Archives for October, 2011
If you’ve been looking for a way to get your depressed spouse some help, here’s another reason why – and possibly another way to get them into a doctor’s office for treatment. I’ve pulled up an interesting article from Psych Central published earlier this year about untreated depression and chronic illness. According to a research article released this past spring, prolonged untreated depression can contribute to a risk for chronic illness. Immune cells may be damaged with chronic depression in some people, making them more likely to develop certain types of chronic illness. Telomers are like protective caps on the ends of chromosomes in immune cells. When these begin to shorten, the likelihood increases for early on-set of disease. These illnesses include heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
The results are in – the official cause of Amy Winehouse’s death is alcohol poisoning. Many people wouldn’t be able to stay conscious long enough to drink an amount that would kill them. However, this is much easier when someone has had a long history of drinking like Amy did. A person who drinks heavily on a regular basis will build up a tolerance to alcohol, making them feel a lot less intoxicated than they really are.
It's a good time of the year for a little health check-up for your family. Mental and physical health are very closely tied, so it's good to know how things stand with both aspects of your life. We're just before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday stress, partway through the school year, at the time when many corporate businesses are conducting health screenings, and also at the beginning of flu season. Are you and your family in good health now, mentally and physically?
In keeping with my article earlier this week, today’s focus is bullying and suicide. No doubt, this has been going on behind the scenes for some time. But in recent years, these suicides have gotten much more media attention. Bullying happens when people disconnect from their sense of compassion and empathy. They get outside of themselves, enabling them to do cruel things with little remorse. The goal is to keep their target weak and vulnerable so they can continue to feel powerful and invincible. Online taunting even goes as far as wishing a bullied person would die. It’s unconscionable, but it happens all around the world every single day under our noses.
It might just be a look. A kick. A "bump" in the hallway. Snickering around the corner. Bullying is often a pretty subtle game, but the consequences can be enormous. Kids who get bullied can become anxious, depressed and lonely. They can feel so powerless, so helpless against kids who want to see them suffer. Think words can't hurt the way punches and kicks hurt? Try again. Adults and kids alike have told me how much hurtful words have cut through them. What's worse is how these words hang around in their minds long after they are spoken. Words can be true weapons for a savvy bully.