Posts Tagged depression

Caregiving in the US -2009 Statistics


Source: Acknowledgements – Caregiving_in_the_US_2009_full_report.pdf

Are you a caregiver or know someone who is?  Caregiving for another person, whether it be a child or adult can take a great amount of physical and mental energy.  The stress of being a caregiver is sometimes overwhelming.  The latest statistics that I am able to locate on this topic is found at the above site.  Even though it dates back to 2009, it provides very detailed information for those who want to learn more about this topic.  The research was conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving, in collaboration with AARP.  It was funded by Metlife.

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Depression in Older Adults and the Elderly: Recognize the Signs and Find Treatment that Works

Depression in Older Adults and the Elderly: Recognize the Signs and Find Treatment that Works.

Do you have a senior in your life who might be depressed?  This site has terrific information regarding signs and symptoms of depression in older adults.  According to this site, most people assume depression means feeling sad, but that isn’t always the case.  Seniors may complain instead, of low motivation, a lack of energy, or physical problems. In fact, physical complaints, such as arthritis pain or worsening headaches are often the predominant symptom of depression in the elderly.

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Lawsuit blames Phoenix VA Medical Center for veteran’s suicide


Lawsuit blames Phoenix VA Medical Center for veteran’s suicide | Fox News.

Do you work in the medical field?  Have you considered the impact bad news can have on a patient?  In this story, a veteran received word from the VA that his cancer had spread to his lungs, and he had only weeks to live.  Very sadly, the man committed suicide.  But, only a day after the suicide, the hospital called and said the diagnosis was wrong and he was not about to die. The wife has a 2.5 million lawsuit.  This is a very real reminder to doctors, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals- please double check such a diagnosis before handing it over to a patient. To those who have cancer and are struggling to have hope- know there is hope and that others love you and care for you.  If you are depressed and feeling hopeless and have a desire to commit suicide, please talk to a friend, pastor or professional counselor about your feelings.

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Having a Mid-Life Crisis?


Men’s Midlife Crisis: What to Do.

A reader of this blog recently sent me some information regarding the financial cost of a mid-life crisis (*See link below).  I have considered the depression and anxiety that accompanies a mid-life crisis and how choices that are made abruptly can affect the entire family (such as an affair or divorce).  But I have never considered the financial cost- such as the cost of an expensive car, a breast augmentation, etc.

I also hadn’t considered that women can experience this as well.  I have always assumed it was primarily about men- as the mid-life crisis is often associated with the primary provider’s feelings of being “stuck” in a career he hates.  So, thank you to my reader who sent me this information- it got me thinking and doing some reading.

I found some terrific suggestions on how to deal with those feelings of dissatisfaction that often spur on a mid-life crisis.  Here are some suggestions from web-md if you are in a slump and want to make wise decisions: Read the rest of this entry »

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Survivor Guilt


Survivor Guilt What Long-term Survivors Don’t Talk About – Survivor Guilt What Long-term Survivors Don’t Talk About.pdf.

Have you ever been in a situation where you and a friend (co-worker, family member, neighbor, etc.) had a similar sickness and they became disabled or even died?  Have you wondered why you survived?  Have you ever felt guilty about it?

There is something called “survivor guilt” and it occurs in other situations like tragic car accidents or in the military during combat.  While not everyone has this feeling of guilt (why did I survive?)…. it is completely normal.

I recently read about the death of Robin Williams and his suicide which was thought to be brought on by severe depression.  It is thought that he had survivor guilt- as a number of his friends in the acting business had died recently (for example, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman).

As social workers, we should be aware of these feelings as we work with and treat patients who are facing a serious health crisis.  For those who survive, we need to follow-up with them- months and years after they are in the recovery phase.  This is important as a means to check on their mental health and well-being.

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Potential Breakthrough in Fight Against Depression


Potential breakthrough in the fight against depression | Fox News Video.

A “natural” hormone called Ghrelin is currently being researched in mice through clinical trials.  It is a “hunger” hormone that is secreted from the stomach and sends a signal to the brain that you are hungry.  It also affects your brain in regard to memory and mood.  Finally, it creates some new nerves.

Scientists believe that by using a booster, it will increase the hormone Ghrelin.  *The key, is to NOT have an increase in the desire to eat (as Americans eat enough as it is!).  It can be a major breakthrough not only for depression, but other diseases such as Parkinsons and Alzheimer’s.  It is an exciting step forward for the 1 out of 10 Americans who suffer from depression and thousands of others who suffer from degenerative diseases.

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Grief, Mourning, and Loss: Unhealthy Ways of Coping


Grief, Mourning, and Loss: Unhealthy Ways of Coping.

I recently read an article about a 57 year old man whose wife died in the tsunami three years ago in Japan.  Her body was never recovered.  The husband has learned to scuba dive in hopes of finding his wife.  How much he must love her and how sad he will be to never see her again.  (Only a few bones have been found recently).  *See article below.

As the world is waiting to hear what happened to the Malaysia jet that disappeared, I have pondered:  is there such a thing as unhealthy grieving?  I found helpful information at  On the site is a list of unhealthy ways of coping such as:

  • denying you are grieving
  • being anxious or depressed
  • engaging in risk-taking behavior such as drinking excessively and driving, compulsive spending, and sexually acting out
  • being an abuser, a victim, or both
  • over-eating, under-eating and other “overs and unders”
  • being controlling
  • hoarding

I would agree with all of these things except the one about being anxious or depressed.  I think a time of this is completely normal.  I would love to read your thoughts on this issue.

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Aging of the Eyes and Our Body Clock


Aging of Eyes Is Blamed in Circadian Rhythm Disturbances –

This is an incredibly interesting article about how important sunlight is for our circadian rhythm or, body clock. The article discusses new research that may link the aging of the eyes to issues such as: memory loss, slower reaction time, insomnia and depression. This article is worth the time to sit, read and mull over. Perhaps print it out, and read it outside:)

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Papa As a Young Man

I Visited My Grandfather’s Village To Understand How He Died. Instead, I Discovered How He Lived. – Tablet Magazine.

In this article, a young man took a journey overseas to discover more about his grandfather; a man he knew little about because he committed suicide. The grandson was most interested in his grandfather’s experience during WWII as a Holocaust survivor. What the grandson ended up discovering, was more about his grandfather’s life when he was a young man. The story was touching. If only we could go back in time and meet our relatives when they were young men and women. To see their faces, hear them laugh, and discover what gave them joy….

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Four Ways to Deal with Stress

Four Ways to Deal with Stress.

Do you want to know more about reducing stress in your life?  I certainly do. This is something I must work on.  I am learning (slowly) that you can’t control most things in life- really only your perspective and outlook.  Growing up in a family that had many issues of stress, I tended to see the world in a negative/fearful way.  Your general pattern of thinking is difficult to change.  But, thank God each day is new, and you can change!

This post goes with my other post today- “Stress and Your Body”.   In this article from the American Heart Association, there are four ways to deal with stress (such as positive self-talk).   If you have any other tips to reduce stress or to think positively, send them to me.

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