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Be Blessed, Not Depressed: Dr Denton Weiss on Overcoming Depression - Catholic Online

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Be Blessed, Not Depressed: Dr Denton Weiss on Overcoming Depression
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PORTSMOUTH, VA (Catholic Online) - Dear Dr Denton: I am depressed and don't know where to turn.
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This article contains a letter of distress from a religious person, to a religious therapist.  The letter is beautifully written and shows the inner distress.  The Therapist puts it in a religious agenda of choosing, praying, exercise, eat correctly and performing an act of love for another person.  This article while direct at Catholics is appealing to any person with spiritual inclinations.  It is important to remember spirituality as part of the person.  This article could help spiritual people with depression, and counselors working with people with spiritual depression.  

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Anna's ECT Diary - Her Feelings After the First Two Treatments

Anna's ECT Diary - Her Feelings After the First Two Treatments | Depression | Scoop.it
Anna's diary of her experience with Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). Here she describes her feelings following her first two treatments. (Anna's ECT Diary - Her Feelings After the First...
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This is a journal entry of Anna after the second session of ECT.  She starts by saying she doesn't want to do ECT anymore, but that it made her feel better.  She feels however that ECT is too extreme for her case, because she still has a will to live and eat.  This can be used to help clients feel better about the treatment they are in, and show them they are not at rock bottom.

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Brain development provides insights into adolescent depression - Medical Xpress

Brain development provides insights into adolescent depression - Medical Xpress | Depression | Scoop.it
Brain development provides insights into adolescent depression Medical Xpress (Medical Xpress)—A new study led by the University of Melbourne and Orygen Youth Health Research Centre is the first to discover that the brain develops differently in...
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This article reports a difference in the development of the brain in teenage for teens with depression and those without.  Males and females had a difference in the brain involving the processing threat associate with depression was less for males and more for females.  

Early intervention is therefore crucial to prevent the brain from developing in a maladaptive manner.

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Research: Binaural Beats for Depression & Anxiety

Research: Binaural Beats for Depression & Anxiety | Depression | Scoop.it
Brain entrainment research findings. This post documents numerous notable studies on binaural beats for depression and anxiety.
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This article is really a review of a Meta-anaylsis.  It quickly summarizes the many benefits found in the multiple papers.  This summary appears to be biased as it doesn't discuss any of the limitations of the study, and only mentions the perceived benefits of the Binaural Beats.  The Binaural Beats report many positive benefits including many that include  increased relaxation, better sleep, stress reduction, increased creativity, and increased focus.  All of these benefits can inhibit the symptoms and causes of depression.  It is therefore a possible treatment supplement for clients.  

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Ireland's battle with depression (Audio) - IrishCentral.com

Ireland's battle with depression (Audio) - IrishCentral.com | Depression | Scoop.it
Instead of going down the traditional route of a written thesis, I decided to produce an independent documentary to tell the ordinary stories of ordinary people who are battling against depression in Ireland.
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This article includes personal stories from Irish people battling with depression.  There is one story written up which is worth the read.  It includes the struggle of thoughts of suicide after a loved on has committed suicide.  This is especially hard in an Irish culture where suicide is considered a sin, and it is hard to talk about a person who choose to leave their life and your presence.  Further listening to the audio is very moving, and can build new perspective.  This can be used to show clients and their families that there are others experiencing similar situations.

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Young Black men suffer from high rates of depression - FinalCall.com News

Young Black men suffer from high rates of depression - FinalCall.com News | Depression | Scoop.it
FinalCall.com News Young Black men suffer from high rates of depression FinalCall.com News CHICAGO - Young Black men suffer from much higher rates of depression because of trauma compared to their White counterparts, and many Black men don't...
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This article discusses some of the factors and issues that young black experience that propitiate depression.  This includes being distrusted by and distrusting authority figures.  Not wanting to appear weak and uphold the cultural image of strong males.  These factors contribute to higher rates of suicide compared to their counterparts of other races.  However suicide rate are lower among African Americans.  Across all ages of black males 20 to 24 are at the greatest risk for suicide.   This is applicable to working when with African Americans with depression.  Knowing some of the factors a client could be facing can help create better empathy, and increase the therapeutic relationship.  It can also differ how treatment is approached. 

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Seven Cherubs: What is the opposite of depression?

Seven Cherubs: What is the opposite of depression? | Depression | Scoop.it
I have been on a personal journey and intense search to find what the opposite of depression is. My goal has been to read, ponder and seek what it is that other people are finding is beneficial to them as they struggle to live ...
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This blog takes you to the TED talk by Andrew Solomon.  He explains the difference between grief, and the many different levels of depression.  He found many people describe it as a "slower way of being dead".   He also found that depression crosses boundaries, SES, and gender.  He says the opposite of depression is NOT happiness but vitality.  Life is vital even when someone is sad.  If depression is being as close to death as any living create can be, than one living a vital life is opposed to depression.  This is a good way to look at  depression.  It is not just a sadness, it is a lack of desire to live a vibrant vital life.

