In 1949 Mental Health America named the month of May Mental Health Month or Mental Health Awareness Month. This year the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is taking a different approach to the illness and how it is perceived by the public, with the theme of "CureStigma" Look for awareness events all during the month.
Topics: Mental Health
A new national television campaign for treating depression, launched yesterday by Neuronetics, reflects their unparalleled dedication to promoting the science of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and its benefits to patients receiving NeuroStar rTMS treatment around the globe. In advance of May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, messages like this are paramount in the effort to change the tone of the discussion about mental health issues.
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD):
While major depressive disorder can develop at any age, the median age at onset is 32.5 years old.
- MDD affects more than 16.1 million American adults
- MDD is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44.3. or about 6.7% of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.
- MDD is more prevalent in women than in men.
- MMD has a $210 billion effect on the U.S. economy.
Depression is an illness, and no one is immune. In a recent CNN article, Olympic Gold medalist Michael Phelps shared his journey during an interview with David Axelrod on "The Axe Files," a podcast from The University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN.
Phelps was quoted as saying, "I'm somebody who's gone through at least three or four major depression spells after games that, you know, I've put my life in danger," said Phelps, whose success at each Olympic Games was followed by drug and alcohol use. He was quoted in the interview as saying, "I wanted to die. I straight wanted to die."
Recently, Crispin Havener of KJCT8 in Grand Junction, Colorado interviewed Dr. Robert Sammons of TMS Solutions, a company operating clinics in Washington State, Colorado and New York, but headquartered locally. According to Havener, "Dr. Sammons has been studying Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) since 2006."
Topics: Treating Depression
Man's Best Friend!
For over 15,000 years, dogs have been our best friends, but could our canine companions also be our best bet for better mental health? Many experts agree that pets, especially dogs, can put the minds of those with mental illness at ease while helping them manage a more fulfilling life. If you are living with depression and anxiety, you may be wondering if procuring a pup of your own is the right choice for you. Here are a few ways dogs can help make your life whole while making life with a mental illness more manageable.
Topics: Mental Health