As we head into the winter months it is not uncommon for episodes of depression to increase at this time of the year. Seasonal depression occurs to many individuals, but those who are aware and make lifestyle changes can reduce its impact.
Making sure you maintain a regular exercise routine, eating a well balanced diet (as well as considering a multivitamin) and getting outdoors as much as possible. However there are times when it is best to seek help. If you feel yourself slipping deeper into a depressive mood, especially if you find yourself withdrawing from your usual activities and/or friends, then it may be time to get help.
The first step is to contact your health provider to ask for a referral. Other options include contacting your local health department for information about mental health services and providers. Asking your local health center, religious organization, and community center are other places that may provide resources for mental health services.
There are now more online resources including online counseling. More and more health plans provide telemedicine services. Be smart about checking out these services in terms of length of counseling sessions, credentials of providers, and limitations of care.
In the last several months articles have been cropping up in the lay press about drug resistant bacteria (DRB). The problem occurs when an infection can not be adequately treated because the drugs available are not effective against the bacteria causing the infection. The current problem affecting 20 states in the US also stretches across the globe to the Middle East causing physicians in Tel Aviv angst as elaborated in USA Today
Health care providers, make your patients aware of this problem. Colleagues, stop prescribing antibiotics unnecessarily. Patients, stop asking us for antibiotics because you know it will make you feel better.
Every one of us needs to be aware, concerned and help in controlling this major problem in health care today.
Ever heard of this problem, Irritable Male Syndrom or IMS? I was educated by my sister who lives in Tampa, Florida. It is certainly not something that should be ignored.
According to Jed Diamond, IMS is a multi-dimensional problem that affects and is affected by hormonal, physical, psychological, emotional, interpersonal, economic, social, sexual, and spiritual changes. One of the reasons it is so difficult to understand and deal with is its complexity. In our 21st century world of high technology and specialization we tend to see problems in either or terms.
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