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MY April 2012 : Page 45

Symptoms of depression in women include: • Flat mood, feelings of guilt, hopelessness, worthlessness, sleep disturbances, decreased energy, weight changes, and difficulty concentrating. Interestingly, women and men have nearly opposite reactions when they are depressed. For example, when depressed, women blame themselves while men tend to blame others. Women tend to feel sad and nervous, while men feel agitated and angry. • • • • Psychotherapy Light therapy Adequate sleep Yoga/Meditation/Nutrition • Susie Kamen, LMSW is a social worker in private practice in Farmington Hills. She provides outpatient psychotherapy for adolescents and adults focusing on issues of self-esteem, substance abuse, crisis intervention, divorce recovery, motivational life strategies, parenting and mind/body/spirit development. Contact Susie at 248-788-7072. The World Health Organization estimates that nearly one million people die each year from suicide. Common myths about suicide: • People who talk about suicide will not do it…False – many people considering suicide make statements even jokingly. Talking about suicide may give someone the idea…False – being open to someone you think is depressed may be very helpful. Only young people think of suicide…False – the elderly population has one of the highest suicide rates. There is a proverb about an oyster which may help those suffering from depression reframe their thinking in a more positive manner: There once was an oyster whose story I tell, Who found that some sand had got into his shell. It was only a grain, but it gave him great pain. For oysters have feelings although they’re so plain. Now, did he berate the harsh workings of fate ? That had brought him to such a deplorable state ? ‘No,’ he said to himself as he lay on a shell, Since I cannot remove it, I shall try to improve it. Now the years have rolled around, as the years always do, And he came to his ultimate destiny stew. And the small grain of sand that had bothered him so Was a beautiful pearl all richly aglow ? Now the tale has a moral, for isn’t it grand What an oyster can do with a morsel of sand What couldn’t we do if we’d only begin ? With some of the things that get under our skin. The richest man, whatever his lot, Is he who is content with what he has got. -Lessons from an Oyster, Author Unknown, Source Unknown • • Typically this segment would feature women who are an inspiration and who have overcome depression. It was nearly impossible to pick just one person. There are numerous people that have publicly and privately battled and won the war against depression. It is a daily struggle for those who barely have the energy to get out of bed to get through the day and face their demons. As the snow melts, remember that there are many people of differing ages that will be suffering from lingering depression. If it is you, seek help. If it is someone you know, reach out and offer help—despite the discomfort it may require. TREATING DEPRESSION • Remember that you are not your depression. Depression is often a chemical imbalance and it is not who you are. Seek medical evaluation—many medical conditions may cause depression (thyroid, menopause, postpartum). Medication • • MY Magazine | 45

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