Depression is the Number One Cause of Disability in the United States
According to the World Health Organization, 4 of the 10 leading causes of disability in the United States and other developed countries are mental disorders, including major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Approximately 23% of American adults each year have a diagnosable mental disorder and as many as 5.4% of American adults have a serious mental illness.
Depression has received increased attention recently because of the growing recognition of itsprevalence. Once misunderstood and stigmatized, depression now is regarded as a biological condition. Management of depressed patients increasingly involves healthcare professionals other than psychiatrists. To assist these healthcare professionals, this article provides a basic description of depression and describes currently available pharmacotherapies for treating depression, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
Neurostimulation is the next frontier in the treatment of chronic depression. The FDA is expected to approve vagus nerve stimulation as a treatment for chronic depression within the next thirty days. You can learn more about this remarkable therapy at http://www.VagusNerveStimulator.com
Vagus nerve stimulation is a ninety-minute out-patient procedure performed by a surgeon. A prescription by your psychiatrist is required. The vagus nerve stimulator is pacemaker-like device implanted in the patient's upper left chest. One lead wire is tunneled underneath the skin and coiled around the left vagus nerve in the neck. It is not related to brain surgery or shock therapy and is more effective than ECT.
Charles Donovan was a patient in the FDA investigational trial for vagus nerve stimulation and depression. He testified to the Panel at the Advisory Meeting on June 15th. After 25 years of chronic depression, vagus nerve stimulation completely cured his chronic depression. The author is so grateful and humbled by this remarkable device. He is the founder of the http://www.VagusNerveStimulator.com web site.
So You?ve Been Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder?
If you've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) you are not alone. It has been estimated that over 2 million people in the United States suffer from this form of mental illness which involves episodes of both mania and depression.
What?s Causing My Depression and Fatigue?
Chronic Fatigue and Chronic Depression are absolutely systemic in our society today. Recent studies done by the AMA and CMA purport one in four people in North America are suffering from some form of chronic fatigue or depression and it's expected eight out of ten of us will experience similar afflictions in our lifetime. But numbers like these don't speak to the cause and only tell half the story.
Depression Keeps 19 Million Adults From Being Productive
Approximately 19 million American adult workers allow depression to limit their productivity. According to the American Medical Women's Association, this includes 5 million women, many of whom will quit or loss their jobs directly due to the depression.
Seven Steps to Good Mental Health
Psychological well-being is something that we all have a right to. However, for a variety of reasons to do with upbringing, life experiences, physiology, environment and so on? we often find ourselves with a mind-state other than what we desire. Depression, anxiety, and stress seem to be the major obstacles to just feeling good ? judging by the number of visits to doctors for help with these problems.
Efficacy and Safety of Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Depression Published in Journal
On September 1st, the efficacy and safety of vagus nerve stimulation for depresssion was published in the prestigious peer reviewed journal of Biological Psychiatry.
7 Things You Can Do Immediately To Ease Depression
1. Get out now and walk fifteen minutes. It will get your feet moving and help you feel you are at least able to do something.
Sources of Online Suicide Help for People Suffering from Severe Depression
There are Many Resources for Online Suicide Help
5 Super Effective Tips To Kill Depression
Being lonely is a normal part of our everyday lives. We get sad when we fail in our exams, when we're rejected by the person we love, or when someone very close to us passes away. Depression, however, could be more fatal than just plain loneliness. It could render life-long consequences that could ruin your self-esteem, health, and well-being.
Stress and Depression are Killing Us!
A short generation ago, families could set their watch by the time the father got home from work each day. My dad always walked through the front door at precisely 6 PM and supper was served at 6:10. We'd all sit around the table discussing the events of the day and then go out on the street to spend time with the neighbors when the kitchen chores were done.
Suicide Prevention: 12 Universal Laws
The Law of Permanence
American Indian Youth and Depression - Using Traditions To Heal The Wounds
When most people hear the words American Indian, visions of warriors on horses, feathers, or an 'Indian Princess' dance vividly in their heads. Instead, who they are is a culture of people who traditionally educate their children through oral traditions taught from generation to generation, day-to-day life, and sacred ceremonies that included song, dance and stories told to them by elders and spiritual leaders in the community.
Depression in Teenagers: Now What Can We Do?
No doubt you have seen the recent news headlines about a federal panel that recommended to the FDA that anti-depressant medications carry the strongest possible warning label for use in children and teenagers. This recommendation to the FDA shook the medical community, especially those who work with depressed young people. The biggest problem from the treatment community's point of view was not the recommendation for the warning label, but the way that the media protrayed the panel's recommendation.
Do You Think You Have Depression?
Do you have days where nothing can make you happy? You are not alone. I ignored my depressive thoughts about life for years. Unfortunately I didn't do anything to fix my situation until they became so dehabilitating that I had no choice.
Depression in Long Term Care Heart Patients Often Goes Untreated
Cardiologists, other doctors and long term carestaff might be missing the big picture as one survey suggeststhat only a third of heart disease patients with serioussymptoms of depression or anxiety get any treatment.The findings are significant because psychological problems havebeen linked to poorer health and higher death rates in heartdisease patients. Unfortunately, long term care residents andother heart patients just aren't being screened becausephysicians are just focused on the heart disease and don't thinkabout other factors that could contribute to the condition.
Mood Disorders And Depression
We all suffer with bad moods from time to time. But if you are someone who is in a bad mood or depressed much of the time, take heart. There are natural remedies to help with balancing your mood disorders.
Being A Victim Is Always A Choice
Do you blame your past, your family, your partner, your job, your circumstances or a host of other things for your unfortunate place in life. If so then, by definition, you are choosing to identify yourself as a victim.
Are you suffering from Depression?
Millions of people sufferaround the world from a depressive illness. They think that depression is just a normal occurrence in their lives, which will go away after a short while. If you think of the fast moving and complicated world we live in today it's easy to feel a little overwhelmed and dismiss how serious depression can be.
ADHD and Depression -- More Common Than Thought
"Thanks for Noticin' Me" says Eeyore. He walks slowly. He looks sad. He doesn't accomplish much. He's just glad to be noticed. This is Eeyore, the stuffed donkey who is so often in need of his tail being pinned back on.
Chronic Depression: Disease or Charcter Flaw?
A major survey on depression symptoms from the National Mental Health Association (NMHA), released in july 2001, revealed adramatic degree of progress in public understanding. Yet even amid this promising trend, the survey sheds light on thedifficulties faced by millions of people striving to manage this sometimes chronic, life-long illness.
To Long Term Care Professionals: How to Dramatically Improve your Residents Psychiatric Care
Long term care facilities and residents' doctors shouldconsider combining medication treatment with psychological andbehavioral approaches, such as strength-embedded psychotherapy,for a range of psychological disorders.
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