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Do Russians get depressed the same way Americans do?

As per Wikipedia's by-country list of depression in "Epidemiology of depression": Rank Country DALY rate ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 United States 1,454.74 127 Russia ...
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Do Russians get depressed the same way Americans do?

The claim is not supported by the research the article is based on The linked article says "Russians Don't Get Depressed", but they base that on a study which says nothing of the sort. The actual ...
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Is ADHD a fictitious disease?

The original source of the quote is here: https://magazin.spiegel.de/EpubDelivery/spiegel/pdf/83865282 Ein großer, hagerer Mann mit Brille und Hosenträgern öffnete 2009 die Tür zu seiner Wohnung am ...
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Do 1 in 4 of us experience mental health problems each year?

A similar claim is made by UK mental health charity Mind: 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England. They cite an NHS survey from 2007, which includes a ...
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Does mifepristone (RU-486 / Korlym®) help cure depression?

It's important to realize, here, that the study you linked does not claim mifepristone is effective for the treatment of depression. It provides some evidence for the treatment of psychosis in ...
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Is depression caused by chemical imbalances?

Yes and no. Usually the "chemical imbalance" is the consumer-oriented version of the serotonin hypothesis for depression. The most practiced method of testing this experimentally (and practically the ...
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Did 304 US soldiers kill themselves in 2009 compared to 149 killed in Iraq?

Yes (almost), in 2009 302 US active duty military deaths were due to suicide, and on the same year 149 US soldiers were killed in Iraq. According to a study of war-related deaths published by the ...
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Do people with mental illnesses die equal to other health issues?

The daily mail article faithfully summarizes the results of this scientific article. Risks of all‐cause and suicide mortality in mental disorders: a meta‐review A meta‐review, or review of ...
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Are working class individuals 70-80 percent less likely to be accepted as patients by therapists if they are black?

In the comments, Tim helpfully links the original study (pdf). Are these numbers accurate? I went quickly through it and the answer is not quite. Did the study find a [...] difference based off ...
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Was there a picture of Freud above a urinal at Washington University?

Upon further investigation, I'd rank this as quite plausible because the 2013 book The Making of DSM-III: A Diagnostic Manual's Conquest of American Psychiatry, sorta confirms it, although it might ...
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Can split personalities have different physical traits?

According to The Phenomenon of Dissociation, Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors : The phrase “dissociative identity disorder” replaced “multiple personality disorder” because the new ...
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Do Russians get depressed the same way Americans do?

This particular claim does seem to be supported by the study: rumination is more common among Russians but it is not indicative of depression (unlike rumination in Americans). However, the framing ...
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Is ADHD a fictitious disease?

For what's worth it, this was hardly a "deathbed confession" (he died in 2009), meaning something he didn't say before [in some way]. A cursory search finds a short paper of his from 2007, ...
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Do 1 in 4 of us experience mental health problems each year?

The word 'diagnosable' easily makes this statement true. Note this doesn't imply anything was actually diagnosed or the person even went to the doctor. It just says if the person were to go the doctor,...
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Is depression caused by chemical imbalances?

This is not even wrong. Depression is related to alterations of serotonin, dopamine transmitters and more: On the Complexity of Brain Disorders: A Symptom-Based Approach: Major Depressive ...
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Did 304 US soldiers kill themselves in 2009 compared to 149 killed in Iraq?

The Iraq KIA figures are supported by iCasualties.org, though I cannot determine what their sources are. A similar secondary source exists here, which provides data showing that 143 soldiers were ...
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Is Ativan addictive?

Well, drowsiness and sleepiness are common side effects according to the Mayo Clinic (not surprising considering it is a type of benzodiazepine or minor tranquilizer), but that doesn't mean it isn't ...
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Does mifepristone (RU-486 / Korlym®) help cure depression?

Does mifepristone (RU-486) help cure depression? The usage of the word "help" facilitates an answer: Yes. In the sense that it might be a valuable tool to treat some types of depression, and that it ...
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Is Leon Eisenberg the "inventor" (or the "scientific father") of ADHD?

No, he is not the first to describe this phenomenon in published literature. The first example of a disorder that appears to be similar to ADHD was given by Sir Alexander Crichton in 1798. Crichton ...
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Is Leon Eisenberg the "inventor" (or the "scientific father") of ADHD?

As not everyone is willing to dive into the details of this, even by his own account, Eisenberg "had to argue vigorously for the inclusion of hyperkinesis as a syndrome" in ICD and/or DSM-II....
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Are individuals with severe mental illness "much more likely" to be victims than perpetrators of violence?

Point 1 doesn't appear to be true, at least looking at homicide. "mental illness" is a category as broad as the ocean but let's try... First let's look at psychotic patients. Rates of ...
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