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stresscoupleRecent 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_2014Jordon 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.

mom_and_teenToxic 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.

dnailCountry 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.

bevWe 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!

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lwrenMs. 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.

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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".


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