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An average of 13,776 inmates in 45 California counties were on psychotropic medications in 2016-2017, a recent report found. That is up from 10,999 five years ago. erwin rachbauer/imageBROKER RM/Getty Images hide caption

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Wendy Root Askew with her husband Dominick Askew and their son. When the little boy (now 6) was born, Root Askew struggled with postpartum depression. She likes California's bill, she says, because it goes beyond mandatory screening; it would also require insurers to establish programs to help women get treatment. Courtesy of Wendy Root Askew hide caption

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Lawmakers Weigh Pros And Cons Of Mandatory Screening For Postpartum Depression

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It's easy to mistake adolescent depression for something else, child psychiatrists say; the signs can include misbehavior, eating problems or sleep trouble. Johner Bildbyra/Getty Images hide caption

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Pediatricians Call For Universal Depression Screening For Teens

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Researchers found a sudden increase in teens' symptoms of depression, suicide risk factors and suicide rates in 2012 — around the time when smartphones became popular, researcher Jean Twenge says. Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images hide caption

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The Risk Of Teen Depression And Suicide Is Linked To Smartphone Use, Study Says

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Light Therapy Might Help People With Bipolar Depression

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"I'd lost 60 pounds in the years since my passport picture had been taken and I hardly looked like myself," writes author Haroon Moghul. "Each time I approached a border, I feared I'd be denied a visa or, worse, deported." Mark Airs/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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An Encounter At A Passport Checkpoint Offers Respite From Depression's Grip

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Researchers aren't sure why strong relationships in adolescence seem to pay dividends later in life, but one hypothesis is that those bonds act as a buffer against depression and insults. Maria Fabrizio for NPR hide caption

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Ketamine For Severe Depression: 'How Do You Not Offer This Drug To People?'

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Can Poetry Keep You Young? Science Is Still Out, But The Heart Says Yes

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Depression Strikes Today's Teen Girls Especially Hard

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Musi, an African elephant, is one of Fresno Chaffee Zoo's five elephants enrolled in the Elephant Welfare Initiative. Courtesy of the Fresno Chaffee Zoo hide caption

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Fitness Trackers Aim To Improve The Health And Happiness Of Zoo Elephants

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