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Public News Service - IL: Mental Health

Women are four times more likely than men to be diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder. (AdobeStock)

CHICAGO – The winter solstice is nearly upon us, and for hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans, the shorter days and falling temperatures can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. As a clinical psychologist who treats SAD, Sally Weinstein from the University of Illinois at C

About 70 percent of the young people arrested in Illinois are dealing with mental health issues. (womenshealth.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Seven in 10 juveniles arrested in Illinois have underlying mental health issues, and advocates are urging lawmakers to offer them treatment rather than jail time. According to the report “Stemming the Tide,” 30,000 young people have been arrested and 11,000 in

Women are most often affected by broken heart syndrome, which mimics a heart attack and can be fatal without prompt medical attention. (Virginia Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As many celebrate Valentine's Day, some people are head-over-heels in love while others experience heartache. That leads to the question: Can you die of a broken heart? According to some experts, the answer is "yes." Broken heart syndrome, or takotsubo cardiomyopathy, can even b

Experts say talking it out is the first line of defense against depression. (cdc.gov)

CHICAGO – 'Tis the season to be jolly, but not for everyone. The holiday season can actually exacerbate feelings of isolation and depression for some. People without strong family bonds may feel especially lonely during the holidays. Mirna Ballestas, a clinical psychologist and program d

Department of Child and Family Service officials promise changes during a joint Senate hearing this week. (senatorjuliemorrison.com)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Changes are promised at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services after the death this spring of a toddler from Joliet. And some state lawmakers say if more safety precautions aren't put into place, legislation forcing the issue will be forthcoming. DCFS official

Younger Americans say they tend to check work email often while on vacation. (Sierra Neely)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and that means many people are planning or already taking vacations. Some advice: Turn off the electronics and leave work behind. A new survey from Accountemps finds 54 percent of workers said they typically check in

Superutilizers are people who are frequently in and out of jails and hospitals because of mental illness or addiction. (icjia.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An effort is under way in Illinois to create a data bank of so-called "superutilizers" - individuals with mental illnesses and/or addictions who repeatedly end up in jails, prisons and hospitals. John Maki, director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Informational Authority, sai

Illinois officials suspended overtime restrictions affecting about 8,000 Illinois home-care workers the same day as a class-action lawsuit was to be filed over the rules. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner reversed course on a no-overtime policy for workers who care for people living with disabilities, and advocates say it's a victory. The decision from the Illinois Department of Human Services came just hours before SEIU Healthcare Illinois planned to fil

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