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Two hundred people gathered recently for “A Conversation about Asperger Syndrome and Depression,” gaining insights into diagnosis, treatment, and experience from a combination of information-rich expert presentations and inspiring personal accounts. 

tired_man_trainIn what could be the greatest development in depression treatment since Prozac, scientists from some of America’s top universities are finding that “curing insomnia in people with depression could double their chance of full recovery,” according to The New York Times.

book-15584_640College is filled with fun and independence, but also many responsibilities, which can stress out your teen. According to the Archives of General Psychiatry, about half of college students will have some mental health concerns, often depression. The American College Health Association posted a similar study showing that 6.2% of students considered suicide and 1.3% attempted it. While depression is a large concern for college students and their families, there are ways to lessen depressive symptoms and promote wellness.

medsTaking away access to antidepressants is bad policy for people on Medicare. That's the message from Julie Totten, President and Founder of Families for Depression Awareness, and Allen Doederlein, President of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, in an Op-Ed piece published in "The Hill".

alexandra_styronA study of nearly 4,300 kids reveals that both chronic and current bullying negatively affect mental and physical health, including higher levels of depression and lower sense of self-worth.

The connection between mental health and bullying in adolescents is striking; nearly 90% of high school-aged children experiencing depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems also report being bullied.
jfrazDr. Jean Frazier of UMass Medical School is interviewed in this story about the barriers to treating depression, and other mental illnesses, in people on the autism spectrum. Dr. Frazier will be speaking at a conference Families for Depression Awareness is co-sponsoring on March 14. If you are interested in learning more about the intersection of AS and depression, you can learn more about the conference here.

sad_snowmanSeasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can pose serious mental health problems, especially during the winter season. SAD, like bipolar disorder and depression, can be mild to very severe. Often referred to as "the winter blues," it is caused by a lack of natural sunlight, and is rooted in lower levels of naturally occurring Vitamin D in the body. About 20% of adults suffer from the mild form, known as subsyndromal SAD.

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manmeditatesMind awareness is one of the newest topics discussed by psychologist researchers. The idea grew from the Buddhist practice of meditation and body awareness, or mindfulness meditation. As research continues, more people suffering from mild forms of depression implement this practice in their daily lives – many experiencing a positive outcome! For those with mild cases of depression, relapses into depressive episodes were halved.

grouptherapyTalk therapy is proven to effectively treat depression and bipolar disorder for most people, but which style of treatment does one choose?


 

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