depression

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the 8th leading cause of death in San Luis Obispo County. This past week the County of San Luis Obispo, in partnership with the Suicide Prevention Council, made its draft Suicide Prevention Plan available for public review and comment. The Plan’s release comes at a critical time for promoting mental health and wellness after a year of COVID-19–associated stress. This Plan is the result of years of collaboration among community members, government agencies, and private and public organizations. It provides a framework of strategic aims, goals, and objectives that will work to guide prevention, intervention, and postvention support for those affected by suicide.

 

For over 40 years mental health care has been dominated by the theme that "there is a pill for that" - in treating everything from grief to paranoid schizophrenia. The results have been life-saving for some and life destroying for others. It's in the failures to provide relief that has forced the helping professions to search for new treatments.

Depression and anxiety continue to rise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the virus continues across the U.S. it has created a level of isolation not previously seen before. Fear for our health, and that of family and friends, financial strain, food shortages, and much more brought on by the pandemic, can bring extraordinary stress into our daily lives. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted in July 2020 found more than half of U.S. adults reported their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus, an increase of 20% from when the same question was asked in March 2020. 

Tara Niendam, Toby Ewing, "Statewide Learning Health Care Network and Evaluation of California's Early Psychosis Programs."

Last December, Brighid FitzGibbon’s son, Evan, entered a catatonic state. Acute psychosis had hit suddenly a few weeks earlier, toward the end of fall semester of his sophomore year at Bard College in upstate New York. Gripped by terrifying delusions, his body began to shut down.

There has been a great deal of writing, discussion and research in the past three decades around the topic of depression, and how we think about this distressing and prevalent mood disorder. What if everything we believe about depression is wrong, and everything we are doing to make it better is actually making it worse? And what if feeling depressed is actually our new normal—and feelings of joy, hope and happiness have become just fleeting experiences that we enjoy through certain times in our life? Tune in Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Broadcast date 8/30/16

There's been a lot of talk about the gut lately - and how relieving inflammation through lifestyle changes can also relieve depression and anxiety without medication, or even talk therapy. Could it really be so? Listen to a conversation with Psychiatrist Kelly Brogan, MD about the science behind mental health, her path from prescription writer/pill dispenser to holistic clinician, and her book - A Mind of Her Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. (Although it applies to men too!)

Vacation Rejuvenation

May 24, 2016

Broadcast date: 05/24/2016

Unused vacation time in America is at an all time high - coincidentally so are the rates of anxiety and depression. Taking time to get away and regroup is critical to our mental health and well- being. and is essential in maintaining our most important relationships. Listen for a conversation about the joys of family vacations and the importance of getting away together to stay together.