We are saddened by the death of actor Robin Williams. His death by suicide demonstrates that the pain of depression is very real and reminds us that we should be attentive to ourselves and to others. It's important to acknowledge that both bipolar disorder and depression are treatable illnesses and for the vast majority of people treatment is successful. Each of us needs to feel empowered to seek help when we are struggling and to support others in doing the same.
People with bipolar disorder may soon be able to use their phones to track their moods, just by using their voices. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed and are testing a smartphone app called PRIORI that analyzes vocal changes in hopes of recognizing early warning signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder.
Teens struggling with depression are twice as likely as their peers to use marijuana, and marijuana use may double a teen's risk of developing depression. This is concerning because many individuals, both teens and adults, are turning to marijuana as a means of self-medicating depression. As the legalization of marijuana use has increased, so has the need for research around the effects of marijuana on brain development, brain functioning, and mental health.
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, which brings to light issues related to mental health treatment access within multicultural communities. Each July, we focus on embracing diversity and raising awareness of mental health needs and resources for individuals and families of all cultural backgrounds.
Kicking off the summer season, Program Director Susan Weinstein headed to Martha's Vineyard to present our Coping with Stress workshop to employees of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). More than 30 people attended the session, where they learned a variety of stress management techniques and what to do when struggling with "more than stress," generally anxiety or depression.
Families for Depression Awareness is seeking clinicians with experience working in a short-term setting with patients and families. The Care Consultant will work on a freelance hourly basis to deliver Care Consultations to families at our office in Waltham, Massachusetts. Applicants should be located within easy proximity to our office because we schedule 1-2-hours of time where you may be seeing one family on a given day.
Diagnosing depression is a challenge. The process can seem quite daunting, subjective, and arbitrary. What if there was a way to diagnose and monitor depression in the same way that you might diagnose a medical condition such as diabetes?
Nearly 30% of US high school age students felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This persistent sadness is one of the key signs of depression, and a prompt for parents to take action to help their kids.
It's always when you're late for a meeting that you forget where you put an important document, or when you're rushing the kids off for school that you can't find the car keys. A recent CNN article explored a study, finding a relationship between chronic stress and spatial memory. The stress hormone cortisol is also linked to short-term memory loss in older adults. Researchers are finding information that validates all of our experiences; when we're stressed, we forget things.