A 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.
Seasonal 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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Mind 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.
Talk therapy is proven to effectively treat depression and bipolar disorder for most people, but which style of treatment does one choose?
Bipolar disorder is not talked about very much in the news, and very few people understand the disease completely. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about bipolar disorder, here are a few great places to start:
Last month, our speakers Courtney, Olivia, and Casey shared their respective stories of depression and mental health with students at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School. The speakers also presented educational material to the students, who expressed gratitude for the chance to hear about depression, and to learn how to help themselves or someone else in need. Several students shared how comforting it was to know that they are not alone in having depression, and were relieved that so many resources exist to help them.
In 2012, SAMHSA reported that 43.7 million people—1/5 of American adults—experienced mental illness, a statistic that has been about the same for a few years. Many of these people didn't get the help they needed. When asked why, the three most common responses were:
Recently, Teen Speakers from Families for Depression Awareness (FFDA) came to my college campus to provide a training for incoming freshmen. I was excited about the presentation because my mother has depression and my close friend lives with bipolar disorder.