BOOK REVIEW: The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic
by Jonathan Rottenberg; reviewed by Dan Fields
Note: We thank Families for Depression Awareness volunteer Dan Fields for submitting this book review. The content and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the position of Families for Depression Awareness. Our Advisory Board counsels us that cases of moderate to severe depression are best treated with medication, talk therapy, or a combination of the two. Lifestyle choices, such as exercise, adequate sleep, and healthy eating, contribute to both physical and mental wellness.
A recent study from Cold Spring Harbor Lab suggests that physical and genetic markers may indicate how prone a person is to long-term depression. The study seems to find biological and physiological evidence for a link between long-term stress, one's ability to cope with stress, and depression.
Families for Depression Awareness is nonprofit organization helping families recognize and cope with depression and bipolar disorder to help people get well and prevent suicides. We do this through our Teen Depression Program and Adult/Workplace Depression Program, our new Care Consultations Service, and by serving as a resource for education and advocacy for families affected by mood disorders.
Time is running out to schedule a free Coping with Stress and Depression Training - we are able to offer this training to workplaces in Massachusetts through June 2014.
Recent studies show that we are susceptible to the stress that other people experience. St. Louis University created a new term to describe this phenomenon: second-hand stress. This refers to the contagious stress and anxiety we feel on behalf of, or because of others. Stressed out co-workers, family members, and friends can cause us to feel second-hand stress. Long-term stress increases the risk of health problems, including depression.
Jordon Edwards is a Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA) volunteer from Idaho. She was featured on our blog back in 2012. We recently caught up with Jordon, now a sophomore in college studying forensic anthropology, to see how she is doing.
Toxic stress describes a continuous, traumatic experience of a young person, in the absence of proper support from an adult, that increases their future risk of mental health issues, while reducing their chances of succeeding in school and work. If a child doesn't get the help needed, their risk of developing long-term mental health problems, including depression, continues to rise through adolescence.
Country singer, David Nail recently made public his 10-year "deep depression" in an interview with People Magazine. By reaching out for help and working out the right treatment plan with a doctor, he is now on the path to wellness.
We are pleased to announce that our Free Teen Depression Webinar will be airing on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT. Join us with our expert facilitator, Bev Cobain, R.N., C. to learn about the many ways you can identify and help a teen in need!
Read more about the training.
Ms. L'Wren Scott, a prominent figure in the high-profile fashion world, died by suicide earlier this week at the age of 47. Ms. Scott's passing is deeply saddening, but reminds us to consider that depression and suicide can affect anybody, regardless of wealth and success. The medical community is in agreement that as many as 90% of suicides can be attributed to mental health issues. All too often, a depressive disorder can go unrecognized and therefore undiagnosed and untreated. The outcomes of an untreated mood disorder can be truly devastating.