Depression and bipolar disorder are often regarded, inaccurately, as non-medical conditions, so it is encouraging when new research reveals more about the actual medical and physical components of these mental illnesses. Not only does this provide some affirmation to those who may be struggling, but it also offers insight into specific types of treatment that may be effective.
I am pleased to announce that Susan Weinstein and Valerie Cordero will take over as Interim Co-Executive Directors of Families for Depression Awareness working with Carol Thomas, our board chair and our entire dedicated board of directors and staff. Susan and Valerie have been working with me as a team for a number of years and are more than capable of running Families for Depression Awareness. I feel very comfortable leaving the organization with such strong staff and board leadership.
When I was in my early twenties, I was pregnant with my daughter Trinity. I had a difficult labor and painful post-pregnancy complications. Eventually, I slipped into depression. I was thousands of miles away from my family and support system. I felt hopeless and didn’t have the energy to do anything, let alone take care of Trinity or my husband.
One day, I found myself on a rooftop ready to jump and end my life.
Some people use creative expression to help in coming to terms with their mental health conditions. Recently, Molly shared with us some of her doodles dealing with mental health. We think they are more than just doodles. Rather, Molly has found a way to couple her diagnoses with her creativity in order to very clearly express to the world how depression and anxiety feel to her.
The mental health of teenagers is largely impacted by how well their parents understand them, according to a recent study published in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine. Those whose parents had a better grasp of both the stressors of the teen’s day and the teen’s perspective on their relationship with the parent had lower levels of depression.
All of us experience stress to some degree, but the impacts of small stressors may be larger than we think. We know that high levels of stress can increase risk of health problems such as heart disease and can be hazardous to your health or even deadly. A new study found that it’s not just major stressors that are a problem.
Research from Temple University indicates that stressful life events, particularly interpersonal relationship stress, increase the likelihood of depression.