All Posts Tagged: mental health

National Mental Health Awareness Month 2015

Although a staggering one in five Americans have been diagnosed with a mental disorder(s)1, mental illness continues to be widely misunderstood, misrepresented, and subject to social stigma. Not surprisingly, the stigma associated with mental illness remains one of the biggest barriers preventing individuals from getting necessary treatment.

National Mental Health Awareness Month, observed throughout the month of May, is a campaign that strives to eliminate stigma, and encourage family members, friends and colleagues to support those diagnosed with mental illness in seeking out and receiving necessary medical treatment. Many organizations as well as leading media platforms participate in the campaign. This May, Discovery Life Channel in partnership with Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the stigma associated with mental illness, will air celebrity ambassadors calling for the end of mental illness discrimination as well as programming featuring various mental disorders.2

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You CAN cure Depression. Here’s the Proof.

Depressrace-winnerion is a very real condition that affects 1 in 10 Americans. Though some dealing with depression at various stages are able to treat and cure their symptoms using an Anti-Depressant medication and/or psychiatry, others are not as successful and end up dealing with Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD). TRD occurs as a result of major depressive disorder which has occurred due to an unsuccessful attempt at treating depression through regular dosages of anti-depressant medication. A variation and/or combination of anti-depressants can be prescribed in this case to help counteract different symptoms in an attempt to treat the depression. Unfortunately, even these drastic measures can still show little to no success, leaving affected individuals feeling hopeless, defeated and even more anxious about their condition. The reality of the TRD can be quite hash, as those affect feel like there are no other options. In fact, one study suggests that anywhere from 29 to 46% of people (depending on the type of medication) fail to respond to treatment of an anti-depressant and 15% of these patients find no relief in multiple treatment trials[1].

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Tips for Reducing Anxiety During Back-to-school Season

It’s that time again – lunches, homework, new teachers, and new people. For some, back to school time can be exciting and fun but for others, it can be dreaded, bringing on an overwhelming amount of stress and anxiety. The break from routine while trying to manage tasks between home and school can be the culprit for stress-related feelings during back to school season however, there are several other factors that can also contribute to these feelings of stress and anxiety. Between different sleeping schedules, trying to plan meals, new friends, classes, teachers and schools, it can be a lot to manage. Some may assimilate to these adjustments very well, while others may struggle with such a new environment that they may be at a higher risk for depression caused by the stress and anxiety of such a new culture. This is a very normal feeling and if you are feeling anxious over your new journey, just know you are not alone and things will get better. In the meantime, acknowledge these tips to help decrease the feelings of stress and anxiety during the back to school season.

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Robin Williams’ Death Reminds us Mental Illness can Affect Anyone

Robin WilliamsThe world is mourning the loss of one of the best actors, philanthropists and comedians today as Robin Williams was found deceased in his home yesterday at the age of 63. Williams died from an apparent suicide, when his struggle with depression and substance abuse came to an end. According to his publicists, Williams was likely to be suffering from bipolar disorder along with his severe depression symptoms. He even underwent rehab as recently as July to protect his sobriety.

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Relax with these Top 5 Smartphone Apps for Depression

Contrary to popular belief, your smartphone can actually provide you with some release of depression symptoms through interacting with innovative applications available to download. Although Smartphones have commonly been linked to increasing depression in teens [1], the ability to disconnect socially from your cell phone and use it in a way that guides you through meditation, relaxation and stress-management, can provide promising advantages. Several of these applications also provide users with access to a plethora of resources and communities to which they can educate themselves and interact with others who are going through similar feelings. These applications may also become a helpful and healthy addition to your depression treatment and can keep your mind off of other stressors going on in your life. Meditation, in fact, is an extremely powerful activity and can reduce your anxiety levels by 70% [2]! Just remember to turn off all other applications, beeps, noises, rings, and tunes while you are in your stress-free, mindful zone in order to avoid distractions and get the most out of these amazing apps.

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6 Useful Self-Help Books for Depression

Reading can be a form of escape, dreaming even. By taking your mind off of daily life stressors and immersing in a good story, you are benefiting yourself it so many ways. (Did you know that reading a book causes a physiological change in the brain that lasts for days?![1]). Reading is a great way to spend quality time with yourself away from technology and take your mind off things that might be bothering you. For instance, some people who suffer from depression, anxiety or panic attacks find that reading self-help books and other motivational stories helps immensely with depression tolerance. Research has even indicated that reading can be more relaxing than listening to music or going for a walk [2].  We’ve done some research and have come up with a list of 6 great self-help books to read if you are suffering from, or would like to know more about depression. So cuddle up with your pet, a blanket and some tea and enjoy some of these great reads. You won’t regret it.

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