Marian Keyes on her battle with depression: "I begged my mother for permission to kill myself"

'I begged my mother for permission to kill myself': Bestselling author Marian Keyes opens up about her dark battle with depressionThe author has suffered from crippling depression since 2009She pulled through her darkest days with help from a therapistThe author has spoken of how baking has helped her cope By Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 09:13 GMT, 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 10:07 GMT, 12 April 2013 Battle: Best-selling author Marian Keyes has told how her depression drove her to beg her mother to let her kill herself in 2010 Bestselling author Marian Keyes has revealed how her crippling depression led her to beg her mother for permission to kill herself.

Five disorders from depression to autism share a genetic link, which could pave way for new treatments

Five disorders from depression to autism share a genetic link, which could pave the way for new treatments Autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia overlap at a genetic level Two gene markers common to all of the disorders govern the balance of calcium in brain cellsNew understanding could help develop treatments By Claire Bates PUBLISHED: 13:46 GMT, 28 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:52 GMT, 28 February 2013 The five most common mental health and developmental disorders share a common genetic root, a study has found.

Emotionally neglected children more likely to suffer strokes in old age

Emotionally neglected children 'more likely to suffer strokes in old age' | UPDATED: 20:00 GMT, 19 September 2012 How children are treated when they are young can affect their future health People who were emotionally neglected as children are more likely to suffer a stroke as adults, according to a new study.

Smokers get fewer hours sleep and a lower quality of rest than non-smokers, scientists claim

Smokers get fewer hours sleep and a lower quality of rest than non-smokers, scientists claim17% of smokers get fewer than six hours of sleep each night, compared with just 7% of non smokers28% of smokers reported 'disturbed' sleep, while only 19% of non-smokers felt their sleep was poor quality | UPDATED: 10:05 GMT, 14 September 2012 Smokers may get fewer hours of sleep and have less restful slumber than non-smokers, according to study.

Dog slashing woman guilty faces jail cutting dog 31 times

Woman slashed her Springer Spaniel”s head, nose and body 31 times… and then called the police to blame it on an intruderKim Edmonds was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to her dogShe slashed her two Springer Spaniels, one sustained 31 lacerations and burnsPending a psychiatric report, Edmonds could serve a maximum of six months in jail

Acne antibiotic could alleviate symptoms of schizophrenia

Cheap acne antibiotic could alleviate symptoms of schizophreniaLink was discovered after man suffering from paranoia was also treated with antibiotics for pneumoniaNational Institute for Health Research starts 1.9m study next month A cheap antibiotic usually used to treat acne could alleviate the symptoms of schizophrenia, international studies have found.

Club drug could offer rapid treatment for severe depression

Club drug 'could offer almost instant remedy for severe depression' Scientists have seen promising early results from a trial using single doses of ketamine Black dog: Exisiting anti-depressants take a few weeks to kick in, leaving suicidal patients at risk A prescription drug that is used as a powerful anaesthetic on humans and animals could offer an almost instant remedy for people suffering from depression, say scientists.

"Love hormone" which makes mothers kinder could help treat autism

'Cuddle hormone' which makes mothers kinder could help treat autismMothers with higher oxytocin levels are more attentive Monkeys more trusting after hormone shot'Breaks down normal social barriers', say scientists Mothers with higher levels of oxytocin were more affectionate A natural chemical known as the 'cuddle hormone' makes people kinder and could help millions suffering from psychiatric disorders such as autism, say scientists. Researchers found that women with higher levels of oxytocin – a hormone produced in the brain – were more affectionate towards their babies. Meanwhile another study found participants who were given doses of oxytocin, offered 80 per cent more money to strangers than those given a placebo.