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The Story:

Could Depression Be Caused By An Infection?

Sometime around 1907, well before the modern randomized clinical trial was routine, American psychiatrist Henry Cotton began removing decaying teeth from his patients in hopes of curing their mental disorders. If that didn’t work, he moved on to more invasive excisions: tonsils, testicles, ovaries and, in some cases, colons.

Cotton was the newly appointed director of the New Jersey State Hospital for the Insane and was acting on a theory proposed by influential Johns Hopkins psychiatrist Adolf Meyer, under whom Cotton had studied, that psychiatric illness is the result of chronic infection. Meyer’s idea was based on observations that patients with high fevers sometimes experience delusions and hallucinations.

Cotton ran with the idea, scalpel in hand.

Our Expert Opinion:

Depression is a complex illness and we know that it takes more than one biological change to tip someone into an episode,” says Dr. Meyer. “But we now believe that inflammation in the brain is one of these changes and that’s an important step forward.” – Jeffrey Meyer, who holds a Canada Research Chair in the neurochemistry of major depression

A PROJECT 375 Perspective:

When I read the article about Dr. Cotton, inflammation and depression there still seemed to be several unknowns.  Although I am not a doctor, I am a woman who has lived with depression since the age of sixteen.  From my experiences there has always been much talk about chemical imbalances and the role that environmental factors play with regard to a person’s mental health.  If the idea of inflammation as a causation of depression proves to be true for a group of people, the hope is that they can find a way to reduce such inflammation and also help treat the depression.  While the number of people who have inflammation that may play a part in their depression might be small, if there is a way to help even one person, it is absolutely worth it.” – Erica Jellerson, Social Media and Events Coordinator, PROJECT 375

Real Chat: Let’s talk about it

We are excited to bring you another Real Chat! This week’s story is from Daisy Roman.

Daisy Roman is from Chicago, Illinois. She is a 23 year old student at DePaul University studying Health Science.

PROJECT 375: What is your biggest success up until now?

DAISY ROMANMy biggest success up until now would probably be the fact that I’m in school. I wanted to give up so many times because of my depression. There’s days when I look back to the days when my depression was more severe and I’m amazed of how far I’ve come; I’m slowly starting to take control of my life again and not letting anything hold me back, no matter how hard it may be at times. One day at a time!

Find the full Real Chat here.

For more details or to get involved, contact Emily Thieme at


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Drew Barrymore Experienced Postpartum Depression After Daughter Frankie’s Birth: ‘I Really Got Under the Cloud’

Being a mom is everything to Drew Barrymore.  Her life with her two young daughters, Olive, 3, and Frankie, 18 months, and husband, art consultant Will Kopelman, 38, is “is an abundance,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “It’s perfect and totally imperfect.”  Yet after Barrymore gave birth to Frankie, she sensed something might be a little off.

Meet Sesame Street’s First Character with Autism: ‘We Want to Create Greater Awareness and Empathy’

Fuzzy favorites Grover, Abby and Elmo are joined by their newest muppet pal, Julia, a character with autism, in Sesame Street Workshop‘s new nationwide initiative.  Launched Wednesday morning, Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children aims to reduce “the stigma of autism” with the introduction of the first muppet with autism.  The initiative, created for communities and families with children ages 2 to 5, includes a free downloadable app that incorporates video, digital story cards designed to make daily life tasks easier for families of children with autism and storybook materials for providers, organizations and caregivers.

17 Mental Health Questions We Want to Ask The Presidential Candidates

Listen up, potential President of the United States — we want to talk to you about mental health. No, not as a subset of the gun control debate. Mental illness affects about 61.5 million Americans, and we have some issues we’d like you (and other elected officials, for that matter) to address as we approach the election year.  So at the convenience of future debate moderators, The Mighty asked readers what mental health-related questions they’d want to ask the presidential candidates. Here’s what they had to say.

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BIG Brandon Marshall News:

Announcing the limited-time only Under Armour Project 375 apparel line!

We’re giving them away as thank-you gifts to those who make a donation of $35 or $55 here.

Don’t miss No-Shave November

Why mental health?

Starting November 1, join Brandon Marshall and others by growing facial hair (mustache, goatee, beard, chops, etc.) and raise some money to increase awareness and eradicate the stigma surrounding Mental Illness and disorders. 100% of your donation will go toward creating and distributing PROJECT 375’s PROJECT PREVENT Mindful Putty.

The Crazy Stigma Green putty is a pliable putty packaged with evidenced based mindfulness tips and resources to ensure boys and men alike are comfortable having a conversation about and addressing their needs regarding mental health.

 The Facts

  • Research shows that children with ADHD are more likely than other children to develop substance use disorders. (Child Mind Institute)
  • There was 49% increase in the youth suicide rate between 2003 and 2005 in the Netherlands. (Child Mind Institute)
  • 17.1 million young people have or have had a diagnosable psychiatric disorder. (Child Mind Institute)
  • 22.2% have mental illness with severe impairment some time before they are 18. (Child Mind Institute)

In case you missed it:

You can check out The Chatter, Volume 12 here.

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