I ran across this interesting article this week. The former director of the National Institute for Mental Health, Dr. Thomas Insel, discusses how solving America's high prevalence of mental health disorders takes more than neuroscience and therapy techniques. He points to an effective approach that has actually been around for a number of years but has not caught traction until recently: encouraging doctors, therapists, other professions and family members to work as a team supporting the patient in their mental health treatment and recovery. This concept informs new strategies being implemented in the field such as "Wraparound Services." The key to helping someone suffering from mental health disorders is helping that person find connection and support. Read the full about Dr. Insel here:
Depression is a mood disorder that can cause significant disruption to your daily life by making it difficult to function in your home, at work, or in your social life. Depression is typically marked by low moods, loss of interest in almost all enjoyable activities, persistent tiredness, a sense of worthlessness and a feeling of hopelessness. People suffering from depression may also experience sleep disturbances, an inability to concentrate, an unintentional increase or decrease in eating, and thoughts of death.
About 8% of all Americans have a depressive episode each year. Some studies have found that the rate of depression tripled during the COVID pandemic. Depression is part of the human range of moods, and thankfully is treatable. Many people find that medication, psychotherapy, or both provide lasting relief and an increase psychological capability to cope with periods of depressed moods. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are just two effective treatments.
If you are experiencing symptoms that get in the way of living your life, it's time to look for help. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please seek help immediately. Hotlines are staffed with crisis intervention specialists waiting to help, and most law enforcement personnel are trained on mental health issues. You don't have to suffer.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Dial 911 emergency
In Tallahassee and surroundings, Dial 211 helpline