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Tuesday night, during the live show on 'Finding Hope for Treatment Resistant Depression,' HealthyPlace.com Medical Director, Dr. Harry Croft and our host, Gary, discussed some important information for those suffering from treatment resistant depression (TRD).
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Great advances have been made in the treatment of depression . The advent of SSRI's like Prozac continue to change the lives of millions. Unfortunately, a significant percentage of depression sufferers do not respond to antidepressant medication and modern psychotherapy either completely or partially and are still affected by sadness, disinterest in activities, and sometimes suicide.
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Imagine feeling your chest tighten and you cannot breathe. You know you're having a heart attack and you rush to the hospital only to be told there is nothing physically wrong with you. For many people suffering from panic attacks , these symptoms can be a commonplace occurrence. These anxiety attacks can be completely debilitating, preventing people from living normal lives or even going to work. Panic attacks accompany a wide range of other mental illnesses such as depression and agoraphobia .
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The National Institutes of Health has estimated that between 3-5 percent of all children suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) . The diagnosis of ADHD has never been without controversy.
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I want to thank all of you who tuned in to our show last night on families and addiction. A lot of time is spent discussing the addict and the addiction itself, but not enough time is spent on family and friends of the addict.
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According to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, over 23 million Americans suffer from an addiction to drugs or alcohol. We all know addictions can destroy the life of the addict, but what about the family? How can the family cope and support the addict without being co-dependant and feeding the addiction? Our topic for the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV show airing live, this Tuesday, March 31st is "Families and Addiction."
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The National Institute of Mental Health estimated that 26.2 percent of Americans suffered from a mental disorder in 2006. That is over one quarter of the adult population who needed help. Have you ever wondered if you might need help or suffer from depression or another mental illness ? Do you know where to find help? Our HealthyPlace TV Show, this coming Tuesday, March 24th is titled: "Reaching Out: How To Know If You Need Help and Where To Find It."
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I wanted to thank all of you for watching our show last night on "Soldiers and the Hidden Battle, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder." The show had some really great information for anyone affected by PTSD .
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Well over one million American troops have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. While many troops have given the ultimate sacrifice, many more soldiers may be closet casualties of the war; suffering from nightmares, flashbacks, aggression, and alienation from loved ones. They may not even be able to hold down a job. (See description of PTSD )
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Imagine being a cutter, self-injurer, for many years. Wanting to stop, even stopping off-and-on, but always returning to it. Our HealthyPlace TV Show, this coming Tuesday, March 10, is titled: "I am a self-injurer and I cannot stop." Our guest is Dana. You can read a bit more about her struggle with self-injury and see an intro video here.

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Laurie Box
My son is 34 and has lived alone in an apartment for 6 years now. His mental health diagnosis is schizoid personality disorder but he has paranoia and is hearing derogatory voices too. He is not able to drink due to court monitoring him so his mental health condition is more obvious than when he was drinking. I help him financially so that he can live alone. He recently asked me to leave him alone for a week. Reluctantly, I agreed not to text or visit. It is very hard for me since I constantly have him on my mind BUT with his request, comes a little "break" for me and for him. I will check in with him in a week and see what he thought of the break and how he is doing, It may continue and I may just be in touch weekly. For now, he seems to take care of things for himself but he doesn't go out much at all. I grocery shop because he feels everyone in public talks about him...It is always so difficult to know what TO DO and what NOT TO DO...He seems to be getting worse mentally but he is taking medication at the moment and seeing a counselor (due to court requirement). I am hopeful but have been through so much already that I have to be realistic and ready. I just found this website and like hearing from everyone. It somehow helps me feel better...I am truly not alone in this. I wish all of these people would get together and talk but their diagnoses keep them sheltered away...ugh...
George Abitante
Hi Lizanne,

Thanks for another great comment! I like the term "anchor" a lot - finding an anchoring activity that sets up the rest of your day for success is a great approach!

George
Lizanne Corbit
Welcome, August! It is a pleasure to see you in this forum. So looking forward to reading future posts from you. This was such a joyous statement to read: "Learning to appreciate how my brain functions was liberating." How liberating, indeed! Glad to have you here.
Lizanne Corbit
I think this is a beautiful reminder of everyone's process being unique to them. I also like to think that anxiety isn't necessarily something to "fix", our perception around it and interaction with it can be shifted so it's not a negative. The examples you provide for meditation and exercise are perfect because they are among the most common by far, well-meaning, but not necessarily helpful (or even harmful as you mention). We must keep these kinds of conversations in mind if we want to truly support one another, in the ways that are best for everyone.
Lizanne Corbit
This is all wonderful. I particularly love the note on "find your activity". This is a beautiful example of how something that seems so small can be the perfect anchor to ground us and build a routine around. Now more than ever, creating structure and routine is so beneficial. Excellent suggestions. Take care!