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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Anna Nicole Smith
Autopsy report shows that Anna Nicole Smith died from a "combined drug intoxication" rather than suicide, according to Reuters.

Medical examiner Joshua Perper found that in the days before her death, she had been taking large amounts of the sedative chloral hydrate, which also contributed to the 1962 overdose death of Smith's idol, Marilyn Monroe.

Dr Perper said that Smith might have been unaware that the sedative could be fatal in combination with the multiple prescriptions she was taking for anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Contributing factors included her weakened condition from stomach flu and a 40 deg C fever brought on by a pus-filled infection on her buttocks from repeated injection of other drugs.

Dr Perper said in his report that 'Miss Smith has a long history of prescriptioin drug abuse and self-medicated in the past.'
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Monday, March 26, 2007
Celebreties who suffered from depression
It was reported in The New Paper today that comedian Jim Carrey used to go through bouts of depression.

Another celebrity who suffered from depression during her teenage years is Singaporean singer Sun Ho, according to the Straits Times today. It was further revealed that she was sexually abused at the age of six by someone known to her. She said she had since forgiven the man.
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Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Woman of Steel
Below is an inspiring story of a woman who recovered from severe depression which was reported in Today newspaper on March 6 2007:

Thirty-six year old Mdm Ong, mother of two, suffered from two bouts of depression, the first of which occured in 2003 when her second child was born.

She had a relapse in 2005, when work and family demands started taking a toll on her emotionally.

'It started off with sleepless nights and a persistent feeling of being very low.

'I cried often, did not want to talk to anyone and did not have an appetite.

'Doing normal things like taking the bus also became insurmountable tasks.'

Recognizing these symptoms as being similar to those she experienced during her postnatal depression, Mdm Ong went to see a wellness psychiatrist at KK Women's and Children's Hospital, deciding that she needed professional help.

It was a good thing she sought treatment early, as the doctor pointed out that her condition had spiralled downward quickly.

She was diagnosed with having a serious case of depression.

'Initially, I was put on anti-depressants and mood stabilizers. But, when these medications did not work, I took my doctor's advice and went for electro-convulsive therapy, which involved sending electric pulses into the brain to restore the chemical balance.'

After three sessions, Mdm Ong saw a marked improvement in her condition and those around her commented that they had finally seen a smile on her face.

She also actively heeded her doctor's advice to exercise more in order to produce more endorphins in her body.

Coming to terms with her depression and talking to friends and loved ones about it also helped, all of whom rallied around her for support.

'My husband never told me to snap out of it.

'He understood that I was trying to deal with it and accompanied me to all my treatment sessions.

'I also met a lot of nice people at the hospital, nurses and doctors who were very willing to help and who did not look at me and think I was mad.'

And now that she is well and recovered, Mdm Ong's mantra is to live each day happily and enjoy the people around her.

'I do worry about the future at times, but I feel that it is also important to enjoy the present, so my worries no longer weigh so heavily on my mind anymore.'
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Sunday, March 04, 2007
Book on Anxiety
A book on anxiety that many find helpful is called "The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook" by Bourne. It has worksheets and self-help exercise using a cognitive- behavioural model.
There also is book on anxiety by Carolyn Dean that discusses the role of magnesium in anxiety and refers to this mineral as a "miracle". Many say that this mineral is depleted in our soil compared to the past and we are not getting sufficient quantities in our foods to meet our daily requirments.

It's always useful to keep a journal and write down what triggers anxiety to become aware during the day of typical situations that have been difficult for you so that you can prepare your coping skills in advance.
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