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The Military's Truth About Depression - A Video
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A Different Type of Battle for This Navy man

This is a real story. The battle lines are in the mind of this Active Duty Military man. No names or identifying information is used, and this story was previously published by the author.

“I wasn't really sure where to post this but I figured this was probably as good as any other. This is also my first post so please bear with me.

“I am in active duty military, the Navy, and things just seem so bad right now. I wish I could say that this was from PTSD from a warzone or something, but it's not and that makes me feel even worse or more guilty. I did do a tour in Iraq a few years ago but I don't think I really saw anything that would make me feel like this, I don't know.

“My wife left me. I think that is what really sent me into the dark place I am right now. I have two children that I miss more than anything. I miss all of us being a family together. Looking back now I think I may have suffered from depression before she left and that was one of things that contributed to the breakdown of the marriage. There were times when she wanted me to lay with her or spend time with her or just touch her and I didn't do any of that. 


Students Experiencing Depression

Take an Active Role in Treatment for Depression
It’s finals time for students. And that means increased incidences of depression. A depressed student may feel that he/she will not complete his/her studies like everyone else. The fatigue, the powerlessness and the lack of concentration that accompany depression also reduce the student's ability to function.

In this way, depression affects students’ academic performance and their ability to take action. Even those who are in treatment are affected. But students CAN help themselves.

Many College Students Experience Depression

According to their own estimation, 53% of American college students suffer from depression during their studies. Over half of those who experience depression state that problems related to studying are the most important depression-inducing factor. Therefore, there is a close connection between depression and difficulties with studying.


Depression May Double Stroke Risk

Harvard Study Links Chronic Depression and Long Term Risk of Stroke
Baby Boomers, beware. A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association reveals that chronic depression might double the risk of stroke in adults over the age of 50. Persistent depression might even increase stroke risk well after the signs and symptoms of depression disappear, particularly for women.

The study, entitled “Changes in Depressive Symptoms and Incidence of First Stroke Among Middle-Aged and Older US Adults,” looked at health information from 16,178 men and women ages 50 and older participating in the Health and Retirement Study between 1998 and 2010.


Depression is Not a Normal Part of Aging

Many Older Adults are Not Appropriately Treated for Depression

Depression is less common among older adults than it is among younger adults. However, older adults do have a higher risk of being affected by depression.  Because of its devastating consequences, late life depression is an important public health problem. It is associated with increased risk of morbidity, increased risk of suicide, decreased physical, cognitive and social functioning, and greater self-neglect, all of which are in turn associated with increased mortality

Over half of all incidences of depression represent a first diagnosis in later life. Although suicide rates in the elderly are declining, they are still higher than in younger adults and more closely associated with depression.


TMS and Chronic Cocaine Use – Addiction

Cocaine Use Disorder Presents Significant Health Problems
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive drug

An astounding 5-6% of people who began using cocaine 24 hours ago will become long-term users, according to a paper in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. Addiction varies with each person's individual brain chemistry, but the presence of dopamine in the brain is a highly rewarding feeling that most people will work to replicate.

Chronic cocaine use often damages and changes the brain’s prefrontal cortex (PFC), including significant brain volume reduction, impairment in functioning, and other debilitating effects.


Opioid Treatment Linked To Depression

Can The Cycle Be Broken?

You may have never considered that the drug treatment of one condition or disease can significantly affect the treatment or even the onset of others. Because anything that happens in your body - especially when chemicals are ingested – results in a rippling affect on your health. The health of your whole body must be considered by your doctor or physician when they prescribe medications or treatments that are intended to help you.

Opioids – The good and the bad

Opioids are increasingly used widely to help people who suffer from chronic pain. They are generally prescribed to help you deal with the pain caused by several diseases and conditions. Opioids of all manner are prescribed regularly by doctors and physicians to combat severe pain and help users lead a life not so severely limited by their pain. But opioids may have disturbing consequences. They have addictive qualities and have been shown to increase the risk of developing  or deepening depression.

Mental Health Inspirational Quotes

Chris Stapleton Showcases Mental Health Issues

‘Fire Away’ Allows Us to See Inside the Pain
Chris Stapleton’s latest video, “Fire Away”, is refreshing to watch, and to read the lyrics. Chris is a well-known and highly respected country music artist. He recently won Grammy awards for Best Country Album and Male Vocalist of the Year. So, to see him shine a spotlight on the subject of mental illness is both inspiring and important. This video could very well mark the beginning of what may be a significant crossroad with mainstream media and editors’ willingness to focus on such an explosive issue.


Weight Gain and Prescription Drugs

Is Psychiatric Treatment Synonymous With Gaining 10 Pounds (or MORE)?
 Burgers or Bust! (Jughead #185, 1970)

In our cartoon, ‘Jughead’ Jones - famously created by publisher John L. Goldwater, written by Vic Bloom and drawn by Bob Montana - is astonished as he finds himself bloated and gaining weight.  The ‘Archie’ characters were based in part on people Goldwater met "in the Midwest" during his travels throughout the United States while looking for jobs and places to stay. He might find the same people today, but struggling even harder with a weight gain issue.