Consequences of delayed treatment of depression and other mental illnesses

first_img Consequences of delayed treatment of depression and other mental illnesses Angela D. Vickers The medical community has advanced greatly in its understanding of neuroscience and biochemistry over the last decade, with a resulting increase in knowledge of successful treatment strategies for members of the population suffering from mental illnesses, including depression.The recovery rates for mental illnesses can be as high as 80 percent when early diagnosis and proper medical treatment are provided. Because the public is not educated to recognize the symptoms of these illnesses early, the illnesses often go untreated. Even worse, for many people the symptoms predictably become more severe over time, the longer they remain untreated. What the medical community has observed, and what the remainder of the community needs to be informed of, is that the sooner proper medical help is sought, the greater the likelihood that the proper treatment will restore the person to health.We have a tendency to disregard mental illness symptoms, often attributing them to being a “normal” part of life. For example, many older Americans simply attribute their not feeling well to being a “case of the blues,” or what they assume to be normal aging. But when seniors believe the reason they have lost their energy, their interest in activities, and their ability to get a good night’s sleep is based in the aging process and normal, they do not typically seek medical treatment. Such a misperception can result in delays in seeking treatment, which will then result in delays in recovery due to lack of treatment or inappropriate treatment. Time is of the essence in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses. The failure of our seniors to seek and receive appropriate psychiatric care results in a less positive prognosis, and is one major factor in the increase in geriatric alcoholism and suicides.Among the entire population, as many as 50 percent of those with a mental illness turn to self-medication. The variety of substances used for self-medication can include legal options, such as alcohol and tobacco, through and including illegal drugs. Some people abusively use prescription medications. What these chemicals have in common is elevate the dopamine levels in the brain. Increasing dopamine works like an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication for many people. Although the person feels some temporary relief, these abused substances can be expected to make things worse over time. Because the brain is not receiving proper medication, the mental illness symptoms worsen. The person may rapidly develop an addiction problem. Addiction creates additional medical and legal complications. Co-occurring disorders, that is having problems with both mental illness and substance abuse, are common.Of those abusing illegal substances due to their failure to recognize their mental illness symptoms, many lose their jobs due to the mental illness and addiction problems. After losing their employment, coupled with the increasing expenses of a growing addiction habit, some turn to crime, such as theft or prostitution. Some find themselves incarcerated as a result of the crimes, when the underlying cause of the sequence may have been an untreated mental illness. In such cases, it is not adequate to merely punish the crime. However, finding the needed integrated treatment for both problems — untreated mental illness and substance abuse — is not common.An educated bench and bar will consider the medical nature of behaviors, and seek proper treatment, structuring sentences to promote recovery and health. An educated justice system will assist with re-entry programs which afford former inmates the opportunity to maintain wellness and to become self-sufficient. This will cost our nation less than the expense of repeated incarcerations. Mental illness is not a crime. Nationally, however, many more people with mental illnesses are found in our jails and prisons than are found in our state mental hospitals and other residential treatment facilities.Mental illness is a health problem with great legal, economic, and safety issues. Tragic and dangerous, mental illnesses are the preventable causes which lead thousands of people to suicide, or murder-suicides. The World Health Organization states that suicides cause more deaths every year than homicides or war.Suicide is the third leading cause of death in America’s teens, yet we are still not teaching our students about mental illnesses. One of the saddest facts is that studies show that 95 percent of all suicides are the result of untreated, or improperly treated, depression or bipolar disorder. If students were properly educated to recognize the symptoms of such mental illnesses, particularly depression and bipolar disorder, these statistics could be altered. Medical science has documented that an 80-90 percent recovery rate can be expected when such mental illnesses are diagnosed promptly and medicated properly and faithfully.The statistics regarding the risk of suicide are staggering. The statistics on depression and bipolar combined indicate that 11percent of the population will suffer from one of these illnesses at some point during their lifetime. An estimated 15 percent of those not properly treated for depression will kill themselves. It is thought that many more attempt suicide, and fail. Even in failure, many people do great damage to their property, their careers, their bodies, and their families. This places a great economic and emotional burden on our society. With bipolar it is estimated that 20 percent of those who are not properly medicated will take their lives. Accurate public education about these illnesses and about recovery is urgently needed. Angela D. Vickers is a mental health advocate and educator, and a member of the Bar’s Quality of Life and Career Committee. She also was named the national recipient of the 2004 Clifford Beers Award of the National Mental Health Association. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at June 1, 2005 Regular News Consequences of delayed treatment of depression and other mental illnesseslast_img read more

Raiders mailbag: Where will the Raiders call home in 2019?

first_imgThe City of Oakland filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Raiders and NFL, which you can read all about right here. The most important thing to know is the lawsuit jeopardizes the Raiders’ 2019 season in Oakland since their current lease with the Oakland Coliseum ends after this season.So where might the Raiders play their final season before heading to Vegas? At this point it’s anybody’s guess, but it’s a topic we’ll discuss in this week’s mailbag, along with Reggie McKenzie’s potential …last_img read more

