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How Can I Get Help for Depression?


Depression is a mental illness that causes feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and emptiness. It’s one of the most common mental illnesses. In fact, over 15 million adults experienced depression in 2014.

It’s also estimated that two out of 100 children and eight out of 100 teens have depression.

Depression can be debilitating for those that experience it. But there are many effective treatments available that can help you manage your depression symptoms.

Keep reading to learn how to find mental health doctors in your area and start getting treatment.

How to find treatment near you

The first step in getting treatment for depression is making an appointment with your general practitioner. They can recommend doctors in your area.

If you’re religious, ask your religious leader if they have counselors to recommend. Some people prefer faith-based counseling, which incorporates their religion into a treatment plan.

You can also check healthcare databases for therapists, psychiatrists, and counselors. These databases can provide you with information such as certifications, accepted insurance providers, and reviews left by other people. Start with these databases:
Anxiety and Depression Association.
Psychology Today
GoodTherapy.org

First lines of treatment

Talk therapy and medication are often used as the first line of treatment for depression.

Talk therapy
Talk therapy involves discussing your problems and how you feel with a trained therapist. Your therapist can help you detect patterns of thought or behavior that contribute to your depression. You may be given homework, such as tracking your moods or writing in journals. This will help you to continue your treatment outside of appointments. Your therapist can also teach you exercises to reduce stress and anxiety, and help you understand your illness.

A therapist can also help you create strategies to identify and avoid any triggers that exacerbate your depression. They can also help you develop coping mechanisms for when you experience these triggers.

Talk therapy may resolve temporary or mild depression. It can often treat severe depression, but not without other treatments such as medication.

Medication

Depression medications are a common part of treatment. Some people use these medications for a short time, while others use them long term. Your doctor will take multiple factors into consideration before prescribing any medication, including:

possible side effects
current health concerns
possible drug interactions
cost
your specific symptoms
Medications that are commonly used to treat depression include:

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. These typically have less side effects than other types of antidepressants. Fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), and escitalopram (Lexapro) all fit into this category.
Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRIs. These include duloxetine (Cymbalta) and desvenlafaxine (Pristiq).
Tricyclic antidepressants. These antidepressants can be very effective, but cause more severe side effects. They’re often used if you haven’t responded to other medications. These include imipramine (Tofranil) and nortriptyline (Pamelor).
Mood stabilizers or anxiety medications are sometimes combined with antidepressant medication. If you’re seeing a counselor or a therapist who can’t prescribe medications, they can contact your primary care doctor and request the prescription for you.

Alternative treatments for depression.

There are a variety of alternative and natural treatments that are often used to treat depression. These treatments shouldn’t be used without consulting your doctor first, especially if you’re taking prescription antidepressants or other medications.

Some alternative remedies for depression include:

1. St. John’s Wort
2. omega 3 fatty acids
3. acupuncture
4. massage therapy
5. relaxation techniques
6. meditation

Lifestyle changes that treat depression.

Certain lifestyle changes can help you manage your depression. These can be used along with treatment from your therapist to get your best results.

Avoiding alcohol and recreational drugs can make a big impact on your depression. Some people may feel temporary relief from their depression when consuming alcohol or taking drugs. But, once these substances wear off your symptoms can feel more severe. They can even make your depression more difficult to treat.

Eating well and being physically active can help you feel better all around. Exercising regularly can increase your endorphins and relieve depression. Getting enough sleep is also essential to both your physical and mental health.

What happens if I don’t respond to treatment?

If other treatment methods haven’t worked for you, more intensive treatments may be used.

In cases of extremely severe depression, people may be hospitalized. This is especially true if they are considered at a high-risk of harming themselves or others. This often includes counseling and the use of medications to help you get your symptoms under control.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is sometimes used for people who don’t respond to other treatment. ECT is performed under anesthesia, and electrical currents are sent through the brain. It’s thought to impact the function of neurotransmitters in your brain and can offer immediate relief from depression.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is another option. In this procedure, you sit in a reclining chair with a treatment coil against your scalp. This coil then sends short magnetic pulses. These pulses stimulate nerve cells in the brain responsible for mood regulation and depression.

