Each of us, whether you are a frontline healthcare professional or healthcare leader, is coping with the results of the ongoing pandemic in both adaptive and maladaptive ways. COVID-19 Depression is how we are now conceptualizing what we as individuals are experiencing and what we observe in others.
Clinical Depression, also known as, Major Depression (mild, moderate, or severe), is a common presenting problem throughout the health care system. It is characterized by feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, difficulty thinking, persistent low mood, sleep disturbance, eating disturbance, and even thoughts of wanting to die. Treatment often takes into account the various biopsychosocial influences when designing an effective treatment plan.
Locus of Control (LOC) was first described by Rotter in 1966. Locus of Control refers to how individuals attribute the cause(s) of events in their life. This cognitive style has an impact on subsequent approaches to problem solving. We measure LOC using the Rotter’s Locus of Control Scale.
At Finding My Psych, it is important that we do not fall into the trap of providing tools, acting as if every tool we discuss has universal impact. It is even more important that we don’t treat the topic of mental illness in such an academic way that the material becomes un-relatable.
Suicide attempts on average increase by 27% (Bridges, et al.) between the months of March and May. Suicide attempts are lowest between November and January. There appears to be no gender differences in the data. This is contrary to popular belief that suicide rates should increase between late autumn and early winter months due to decreasing light.
Anhedonia is one of several neurovegetative symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder. It is characterized by a strong sense of finding no pleasure in activities that once brought joy to the individual. Anhedonia is a hallmark of clinical depression seen in approximately 70% of presentations (Shankman, et al., 2014).
In today’s show, we discuss the occurrence of depressive symptoms seen in active Facebook users. While we believe that social media, in general, has caused broad negative effects on society, Facebook users are particularly at increased susceptibility for experiencing mood difficulty.
The literature is clear! Depression and weight are connected. Significant depressive episodes are frequently followed by substantial increases in weight. This is true for adults and adolescents alike (Wurtmann JJ, 1993; Felton J, 2014).
The INFJ, a personality profile found in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test, is frequently misunderstood as detached, moody, silently angry, and even depressed. INFJs themselves regularly make a direct connection between their personalty type and dysphoria.
So, you felt confident that you could go it alone. Now you find yourself at the end of an insidious decline into the perpetual darkness of clinical depression. The warning signs were posted along the way. You thought you had the answers. Who knows you, better than you, right?
Protease Inhibitors entered the drug market in the mid 1990’s, changing the face of HIV, the virus that without treatment, eventually results in Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Now considered a chronic disease, HIV infection, when approached with persistence and care, is entirely manageable from a medical perspective. Patients can now expect to live nearly as long as non-infected peers.
Up until the advent of advanced combination treatments for HIV infection (Protease Inhibitors) in 1996, infected individuals experienced a fast progressing and fatal disease process. HIV is now considered a chronic disease to be managed, much like living with diabetes (Lancet, 2013).
In the first part of our episode on the Finding My Psych Podcast, I respond to a series of comments left for our production team. After looking around the Finding My Psych website, a listener was disgruntled with our emphasis on diet and plant-based living. The listener expressed anger that none of the folks on our team are ‘actually’ vegans.
In the following article, we provide a small body of evidence indicating that sugar is harmful to mental health. The link between depressive symptoms in adults and children is clear. A wider body of literature targeting treatment approaches, designed to decrease sugar intake to decrease mood and anxiety symptoms, is called for in future research.
Major Depressive Disorder, or, ‘clinical depression,’ is a common illness causing significant distress in an individual’s social, occupational, and/or physical wellbeing. It is more common among men, and is the leading contributor to suicide (Mayo Clinic, 2000).
The goals of the substance user and athlete battling depression is the same – Both seek a shift in mood and/or mental state. The goal to, ‘feel better,’ is universal, regardless of the tool used. In fact, substance misuse is considered superior in that it is absolutely efficient at achieving its aims.
Clinical Depression as a diagnosis has both endogenous and psycho-social features. This is important when considering treatment – Medication is one component in a comprehensive set to tools, used as part of a biopsychosocial approach to care.