Category: Depression


Important note


Note that it is important to consult a healthcare practitioner or physican and NEVER come off antidepressants without their advice.

 

–I wanted to specifically get this message across to any of those who may be prescribed an antidepressant. It is extremely dangerous considering the possible side effects if someone were to go off  their medication without the advise and supervision from a doctor. I have experienced first hand what that is like when my own brother had done just that. He was away at college and forgot to take one of his antidepressants one day but was feeling ok. He decided since he was feeling alright that he no longer had to take his antidepressant medicine. After just a couple weeks my brother tried to take his own life. I will never forget the day I drove home and no one was there so I called my mom who answered the phone balling her eyes out saying that she was at the hospital with my brother and that he had tried to kill himself. I immediately rushed over to the hospital. To see my brother in the state he was in was undescribeable. I was so thankful that he had not succeeded in this tragic event. I stayed with him all day that day by his side. My brother overdosed on aspirin. He took 83 pills of aspirin and drank it down with hard liquor. At the hospital he was brought to the Intensive Care Unit, ICU, because his kidney levels were dangerously low. My brother was not out of the dark with this and it remained very serious. He was in the hospital for a week in the ICU. I thought I was going to lose my brother. I thought of all the times we had together and would break down at the thought of never having any more of those memories. I share this story so that possibly someone else who is suffering from depression can see this and realize that this medicine should not be taken lightly and that you should be under the care of a doctor or practitioner especially if you would like to slowly stop using the medicaiton. I do not want others to have to go through the pain my brother suffered and the rest of our family. I am constantly worrying about my brother who is still on an antidepressant and living in California. He seems happy but I worry every day since he is so far away from home. I hope that others read this and realize life is too precious and these antidepressants are not a joke.

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Effective Depression Recovery

We believe that long-term recovery from depression ultimately requires addressing the underlying relationship causes of depression, not simply symptoms such as chemical imbalance and depressive thoughts. This is why healing both the relationship environment and the whole person is vital in preventing relapse. (The Uplift Program has a 94% success rate, according to follow-up questionnaires up to 2 years later.)

  • Good relationships: studies show that relationships with partners, carers, teachers, co-workers and a supportive social network results in physical and emotional healing, happiness and life satisfaction, and prevents isolation and loneliness, major factors in depressive illness.
    
    
  • Understanding the real causes of depression so that people don’t feel inadequate for not having been cured.
    
    
  • Learning how to create relationships that meet needs not met in childhood.
    
    
  • Identifying emotional, cognitive, relationship and neuromuscular patterns and learning concrete tools to change these, including many CBT techniques.
    
    
  • A safe, supportive and non-judgemental group environment.
    
    
  • A good relationship with a therapist or physician.
    
    
  • Techniques to boost self-esteem and a sense of competence.
    
    
  • Feldenkrais or Repatterning Movements (RPMs) that promote immediate improvements in wellbeing and effective movement while stimulating the brain to learn to form new connections on the basis of function instead of habit.
    
    
  • Moderate and even gentle exercise such as a brief walk.  Feldenkrais-type movements also help ease chronic pain often associated with depression and enable people to learn more functional, efficient and pleasurable ways of walking.
    
    
  • Meditation, prayer and relaxation exercises such as yoga or our own Meditations in Movement.
    
    
  • Fostering spiritual beliefs and a sense of purpose and sharing them with others.
    
    
  • Spending time in nature and with pets. Even a potted plant or view from your office will help.

 

  • Experiencing an ongoing environment that is free from trauma and very supportive so that the body and the brain can heal and develop.
    
    

Note that it is important to consult a healthcare practitioner or physican and never come off antidepressants without their advice.

 

Website I got this information from: http://www.upliftprogram.com/depression_stats.html


Standard Treatments Inadequate

  • Antidepressants work for 35 to 45% of the depressed population, while more recent figures suggest as low as 30%.
  • Standard antipressants, SSRIs such as Prozac, Paxil (Aropax) and Zoloft, have recently been revealed to have serious risks, and are linked to suicide, violence, psychosis, abnormal bleeding and brain tumors.
    
