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Jan 31
2011

Myths and facts about depression

Posted by jfrancis in therapy , sad , myths , medical , MD , lifestyle , illness , help , health , 

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depression"Depression", this term is not uncommon. Through resources such as stories, articles and books we are constantly exposed to ideas about depression, like what causes depression. How to treat depression. What demographic is most likely to be affected by depression. The information load is staggering! Now many of you may be thinking that having all this information is a good think, well not necessarily. Having all this information would be a good thing, great actually, but only if we knew for a fact that all the information we have is true. Because depression is such a largely discussed topic and many people have given in their own ideas and inputs, whether they be factual or not, it is hard to discern what is truth and what is myth.

Below is a list of ideas about depression that people have been throwing around, and whether they are fact or myth.



Jun 30
2010

Battlefield Psychiatric Meds: An Untold Crisis

Posted by Hartzy in sleeping pills , PTSD , Military , Antidepressants , anti-anxiety

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It’s hard for our soldiers, many of whom are even under drinking age, to deal with battlefield stress.  Most of these soldiers are still kids in the sense that they’re fresh from high school.  On top of that, they grew into early adulthood during our current prescription drug boom.  The military, just like the public, is now more prone to medicating soldiers as psychiatric treatment.  In Iraq and Afghanistan, however, the current situation has infantry soldiers, usually in the thick of the action, under medication but not receiving any sort of counseling as civilians would.  This potentially creates a dangerous mixture of intoxication, high emotions, and firearms.  In other words, the effects of such haphazard treatments could blow up into a PR nightmare for the US military. 

US Army data shows that about 12% of combat troops in Iraq are under medication and about 17% of those in Afghanistan receive treatment as well.  Most troubling, is the negative stigma associated with receiving mental health help, which ultimately may point to these figures being grossly underestimated.