JORDAN KARP, MD Everyone feels down, or “blue,” once in a while. The occasional blue feeling is a normal part of life. But feeling blue without relief can be a sign of what doctors call clinical depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. In 2016, an estimated 16.2 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode. Researchers believe that depression can be caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors. Depression can happen to anyone, but it most commonly occurs in adults. While clinical depression is a common problem for older adults, it is not a normal part of aging. Common reasons why older adults show signs of depression include the loss of loved ones and ongoing medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease and changes in memory. Chronic stressors like the loss of a job, … [Read more...] about Depression in Older Adults
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would appear to have a perfect life. His big-screen career is going gangbusters, he's one of the world's most famous professional wrestlers -- and, quite frankly, everybody loves him. But even The Rock has had his darker moments, including a struggle with depression, which he opened up about in an interview published Sunday (April 1) by British paper The Express. "Struggle and pain is real. I was devastated and depressed," he is quoted as saying. "I reached a point where I didn't want to do a thing or go anywhere. I was crying constantly." Talking while doing publicity for his upcoming film "Rampage," Johnson revealed that, as a 15-year-old, he witnessed his mother attempt suicide in the wake of their eviction from their apartment. "She got out of the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic," he said. "I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road" as cars and big rigs swerved to avoid hitting her. "What's … [Read more...] about Dwayne Johnson opens up about his battle with depression: report
"R.A.'s story is more than a story about baseball," 60 Minutes producer Rich Bonin told us. "It's a story about life." During R.A. Dickey's emotional 60 Minutes interview, the great knuckleball pitcher talked openly about the darkest moments of his life -- from the sexual abuse he suffered at age 8 to his depression and the extramarital affair that almost ended his marriage. In this week's 60 Minutes Overtime, you'll hear Dickey share something he's never discussed in public before: how close he came to ending his own life. "I got in a car and attached a garden hose to the tail pipe, ran it into the driver-side window and rolled the garden hose up in the window and packed a towel around the garden hose, so the monoxide couldn't leak out. And I had my hand right on the car key. And I was a second away from starting it up." Resources for sexual abuse victims from R.A. Dickey Dickey decided not to turn the key, but it took a near-drowning incident a few months later for the ball player to … [Read more...] about R.A. Dickey on the moment he hit rock bottom
Michael Phelps disclosed that he has battled severe anxiety and depression for much of his life which drove him to consider suicide after his success at the 2012 Olympics. Speaking at a mental health conference in Chicago on Tuesday, the 23-time Olympic gold medal winner talked openly about his long battle with crippling depression and is encouraging others to get help like he did. "After every Olympics I think I fell into a major state of depression," 32-year-old Phelps said. Phelps said he reached rock bottom following the 2012 Olympics in London where he won four gold medals and two silver. For four days he remained in his room without food or sleep. "I didn't want to be in the sport anymore," he said. "I didn't want to be alive." When he hit a low point in his depression, Phelps said, "You do contemplate suicide." Over the past two years Phelps has opened up about his struggles. Once again, Phelps said his depression and anxiety problems have been a staple of his … [Read more...] about Michael Phelps opens up about depression after 2012 Olympics
No, we won’t make a joke about the Patriots and deflation, but Super Bowl ticket prices could continue to drop over the next couple days. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) On Sunday, when the Minnesota Vikings still had a shot at becoming the first NFL team to advance to a Super Bowl played in its home stadium, ticket prices for the Feb. 4 game shot up to around $8,000 on average, according to secondary retailer TickPick, with the cheapest seat increasing to $5,700 after the Vikings went up 7-0 on the Philadelphia Eagles. The price was driven up by Minnesota’s long-suffering fans, who would not have to spend anything on Super Bowl travel and lodging and thus could spend a little extra on tickets themselves. At least that was the idea. The Eagles proceeded to score the final 38 points of the game to advance to the Super Bowl while despondent Minnesotans could instead budget their money toward something else, like intensive grief counseling. Super Bowl ticket prices sank … [Read more...] about When is the best time to buy Super Bowl tickets?