Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Welcome to one of the oldest depression sites on the Web. Since 1995, Wing of Madness has been providing information and support to people dealing with their own depression or that of someone they know.
This web page is about clinical depression, also referred to as major depression or major depressive disorder. Here we address not the “down” mood which we all get from time to time and which leads us to say, “I’m depressed,” but the often debilitating illness which affects one in five people, children as well as adults. Continue reading
A CANADIAN woman was denied entry to the United States last month because she had been hospitalized for depression in 2012. Ellen Richardson could not visit, she was told, unless she obtained “medical clearance” from one of three Toronto doctors approved by the Department of Homeland Security. Endorsement by her own psychiatrist, which she could presumably have obtained more efficiently, “would not suffice.” She had been en route to New York, where she had intended to board a cruise to the Caribbean.Enlarge This ImageMikel Jaso“I was so aghast,” Ms. Richardson told a Toronto Star reporter. “I don’t understand this. What is the problem?’ I was so looking forward to getting away. I’d even brought a little string of Christmas lights I was going to string up in the cabin.”
via Shameful Profiling of the Mentally Ill – NYTimes.com.
Doctors say there are many things that can lead to depression in older adults: empty nest syndrome, having to leave home to go live with adult children, the death of a spouse, not being allowed to drive and more.Yet, those same doctors say the illness remains under diagnosed and under-treated. A program at Seton Northwest Hospital is helping older patients realize they’re not alone."I was really down and out, and I didn’t know where I was going," said Larry McGonigal of Round Rock.
via Generations program tackles depression in older adults | kvue.com Austin.
Multiple studies have indicated that depression can greatly increase the probability of developing cancer and having a stroke, but a study published October 3 in Neurology reported that depression appears to increase the risk for Parkinson’s disease as well.
Of all the comorbid psychiatric diagnoses associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD), mood disorders are the most prevalent—showing up in approximately 40 percent of patients with PD, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Many studies have shown mood disorders, such as depression, to be a consequence of PD, but recent studies have suggested that the onset of PD may be a consequence of depression.
via PsychiatryOnline | Psychiatric News | News Article.
Eli Lilly & Co. will end development of the depression medicine edivoxetine as an add-on therapy after the drug failed to meet goals in three studies.A current trial evaluating the experimental compound’s long-term effects will continue, the Indianapolis-based company said in a statement Thursday. Edivoxetine was in the final of three stages of testing usually required for marketing approval by U.S. regulators.
via Lilly says depression drug didn't meet goal in three studies – chicagotribune.com.
When I fell off my attic ladder last year and ended up in hospital, it was the latest in a string of physical mishaps that led some of my friends to call me parliament’s Mr Bump.
First I had done in my knee running for a vote and ended up on crutches. Then I was assaulted on a train in a way that was not in truth very serious but people imagined was painful, particularly when a CCTV image of my rather well-built assailant was released to the media.
All of this was a bit embarrassing but nothing to hide away or be ashamed of. Hell, I even agreed to let my local paper, the North-West Evening Mail, come and take a picture of me in hospital after my ladder escapade.
via I am depressed and I have decided to get help – John Woodcock MP | UK news | theguardian.com.