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Depression Associated With Teenage Energy Drink Consumption: Study - RedOrbit

Depression Associated With Teenage Energy Drink Consumption: Study - RedOrbit | Depression | Scoop.it
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Depression Associated With Teenage Energy Drink Consumption: Study
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A new study published in Preventive Medicine is linking energy drink consumption among teenagers to poor mental health.
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Energy drinks are an appealing drink for adolescent as they give an increase in energy and have a desirable sweet flavor.   However these drinks can have adverse effects on the teens, including heart issues, insomnia, nausea, and even depression.  This article highly recommends limiting teens' access to energy drinks.   It also suggest that the producers of these drinks should reduce the amount of caffeine per ounce.  

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Kids' Checkups Should Include Depression Test: Docs - WebMD

Kids' Checkups Should Include Depression Test: Docs - WebMD | Depression | Scoop.it
LiveScience.com Kids' Checkups Should Include Depression Test: Docs WebMD 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors should test middle school-age children for high cholesterol and start screening for depression at age 11, according to updated guidelines...
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This article discuses how teenagers should be screened for depression at regular checkups as early as 11 years old. Knowing that children can suffer from depression is a little sad, but it is important to know what conditions can affect potential patients. 

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Depression Can Be Diagnosed By Waiting Room Test - WebProNews

Depression Can Be Diagnosed By Waiting Room Test - WebProNews | Depression | Scoop.it
Depression Can Be Diagnosed By Waiting Room Test
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According to a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry, people can easily be screened for anxiety and depression while they are waiting for care in the hospital.
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This questionnaire given in the waiting room can help screen for depression.  Patients with congenital heart disease showed 6.6% of chance of also having depression while those with chronic pain 60.9 suffered with depression.  While the claims of the tittle of this article claiming diagnosis can be done by without face interaction with a professional.  This tool may be a good screening to to help identify people who could potential have depression. 

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Dogs Helping Kids works with 15-year-old struggling with depression

Dogs Helping Kids works with 15-year-old struggling with depression | Depression | Scoop.it
MAN'S best friend is helping a teenager suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression to build up his confidence.

Dogs Helping Kids is training a collie springer cross to work with...
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In this article a boy suffering from depression is given a dog and made the primary caregiver for the animal. Working with a trainer, this gave the boy responsibility and a partner. Animal therapy and the use of animals could potentially help lots of people, both children and adults. 

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Soldiers' Suicide Risk Often Starts Before Boot Camp

Soldiers' Suicide Risk Often Starts Before Boot Camp | Depression | Scoop.it
Among U.S. Army troops with suicidal behaviors and other mental problems, large fractions reported having mental problems before they joined up, according to a large survey.
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This article notes that a significant percentage of U.S. Army troops have pre-existing mental condition before they enlist in the military. Major depression disorders (among others) are common pre-enlistment conditions before later suicide attempts. It is interesting to me that these people are already suffering from conditions when they enlist. 

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Depression: What College Students Can Do To Cope - The Inquisitr

Depression: What College Students Can Do To Cope - The Inquisitr | Depression | Scoop.it
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Depression: What College Students Can Do To Cope
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Depression is definitely a huge burden for college students.
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This article tells how college students suffering from depression can often see their grades, relationships, and lives fall into ruin. Embarrassment and the stigma associated with admitting to depression makes properly dealing with the depression a struggle for many college students. The best thing a college student to do is to talk to a professional to seek help. This is an important thing to remember when dealing with college patients who may be feeling overwhelmed with their workload. 

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PTSD and Depression Reported by Many Survivors in one Fukushima Town - Nature World News

PTSD and Depression Reported by Many Survivors in one Fukushima Town - Nature World News | Depression | Scoop.it
PTSD and Depression Reported by Many Survivors in one Fukushima Town Nature World News As the three-year anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Fukushima nuclear incident approaches, a new study on the psychological damage afflicted upon...
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This article talks about displaced Japanese after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor failure that hit Japan back in 2011. The article looks at the the feeling of lost community that a group of Japanese people feel as a result of losing their homes and living in temporary housing, resulting in depression. The Japanese have a tradition of being a close knit community, and they lost this after the disaster. The cultural norms of a patient and the sudden loss of them can be important in identifying points of depression for patients. 

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Hearing Loss May Lead To Depression, Particularly For Older Women - Medical Daily

Hearing Loss May Lead To Depression, Particularly For Older Women - Medical Daily | Depression | Scoop.it
Medical Daily Hearing Loss May Lead To Depression, Particularly For Older Women Medical Daily In a groundbreaking new study, investigators from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders has found an elevated risk of...
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This study had some interesting findings as summarized in this blog. First being that depression rates are higher in those people who have experienced hearing lose.  This  chances in women having depression with hearing loss is greater than men.  The use of hearing aids only mitigated this effect 20% of the time.  One interesting finding was that people who where born deaf only had .06 % chance of having feelings of depression.  This study suggests that screening for depression in those whom have or are experiencing a loss of hearing should be routine.  

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