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Holidays Were Easier Last Year!

Like many of us, I’ve been thinking about the upcoming Holiday Season for 2021 and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our experience.  Holidays are joyous for some but not all.  It’s a season that’s tough to deal with when you’re depressed, fatigued, ill, uninterested in the busy-ness of the season and the smiles on other’s faces.  This is especially true if you have extended family or friends who expect you to join them in[…]

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Depression, burnout and suicide in healthcare workers

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, recognizing one of the greatest tragedies in the world.  Suicide is usually considered an impulsive act in a troubled person who sees no way to change his or her painful circumstances and happens when one’s deep emotional pain or stressor exceeds his ability to cope with that pain.  In 2017 it was reported that 47,173 persons committed suicide in the United States, with 1.4 million suicide attempts.  Overall, suicide[…]

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A New Concept in Mental Health: Difficult-to-Treat Depression

There’s a new concept in mental health: difficult-to-treat depression.  It’s intended to replace the concept of treatment-resistant depression, widely used for many years to capture those who experience a chronic and recurrent illness and don’t achieve sustained remission (complete relief of symptoms) despite adequate treatment.  One reason behind the new model is that the word “resistant” is thought to have negative connotations and suggests the person is to blame for being resistant to treatment efforts, which is[…]

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