Finding the right treatment.

Sticking to your treatment plan is one of the most important things you can do. It’s easy to get discouraged in the first few weeks of treatment. You may not want to continue. All types of treatment can take a few months before you notice a difference. It’s also easy to feel like you’re doing much better and stop treatment all together. Never stop treatment without consulting your doctor first.

You should feel comfortable talking to your therapist. If you don’t, try switching to a new one. You may have to meet with several therapists before you find the one that’s right for you.

You should also talk to your therapist about your feelings toward your therapy sessions and your overall treatment plan. This allows them to work with you and make changes if your treatment plan isn’t working.

Finding the right treatment is often a trial-and-error process. If one doesn’t work, it’s good to move on. If two or more months have gone by and you’ve stuck to a treatment but don’t feel any relief from the depression, it’s likely not working for you. You should experience relief from depression within three months of starting a medication.

Talk to your doctor immediately if you’re:
depression doesn’t improve after several month of treatment
symptoms have improved, but you still don’t feel like yourself
symptoms get worse
These are signs that your treatment plan isn’t working for you.

Phone numbers and support groups.

If you’re experiencing depression, help is available. A number of counselors and therapists even offer scholarships or sliding scale pricing for those who can’t afford treatment.

Organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness offer support groups, education, and other resources to help fight depression and other mental illnesses.

If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

If you’re experiencing depression, you can call the following anonymous and confidential numbers:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (open 24/7): 1-800-273-8255.
Samaritans 24 Hour Crisis Hotline (open 24/7): 212-673-3000

Don’t be alone help is at hand.

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‘I have been to death’s door and back’


I would like to thank the ‘CBS Stitch EmbroidIT’ company for being the first to share my story on social media and playing a part in assisting individuals living with lupus. They informed me that, currently, my story has reached over 100,000 people via their post, and for that I am grateful.

Sharing my story is not an easy task as it takes much courage and even more selflessness to do it. However, there are people out there who need me as much as I need them, and I am confident that together we can overcome this disease.

My name is Danielle Samantha Hall and I am 25 years old. I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus at age 21. However, I was hospitalised on my 18th birthday for bacterial meningitis. Life for me before was pretty normal. I was just going through the motions of a teenager. I attended St Andrew Preparatory School where I did very well in my academics and also in service clubs. I served as the president for the Builders Club and also held leadership roles in other clubs and societies. I graduated from St Andrew Preparatory and started Excelsior High School in 2001, where I continued to do well in academics and participated in several extra-curricular activities (Peer Counselling, Inter-School Christian Fellowship, Environmental Club, Girl Guides, Tourism Action Club, and Key Club). I served as a junior prefect from grade nine then went on to become a senior prefect in grade 11. I left high school with eight CXC subjects with distinctions in English language and French. Throughout my life, I had always found it necessary to be an active participant in school activities and also maintaining a good average.

A part of my childhood and teenage years had been impacted greatly because my mother had been seriously ill throughout my school years and had to be hospitalised on several occasions. I am the only child for my mother, and this resulted in me having to stay with several people, including teachers, while my mom was in hospital.

I left Quality Academics in June 2007 and went on to work at the Office of the Cabinet in September of that year. This was my first and only permanent job after performing exceptionally well as a holiday worker. In February 2008, the office transitioned and joined the Ministry of Finance and Planning, where I am currently employed. In April of that year, on the weekend before my birthday, I started experiencing several symptoms which resulted in a seizure that eventually led to my hospitalisation.

Before lupus, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, pyelonephritis and rheumatoid arthritis. My situation only worsened as the years went by, and, to date, I am being treated for a number of autoimmune-related diseases.

