Written by on 1/12/2015 6:00:00 AM
Feeling extremely run down, tired, or even depressed? Well, there may be a reason for that. You could be experiencing the “winter blues” or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
It’s estimated that about three percent of the U.S. population suffers from SAD, and is more common in women than men.
Licensed mental health counselor, Kimble Richardson, explains the disorder and provides helpful tips for combatting it. continue reading ...
Written by on 10/1/2014 7:00:00 PM
Over seven percent of Americans suffer from social anxiety disorder. For most, antidepressants are used to treat their anxiety. However, a recent study revealed that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be more effective than anti-depressants when treating the disorder - and effects are long-term.
"Cognitive behavior therapy stems from the theory that thoughts and perceptions drive emotions," explained Kimble Richardson, a licensed mental health counselor at Community Health Network. "Emotions can become overwhelming and can lead to difficulty coping and/or functioning in one’s personal life, work life or both. If a person’s thinking is irrational, incorrect or untrue, it can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression and/or anger."
CBT is used to recognize the irrational beliefs and perceptions the individual may have, challenge their accuracy or truthfulness and then transform the irrational beliefs into rational beliefs and perceptions.
"This therapy doesn’t make feelings disappear, but does help to put things into perspective for the individual so that they don't feel overwhelmed and dysfunctional," said Richardson. continue reading ...
Written by 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 ...
Written by on 4/29/2014 4:00:00 PM
A new study published by JAMA on suicide risk and drug dosage found that the risk for deliberate self harm doubles when depressed young adults (under age 25) start treatment with a high dose of antidepressants.
The study of 162,000 patients ages 10 to 64 found that 32 incidents of self-harm per 1,000 young patients occurred on a high dose, compared with only 15 incidents per 1,000 on the recommended dosage.
"Studies similar to this one are the reason the FDA issued 'Black Box Warnings' in 2004 that states certain medications have the potential to be linked to suicidal thinking and behavior in children with Major Depressive Disorder," said Kimble Richardson, a licensed mental health counselor with Community. "Incidents of self-harm in our youth are a cause of concern, especially due to the fact that suicide is the second leading cause of death for those ages 15 to 24."
However, the reasons for the link between antidepressants and self harm are unclear. continue reading ...