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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Depression In The News: NIMH Offers Booklet About Depression

Depression in the news

If you are on the Internet visiting GOOGLE news or Yahoo news and search the term "depression," then you will see many current news articles about depression. For example:
And over the past week, many articles were written covering the suicide of Matthew Warren, who, according to his parents, suffered from depression.

What should family members do if they feel their loved one is suffering from depression?

Many parents, spouses, siblings or even friends often conclude that their loved one might be suffering from depression; however, they don't know for sure and frequently want to read more about depression and the symptoms of depression. They also want to know what steps to take when seeking help for their loved one. Their search for help might include trying to find a "handbook" about depression.

National Institute of Mental Health offers a detailed booklet about depression

Today as we were doing some research we came across a small article about the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) offering a free booklet that describes depression symptoms, causes, and treatment, with information on getting help and coping.

We want to provide a link to the free PDF version of this booklet. You can download the booklet and print it; or, you can "bookmark" the link to this booklet and save it in your "favorites" to have available should you need to know more.  This booklet contains detailed information about:
  • What is Depression?
  • What are the different forms of depression?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of depression?
  • What illnesses often co-exist with depression?
  • What causes depression?
  • How is depression diagnosed and treated?
  • How can I help a loved one who is depressed?
  • How can I help myself if I am depressed?
  • Where can I go for help?
  • What if I or someone I know is in crisis?

Whiteside Manor offers a dual diagnosis, co-occurring disorder treatment track

When a person is affected by both psychiatric illness and chemical dependency, they are suffering from co-occurring conditions, known as Dual Diagnosis. Psychiatric illness and chemical dependency affect an individual physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually. Whiteside Manor offers a residential treatment program that takes the complete individual in mind. Our Dual Diagnosis Services focus on mental health recovery and chemical dependent recovery issues that may be afflicting an individual.

The primary presenting problem of those served is substance abuse with a mental disorder/ illness secondary. Services include therapy groups made up of similarly situated dually diagnosed clients. Groups are low-impact, highly supportive and non-confrontational. Psychiatric services are provided, as are medication monitoring. Clients learn about their dual disorders, the symptoms and techniques for relapse prevention for both disorders.

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