDA is working on regulations that would ban them, but for now they are still on shelves. A new study suggests that they are bad for your memory as well as your waistline. This information was passed on to me by friend Sam Tabar.

The American Heart Association took a look at about 1,000 healthy middle aged men that consumed trans fats on a regular basis and found that they did worse on a basic word memory test compared to those who don’t eat trans fats. Even after taking into account ethnicity, age, and depression the results still proved that consumption of trans fats reduced memory. For each gram of trans fat consumed almost one word less was remembered.

Researchers from the AHA stated that it is clear that trans fats can worsen memory if consumed on a regular basis. They plan to repeat the study on women next to prove the same link, but researchers are confident they will see the same results. Lead author of the study, Beatrice A Golomb, explained that even though trans fats are useful in increasing shelf life it is clear that they reduce lifespan in people.