Mental illness IS a physical illness

This week a german airline pilot, Andreas Lubitz, apparently intentionally crashed the jet he was flying, killing himself and all 149 passengers on board. The world wide response has been one of grief and sadness, appropriately. Questions have been asked about how and why this happened. And leaders from around the world have called this the saddest day. They have also accused the pilot of being crazy. But what’s the implication of that. It seems that they are linking his depression with crazy. And if this is the case, that’s a problem for many reasons, not the least of which is it perpetuates the stigma of depression. What is depression? Perhaps it’s important to start with what depression is and isn’t before the term crazy gets bandied about. Depression is a disease, the same as cancer or diabetes, that affects the brain of a person which than causes issues with weight, thinking, sleep, and and decision making ability. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 350 million people world-wide suffer from depression, it is the leading cause of disability world wide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.  But just what is depression? Depression, according the the DSM-V, has the following symptoms, to name a few: depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day, Insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day, psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day, fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day, symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational...

Top 5 Tips to Help Manage Depression

Do you have difficulty getting out of bed? Have you lost your appetite or perhaps you’re eating more than usual? Have others noticed that you’re somehow different, somehow not as up or happy as you usually are? Have your coworkers or boss noticed that you have been missing more work lately or coming in late? If this sounds familiar, you could be suffering from depression. Depression is a word that is often thrown around without much care being given to what it actually means. It seems that if you’re sad, than you’re depressed. And while sadness is part of depression, that’s only part of it. Depression is a life changing, and at times, life threatening condition. According to the DSM-IV (Diagnostic Statistic Manual-the book therapists use for diagnosis) depression consists of having certain feelings, behaviors, and thoughts. They include, but are not limited to: a depressed mood; loss of interest or pleasure in things you used to like and enjoy; diminished interest in all or almost all activities; significant weight loss when not dieting or, conversely, significant increase in appetite; insomnia; fatigue or loss of energy; feelings of worthlessness or guilt; loss of concentration, and recurrent thoughts of death. These things need to be present all day, everyday or nearly every day in order to be considered clinical depression. The good news is that depression is treatable. Depression can be managed. It does not have to define you. Most people who suffer from depression are able to live the life they want by taking certain steps that have been proven to work. Here are 5 tools that have been...

Welcome to Being.

Many years ago, as I was starting out in private practice, I was struggling with what to call my business. The more I thought about it, the harder it got. It felt a bit like the more I tried, the more elusive it became. However, when I stopped trying so hard, giving my mind a rest, it came to me. Being.   Often times when I’m working with clients I hear how much they, as well as me, want to “do” something, anything, to help others or ourselves. I hear about the constant drive to be moving, whether away from or towards something. I’m sure we can all relate to this in someway or another. A great example is rush-hour. Next time you’re stuck in traffic take a look to see how many cars are exiting to the off-ramps. It’s a natural drive to want to be moving. The thought is often that as long as I’m moving, I’m getting somewhere, and faster. While this may seem true, and may end up being true, it is unknown when the decision to do something is made.   My thinking, in terms of anxiety or depression, is that sometimes it’s best to just be. Sitting down, taking stock of what is and what isn’t, what one has and one’s reality, while being still, can provide more relieve than feeing one must be in constant movement. We also can’t forget that being is still an action. The word be is a verb. It is an action, just like do. And to that end, Being felt like a perfect name for a therapy clinic where...

Our new blog!

Here you will find not only information about Being and the therapists who work here, but also resources and information about mental health, nutrition, exercise, and a variety of topics that can impact your life such as sleep, vitamins, technology, and even animals. Each week we will post about a subject that is directly related to your well-being as well as links to more to learn more about the subject and how you can use the information to start to live the life you want! Blog topics will include: Anxiety; Career; Children; Depression; Divorce; Exercise; Marriage; Mental Health; Money; Nutrition; Sleep; Stress;...

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