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Posts Tagged ‘depression’

Apr
07

 

          Depression affects approximately 19 million Americans, or 9.5% of the population in any given one-year period.  At some point in their lives, 10%-25% of women and 5%-12% of men will likely become Read more…

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Mar
11

          Every 100 minutes a teenager will commit suicide.  It is the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 14 and 25 in the United States.  Other shocking statistics taken from a recent survey of college and high school students by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) include the fact that 27% of high school students had thought seriously about killing themselves during the past year, and 8% had actually tried to kill themselves.  Further, 10% of U.S. college students admitted serious thoughts about suicide and 7% actually had a suicide plan.  Statistics also show Read more…

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Feb
22

          Obesity is the result of caloric imbalance (too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed) and is mediated by genetic, behavioral and environmental factors.  Childhood obesity is a major health problem worldwide and is increasing by the day.  It has more than tripled in the past 30 years.  The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008.  The prevalence of Read more…

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Feb
18

         

           Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).  Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects woman more than men. The disorder most commonly begins between ages 20 and 40.  MS is manifested by damage to the myelin sheath, the protective covering that surrounds nerve cells. When this nerve covering is damaged, nerve impulses are slowed down or stopped.  MS is a progressive disease, meaning Read more…

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Feb
05

 

            Ten years ago I practiced as a registered nurse in the field of in-patient and outpatient mental health.  The settings were both adult psychiatric units that dealt with a host of issues, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and phobia disorders, post-traumatic stress, schizophrenia, ADD, eating disorder, delirium, suicide attempts, etc.  It was truly a field of its own.  Mental health nursing can Read more…

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