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Robin Williams death puts spotlight on depression, suicide

Written by Behavioral Health Team on 8/12/2014 7:00:00 PM

Mental health illnesses, like depression, affect millions - even those who seem happy and outwardly successful.

"The recent suicide of Robin Williams reminds us that we need to continue to raise awareness about mental illness," said Kimble Richardson, a licensed mental health counselor at Community Health Network.

Depression and bipolar disorder affect upwards of 19 million people in the United States each year, and about 100 Americans die from suicide per day. However, suicide can be prevented. Almost 90 percent of suicides are committed by individuals who suffer from treatable mental health illnesses.

According to Richardson, recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression is the first step to getting an individual the help they need.

"If feelings of sadness or grief persist for two or more weeks, or if any of the symptoms render an individual unable to function at work or in their personal life, this could indicate a medical condition called Major Depressive Disorder (also known as clinical depression)."
 
Common symptoms of depression include:continue reading ...


What you need to know about anxiety disorders

Written by Behavioral Health Team on 5/26/2014 7:00:00 AM

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, anxiety disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 years and older in a given year.

"Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by a stressful event (such as speaking in public or a first date), anxiety lasts at least six months and can get worse if not treated," said Community licensed mental health counselor, Kimble Richardson


Anxiety disorders commonly occur along with other mental or physical illnesses, including alcohol or substance abuse, which may mask anxiety symptoms or make them worse. continue reading ...


Cycle your way to better mental health

Written by Behavioral Health Team on 5/21/2014 7:00:00 AM

May is National Bike Month! Cycling and physical activity can not only improve ones physical health, but their mental health and mood. Only a few lifestyle choices have as large an impact on your health as physical activity.

People who are physically active for about seven hours a week have a 40 percent lower risk of dying early than those who are active for less than 30 minutes a week. Regular physical activity can help keep thinking, learning, and judgment skills active and sharp. continue reading ...


Stress vs. anxiety: The difference

Written by Community Health Network on 5/12/2014 8:00:00 AM

We all know the feeling of pressure before a deadline or worry about an interview, but how do you know if what you're feeling is stress or anxiety? Here is how you can tell the difference.

Stress
Stress spikes and subsides, it is not a constant feeling. You probably experience stress when there's a work challenge or a pile of bills to be paid. Tiny triggers, like your morning commute, could lead to weird reactions such as stomachaches, hives and trouble focusing. But, once the bills are paid or you arrive at work after your commute, you feel lighter. Simply put, stress symptoms vanish.

Anxiety
If it feels like stress, but it doesn’t stop, and you can’t figure out why. You may wake up full of dread, or you just can’t seem to shake the feeling that things are out of control. The stress prohibits you from working, concentrating or having fun. If, over a six-month period, you exhibit these symptoms and feelings more often than not, you may have anxiety.

I think I have anxiety
The best way to determine whether or not you have anxiety is to consult your physician. You can also take our quick online stress test to help determine if you should talk to your physician.


Is it the blues or depression?

Written by Behavioral Health Team on 5/8/2014 10:00:00 AM

Everyone has feelings of sadness and even grief. These feelings are normal and even healthy; however, there is a difference between the blues and depression.

"If feelings of sadness or grief persist or linger for two or more weeks, or if any of the symptoms render you unable to function at work or in your personal life, this could indicate a medical condition called Major Depressive Disorder (also known as clinical depression)," explained Kimble Richardson, licensed mental health counselor with Community Health Network. "One of the major differences between the blues and clinical depression is that the feeling of sadness does not subside. It’s a despair that won’t lift; a hopelessness that seems to have no end."

Almost 18.8 million American adults experience depression each year, and women are nearly twice as likely as men to develop major depression. Treatment with counseling and/or medication is key to recovery.

Signs and symptoms of depression

  • Depressed mood, sadness, or an “empty” feeling 
  • Uncontrollable crying or tearfulness 
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed 
  • Significant weight loss when not dieting, or significant weight gain (for example, more than five percent of body weight in a month) 
  • Inability to fall asleep or stay asleep or just the opposite; excessive sleeping and not wanting to get out of bed in the morning 
  • Restlessness or irritation (irritable mood may be a symptom in children or adolescents too) 
  • Fatigue or loss of energy 
  • Feelings of worthlessness, or excessive or inappropriate guilt 
  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating, or indecisiveness 
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
Counseling services at Community
We're Central Indiana's largest provider of behavioral health, with an extensive continuum of treatment options. If you or a loved one is seeking help, call 317.621.5719. Our crisis referral hotline is also available 24-hours at 317.621.5700.


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