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Resources for Facing Depression

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 9:52 AM

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Resources related to the Facing Depression coverage.

Risk factors: Having other biological relatives with depression, stressful life events, having a depressed mood as a child, illness such as cancer, heart disease, or Alzheimer’s, having recently given birth, long-term use of certain medications and certain personality traits, such as having low self-esteem.

Symptoms: Feelings of sadness, changes in sleep or diet, difficulty concentrating, lack of interest in activities, irritability and thoughts of death or suicide.

Treatments: Medication, psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

Depression is a serious medical illness affecting nearly 18 million Americans in any given year.

The World Health Organization estimates that by 2020, depression will be the leading cause of disability on the planet.

Depression occurs twice as frequently in women as in men for reasons that are not yet fully understood.

Between 80-90 percent of people diagnosed with major depression can be effectively treated.

Psychotherapy and medication are the two most common forms of treatment for depression.

National Hopeline Network 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE)
National Suicide Prevention Helpline 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)
Suicide Education Prevention Alliance 1-800-273-8255
211 United Way 2-1-1
The Nord Center 1-800-888-6161

Depression Associations and Resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness: NAMI’s support and public education efforts are focused on educating America about mental illness, offering resources to those in need, and insisting that mental illness become a high national priority.

National Institute of Mental Health wants to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure.

Mental Health America are individuals who have experienced and are seeking recovery from mental health problems or addictions.

University of Michigan Medical Center-Center for Depression is part of the University of Michigan Health System, one of the nation’s leading health care facilities, and is home to the nation’s first comprehensive Depression Center.

The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized world-wide. Its over 38,000 U.S. and international member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder.

The Journal of the American Medical Association Antidepressant Drug Effects and Depression Severity: A Patient-Level Meta-analysis.

The New England Journal of Medicine Deployment and the Use of Mental Health Services among U.S. Army Wives

The New England Journal of Medicine Morphine Use after Combat Injury in Iraq and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Local Resources

Cleveland Clinic Psychology and Psychiatry Department offers a full range of mental health and chemical dependency services for adults and children.

MetroHealth Department of Psychiatry is composed of mental health professionals from various disciplines and together, we provide outpatient, inpatient and consultation/liaison services for patients.

University Hospitals Pavillion Behavioral Health Services helps patients gain independence and control over their recovery from mental illness or substance dependence.

SUMMA Health System offers a wide range of psychiatric and medical treatment services and provides a full continuum of care for patients with behavioral health needs.

St. Vincent Charity Hospital is a model of urban healthcare - progressive, vital, meeting the changing needs of the community today and tomorrow.

National Alliance of Mental Illness Cleveland provides services to those with serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression and anxiety disorders through a variety of support and education programs.

Ohio Department of Mental Health works to assure access to quality mental health services for Ohioans at all levels of need and life stages.

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities is the statewide organization that represents the interests of all of Ohio’s county Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Boards at the state level.

Circle of Hope, a faith-based support group organized with the support of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Warrensville Heights. (216) 921-4075.

The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Service Providers is a trade association representing provider organizations throughout Ohio which provide behavioral health care services to their communities. 

Board of Cuyahoga County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services is responsible for the planning, funding and monitoring of public mental health and alcohol and other drug addiction services delivered to the residents of Cuyahoga County.

Lorain County Board of Mental Health is the local public agency that plans, funds, monitors and evaluates a system of services for residents with mental illness in Lorain County.

Mental Health Association of Summit County is part of a network of professionals and volunteers committed to improving our community’s understanding of the mental health spectrum; wellness to illness.

Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services is responsible for planning, funding, and evaluating Lake County Ohio’s mental health and recovery services.

The Earl and Doris Bakken Heart-Brain Institute at Cleveland Clinic promotes research and education related to heart-brain interactions to discover new treatments and cures for cardiovascular and nervous system disorders.

Beech Brook is committed to the care and healing of Cleveland’s most vulnerable children and families.

Recovery Resources is a 54-year old nonprofit agency with a mission of helping people triumph over mental illness, alcoholism, drug and other addictions.

Crossroads is a private, nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to providing a range of services to children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional, behavioral and substance abuse problems.

Passion for Change Breaking the stigma of mental illness.

Ask Children’s Teenage Depression.

Other PBS Programming

A Conversation with Kitty Dukakis about depression and electroconvulsive therapy.

This Emotional Life: Understanding our human natureTrustworthy information, thoughtful commentary, absorbing personal stories.

Minds on The Edge illuminates challenging ethical issues as well as systemic flaws in program and policy design, service coordination, and resource allocation. These problems are contributing to a mental health system that is widely acknowledged to be broken.

World Have Your Say: Should you be open about your mentail illness?

Exchange of Ideas - Suggestions from Listeners

Initial Severity and Antidepressant Benefits: A Meta-Analysis of Data Submitted to the Food and Drug Administration

The Americanization of Mental Illness


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