Depression Doesn’t Happen Just In the Winter. S.A.D.

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Here’s What to Know About Summertime Sadness (S.A.D.)

June 5, 2018 – While classic winter S.A.D. is confusing, summer SAD is even trickier. By most estimates, between 5% and 10% of the U.S. population experiences S.A.D.,,Seasonal Affective Disorder.  But only a small portion of Americans, somewhere around 1% of the total population, have flare-ups in the summertime, says Dr. Norman Rosenthal, a SAD expert and a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Whenever it occurs, SAD can be a difficult condition to diagnose. It’s defined as major depression that follows a seasonal pattern for at least two years, according to the National Institutes for Mental Health. But since it’s a subtype of @depression, rather than a completely distinct condition, it can be hard to tell whether symptoms such as dips in mood and energy, sleep issues, feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, changes in appetite and difficulty concentrating point to SAD or another type of depression. It can also be difficult to distinguish between true SAD and the less severe “winter blues.”

 

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Eat, Smoke, Meditate

 

Why Your Brain Cares How You Cope

 

Alice G. Walton, Contributor

 

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Most people do what they have to do to get through the day. Though this may sound dire, let’s face it, it’s the human condition. Given the number of people who are depressed or anxious, it’s not surprising that big pharma is doing as well as it is. But for millennia before we turned to government-approved drugs, humans devised clever ways of coping: Taking a walk, eating psychedelic mushrooms, breathing deeply, snorting things, praying, running, smoking, and meditating are just some of the inventive ways humans have found to deal with the unhappy rovings of their minds.

But which methods actually work?

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Early stage Alzheimer’s: Making the connection

February 3, 2008 6:02 AM

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories focusing on the different stages of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia through one family’s eyes leading up to the Alzheimer’s Town Meeting on Feb. 28.

This week: The early stage

Her mom was quite a character, then again she was an actress. Lorraine Jackson performed in nightclubs in New Hope and New York City. She appeared in summer stock productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals.

For years she worked in the restaurant business — in the kitchen as a waitress and handling the financial accounts. In her 70s, she had a job as a bookkeeper for a local hotel and restaurant.

That’s why Marjorie Jackson found it strange that every time she visited her mom, the apartment looked more in disarray. All her life, mom kept a meticulous house. Now, in the kitchen there was evidence of small grease fires.

“Which was unimaginable to me,” said Marjorie, 41, of Yardley. “We were restaurant people. She knew the kitchen like the back of her hand.”

Marjorie sensed something was wrong, but six years passed before she learned what it was. Her mom, now 78, had dementia, most likely Alzheimer’s disease.

A 2007 National Institute on Aging study suggests that one in seven Americans over age 71 have dementia and most have Alzheimer’s disease, the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Those numbers are expected to rise as more baby boomers turn 65, the age when symptoms usually appear, though frequently go unnoticed.

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WHAT THE TOP EXPERTS SAY…..by MichaelBlue

Dec.  30, 2007  –  It’s one thing to read about the current research being done on depression. But it’s another experience altogether to actually hear the voices of the reigning experts. I want to recommend a one-hour audio program that was well worth the money I spent. (I have no financial or other link to the product!) I just want to say that I found this so refreshing and enriching to listen to.

 

Essentially, a half dozen of the most-acclaimed depression experts in the U.S. – from Stanford’s Robert Sapolsky to Yale’s Ronald Duman to Harvard’s Peter Kramer — got together last year to talk about the latest studies involving the brain. Also, journalist Virginia Heffernan provided an extremely stirring description of what it was like for her to experience depression – an account that I think all of us can definitely relate to — and how her getting better from an anti-depressant made her convinced that her depression was biologically-based. Among other things, she describes how simple things like taking a shower or buying a ticket at a movie theatre are transformed into desperate all-encompassing acts. Continue Reading →