In their 70th year of running, the World Health Organization is announcing this year’s campaign theme “Depression: Let’s Talk.” For more details about the theme, read this blog post by Dr. Victor Schwartz of the JED Foundation.
The TED Radio Hour recently did a show on our “headspace,” the most powerful emotions from stress to despair. The installment of the podcast sought to “challenge assumptions about emotion, disquiet and the essence of well-being.”
Recently, in his memoir Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen disclosed his battle with depression. In doing so, he joins the list of celebrities who have struggled against mental illness, including: Beyoncé, Eric Clapton, Kurt Cobain, Sheryl Crow, Janet Jackson, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, John Lennon, Alanis Morissette and Brian Wilson.
Despite all of the positive emotions and experiences the school year brings, transitioning from summer back to school is a stressful time for everyone. Because of this, maintaining your behavioral health is key to success in all parts of your life during the school year.
The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh is adding a new inpatient unit for children with “urgent behavioral health needs who also have a chronic or complex medical condition and/or developmental disability.” The expansion project will be led by Aileen Peralta Oandasan, MD.
LEAD Pittsburgh’s Zersha Munir reports on different aspects of coffee houses including community, lifestyle, social interaction, and health, all framed by the concept of “the third place.” Read the article here.
Walk and talk therapy is a unique approach to the classic therapy style. Instead of talking to a therapist while sitting in an office, walk and talk therapy allows patients to be more active, combining the benefits of exercise with the benefits of therapy. Sessions are conducted outdoors or in an indoor walking facility.
The US Preventative Services Task Force recently came out with new recommendations which suggest that adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 get routinely screened for depression by their primary care provider. This parallels the measures currently in place for adults. With teen depression affecting so many, these new guidelines are a welcome step in the direction of integrating physical and behavioral health. To read more, see the articles below:
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