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September 13, 2013

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Mental Health Disorders Now Leading Cause of Non-Fatal Illness Worldwide

By Dr. Mercola

Depression is a pervasive health issue today. According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 10 American adults report some form of depression. 1 Eleven percent of the US population over the age of 12 is on antidepressant medication. 2

Just two years ago, Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, discussed how a shocking 46 percent of Americans fit a diagnosis for one form of mental illness or another. 3 This problem is not limited to the United States, however.

In fact, according to a recent study published in The Lancet, 4 mental disorders and substance abuse combined were the leading cause of non-fatal illness worldwide in 2010, contributing nearly 23 percent of the total global disease burden!

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"While I'm sure there are many contributing causes, from impoverished circumstances and poor health to poorly managed day-to-day stress and high-tension due to regional wars and strife just to name a few, I also think it's important to consider massive recent shifts in food choices throughout the world."

The impact of your microflora on your brain function was recently reconfirmed by UCLA researchers who, in a proof-of-concept study, found that probiotics (beneficial bacteria) indeed altered the brain function in the participants. 'Time and time again, we hear from patients that they never felt depressed or anxious until they started experiencing problems with their gut,' [Dr. Kirsten] Tillisch said. 'Our study shows that the gut-brain connection is a two-way street.'"

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From Emotions to Advocacy
Resolve school problems and get better services for your children

By Wrightslaw.com

Welcome to Success Stories, a new section of Fetaweb.com. Learn how other parents are using common sense and resources and training from Wrightslaw to resolve school problems and get better services for their children. Do you have a success story?

Josh Won! Compensatory Education and an IEP. Josh (2007) was a seventeen year old with Tourette Syndrome, OCD, and LD. The school district refused to provide an IEP or a 504 plan. Josh (who represented himself) and his family used reports, evaluations, observations, research reports, and independent experts from the private sector as proof and evidence when they filed a due process complaint against the school. They prevailed! Note: We marvel at Josh. On February 22, 2012, Pete met with Josh and interviewed him about Josh's success and find out where he is now. Listen to the interview

Seventeen-year-old Josh has Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and learning disabilities. When the school refused to provide an IEP or a 504 plan, Josh acted as his own attorney during due process and prevailed!

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Mental Health Disorders Now Leading Cause of Non-Fatal Illness Worldwide


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From Emotions to Advocacy:
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