How Much Do You Know About Depression?

 Six Common Questions (Plus answers with research citations!)

mental-health-bipolar-disorderThere is constant warfare among and between “experts” and  non-experts about the basic facts surrounding depression in adults. This quiz does an excellent job of addressing these frequently debated main points — providing research-based answers. Please read to the end for answers and their sources!

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2 responses to “How Much Do You Know About Depression?

  1. I want to thank you for the important work you are doing. I have a 9-year-old who has exhibited some signs of anxiety/depression, and unfortunately, it is fairly rampant in my extended family (as well as personally–I am a 3 hit wonder, ADHD/depression/anxiety). I am loathe, however, to go to soon to medicine. It seems like a pandora’s box and also, I have my own hit and miss past with medicine since my mid-twenties. We have been trying nutrition/lifestyle modifications and play therapy with him as a starting point, which so far has actually helped a lot. I am still so worried about him, though, and frankly, about myself: not sure why, but I have been feeling so much more hopelessly depressed than usual. I have been really questioning whether I should continue taking an antidepressant that doesn’t seem to be working. It scares me to feel this way when I look at my son. I can only imagine the horror of watching him in this kind of pain. I do have a question: I have been scanning high and low and have read so many books on the subject. I came across Mad In America and a blogger there named Laura Delano. I am curious if you have read any of her story and what you think about it? She has stopped all medicine and rejects the notion of “chemical imbalance”. Part of me just wants to chuck all this medicine in the toilet, and indeed I have given up caffeine and alcohol, started eating much better, have a fairly good exercise regimen, etc. I am so frustrated, though, because it takes so much to follow this, and frankly, I don’t feel like it’s doing much good. Guess I am just reaching out. Thank you again.

  2. Dear Anonymous — I think it’s very important that you not give up on your antidepressant therapy until you’ve tried more than one medication. It often takes up to three to find the right one. It is also most effective to combine antidepressants with psychotherapy for depression.Having said that I realize that It’s often hard to get insurance coverage for both but when that’s the case, I advise people to try their public mental health office if they must — my sons and I got help there more than once.

    As to the “mad in america” website,I am of the opinion that — though there are ex-patients who have been harmed by poor mental health care — they are articulating an extreme antipsychiatry position that ignores the majority of people who’ve been helped by their mental health providers. If depression and other mental disorders run in your family, you are at very high risk and as you’ve already found, you’ve experienced symptoms yourself and seen them in your children.

    Your lifestyle changes will undoubtedly help too. It’s a tough road but I’ve found that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel — if you stick with it and trust your instincts. I wish you and your family all the best.

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