Mind Over Matter, Pt. 2

Perhaps I've written about this previously. Perhaps I haven't. Regardless, I'll tackle it anyway.

Some people with a mental illness who hear what I'm about to say will tell me I'm crazy. Perhaps I'd get "partially correct."

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Loose Screws Mental Health News

Canada.com reports that a Canadian mental health survey found that more than 75 percent of people diagnosed with clinical anxiety or depression experience a severe relapse during the winter months, namely December and January.

“Among the symptoms those people reported, more than half said they experienced ‘feelings of worthlessness,’ ‘inappropriate guilt’ and difficulty thinking or concentrating during the winter holiday season.”

The survey also found that decreased daylight hours and increased debt during the holiday season contribute to stress among those with chronic mental illness. At least the article didn’t say there was a spike in suicides…

Lorraine BraccoLorraine Bracco, known as Dr. Melfi on The Sopranos, has written a book about her struggle with clinical depression. She notes the difference between how she functioned before her depression hit and after. She cites Zoloft as the antidepressant that helped her overcome the hump and a mental realization that she needed to get help. She no longer uses antidepressants but she feels that the antidepressant got her to a place where she could find herself again, “I found my joie de vivre, my spirit, my voice.”

And finally, it’s time to be pissed off at Eli Lilly. Documents obtained by a mental health lawyer, given to The New York Times, show that Lilly execs tried to downplay the risk of obesity and hyperglycemia in Zyprexa. The two side effects can lead to a significantly increased risk for diabetes. Lilly material even included statements to sales reps telling them to downplay those risks when pitching the atypical antipsychotic to doctors. Zyprexa, Lilly’s best-selling drug, has been sold to 2 million people and has raked in $4.2 billion worldwide. The drug is primarily prescribed for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Of course, Lilly execs, aware that the side effects would keep patients away from the drug, downplayed the risks and even went so far as to say, “There is no scientific evidence establishing that Zyprexa causes diabetes.”

Lawsuits speaks differently, however. Lilly has agreed to pay $750 million to 8,000 people who claim that Zyprexa has caused them to develop diabetes or other medical problems. According to the Times, “thousands more suits against the company are pending.”

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Too Much Stress?

I usually get rid of the newsletters from my credit union because I find they don’t provide me with anything particularly helpful. There was one article that I found so helpful, though, that I had to clip it. Here it is:

Stress can be brought on by a sudden or major change in your life, your job, too much to do, or unexpected events. Ask yourself what fators are causing you stress and how you are currently dealing with it.

Here are ways to help relieve stress:

  • Peforming physical activity or writing can release tension and emotions
  • Talking about your feelings with a confidant may get to the root of your stress
  • Laugh and cry it out so it doesn’t build up
  • Manage your time more effectively
  • Massage your neck and shoulder to help relax the muscles
  • Do yoga or meditation
  • Engaging in muisc or humor therapy can brighten your mood

Remember to try and remain healthy by eating and drinking sensibly in times of stress. Having a strong social support system, managing your time, having an activity to release stress, and altering your thinking will consistently help to reduce and relieve stress.
Source: http://www.webmd.com

No life-shattering advice there, but the same things to relieve stress can also help alleviate mild to moderate depression.