Yikes! Talk about a VERY rough start!!!
Back in 2009, Mischa Barton was admitted into a psychiatric ward after she was charged with a DUI and marijuana possession, which unfortunately lead to her being depressed.
But after being in low spirits for a while, she realized that her "breakdown" is now irrelevant.
The A Resurrection actress said:
Aww c'mon McDonald's, depression is NOT funny!
Earlier this month, a McDonald's ad surfaced on Boston's public transportation featuring a woman with her head down with a headline that read: “You’re Not Alone. Millions of people love the Big Mac," but after the hamburger giant did some research, it was found that they never even approved the ad.
After Mickey D's rep Nicole DiNoia heard about the craazzzy ad, she said:
Despite her beautiful voice, Michelle Williams has had depression, and she ain't afraid to talk about it… not anymore at least.
While rehearsing for her Broadway musical Fela!, the Destiny's Child singer revealed that she's suffered from moderate depression, adding:
A few months ago, we were saddened by the news that Junior Seau, the 43 year old former NFL linebacker, had shot himself in the chest — just a few years after his career ended.
His decision to commit suicide baffled his family and friends, so now they're going to see if they can find a medical reason.
Any kind of avenue we can find is a good one if it results in diagnosing and becoming aware of someone's depression — and helping them treat it.
Researchers are hopeful that a new study might be able to see the signs of depression by looking at the amount and type of online activity people are showing.
This means that there could be software tools to help warn us!
All of this came about when researchers noticed that depressed people use the internet differently than those who weren't.
Some of the signs were: obsessively checking e-mail, watching lots of videos, and switching frequently among multiple apps.
How is that NOT everyone??
They then asked 216 college students to complete a questionnaire to determine whether they were depressed.
After that, they had the tech department watch, which is super creepy even if they say it wasn't:
"This didn't mean snooping on what the students were looking at or whom they were e-mailing; it merely meant monitoring how they were using the Internet - information about traffic flow that the university customarily collects for troubleshooting network connections and such."
Anyway, there was a correlation between high depression scores and greater instances of sharing files such as music and movies.
Of course, this doesn't mean you shouldn't be talking to professionals:
"This would not replace the function of mental health professionals, but it could be a cost-effective way to prompt people to seek medical help early. It might also be a tool for parents to monitor the mood-related Internet usage patterns of their children."
Any early alert is a good one, if you ask us!
Science! Science! Science!
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