Some of the jobs most at risk for suicide and depression are the most important to society
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Some of the jobs most at risk for suicide and depression are the most important to society. Here’s a rundown of mental-health risks for doctors, childcare workers, first responders, and more.
Suicide rates across the country are the highest they’ve been since World War II, according to TIME, and depression among millennials is at a high. US employees are increasingly pointing to work as a source of mental health stress, with more than half of workers saying their job contributed negatively to their mental health.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations.
Gary Gulman Used Electroconvulsive Therapy to Treat His Depression — and It’s Not as Scary as It Sounds
“It used to be called electroshock therapy, but they felt that wasn’t quite horrifying enough. ‘If we could underscore the writhing…’ ” he jokes in his new HBO documentary, The Great Depresh.
But Gulman, 49, agreed to do it — and it worked. After three sessions he was no longer shaking from his anxiety, and by 10 sessions he felt his depression — which had left him suicidal at times — lifting.
ECT is often misunderstood, but it has significantly improved over the years, says Dr. Sarah Lisanby, a psychiatrist and researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health.
Depression hits home hard, but resources remain few
Free Clinic Executive Director Dorren Brown said the clinic has more than 4,500 patients on the books and sees about 900 patients every year; about 30 new patients enroll each month. Depression has consistently been the third-most common diagnosis since the clinic opened its doors in 2007. (The most common diagnosis is high blood pressure and the second is diabetes, mostly type II.)
Brown said the clinic’s staff does all it can to help patients dealing with depression—and assistance goes beyond prescribing antidepressants or other medications. She said staffers have been known to go through the want ads with patients depressed because they’re out of work, and clinicians have helped some of them adjust their diet so they can get a boost from vitamins that improve their state of mind.
Five-Minute Injection May Offer an Effective Option for PTSD
- Potential for abuse and misuse. Consider the risks and benefits of using SPRAVATO™ prior to use in patients at higher risk of abuse. Monitor for signs and symptoms of abuse and misuse (5.3).
- Increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in pediatric and young adult patients taking antidepressants. Closely monitor all antidepressant-treated patients for clinical worsening and emergence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. SPRAVATO™ is not approved for use in pediatric patients (5.5).
Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Adolescents and Young Adults: In pooled analyses of placebo-controlled trials of antidepressant drugs (SSRIs and other antidepressant classes) that included adult and pediatric patients, the incidence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in patients age 24 years and younger was greater than in placebo-treated patients. SPRAVATO™ is not approved in pediatric (<18 years of age) patients.
Monitor all antidepressant-treated patients for clinical worsening and emergence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, especially during the initial few months of drug therapy and at times of dosage changes. Counsel family members or caregivers of patients to monitor for changes in behavior and to alert the healthcare provider. Consider changing the therapeutic regimen, including possibly discontinuing SPRAVATO™ and/or the concomitant oral antidepressant, in patients whose depression is persistently worse, or who are experiencing emergent suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
Narcissism is a dark trait, but it may protect against stress and depression, study suggests
BELFAST, Ireland – Narcissism — one of the three malevolent personality traits which comprise the “dark triad” in psychology — may actually have certain protective benefits against stress and depression, according to research from two studies out of the School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.
“Individuals high on the spectrum of dark traits, such as narcissism, engage in risky behaviour, hold an unrealistic superior view of themselves, are overconfident, show little empathy for others, and have little shame or guilt,” explained lead researcher, Dr. Kostas Papageorgiou, who is an assistant professor of psychology and director of the InteRRaCt lab in the School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast.
“Dark traits, such as narcissism, should not be seen as either good or bad, but as products of evolution and expressions of human nature that may be beneficial or harmful depending on the context,” Papageorgiou says.“This move forward may help to reduce the marginalisation of individuals that score higher than average on the dark traits. It could also facilitate the development of research-informed suggestions on how best to cultivate some manifestations of these traits, while discouraging others, for the collective good.”