Yet another holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the before the last of the mashed potatoes and gravy is finished we will already be inundated with the ‘holiday cheer’ of December celebrations. It’s a time of family gatherings, big celebratory meals, and other fun activities. However, if you are suffering from depression then the stress that comes with the holiday season can be a massive trigger that leads to frustration and anxiety. There are also people without a family or close friends to spend the day with, but also those who do have family and friends but have had negative experiences with them in the past.
“If someone needs my help for anything, I’m there. I’ll be the friend they can count on to listen to them and give them advice on whatever issues they may be facing. But I can’t ask for help for myself. It’s just too hard.”
Does this sound like you? We all may have different reasons, but you are not the only one having a hard time asking for help. Asking for help exposes you in a way that not many things do. You may feel like you’re opening up too much. That you’re too vulnerable; and you may fear the consequences of that exposure. The stress and anxiety associated with this can even be an even bigger trigger for depression than what originally had us needing help.
We’ve come a long way since transcranial magnetic stimulation was first FDA cleared in 2008. Its efficacy and benefits are being proven in research papers from all around the globe; it is also being studied as a possible treatment for all kinds of illnesses from Tinnitus to Epilepsy.
Researchers at the Rush University Medical Center concluded that the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation seems to be effective for the long-term treatment of major depression. “The results of the follow-up study further support TMS as a viable treatment option for patients with major depression who have not responded to conventional antidepressant medications” according to Dr. Philip G. Janicak, study principal investigator.
After giving birth, many women can start experiencing depression symptoms. In many of these cases this sensation – also called ‘baby blues’ – is temporary and mainly due to the many changes a woman experiences during pregnancy and delivery. In some cases; however, postpartum depression could be the underlying cause.
The World Health Organization has raised warning flags: in very few years depression has become the leading cause of disability in the world. It affects around 350 million people worldwide and this number is projected to increase. Fewer than half of the people affected have access to adequate treatment and health care. The World Health Organization has emphasized the urgency of taking measurements to mitigate the impact of depression on other illnesses, especially due to the social stigma associated with this epidemic.
One in four adults – approximately 61.5 million Americans – experience mental illness in a given year, however, 60 percent of adults and almost half of youth ages 8 to 15 with a mental illness do not seek the necessary treatment. Routinely screening for depression and other mental illnesses could greatly reduce these numbers. It has been said that more than 80 percent of all cases of clinical depression can be treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of both – but it first must be correctly diagnosed.
This year during October’s National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month the celebration for World Mental Health Day is on October 10th at the initiative of the World Federation of Mental Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise public awareness on mental health issues. The theme chosen this year is “Mental Health and Older Adults, Addressing a Growing Concern” and the topic could not be more significant. The number of people ages 60 and up is over 800 million worldwide; our world population has never been so mature.
Remember Liesl? She was ’16 going on 17’ and was the eldest of the Von Trapp kids in the beloved classic “The Sound of Music”. She was played by actress Charmian Carr whose innocent brand of beauty captivated an entire generation. Charmian’s career was short lived; she quit acting after the movie was released to focus on family life and raising her two daughters. But in more recent years Charmian has been battling bouts of extreme depression that left her unable to enjoy music and dance, the things she once loved most. “It affects every part of your life, but you continue… you just continue” she says while trying to hold back tears. Read the rest of this entry »
Compared to other depression treatment options, TMS therapy is fairly “new” (even though it has been around for over 20 years). In the relatively short amount of time it’s been available, TMS Therapy has made huge waves amongst both the medical community and patients. TMS Therapy can help patients achieve results and/or remission of depressive symptoms and maintain those results in the long term. While results may vary, the number of patient testimonials confirming the benefits of TMS has been increasing steadily as more and more TMS therapy chairs are set up across the country and the world.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-sponsoring World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on September 10th. The theme for the 11th anniversary event is “Stigma: A Major Barrier for Suicide Prevention.” What an appropriate topic for this year’s WSPD! Considering that stigma is probably one of the main reasons why many patients suffering from mental health issues refuse to get help, it’s crucial that we dedicate this year’s WSPD to raise awareness to fight stigma in all of its forms.