Archive for the 'Psychiatry' Category

Michael Phelps, Allison Schmitt talk about battling depression

Physician Suicide

Wayne Brady Opens Up About His Depression

Popular YouTuber Anna Akana fights stigma about antidepressants

Much respect for this YouTube celebrity. Antidepressants are the number two most-prescribed medication class, second only to cholesterol medication (1). 6.7% of American adults suffered a major depressive episode in 2014 – a whopping 15.7 million people (2). A staggering 16.7% of all Americans have suffered at least one major depressive episode in their lifetime (3). Lets heed this brave young woman’s call to fight stigma about depression and antidepressants – if you suffer from depression, know that you are not alone, and that treatment (talk therapy +/- medications) can be incredibly helpful. If you don’t suffer from depression, know that 1-2 people out of every 10 people you know fights this illness – please be understanding, supportive, or at the very least non-judgmental; for tips on what NOT to say to someone who is fighting depression see this young lady’s Facebook post.

References:
1)
http://pharma.about.com/od/Sales_and_Marketing/a/The-Most-Prescribed-Medications-By-Drug-Class.htm

2) http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/major-depression-among-adults.shtml
3) http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=196765

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