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    NAMI StigmaBuster Alert February 2010

    ***********************NAMI StigmaBuster Alert*********************** Voices for Change Make sure to read the latest edition of NAMI's Advocate e-newsletter(http://www.nami.org/AMTemplate.cfm?Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=89806), which has two major stories on the fight against stigma.The annual "Voice Awards" honor both Hollywood heroes and individuals living withmental illness who are speaking out for change. One of this year's honorees is Emmyaward-winning actress Glenn Close who last month launched the BringChange2Mindcampaign (http://www.bringchange2mind.org/) to fight stigma-through public serviceannouncements (PSAs) that are now being shown to millions on television networks.Find out also about what Close really thinks about the role she played in the movieFatal Attraction 20 years ago, which continues to be controversial.Shuddering About Shutter Island?Stigmabusters are on alert over two…

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    Feeling Blue? S.A.D.? There’s Plenty That You Can Do Without A Prescription!

    Feeling blue?  S. A. D.? There’s plenty you can do without a prescription     Some 3 million Americans have a mild form of depression called dysthymia . Recent research suggests that they may benefit more from lifestyle changes than from medication. So, too, will the vast majority of folks who suffer occasional doldrums. The best remedies for mild sadness? Happy actions, not happy pills. Set your body in motion. Getting active for 30 minutes a day five days a week can alleviate chronic sadness as effectively as antidepressants , according to a study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Even a brisk, 15-minute walk “can improve your mood…

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    Routine Mental Health Screening Can Identify Mental Illness Early On

    Mental Health Screening      Mental illness is a significant problem for today’s adolescents, with major depressive disorder being a particularly disabling condition that is associated with serious long-term morbidity and risk for suicide.[1] The Institute of Medicine (IOM),[2] the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF),[3] and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend a mental health assessment for adolescents as part of routine medical care.[4] Through regular mental health checkups, teens at risk for suicide and serious disability from mental illness can be identified and offered effective treatment options that can eliminate or curtail lifetime disability.[2,5] Mental health checkups ensure that symptoms of illness are detected early when treatment…

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    Depression & Women

      Women are more depressed than ever and what can be done about it?  Nov 2009 – In her September 19th column, “Blue Is the New Black,” Washington Post columnist Maureen Dowd related the fact that, according to the General Social Survey, which tracks the general mood of Americans, and five other major studies around the world, women are getting gloomier while men are becoming cheerier. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? Not only do women have to deal with the “glass ceiling,” lower earning power and all the rest, but now there’s a rose-colored ceiling as well. The column goes on to deconstruct the possible reasons for women’s increasing unhappiness,…

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    Depression & Women

      Women are more depressed than ever and what can be done about it?  Nov 2009 – In her September 19th column, “Blue Is the New Black,” Washington Post columnist Maureen Dowd related the fact that, according to the General Social Survey, which tracks the general mood of Americans, and five other major studies around the world, women are getting gloomier while men are becoming cheerier. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? Not only do women have to deal with the “glass ceiling,” lower earning power and all the rest, but now there’s a rose-colored ceiling as well. The column goes on to deconstruct the possible reasons for women’s increasing unhappiness,…

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    Dark Chocolate Reduces Levels Of Stress Hormones

    Dark Chocolate Reduces Levels Of Stress Hormones New research suggests a palatable method to relieve stress involves regular consumption of dark chocolate. As an additional bonus, the chocolate may also improve cardiovascular health and supply benefits associated with antioxidants. In a clinical trial, investigators found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in the bodies of people feeling highly stressed. Everyone’s favorite treat also partially corrected other stress-related biochemical imbalances.

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    Can Americans Be Happier? A PBS Special

    Can Americans Be Happier? PBS has announced that a new series will air during the first week of the 2010 New Year that examines this question. This Emotional Life, a co-production of Vulcan Productions and the NOVA/WGBH Science Unit, unfolds across three, two-hour episodes, exploring the nature of the social relationships that are the key to our human happiness; the obstacles to happiness, negative emotions, which we can’t live with and can’t live without; and the sometimes misguided pursuit of happiness itself.  Each episode weaves together the compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest in brain science research, along with revealing comments from celebrities such as Chevy Chase,…

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    Can Americans Be Happier? A PBS Special

    Can Americans Be Happier? PBS has announced that a new series will air during the first week of the 2010 New Year that examines this question. This Emotional Life, a co-production of Vulcan Productions and the NOVA/WGBH Science Unit, unfolds across three, two-hour episodes, exploring the nature of the social relationships that are the key to our human happiness; the obstacles to happiness, negative emotions, which we can’t live with and can’t live without; and the sometimes misguided pursuit of happiness itself.  Each episode weaves together the compelling personal stories of ordinary people and the latest in brain science research, along with revealing comments from celebrities such as Chevy Chase,…

  • Therapy

    Therapy Benefits Depression, Anxiety

     Therapy Benefits Depression, Anxiety A new study hopes to inform policymakers on the benefits of improving access to psychological therapy for individuals experiencing depression and anxiety. The UK investigation reviewed the effectiveness of an ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)’ program in a group of patients referred for treatment for depression or anxiety under Doncaster Primary Care Trust. The results are published in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology.

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    Therapy Benefits Depression, Anxiety

     Therapy Benefits Depression, Anxiety A new study hopes to inform policymakers on the benefits of improving access to psychological therapy for individuals experiencing depression and anxiety. The UK investigation reviewed the effectiveness of an ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)’ program in a group of patients referred for treatment for depression or anxiety under Doncaster Primary Care Trust. The results are published in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology.