All Posts Tagged: adult depression

My Experience with TMS therapy

Author: Dragonfly Flight Diary [Facebook Admin]

 

I had a pretty rough summer in 2013.  It started in June 2013.  I was under a lot of high pressure from my work and I started slipping into my first full blown mania that I’ve experienced in probably about 8 or 9 years.  Prior it was just some rapid cycling and hypo-mania episodes but with long extended periods of depression that just never seemed to lift.

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Celebrities And Depression: Does It Help With Stigma?

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[1] 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.

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October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month

October is national depression awareness monthThis 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.

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Liesl Von Trapp Smiles Again With TMS Therapy

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.

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September 10, 2013: World Suicide Prevention Day

suicide prevention dayThe 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.

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What Are Non-Medicine Treatments For Depression?

therapy tms therapyWith depression affecting 1 in 4 Americans, it is no surprise that a large portion of those people are taking antidepressant drugs. In fact, the use of antidepressants was reported to have increased a whopping 400% since 1988 with more than 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 12 taking them[1].

Depression is a chronic disease and since research has shown that maintenance of antidepressants can cut the risk of a relapse in half[2], there are a large number of people who take antidepressants for years, if not decades. Antidepressants; however, come with their own set of complications. They can cause severe side effects that can negatively disrupt a patient’s quality of life. Antidepressants are also said to be effective on only 27.5% of patients with depression. Those who do not respond can then be diagnosed with treatment resistant depression and become weary of being prescribed yet another drug combination. Some patients decide to treat their depression without drugs and look into non-medicine treatment alternatives.

 

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From Patient To Mental Health Advocate: 5 Questions With Journalist Greg Harman

 

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Greg Harman had been living two completely separate lives; a successful Texas journalist and a struggling major depression patient researching the possibility of subjecting himself to an experimental treatment. Those lives never intertwined, until he decided to quit his job as an editor to join the clinical trials while documenting his experiences on a personal blog that has gathered a large following. Greg has now decided to make his illness public and not just to his friends, but to his many readers as well.

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Top 3 Depression Triggers and How to Manage Them

What do you think is the cause of your depression? This question usually gets more than one answer; Some say “my social life”, some say “it’s in my genetics”, others may relate it to a traumatic life event.. The reasons why people suffer from depression vary by individual. Many of these reasons or experiences once relived, can cause a recurrence of depression.

 

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What is Caregiver Burnout? What does it have to do with depression?

Depression is the number one cause of disability in the United States and Canada. It can cause extreme physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by behavioral changes. Many patients will describe a sense of ‘emptiness’ that never goes away.

Depression disrupts social interactions, work environments, and family life. Unfortunately, depression affects everyone, not just the patient. Being able to have a caregiver who can help you with daily tasks can be of great help to someone suffering from major depression. It is very hard for someone not suffering from major depression to fully understand what this illness does to someone. This is why loved ones who take care or look after a depressed person also need the proper support and education in order to avoid caregiver burnout.

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Your Depression is Lying to You

Good & Bad side of depressionYou know those cartoons that show a character about to make an important decision and *puff* suddenly they’ve got an angel and a devil sitting on each shoulder each trying to influence their next step? For some, this is exactly how major depression feels. You know you’re suffering, you know you’re in need of help, and you may even know what the right decision should be, but the devil called depression is always sitting on your shoulder whispering negative thoughts so that you won’t take that step forward.

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