Season affective disorder can trigger substance abuse

The change in seasons can be very uplifting and enjoyable for people who adapt themselves quickly. But some may experience depressive episodes as they find it hard to cope with environmental changes. The incessant rains, excessive cold and darkness, or unbearable heat can restrict activities that one enjoys doing throughout the year. The negative emotions associated with shift in seasons is known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It begins and ends at about the same time each year. People often experience serious mood changes during winter due to less natural light. It disappears during the spring and summer season. For this reason, it is commonly known as winter depression.   Continue reading

Former sheriff suggests separate jail intake to identify prisoners with mental illness

The Detroit Free Press reports that a lawsuit was filed last week naming Macomb County, Michigan, as one of the responsible parties in the death of inmate David Stojcevski. According to reports, Stojcevski died in 2014 while in the care of the Macomb County jail’s mental health unit.

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