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DNA Testing, treatment and diagnosis of depression PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 May 2011

dnaWhen will we treat mental health problems with the same importance as physical health problems?

Julie Totten challenged McGovern Institute researchers at the fantastic seminar on Depression and the Brain held March 23, with her question of “wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a simple way to know if someone has depression or bipolar disorder”. 

Happenings PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 May 2011

mcgovernWe recently had a meeting at the McGovern Institute at MIT and have such a wealth of new opportunities to pursue.  Julie Totten, president and founder of Families for Depression Awareness, really is pushing for a brain scan that can show whether or not someone has depression or bipolar disorder,

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bipolar Disorder Type II PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 May 2011

czj-bpiiActress Catherine Zeta-Jones announced back in April that she just received treatment for bipolar disorder type II. Thank you Catherine for raising awareness of this disorder by telling and public and giving all of us an opportunity to educate people!

Wall Street Journal Article Highlights Recent Study of Maternal Depression PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 May 2011

mother_and_sonResearch has shown that children of depressed parents are at an increased risk of becoming depressed and having other behavioral problems. Now, there is more evidence suggesting that parents who get help positively affect the mental state of their children. 

Court rules for the VA to improve its mental health services PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
us-deptofveteransaffairs-sealReuters recently released an article reporting that the federal appeals court is accusing Congress and the president of neglect and "unchecked incompetence" in delivering mental health care services to veterans. The numbers are staggering – 84,000 veterans are on the waiting list for mental health care services and 18 veterans are committing suicide a day (as reported in the article).
The Lasting Impact of Bullying: a Personal Perspective PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 May 2011
girl_cryingI immigrated to the United States from England with my family when I was 12 years old. Reading the tragic story of Phoebe Prince, the Irish immigrant that took her life as a result of being bullied, brought back some uncomfortable memories of my own time in middle school, when my peers targeted me for being “different.” The harassment I faced was never so bad that I couldn’t handle it, but it definitely left deep and lasting scars on my psyche. 
My Call with a War Veteran PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 May 2011
american_flagMichael just called our office. He's a veteran, in his words "100% disabled," and working hard to recover from his battle experiences. He picked up the phone and called to ask us if we could spare a few copies of one of our brochures, "Coping with Stress."  Michael doesn't remember how he got the dog-eared copy he already has; he just knows that it has been helpful to him.
Talking to JetBlue about Depression PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 May 2011

jetblue_planeAs a former Customer Care manager, I have been impressed for years with the high quality of service JetBlue offers. I have always noticed that their employees appear to be genuinely happy and enjoy serving the public. It was fascinating to visit their headquarters and have a window into their behind-the-scenes activities.

Thank you Glee for touching on the stigma around mental illness PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 May 2011

gleeThe hit Fox television show Glee is not just for musical/show choir fanatics. Sure, the singing and performances are amazing to watch, but the main theme of each show usually deals with a much more serious issue. 

Teens Speak at High School about Depression PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 May 2011

emma_and_casey_at_rj_grey_junior_hsWe are so proud of our Teen Volunteers! Emma Schwartz (l) and Casey Lorusso (r) presented at a high school in Massachusetts and were then interviewed by Elizabeth Leaver of the Acton Patch. Their courage to speak up and tell their story is inspiration to all of us here at Families for Depression Awareness. 

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