Okay, okay, I’ve been hesitating to do this but the urge has sprung in me, so….
I’ll be posting puppy pics! (courtesy of The Daily Puppy unless otherwise stated) Philadelphia Will Do does puppy pics and The Trouble With Spikol does kitty pics and cute overload but my heart simply melts when I see a cute puppy. I mostly like small dogs, btw, so get your bulldog/pitbull kicks somewhere else.
Here’s one for today, but I’ll have them saved in advance to publish on Wednesdays — the most grueling day of the week.
"Depression has been labelled the common cold of psychopathology. This comparison is unfortunate, for it conveys the impression of a frequent but mild complaint. In reality … depression is not only the most frequent mental health problem, but is among the most serious." — Paul Gilbert, Depression: The Evolution of Powerlessness
"Clinical depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting more than 19 million Americans each year. This includes major depressive disorder, manic depression and dysthymia, a milder, longer-lasting form of depression." – National Mental Health Association
What? Doctors don’t prescribe enough drugs? You have GOT to be kidding me. [I didn’t watch the report (work blocks access to this kind of stuff), but it’s probably way off regardless.] On a semi-rant, though, if 22 million Americans are suffering from clinical depression at any given day, do all 22 million REALLY need to be on antid’s? Seriously. It’s like pharma companies are in the poor house and need this NBC report to boost sales. (Ugh, who paid Today for this “free” ad spot?) (article source: Uncomfortably Numb)
Andre Picard, writing in the Canadian Globe and Mail, address the myth that suicides spike during the holiday season. Essentially, he says, "Nope. Suicide and depression happen year-round." (That wasn't obvious to people who aren't immersed in mental health.) I hate statistics like this:
"Year in and year out, about 10 Canadians a day take their own lives."
I just found this letter to the editor originally published in the Centre Daily. I like to highlight some of the few letters that address the media's missed opportunities to educate the public about suicide.
Continue reading “Centre Daily Letter to the Editor”
Thanks to Philip Dawdy at Furious Seasons, he wrote about the Uncomfortably Numb blog. The blog focuses mainly on the side effects (and side effect withdrawals) of Paxil. Having been on Paxil (CR), I can identify. I was fortunate enough to ask my doctor for a switch after three months, but I still have this occasional eye-twitch that lasts for days that has stayed with me since taking Paxil back in February 2004. If I didn’t take Paxil for three days, my nerves just went horrible: I felt shaky and my entire life seemed fluid – it was like constantly walking in a pool of water. Nothing seemed real; everything was a dream. But it wasn’t. Everything was too hard, too much effort, too much anything. I couldn’t stand it. I quit Paxil “cold turkey” (again, don’t do this, kids) and felt worse before I could feel better. I went from Paxil to Lexapro and… yeah, felt worse again.
Lesson? Primary care physicians should NOT give antidepressants to depressed people with undiagnosed bipolar disorder.
I, too, get annoyed when my flight gets delayed, but this is just ridiculous.
Keeping with Indian news, the Indian government is drawing upon the National Policy on Agriculture (NPA) to help farmers suffering from crop losses and monetary woes. The dire and distressing conditions have led to a wave of farmer suicides in the past year.
After attention was drawn to Florida inmates not getting their mental health needs addressed, the focus shifts to Boston where two inmates committed suicide in separate incidents.
Australia has launched a national campaign to tackle female suicide rates. It’s pretty bad: figures show that every day, 1 in 6 young women attempt suicide. The campaign will focus on two things: helping young women transition from adolescence to adulthood and solidifying a bond with their mother during that time.
P.S. The above picture has nothing to do with anything. I just found it on the India Times Web site and thought they were, uh, pretty Indian people. (Pretty’s not a nice word to describe a guy.) If you want to marry pretty Indian people, go visit simplymarry.com (which developed the graphic).
Yay! A bill might pass Congress that would require health insurance to provide equal coverage for mental and physical illness. (source: The Trouble With Spikol)
The NYT video on health includes a story about how health programs are aimed at baby boomers who are intent on staving off age-related problems such as dementia. (Related to Zyprexa being used off-label for dementia and all…)
ADDENDUM: Eli Lilly wins Round 1 in court. According to the NYT, a federal appeals court has ruled in favor of Lilly in a challenge to its patent on Zyprexa. Ivax (affiliated with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries) and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories filed a suit saying that a lower court ruling in Lilly’s favor was wrong. Lilly’s patent on Zyprexa expires in 2011. And random Zyprexa data because Seroquel actually looks better in this instance:
“Sales of Zyprexa dropped 16 percent and fell behind AstraZeneca’s Seroquel as America’s best-selling antipsychotic in 2005, according to IMS Health, which provides data on drug sales.”