Depression Could be affecting You And Your Family?

Depression Could be affecting You And Your Family?

                    Did you know that depression affected more than 19 million people and clinical depression ranks among the most serious health concerns in the United States. Sadly, many people suffering from the symptoms of depression are hindered by factors such as stigma and lack of information to never receiving an official diagnosis of the disorder, according to a recent survey by the National Mental Health Association (NMHA).

Data indicates that the percentage of people treated for depression tripled in the early 1990s with a more modest increase in the early 2000 era.  Overall, about 8.7 million people in this country received treatment for depression in 2007 compared to about 6.5 million in 1997.  This increase resulted from a growing U.S. population as well as from the modest increase in the percent of the population receiving treatment.

According to research three groups of people accounted for much of this increase: older Americans, African-Americans, and males.  Ostensibly, this is good news given that African-Americans and men have been under-treated for depression in the past.  In terms of older Americans, it is likely that the prescription drug coverage provided by Part D of Medicare has allowed a greater number of older persons to afford treatment.  The costs of depression treatment paid by Medicare increased from $0.52 billion in 1997 to $2.25 billion in 2007.  Over half of this increase was related to the cost of antidepressants.

Has America gone psychotic? You would certainly think so, based on the explosion in the use of anti psychotics medications. In 2008, with over $14 billion in sales, antipsychotics became the single top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the United States, surpassing drugs used to treat high cholesterol and acid reflux.

Once upon a time, anti psychotics were reserved for a relatively small number of patients with hard-core psychiatric diagnoses – primarily schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – to treat such symptoms as delusions, hallucinations, or formal thought disorder. Today, it seems, everyone is taking antipsychotics. Parents are told that their unruly kids are in fact bipolar, and in need of anti psychotics, while old people with dementia are dosed, in large numbers, with drugs once reserved largely for schizophrenic. Americans with symptoms ranging from chronic depression to anxiety to insomnia are now being prescribed anti psychotics at rates that seem to indicate a national mass psychosis.

Several psychotherapies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT), have been shown to be effective in treating depression.  It is unfortunate that many therapists (psychologists and others) are not trained in these therapies and that primary care physicians are having a difficult time finding therapists able to treat patients with effective evidenced-based treatments.  It is interesting to note that some therapists seek to obtain prescription drug privileges in spite of the fact that there is substantial need for these professionals to provide evidenced-based psychotherapies.  Reimbursement for psychotherapies tends to be lower than reimbursement for briefer visits associated with medication management.  Would increasing the reimbursement rates for psychotherapies lead non-physician mental health professionals to become more interested in providing these forms of treatment and less concerned about obtaining prescription privileges?

There are some steps you can take to help your feelings of depression and change your life significantly forever.

  • As you work more and more with intentional affirmations — written, spoken, read, chanted, meditated upon — you will make them part of your lifestyle. Affirmations are already working for (or against) you. It is your job to select the ones you want to live by. Remember, you are already using affirmations every time you think or speak! If your current affirmations are disempowering, you can intentionally change them to ones that you choose to live by. Deliberately try to change the way you think. If you catch negative thoughts in your head, replace them with positive ones. Surround yourself with positive affirmations and quotes. Say them out loud. The power of speaking positive words cannot be overestimated.

  • Have a tuna sandwich for lunch. A can of white tuna has about 800 milligrams of omega 3 fatty acids, and research says omega 3s can fight the hormones that leave you feeling depressed or low. Even the American Psychiatric association says they’re an effective part of depression treatment.
  • Make sure you are getting plenty exercise. Studies show that moderate exercise every day for about 30 minutes is as effective as taking an antidepressant pill. It can be very difficult to start an exercise program when you are depressed. Which is why it is a good idea to take it literally, one step at a time by going for short walks and building up to longer ones? Your body will release endorphin’s instantly with exercise, so it’s one of the fastest ways to get over depression.

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Has Your Relationship Hit The Fork

Has Your Relationship Hit The Fork

Yes you read right I said fork. If you have ever been in a long term relationship you know there are many hills to climb and there are high times and low times. Then there is a time when you hit a fork in the road where you have to decide to turn towards make it or break it in the relationship with your partner. This usually happens around the 2 ½ yrs. Into the relationship

Dr. Barbara Whitehead from the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University. Says many previously happy couples reach a fork in the road at that point. You’re comfortable together, but emotionally, you’re in a “blah” phase.

  • Think about it this way: 2 and a half years into college you’ve decided on a major. By 2 and a half years on a job, it’s time to ask for a promotion. So after 2 and a half years of dating, you should know if it’s time to move up to marriage or move on, right?
  • But it’s not just an emotional plateau that you reach at that point, you also go through a chemical change. You brain produces chemicals that create that passionately-in-love buzz for a maximum of 30 months, or 2 and a half years. After that time, the chemicals level off and your bond depends more on trust and great communication than romance.

