Treated Teens Still Likely to Try Suicide

Though most suicidal teens have received some form of mental health treatment, many of them still plan or attempt to kill themselves, researchers found.

More than 12% of teens experience suicidal ideation and 80% of those have received some form of treatment, but around 4% of teens have made a plan to kill themselves and 4% have attempted to commit suicide, according to Matthew Nock, PhD, of Harvard University, and colleagues. In most cases (>55%), treatment starts prior to onset of suicidal behaviors but fails to prevent these behaviors from occurring, they noted.

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What to Do During the First Two Weeks You’re Waiting for Your Antidepressants to Kick In

Image: My Room at Beau Rivage by Henri Matisse

My Room at Beau Rivage by Henri Matisse

The key words here are indulge yourself. Listen, you’re having enough trouble getting out of bed every day and going to work or school. You don’t need to push yourself. Think of yourself as an invalid recuperating from a very debilitating illness. You have to pamper yourself, body and spirit. This page is therefore all about “cocooning”, that is, wrapping yourself up in layers of comfort to protect yourself. Continue reading


Never, Ever Make a Major Life Change if You are Depressed

So let’s say that you’re dissatisfied with something about your life, and you’re thinking of making a big change. Your job isn’t satisfying, your marriage or relationship isn’t working out or maybe you don’t like where you live. You’re pretty sure there’s something better waiting for you if you change your circumstances.

If you’re feeling this way, stop! Don’t do it until you read this.

Is there any chance that you’re clinically depressed? The reason I’m asking is that one of the most useful guidelines about living through depression that I can give is this: Never, ever make a major life decision while you’re depressed. Continue reading


Depression Rarely Strikes on its Own

Image: Winter by Alphonse Mucha

Winter by Alphonse Mucha

I have clinical depression. I also have mild Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD). I always feel a little silly rattling off the laundry list of my mental illness disorders. It makes me feel like I should add “hypochondriac” to the list as well.

My depression was far more severe and disrupted my life (prior to treatment) more than ADD and OCD. But both these disorders also had an impact on my life. In particular, the ADD was a problem when I was a child. I had a lot of trouble focusing in class and could be easily distracted. The word “daydreaming” came up in many of my report cards. Because I wasn’t hyperactive, however, my behavior was never connected to ADD. This is the case with many girls, as ADD seems to manifest itself without the hyperactive component more often than not in them. Continue reading


Antidepressants Celexa, Lexapro Tied to Irregular Heartbeat: Study

HealthDay News — People taking certain antidepressants, including Celexa and Lexapro, may have a slightly increased risk of developing an abnormal heart beat.Researchers say the drugs, which are in a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors SSRIs, may extend the length of electrical activity in the heart, called a QT interval. A long QT interval is an indicator of abnormal heart rhythms."For people who are taking higher doses of citalopram Celexa or escitalopram Lexapro, they should discuss these doses with their doctors," said lead researcher Dr. Roy Perlis, director of the Center for Experimental Drugs and Diagnostics in the psychiatry department at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston."They should absolutely not just stop their medicine," he added.

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