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Mental Health News for May 2008

Depression News, Polls and Quotes

As part of the main Information Centre, this section of the website is intended to provide month-by-month news about depression, anxiety and other related health concerns. Archives from previous months are available, and all polls from previous months remain active if you should wish to vote.

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Quotes and Philosophical Thoughts for May 2008:

> "Depression is the affair in life we weren't looking for." - Jeanie K

> “If depression is creeping up and must be faced, learn something about the nature of the beast: You may escape without a mauling." - Dr. R. W. Shepherd

> “If the heart of a man is depressed with cares, The mist is dispelled when a woman appears." - John Gay

> "When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking." - Elayne Boosler

> “Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment." - Grenville Kleiser 

> “I find nothing more depressing than optimism." - Paul Fussell

> “A lot of what passes for depression these days is nothing more than a body saying that it needs work." - Geoffrey Norman

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'Telepsychiatry' Allows Nurses To Treat Women With Postpartum Depression

Women suffering with postpartum depression may in future be able to receive psychotherapy from a specially trained nurse over the phone, eliminating barriers to treatment such as distance, time or the availability of a psychologist or psychiatrist...  Read More   |   Discuss   |   Suggest An Article

Teen 'Self Medication' For Depression Leads To More Serious Mental Illness, New Report Reveals

Millions of American teens report experiencing weeks of hopelessness and loss of interest in normal daily activities and many of these depressed teens are using marijuana and other drugs, making... Read More   |   Discuss   |   Suggest An Article 

Elderly In Long-term Care Setting Suffer Depression More Than Those Cared For At Home

Elderly in a long-term care setting are more likely to be prescribed antidepressants and to self-report depression compared to those in a home-health care setting, according to a study. The study of.
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Do Antidepressants Enhance Immune Function?

Infection with human immunodeficiency virus, which leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, is an epidemic of global concern. The functioning of natural killer (NK) cells, which are a major... Read More   |   Discuss   |   Suggest An Article

Who Are We? Coming Of Age Of Antidepressants

“I’ve grown up on medication,” my patient Julie told me recently. “I don’t have a sense of who I really am without it.” At 31, she had been on one antidepressant or another nearly continuously since she was 14. There was little question that she had very serious depression and had survived several suicide attempts. In fact, she credited the medication with saving her life. But now she was raising an equally fundamental question: how the drugs might have affected her psychological development and core identity... Read More   |   Discuss   |   Suggest An Article

Depression Diversity: Brain Studies Reveal Big Differences Among Individuals

Depressed people may have far fewer of the receptors for some of the brain's "feel good" stress-response chemicals than non-depressed people, new research shows. And even among depressed people, the... Read More   |   Discuss   |   Suggest An Article

Recognizing Adolescent Depression And Fostering Resilience

For a man who is an accountant by training, Bob Anthony is following a rather unusual career path. In 2005, after years working as an accountant, and then in the tech industry, the Wellesley resident founded Adolescent Wellness, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “simplify the prevention of depression and suicide in adolescents.” Though depression was something Anthony was personally familiar with, helping others through it was not something he had ever trained for, or considered pursuing. Then came the phone call... Read More   |   Discuss   |   Suggest An Article

Sudden Death Of A Parent May Pose Mental Health Risks For Children, Surviving Caregivers

Children who had a parent who died suddenly have three times the risk of depression than those with two living parents, along with an increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder according to a... Read More   |   Discuss   |   Suggest An Article

Low Blood Levels Of Vitamin D May Be Associated With Depression In Older Adults

Older adults with low blood levels of vitamin D and high blood levels of a hormone secreted by the parathyroid glands may have a higher risk of depression, according to a new report. About 13 percent... Read More   |   Discuss   |   Suggest An Article

Anxiety, Mood Disorders Put Cancer Patients At Risk For PTSD

Breast cancer patients who have a prior history of mood and anxiety disorders are at a much higher risk of experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder following their diagnosis, new research... Read More   |   Discuss   |   Suggest An Article

                         

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