National Depression Screening Day: Who should get screened for depression? What are the treatment options available?
By: Dr. Jose E. Igoa, DHR Health Behavioral HospitalAlthough everyone experiences sadness from time to time, depression is much more than occasional sadness. Regular depression screenings are beneficial and can help identify any potential symptoms. A depression screening cannot provide a diagnosis of depression, but it can be the first step towards receiving treatment. If a depression screening indicates that you may have depression or if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, it is important to speak with your health care provider to discuss options. Depression can be treated and there are many treatment options available.myrgv.com
Kids with autism: How dads can improve mom’s mental health
Many times, moms take on the bulk of child care responsibilities at the expense of their mental health. One study found 50 percent of moms of children with autism had elevated levels of depression. They found moms of kids with autism reported fewer symptoms of depression when fathers read regularly with the child as early as nine months old. Additionally, the scientists say dads may lessen a mother’s depression when they engage in consistent, responsive caregiving, such as soothing a child when they’re upset. While they might not eliminate a mother’s stress entirely, this research shows a father’s actions can help relieve a mother’s stress.
Don’t let these 4 myths about depression convince you that you’re making it up
As we look ahead to 2021, here are some depression myths it’s time to leave behind. 2020 might have you feeling depressed, so don’t let these myths convince you that you’re making it up. Antidepressants work great for some people, but there are also other options like talk therapy, lifestyle changes, and holistic approaches. Myth number four: “I need to deal with this alone.” “A lot of people, like myself, don’t talk to others about what they’re going through. They’re going to seem weak.
Writing letters to ease depression from COVID-19
Robert Mason writes letter after letter after letter to people all across the world who are suffering in silence. “We have sent out letters to just over 2,000 people to date from all over the world,” Mason shared. That was the start of Letters Against Depression, a website where people can fill out a questionnaire and be matched with a volunteer who writes them a letter. The letters connect people throughout 60 countries who are feeling alone in the world. The letters are sent to Mason, who makes sure the content is appropriate, and then he mails your letter.
5 ways to help combat anxiety in the age of COVID-19
In the middle of a worldwide health pandemic, we not only have to protect ourselves from COVID-19, we also have to protect ourselves from daily mental health challenges. Either way, here are some helpful lessons that keep me going and help to combat my anxiety. Also, please consider talking to a licensed therapist who can help you grow your mental health toolbox, you don’t need to do it alone. and, with the proper mental wellness tools, we can come out of this stronger and more resilient. In 2019, she helped form the San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative, a unique group of six mental health nonprofits who provide a holistic approach to mental wellness to school districts.
Depression: Crisis within a crisis
ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a crisis within a crisis -- a mental health emergency. New research shows only 40 percent of patients respond to the first antidepressant they try. Meanwhile, Stanford researchers are testing a new version of magnetic brain stimulation, an FDA approved treatment that sends magnetic pulses to the brain. It increases the number of magnetic pulses, speeds up the pace and targets the pulses to each individual. Artificial intelligence may also soon play a critical role in choosing which depression therapy is best for patients.
Tropical depression forms near Gulf of Mexico
Tropical depression forms near Gulf of MexicoThe forecast cone for tropical depression 14, which has Houston in its sights. The forecast cone for tropical depression 14, which has Houston in its sights. Photo: National Hurricane Center Photo: National Hurricane Center Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Tropical depression forms near Gulf of Mexico 1 / 1 Back to GalleryTropical depression 14 formed in the Caribbean Sea on Thursday morning, and a forecast cone showing the storm's probable center has Texas in its sights. The National Hurricane Center predicts the system will likely become a tropical storm by Friday. RELATED: Photos: The worst hurricanes in Texas historyA second disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean formed into Tropical Depression 13 overnight.mysanantonio.com