Hearing of my diagnosis didn’t come as a shocker to me, given that I was diagnosed with other diseases two years before. However, I was still reluctant in sharing that bit of information with my friends and family. My parents, on the other hand, had a bittersweet reaction because after three years of being back and forth, they finally got a concrete answer. It was also very depressing because they knew the effects of lupus and life for me would never be the same. My support system comprises of my parents — Mr Desmond Hall and Miss Rosalind ‘Pat’ Maragh — my extended family (inclusive of my neighbourhood), my friends, church family, work family, school family, and of course my Lupus Sisterhood.

Since my diagnosis, I have been enrolled as a part-time student at the University of the West Indies, pursuing a BSc in sociology and a minor in human resource development. I have been absent in several semesters, and due to this I am yet to complete my studies; but, I press on nonetheless. I am now in my final year. I was granted seven months of study leave to complete my studies.

I take great pleasure in assisting students studying English language, Spanish and French. I am a certified make-up artist and also an event planner. I participate in motivational talks where necessary, and avail myself to opportunities that arise whether in my job, school or church. I also serve as the treasurer for my church’s youth fellowship committee and volunteer my service to just about anyone or capacity needed. For me, I don’t have titles of achievements but I have lived a life that I never knew I could and by the grace of God I will continue.

Life is very challenging and I’m faced with a lot daily, but I have learned to cope with being in pain and discomfort every single day. I have more than 25 symptoms that sometimes act up at the same time. I live a much unexpected life and at any point, as I have experienced many times, anything can happen to me. I have been to ‘death’s door’ and back.

August of this year marked my 10th hospitalisation, where I was being tested for a heart condition. Through it all, I have become a very strong individual who is greatly admired by those around me and it has really strengthened my journey. I have used my story many times to encourage individuals that life is just for living and we are to make each day count as anything can change in the blink of an eye. Throughout the years I have never really feared anything from living with these illnesses — not even death. I consider being baptised as one of my major achievements in life, which was my 23rd birthday present to myself, as I found a deep love for God and committed my life to Him. I am a child of God and I believe in healing and I believe that if I am not to be healed, the Lord would have it that way. Sometimes our healing comes through dying.

My greatest strengths from lupus is being able to encourage the lives of others and even using the many transitions of my body to inspire others. I often say I will write a book entitled From Injury to Inspiration. It is really hard to sum up, on paper, the extent of everything I’ve been through, but all in all, lupus may have a great impact on my mind, bodily changes and even my personality, but I have accepted it and I use it to build me as an individual.

German nurse admittedly overdosed 90 patients, killed 30


A court in Germany has sentenced a male nurse to life in prison for killing patients with overdoses of heart medication.

News agency dpa reported that the Oldenburg regional court found the 38-year-old guilty of charges including two counts of murder, and two counts of attempted murder.

Prosecutors had accused the man, identified only as Niels H in line with German privacy rules, of three murders and two attempted murders during his time working at a clinic in the town of Delmenhorst.

But H said during the trial that he intentionally brought about cardiac crises in some 90 patients because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them. He said 30 patients died.

He was previously sentenced to 7½ years in prison for attempted murder in 2008.

Thanks For Visiting, Summer. Could You Leave Me Alone Now?


Yellow Fever!
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Thanks For Visiting, Summer. Could You Leave Me Alone Now?. When heye fever strikes the only thing we can do is asked,when is it going to be over.

Stop Sniffing man.

St Thomas residents cry neglect – Lead Stories – Jamaica Gleaner – Tuesday | June 7, 2011


Caribbean Hermit Crab Colony feasting on a man...
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St Thomas residents cry neglect – Lead Stories – Jamaica Gleaner – Tuesday | June 7, 2011.

Lady Gaga quit drugs after her father caught her using in his bathroom – mirror.co.uk


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Lady Gaga quit drugs after her father caught her using in his bathroom – mirror.co.uk. Wish others could follow in Gaga’s footstep and turn their lives around just as she did.

Gaga can be nutty but at lease she is an example on Drugs.