Opinion: People Link Killing Rampages To PTSD Due To Colossal Misinformation

The alarming news of another military service member going on a shooting rampage killing and wounding other service members on a military base is unnerving. For us Latinos it is especially upsetting to know that Iván López, a Latino, perpetrated the recent Ft. Hood shooting. I do not care for highlighting a person’s ethnicity or culture in these tragic events, but I feel that I have a responsibility as a Latina, a veteran, and a mental health professional to state the obvious that others are already commenting on.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/opinion/2014/04/04/opinion-people-link-killing-rampages-to-ptsd-due-to-colossal-misinformation/

 

Newly Diagnosed? What You Need to Know About Depression

Depression is a serious, debilitating illness that’s also one of the most commonly-diagnosed mental disorders. When you’re first diagnosed, you may feel both relief (finally, a name for your pain) and overwhelmed (what the heck do you do next?).

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/02/01/newly-diagnosed-what-you-need-to-know-about-depression/

 

Are You Depressed? 7 Signs of Depression

Depression is now considered common, affecting about 340 million people worldwide. Although treatable, about half of all cases of depression go undiagnosed and unaddressed. Situational sadness is a typical and normal reaction to events, such as a recent loss, and is simply part of the human experience. Rather than suppress situational sadness, it is best to work through these periods with help from friends, psychotherapists or counselors. A more serious medical diagnosis is clinical depression – it can also be triggered by a recent loss or other sad event, but then grows out of proportion to the situation and persists longer than is appropriate, affecting emotional health. Clinical depression often requires other forms of treatment in addition to counseling and therapy.

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP04963/Are-You-Depressed.html