Tuesday July 19 marked the first anniversary of President Obama signing an Executive Order to protect our public seas and the jobs and communities that depend on their health. So where are we one year out?
Unfortunately, much of the depression in the elderly goes unrecognized, and therefore untreated, by medical professionals. Many caregivers think depression is a normal part of the aging process, but it is not.
Americans are stressed out, and seeking treatment for anxiety and depression in record numbers. Experiencing all of those bad feelings each day leads us to consume more and more high-calorie junk food.
You don't mean to be grumpy. But darn it, you are miserable in the oppressive heat, your kids are home for 90 consecutive days, and you are don't have the stamina to pretend you are giddy that summer has arrived. Sound familiar?
While it may be a by-product of women more comfortable talking about their emotions or showing depression differently than men (and as such being diagnosed more often) there is a gender gap in depression between men and women.
My client had started going to meditation classes and liked them, but he was still feeling terribly depressed. Then, as suddenly as it was unexpected, he confessed to me that he had had several affairs during the course of his marriage.
The good news for older adults is that, contrary to common belief, depression is not a normal or inevitable outcome of aging. But the ageist expectation that it is frequently results in failure to take steps to overcome it.
I recently returned from a whirlwind trip to South Africa, where I spoke about microlending, financial independence, and women's empowerment to more than 1,000 women during meetings held in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
Ellie Zuehlke and her husband had expected the birth of their long-awaited first child to be one of the happiest moments of their lives -- until, somehow, it wasn't. Instead, Ellie experienced severe postpartum depression.