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Get Help for Depression: Class Begins in January


Winter weather, shorter days and even the holidays can bring on the action of withdrawal and feeling blue. But what if a friend or family member’s outlook and activities stay down for more than a few days, even weeks? This could be serious depression. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) describes depression as persistent feeling of sadness or anxiety, or loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities. (See the box for more symptoms.) Women experience depression twice as often as men; one in five women will develop it in their lifetime.

The most important thing you can do to help,” shares Ginny Gabel, RN, “Is to get your friend or loved one an appropriate diagnosis and treatment.” It may be necessary to make the appointment and come with the person to the doctor. Making a list of the symptoms you see to share with the provider will aid in getting the right treatment. And while counseling and medications are common treatments prescribed by providers, healthy natural behaviors will support the improvement. Healthy behaviors include nutrition, exercise and dealing with stress or grief.

An upcoming seminar, Depression Recovery, with video presentations by Dr. Neal Nedley, will show how to find the causes of depression and will focus on how to have optimum brain health, even for those with a genetic predisposition to mental illness. Participants will learn how to improve brain function, increase energy, boost concentration, engage in healthy sleep habits, improve physical performance and gain renewed hope. In addition to information on lifestyle and diet, this program will also cover the benefits and risks of psychiatric counseling and medications. Chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes can worsen with stress and depression, so it is important to get help instead of ignoring the signs of depression.

To find out more about the Depression Recovery seminar, bring a family member or friend to the information and registration session on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2610 First Street in Tillamook. The 8-week program begins Tuesday, January 17, at the same location. This seminar is facilitated by Dan Arthur, FNP, Coastal Health Center and Ginny Gabel, RN, Community Health Coordinator, Tillamook County General Hospital. For more information, call (503)-815-2270.

Signs of Depression:

  • Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
  • fellings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Restlessness, iriitability
  • Loss of energy and fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Changes in eating, too much or too little
  • Thoughts or talk of death or suicide, or attempts