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Dysthymia: From My Point of View

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Tuesday, 09 August 2011

danfieldsforblogI was recently interviewed for an excellent Wall Street Journal article about dysthymia (mild, chronic depression). In the online version of the article, I talk about how my anger at minor irritations and hypersensitivity to criticism threatened my marriage.


Army STARRS investigates rise in soldier suicides

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Monday, 08 August 2011

armystarrsIn 2010 and for the second year in a row, more soldiers died by suicide than in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The second stunner is that a high percentage of those suicides are among soldiers who have not yet been deployed.  What is going on?


Medicare may now cover annual depression screenings

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Thursday, 04 August 2011


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed to cover annual screening for depression for Medicare beneficiaries in primary care settings.  We enthusiastically support this effort, but also feel that it is important to screen for both major depression and bipolar disorder at the same time so that proper diagnosis and treatment can be provided.


Latino Youth and Mental Health

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Tuesday, 02 August 2011

veronica_and_sons(En español) I grew up in a traditional Mexican family where talking about your feelings was just out of the question. When I started working as a social worker in a middle school, I was thrilled that I would be able to help kids talk about their feelings and help parents understand that depression and other mental illnesses are nothing to be ashamed of.


Two athlete suicides highlight need for depression education

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Friday, 29 July 2011

hidekiTwo well-known and accomplished athletes, Hideki Irabu and Jeret "Speedy" Peterson made headline news this past week, when both men tragically took their own lives.  The circumstances surrounding both of their deaths have highlighted the struggles of people with depression, and show that nobody, not even world-class athletes, are immune to depressive disorders.


Some blaming Winehouse's death on untreated bipolar disorder

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Thursday, 28 July 2011


Amy Winehouse, 27-year-old singer of the 2008 hit, “Rehab,” was found dead Saturday, July 23rd.  Initial autopsy reports were inconclusive, but many have begun to speculate that her heavy drug and alcohol abuse, alleged self-medication for untreated bipolar disorder, played a role.


Depression and the Strong Black Woman

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Monday, 25 July 2011

akusua_akotoIn my family, we were taught that emotions were messy and dirty and unnecessary. After all, if you were a “strong black woman,” you could handle anything, including a mother with paranoid schizophrenia.


Minorities face obstacles in mental health treatment, especially culture

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011
minority businesswoman "Minorities face many obstacles to seeking treatment for mental health issues, and one of the most significant appears to be cultural stigmas against admitting and getting help for mental illness."*

The Detroit Press recently published an article on how the Detroit East Community Mental Health Center is reducing stigma around mental illness by holding a fair called "Summer Blast" that occurred on July 9th. Their main challenge was to get minorities to seek treatment for mental illness and take away the scariness of doing so. In fact, they even got referrals as a result of the fair.


July is Minority Mental Health Month

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

african_american_manThe Surgeon General’s 2001 report on mental health and race/ethnicity showed that minorities are less likely to be diagnosed and treated for mental health issues.  Minorities are also more likely to encounter problems accessing care when they are diagnosed.  We at Families for Depression Awareness are fighting to bring light to these issues.


Guest blog: Yolonda Kelsor Clay

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011
yolonda_clayI never wanted to talk about my own depression.  I have had depression since age 15 after my grandmother died.  I had lived with her and deeply missed her.  So much so, that I became suicidal.
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