From a Therapist / Preventing Suicide

In the United States, nearly 44,193 people commit suicide every year.  This means that on average, someone dies from suicide every 16.2 minutes.  Chances are that you or someone you know has been affected by suicide.  Suicide can be prevented.  It is important to be aware of the warning signs because, statistically speaking, you may be able to save a life, potentially even your own. 

Talk  

If a person talks about:

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From a Therapist / Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

It is fall, what a glorious season filled with beautiful weather, bright colored leaves and outdoor activities.  But what if you are not enjoying this time of year.  What if you feel tired, depressed, irritable, poor sleep and have a decreased activity level.  Could be you are suffering from the symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder).  Sad occurs in 1 to 10% of the adult population, affecting more women than men and the average age of onset is 23 years of age.

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From a Therapist / Healthy Living: How Our Lifestyles Impact Our Behavior

What comes to mind when you think of taking risks with your health – driving recklessly, or maybe abusing alcohol or illegal drugs? Those behaviors are very risky but many people have less dramatic behaviors that are just as dangerous in the long run. Tobacco use, unbalanced nutrition and a lack of physical activity are some of the key risk factors for the most common causes of death.

The top 10 causes of death include:

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From a Therapist / Suicide Awareness

The majority of individuals who commit suicide do NOT have a diagnosable mental illness. They are people just like you and I who at a particular time are feeling isolated, desperately unhappy and alone. Suicidal thoughts and actions may be the result of life’s stresses and losses that the individual feels they just can’t cope with.

Suicide Attempts in the U.S.

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From a Therapist / Depression

The occasional experience of sadness and depression occurs during the life course of most people and virtually everyone in his or her life has been depressed at one time or another. Depression is a normal response to loss or disappointment. When depression persists and/or becomes so severe that it significantly disrupts a person’s world, depression may become pathological. Normal depression is characterized by a brief period of sadness, grief, or dejection in which disruption of normal functioning is minimal. 

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From a Therapist / Depression in Children & Toddlers

 How can you tell if your child is sad, going through a phase or depressed?  If your child has shown an increase in difficulty at home or school, is going through a life changing event (like a divorce) or has had sadness that has lasted more than two weeks you will want to review these symptoms of depression. Symptoms of depression in children include:  

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From a Therapist / Depression & Anxiety

Depression is an emotional state typically marked by feelings of sadness, feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and helplessness, guilt, withdrawal from others, a change in appetite and/or sleep, and a loss in the interest and pleasure of usual activities. Just as most of us experience occasional anxiety, so too, do we experience sadness during the course of our lives. Depression is often associated with other psychological problems such as anxiety and substance use.

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From a Therapist / Dealing with Situational Stress

There are certain strategies that an individual can use when faced with everyday stressful situations. One thing to keep in mind is that these situations are unavoidable and will appear often times throughout ones day.

Stress Management Strategy #1: Avoid unnecessary stress

Not all stress can be avoided, and it’s certainly not healthy to avoid a situation that needs to be addressed. You may be surprised by the number of of stressors that in fact you can eliminate.

1) Learn to say “no” – know your limits and stick to them.

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From a Therapist / Living with Depression

Statistics compiled by the National Institute of Mental Health indicate that major depression affects over ten million people in the United States each year and that over a lifetime between 10 and 15 percent of people will experience at least one episode of major depression. In addition, research has shown that two out of three people who experience depression are women. However, this figure may not accurately reflect male and female depression because in our culture it is generally considered to be more acceptable for women to talk about their feelings and show emotions.

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From a Therapist / Dealing with Bereavement

There’s no right or wrong way to grieve and there’s no way of telling how long it may take, but understanding more about the process may help you come to terms with your loss.

Healthy grieving can be a long, slow and difficult process that may last months or even years. Although you may gradually be able to refocus your life, you will most likely never “get over it” or stop thinking about the person who you lost.

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Suicide

Someone plans out or acts upon self-destructive thoughts and feelings, often while they are experiencing overwhelming stress.

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BiPolar Disorder

Marked by alternating periods of happiness and depression

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

A disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event

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Depression

A common but serious mood disorder that causes symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily life

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Anxiety & Panic Disorders

The most common mental illnesses in the U.S.

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