High Court notice to MP Pragya Thakur

first_imgThe Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday issued a notice to BJP Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur on a petition challenging her election to the Lok Sabha, the petitioner’s lawyer said. The petition seeks to set aside her election on the grounds that she allegedly adopted “corrupt practices” and whipped up communal passions during the campaign. Rakesh Dixit, a journalist, has filed the petition in his capacity as a voter registered in Bhopal.Advocate Arvind Shrivastava, his lawyer, said Justice Vishal Dhagat served the notice to Ms. Thakur on Thursday and sought response within four weeks.During the Lok Sabha poll campaign, Ms. Thakur violated Section 123 (3) (seeking votes on the basis of religion) of the Representation of the People Act, the petition claimed.‘False statements’She also made false statements against her rival and Congress candidate Digvijaya Singh which violated Section 123 (4) (making false and defamatory statements about another candidate) of the Act, the lawyer added.last_img read more

10 months agoAlex Sandro signs new deal with Juventus

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Alex Sandro signs new deal with Juventusby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlex Sandro has signed a new deal with Juventus to 2023.The deal is reportedly worth €5m-a-year.”I thank all the people who helped me arrive where I am today,” wrote Alex Sandro on Instagram.“I am very happy to continue being part of the Juventus family.”The agreement puts the full-back in the top 10 for Serie A salaries, on a par with Juventus teammate Emre Can. last_img read more

10 months agoMan City boss Guardiola ponders loan move for ‘awesome’ Sandler

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola ponders loan move for ‘awesome’ Sandlerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola is delighted with the progress of Philippe Sandler.Former PEC defender Sandler was on the bench for this week’s Carabao Cup quarterfinal win over Leicester City.”We were planning to take him on tour for preseason, but unfortunately he came to us with injuries,” said Guardiola.”He has started training again in recent months and I have to say that he played’s awesome with the youngsters. It is not easy if you go back to a second team or a team of youngsters, but he has helped his teammates a lot and that says a lot. “We will now decide what is best for him, for the club and for his future perspective.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoFred confident he can make it with Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fred confident he can make it with Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFred is confident he can make it with Manchester United.Fred emerged for his first league appearance of the campaign against Leicester earlier this month and has started two of the last three games but is yet to line up in a league fixture.Sources close to Fred have told the Manchester Evening News they view his first year in England as one of ‘adaptation’, since the Brazilian was taken aback by the demands of the Premier League after five years with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League. Fred has already made arrangements to do extra conditioning to prepare him for a season where United could play over 60 matches.The differences between Ukrainian and English football have been described as ‘notorious’ and Fred, despite his experience, is understood to have found the day-to-day routine at United much harder than he experienced in the Ukraine or Brazil. last_img read more

8 days agoINSIDER: Juventus have beaten Barcelona for Velez Sarsfield teen Matias Soule

first_imgINSIDER: Juventus have beaten Barcelona for Velez Sarsfield teen Matias Souleby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have beaten Barcelona to a deal for Argentine teen Matias Soule.The Velez Sarsfield whiz has been likened to Barca star Lionel Messi.However, local reporter Gianluca Poggi told, “Soulé will sign for Juventus at the end of the year. “He’s a good player, left-sided, able to play as a playmaker, but also on the left side. “He has a good technique and a good sense of purpose.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Police investigating after 200 frozen turkey pot pies taken from Ontario church

first_imgINGERSOLL, Ont. – Police are trying to find whoever stole 200 frozen pies from a church in an Ontario community.Investigators say the individual portion size turkey pot pies were taken from a church in Ingersoll, Ont.They say the theft was reported on Wednesday and occurred between May 15 and May 21.The pies were stored in a freezer on the second level of the church.last_img

Bucks use losses to their advantage

When a team is dominating opponents in basketball, the best thing for it to do to maintain its edge is … lose?That’s right. Losing can be very beneficial to a team that gets too comfortable winning easily.In women’s basketball, some teams have been able to go undefeated and win a national championship, but that is not common. Connecticut is the only team to do so in the last seven years, winning it all while remaining unbeaten last season. Not including Connecticut, championship teams have an average of three losses in each of the last seven years.Ohio State women’s basketball has made it into the NCAA Tournament each of the last seven seasons. Of those appearances, two have resulted in Sweet 16 berths, their deepest runs in the tournament over that span.These seasons occurred in ‘05, with four losses recorded, and ’09, with five losses. Those seasons compare very similarly to this season in the loss column, both in how the team lost and in number. They lost to Duke, a ranked team, after having a big win against California, ranked No. 15 at the time. Their losses against Purdue and Indiana came after a big win against Michigan and a blowout win over Minnesota.Last year’s team won the remainder of its games after two in-conference losses. This year’s team lost two games at about the same point in the year and is doing everything it can to not lose again.Center Jantel Lavender was so intent on improving after the loss to Purdue that coach Jim Foster said she stayed an hour after practice working to get better.“I hate to have a loss to have to learn something or go through ironing out team differences or ironing out little tweaks or minor things that can change the outcome of a game,” Lavender said. “It’s really frustrating to have to go through losing a game and … bringing a lot of things to light that you can really take care of before a loss happens in a game where it can be the difference between winning and losing.”Following the loss at Indiana, the team was more focused than ever. Every answer that players or coaches gave reporters involved improving the team and becoming better players.“We just know that there are things that we need to change and focus in on … we’re making sure we’re doing what we need to do,” center Andrea Walker said. “Attention to detail. We watch ourselves on film and see things we should have done and things that we weren’t doing right.”Since the team lost two of three games a couple weeks ago, it has won both of its games against Iowa and Penn State. More importantly, the Buckeyes are looking like the team that began the year 20-1 by scoring more than 80 points a game and having a sizeable advantage in rebounds.All of this improvement — and it only took two losses that shocked the focus right back into the team. read more