Hey, everybody. Check out this fact: about 16 million people in the United States will experience an episode of depression every year. That’s about 7% of the population. By some estimates, depression is in the top 3 causes of disability (source: World Health Organization).
To help us learn a bit more about this condition, I asked my colleague Dr. Eduardo Colón to be my in-studio guest on last Sunday’s Healthy Matters broadcast. It was a great show! Dr. Colón is the Chief of Psychiatry at HCMC and he has been on the show a few times over the years. This is terrific since you will not find a wiser and kinder psychiatrist than he. I really encourage you to listen to the podcast so you can hear Dr. Colón explain things much better than I can in this written form.
You can learn more about Dr. Colón from this Minneapolis Star Tribune article which appeared shortly after he was named Chief of Psychiatry. He gives an insider perspective on mental health care in our community that is worth a read.
I’ll use this blog post as a written companion of sorts for the audio podcast of that radio show. I’ll try to encapsulate a few topics from the show and include some links for more information.
First of all, download the audio podcast here to listen to whenever you want. Once at the podcast site, select Healthy Matters show #475, February 11, 2018).
A wealth of information on depression
Here’s what Dr. Colón covered on the show, and you can click the links to jump to specific topics that interest you.
- How common is depression?
- How is depression diagnosed?
- What is seasonal affective disorder?
- What are treatments for depression?
- Brief comments about suicide. Includes crucial link to suicide assistance.
- Can depression be treated by primary care doctors or is a psychiatrist needed?
- The stigmatization of depression. This section includes a link to a powerful short essay by a medical student that I highly recommend you read.
- Depression and stressors in relationships in our political environment.
- Social media and depression.
- How to distinguish normal grief from clinical depression.
- Is there a hereditary risk for depression?
- Is there a link between acne medications and depression?
- How to get help for people in your life who may have depression. Important link to NAMI in this section.
- Does having money protect you from depression?
- Can you ever stop depression medications? If a maximum dose of an anti-depressant doesn’t work, what then?
- Is there a link between depression and heart problems?