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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Awareness is key to fighting depression; preventing suicides

By Meredith Cohn




With the holiday season comes an annual rise in suicides. What to be on alert for and what to do

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Dr. Meena Vimalananda, medical director of child and adolescent services at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore, calls depression a long and painful illness. She said the pain is deep and remains a source of shame for most people. But better understanding of the illness is leading to improved treatment outcomes.

Q: How do we tell depression apart from a "bad day?"

A: One bad day happens in most of our lives. Often, a series of bad days happen. When the bad days happen every day for weeks together, that should alert us to pay closer attention. Changes can be seen in three major areas of life, the interpersonal/home, the work/school and the social/play area. Young folks tend to be irritable. We need not to think, "That is how teenagers are!" Older people tend to withdraw and become less communicative. In the early stages, depressed people tend to get in more fights/disagreements with people with whom, usually, they get along. As depression worsens, they isolate themselves. Kids start to show less interest in school, and their grades tend to drop. Adults are just not as effective at their jobs and people start noticing that they are not all there. Youngsters start using drugs or drinking to feel better and be able to socialize, or lose interest in their earlier leisure activities. Adults tend to keep to themselves and often try to drown their sorrows in alcohol as well.

Q: How can we tell if they are suicidal?

A: By asking if they feel worthless, hopeless or like they wish they were not here or dead. Some people wish to "go to sleep and not wake up." We should never be afraid to ask, because if we do not ask, most people will not tell us. Do not worry about putting ideas into their heads. Either the ideas are there or they are not. Q: When should we seek medical attention? A: We should seek medical attention as soon as we feel some concern. If we are concerned, we should talk to our primary-care physicians for referral to a mental health professional who can evaluate and then inform us about actions needed. If we find that our loved ones have, indeed, put themselves in danger, we should not hesitate to take them to an ER. The earlier we intervene, the clearer the message to the one hurting that we are here to help even if they are not able to ask.

Q: How common are teen and adult depression?


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A: Teen depression is very common. Adolescent males have the second-highest suicide rate in the country, and a good half of them are accidents. Kids, often, do not know how far they can go, safely. Depression is very common in people in general. It is not clear if the incidence is rising. What has risen is people's awareness of it and of the need to intervene rather than to expect people to snap out of it. Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain. People may be genetically predisposed (there is a family history of depression), and when faced with overwhelming stress become overtly depressed.

With the fraying of the nuclear family and most homes having two working adults, all family members are more likely to miss those early signs of a downward slide, especially in the age of the video games and computers, when being isolated for hours on end is not unusual.

Q: How does treatment work?

A: There are many forms of treatment. Therapy or counseling is where a professional can help one sort through one's distress and realign supports/priorities/goals to reach a point of being able to function at one's potential. Studies have shown that for more severe or longstanding depression, therapy together with antidepressant medication produces the best results. There are several forms of interpersonal therapies used for specific presentations of depression, and professionals are specially trained for these. In the most extreme, treatment-resistant depressions, electroconvulsive therapy has been life-saving. Still newer forms of treatment have come into recent use but have yet to become mainstream approaches. At the core, the efforts are to reverse the chemistry in the brain that leads to depression in the first place.

Q: Are there different approaches to treating teens?

A: There are different approaches to treating teens, as a great deal of their distress and response to such tend to be determined by their social world and their place in it. The tragedies related to youth response to bullying shed much light on this subject. While adults may be able to get their strength from work and other interests, teens rely on each other for validation and support as they venture into the adult world. When that world spits on them, they feel crushed and crumble. For this reason, some schools run social skills groups so as to teach youngsters empathy for one another. While a lot of kids get bullied, some are more vulnerable than others, and this calls for the adults in their lives to be paying closer attention to them and talking to them every day, for at least a few minutes. For families, eating together is a great way to demonstrate verbal communication and help children learn to speak their thoughts so they can be heard effectively.

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