So, if you’re relationship has hit that fork, here’s what to do according to Dr. John Tamerin, a clinical psychiatrist from Cornell University.
First, know that every relationship is unique, so don’t torture yourself if you’re not on the right “timeline”. Think of it this way, how long do you stay in an apartment before you buy a house? You stay until you’re ready. So don’t feel pressured to go from dating to marriage if you’re not ready.

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ER Dental Work

ER Dental Work


Did you know that more emergency rooms are seeing more patients for toothaches? It’s a fact that close to 130 million Americans have no dental insurance. With the lack of jobs providing medical insurance let alone dental many people choose to ignore the nagging pain that keeps many people up most of the night in pain and for those that do have jobs calling into work.

Even when patients have Medicaid many dentist will not treat these patients because of the low pay or only take a number of “new patients”. With this issue becoming a bigger problem in America the emergency rooms are being visited more frequently were the cost of service is 10 times higher for dental problems that could be fixed with preventive care.
ERs do not keep dentist on staff so the amount of relief they are able to offer is usually limited to a painkillers and antibiotics. A trip to the ER for a tooth extraction will cost around $400 on the other hand if the patient had a dentist it would cost around $57. Regardless if the patient is from a low-income background or middle class it becomes a problem when underlying conditions are ignored because the patient cannot afford a dentist.

Everyone should be able to get dental help no matter how rich or poor they are. For example would it seem feasible for someone with knife protruding from their neck to go to let’s say a therapist to remove the knife and bandage the wound?
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No More Under Eye Circles


 No More Under Eye Circles

There are many misconceptions about why woman and yes men develop dark circles under their eyes. Some say it’s from the long hours we have been putting in at the office to soccer moms never ending race to “get it all done today” routines. The dark shadows are formed from puffy eyelids. They can give you the illusion of dark under-eye circles. Other factors include genetics, allergies, eczema, too much drinking, nasal congestion, pigmentation irregularities, physical contact with the eyes, such as rubbing and scratching, overexposure to the sun and thinning of the skin, which comes with the natural aging process.

Research Dr. Masuda and colleagues from Shiseido Research Center have done found that dark circles under your eyes form because of poor blood flow which can also lead too high blood pressure and diabetes. The researchers found that in the area of dark circles, blood flowed at a slower rate compared to the area in the cheeks. They also found more melanin production in subjects with dark under-eye circles.

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Work From Home

Work From Home Jobs

Are you one of the millions of people looking for work? Or just looking to work from home, have a second income and tired of the scams and programs that promise to make you money the first 24 hours? Well here are some facts about working from home.
For beginners there may be frustrating obstacles to overcome such as were to start. When figuring out how to start it is important to look for a “niche market.” Which means a place, employment, status, or activity for which a person or thing is best fitted e.g., in other words a specialized market. Finding a nice or specialized market isn’t as difficult as it may seem when you start so try not to focus on not knowing how. A niche can be anything that is popular or something you are interested in or passionate about. If you are interested in fishing and know some key facts that people may search for on the web, fishing could be your niche market. Or if you’re interested in art and have a collection that you love to show off to your friends maybe you could start there. Once you find a topic that you find yourself talking about easily you can derive what products or services will suit your niche.

Once you have found that niche you can use it to make money on your website or blog with affiliate marketing. There are many people using the internet these days ranging in age from 18 to 80 so the amount of people browsing different niches is unlimited. And many of these people are looking for information you can provide or to buy something. You can use blogging to start a conversation about a niche or many other topics were 100’s of people will come and comment and see anything you decide to post. You surf the web all the time why not make money while doing what you like. Now that you have your niche you can use the tools mentioned below to optimize your niche to begin making money by visiting clickbank or another affiliate program.

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5. Affiliates. Now that you have all your ducks in a row now you’re able to start making money promoting other sites and promotions on your site which is basically what affiliate marketers do. They can make money in a matter of different ways and with a wide variety of companies. Below are some options for getting started.
Pay per Sale: Here a merchant pays you a percentage of the sale price when the purchase is completed.
Pay per Click: In this program you get paid based on the number of visitors you redirect to the Merchant’s website from your affiliate site/blog, website, whether or not a sale is made.
Pay per Lead: You get paid once the referred visitors provide their contact information on the target site by filling out a simple contact form.
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How To Interview For A Job

How To Interview For A Job

We all know that the job market has been very tough lately. No worries though, the truth is if you are offered an interview then you already have a foot in the door. When the interview begins giving a firm handshake increases your chances of landing that job. Many managers say a firm handshake shows you are professional and confident which are valued qualities in any profession. Also making eye contact and offering a genuine smile makes for a good first impression. Add these tips to your skill set and you will be ahead of the rest in the job market. Your Informed Truth W.D.

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