Why the Mentally Ill are Not Dangerous

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Although America’s history is ripe with shooting sprees, in the past decade we have seen what seem like random shooting sprees across the nation, in schools, malls and movie theaters. The media is quick to report such violence, as it makes waves. Regardless of how deadly or scary these killings are, Americans want to hear […]

Why is My Depression Medication Not Working?

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Everyone is different. Everybody’s brain is made differently with different chemical compositions and different ways of thinking and feeling. This also means that everyone’s depression is different, and therefore everyone’s ideal depression treatment is different. Working with a good team of mental health care professionals, such as a psychiatrist and a therapist can seriously increase […]

Taking Care of Your Mental Health with the Affordable Care Act

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It is estimated that one in 17 Americans suffer from a serious mental illness. Up until the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, many Americans couldn’t afford the health care insurance they needed to get mental health support services. Out of pocket rates for psychiatrists can be in the hundreds of dollars per half-hour, with […]

Suicide Prevention: Signs of Suicide

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Every year nearly one million people worldwide will elect a permanent solution to what is usually a temporary problem: depression. Depression hurts. The symptoms of depression include depressed mood nearly every day, diminished interest in pleasurable activities or loss of feeling pleasure, weight loss or gain, hypersomnia or insomnia, feelings of restlessness, inappropriate guilt, fatigue, […]

Mental Illnesses That Occur With Depression

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Major depressive disorder is a mental disorder characterized by the following: persistent depressed or low mood diminished interest or pleasure in activities significant increase or decrease in appetite or weight insomnia or sleeping too much fatigue or loss of energy feelings of worthlessness or guilt problems with thinking and concentration recurrent thoughts of death or […]

The Effects of Long Term Unemployment on Depression

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  Loss of income. Lack of meaning. Loss of social ties. Stigma. On the heels of what some are calling the “great recession,” these symptoms are familiar to the 3.1 million Americans who have dealt with unemployment for at least six months. These are all issues that those who have lost their jobs have to […]

Depression and Work Disability

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Being depressed makes life difficult in nearly every way. It’s difficult to get up out of bed in the morning, difficult to keep up with your own grooming needs, difficult to think and concentrate and make decisions, and difficult to stay awake during the day. All of these factors, and many others, make working a […]