Mental Health Awareness Month: Depression
Listen insteadBy Dr. Jose E. IgoaDHR Health Behavioral HospitalAlthough often associated with sadness, depression is a mood disorder that goes beyond normal sadness. Depression can make it difficult to complete daily responsibilities, including responsibilities with work and school, and affect relationships with family and friends. There are no single causes of depression; however, several factors may contribute to depression, including major life changes, genetics, trauma, and drug or alcohol use. There are treatment options available for depression; some treatment options can include medication, talk therapy, or a combination of both. If you believe you may be experiencing depression, speak with your healthcare provider for more information.myrgv.com
How to cope with depression after COVID-19 diagnosis
The pandemic has created a mental health crisis. There’s been a surge in the need for therapy sessions. And now that more people are facing a diagnosis for the first time, it’s sparking a feeling of defeat that psychologists are noticing among specific groups who catch COVID.
National Depression Screening Day: Who should get screened for depression? What are the treatment options available?
By: Dr. Jose E. Igoa, DHR Health Behavioral HospitalAlthough everyone experiences sadness from time to time, depression is much more than occasional sadness. Regular depression screenings are beneficial and can help identify any potential symptoms. A depression screening cannot provide a diagnosis of depression, but it can be the first step towards receiving treatment. If a depression screening indicates that you may have depression or if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, it is important to speak with your health care provider to discuss options. Depression can be treated and there are many treatment options available.myrgv.com
Beyoncé's pastor Juanita Rasmus tells her own story of surviving depression
Depression can literally cause you to question what’s the reason for living. This is a challenge Pastor Juanita Rasmus faced head-on. How do I want to serve the world? How do I want to be present to those I love and to those who love me?" Connect with author and pastor Juanita Rasmus
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In thirteen previous elections to represent the 18th Congressional District, the opponents of U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D) 18th, have averaged 19% of the vote. Jackson Lee says she’s worked hard to keep her job. Abbott’s order to cut number of mail in ballot sites--Election Security & a HOUSTON NEWSMAKERS EXTRA**Crime Stoppers Celebrates 40 Years! It’s been an amazing journey for Crime Stoppers of Houston. Rania Mankarious is CEO of Crime Stoppers of Houston.
Ways to tell if your teen is struggling with anxiety, how to help
“Teens have been very resilient during this time.,” said Ashley Bryant from Therapy in Color. However, Bryant said a lot of teens hide feelings of depression and anxiety from their parents. Here are ways to determine if your teen is struggling:Harmful self talkBryan warned about some big red flags that include noticing “drastic behavior changes or they start talking about themselves in a more negative way... or if they start talking about self-harming." Boys may be aggressive while girls may express more emotions“Sometimes with boys it can be difficult for them to express their emotions," Bryant said. There are several online services that match your teen to a licensed professional counselor.
Can probiotics help with depression? New research suggests a link
A new review of medical literature has suggested that probiotics -- foods or supplements containing microbes thought to exert a positive influence on our gut -- could help ease depression. "So while this systematic review of the research literature supports the notion that pre and probiotics may be helpful for people with anxiety and depression, more research is needed. The researchers from the University of Brighton and Croydon University Hospital in the United Kingdom looked at 71 studies published between 2003 and 2019 that looked at how probiotics, and prebiotics, compounds that help probiotics flourish, may help adults with depression and/or anxiety disorders. "Although these published studies claim to show some benefits of probiotics on depression, we have no idea whether there were other studies which showed no effect which were not published," he told the SMC. The studies in the review looked at 12 probiotic strains, primarily Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Bifidobacterium bifidum.