    
  • Government (FDA) warnings highlight concerns over the efficacy and use of antidepressants in children. Antidepressants with the exception of Prozac have been banned in Britain for children. The BMJrecently reported they found no scientific evidence whatsoever that SSRIs work for preschoolers (or for anyone under eighteen).
    
    
  • Antidepressants (particularly SSRIs) work only as well (or less) than placebos.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has an 80% relapse rate in the long term.
    
    
  • Most doctors advise a combination of therapy and antidepressants.

Websie this came from: http://www.upliftprogram.com/depression_stats.html

Depression Statistics


Depression Statistics

  • Depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults or about 9.5% of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. This includes major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, and bipolar disorder.
    
    
  • Everyone, will at some time in their life be affected by depression — their own or someone else’s, according to Australian Government statistics. (Depression statistics in Australia are comparable to those of the US and UK.)
    
    
  • Pre-schoolers are the fastest-growing market for antidepressants. At least four percent of preschoolers — over a million — are clinically depressed.
    Website that this came from: http://www.upliftprogram.com/depression_stats.html
  • The rate of increase of depression among children is an astounding 23% p.a.
    
    
  • 15% of the population of most developed countries suffers severe depression.
    
    
  • 30% of women are depressed. Men’s figures were previously thought to be half that of women, but new estimates are higher.
    
    
  • 54% of people believe depression is a personal weakness.
    
    
  • 41% of depressed women are too embarrassed to seek help.
    
    
  • 80% of depressed people are not currently having any treatment.
    
    
  • 92% of depressed African-American males do not seek treatment.
    
    
  • 15% of depressed people will commit suicide.
    
    
  • Depression will be the second largest killer after heart disease by 2020 — and studies show depression is a contributory factor to fatal coronary disease.
    
    
  • Depression results in more absenteeism than almost any other physical disorder and costs employers more than US$51 billion per year in absenteeism and lost productivity, not including high medical and pharmaceutical bills.
    
    

 

Depression Test


Take this test and find out if you may be depressed.

 

http://psychologytoday.tests.psychtests.com/take_test.php?idRegTest=1308

 

 

More on Lexapro


This website may be easier to comprehend on this drug

 

http://www.drugs.com/lexapro.html


I chose to give a link to this medication because my brother who has suffered with depression has taken this drug. I think it is important that people are aware of the medications they are given concerning the warnings for the specific medication. These are serious drugs that should not be taken lightly. Without my mother knowing while my brother was away at school he stopped taking this drug. He told us the first day he didnt take it he felt fine so he decided he didnt need to take it the next day, and so on. He ended up trying to commit suicide a month later after stopping this drug but with the grace of god was not successful. I am constantaly worrying about my brother and I wish there was another alternative or a safer drug to take. Here is a link that talks a little bit about this specific drug but on this website you can view many others.

 

http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-63990-Lexapro+Oral.aspx?drugid=63990

Depression Medications


This is a website you can go to where you can learn about different antidepressants.

 

http://www.webmd.com/depression/depression-medications-antidepressants

Are you Depressed


Here are a few questions you can ask yourself.

Are you depressed?

If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from clinical depression.

  • you can’t sleep or you sleep too much
  • you can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult
  • you feel hopeless and helpless
  • you can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try
  • you have lost your appetite or you can’t stop eating
  • you are much more irritable, short-tempered, or aggressive than usual
  • you’re consuming more alcohol than normal or engaging in other reckless behavior
  • you have thoughts that life is not worth living (Seek help immediately if this is the case)

Kyle Ambrogi Story


This is my cousin, and one of the reasons for why I chose this depression topic for the blog. It was aired on television last year.

Depression Link


Learn a little more about depression through this link below.

http://www.webmd.com/depression/default.htm

Depression


I chose the topic of depression because it has had a major impact on my family members. A few family members have suffered and are still suffering from depression. A cousin of mine committed suicide over a couple years ago and since then I have had an interest in how people become depressed and what people can do to help others who suffer from this. I also have a sibling who attempted suicide a couple years ago which has really sparked my interest in this topic. Throughout this semester I want to take a deeper look into depression and see what more I can learn about it. I want to be able to learn as much as I can and hopefully allow others to become more knowledgeable and aware of depression and its effects on those affected as well as their family members.