Deirdre Annice Golden

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Depression: A silent killer?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every 13.3 minutes another person dies from suicide, which is the 10th leading cause of death in America. Robin Williams had been very public about his long struggle with depression and substance abuse, and we all felt a great sadness when he recently took his own life. A statement from the Association of Suicidality is as follows:

“On behalf of the American Association of Suicidality (AAS) our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Robin Williams. The sad reality is that severe mental illness has claimed another life, and while nearly all of us are familiar with the great work of Mr. Williams, we are perhaps less aware or impacted by 107 other suicides that occurred yesterday (or the 108 that will occur today, based on the national average). “Robin Williams was the consummate ‘funnyman’ who brought joy, laughter and pleasure to millions around the world. While we won’t dare speculate on contributors to recent events in a life that we know little about, Mr. Williams’ challenges related to substance abuse and mental illness were public knowledge.”

Other high-profile suicide deaths include Don Cornelius of Soul Train, the movie, and Fame, and more recently, Lee Thompson Young, former Disney star “Jett Jackson.” It can sometimes be difficult to understand why people take their own lives. Continue Reading →

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Good sleep is essential to optimal health

Lack of healthy sleep has an impact on your emotional, physical and spiritual health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic and 50-70 million Americans have sleeping impairment. There are nearly 100 identified sleep/wake disorders. One of them is insomnia, which can be defined as the inability to fall asleep, remain asleep, or get the amount of sleep an individual needs to wake up feeling rested. Its symptoms include difficulty falling asleep, frequent wake-ups during the night, waking up too early in the morning, daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Continue Reading →

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June is Men’s Health Month

In 1994, Congress declared June as Men’s Health Month to recognize men’s health as a family issue and highlight its impact on wives, mothers, daughters and sisters. Men’s Health Month also heightens awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among males. One of the keys to good health is preventive care with routine screenings for diseases such as: Diabetes; Cholesterol; High Blood pressure; Prostrate Cancer and Heart Disease. Heart disease is the number-one cause of death for both men and women. Below is a list of risk factors for heart disease:

• Age 45 or older? Continue Reading →

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New Year’s resolutions: a catalyst for change?







“I will lose weight, I will exercise more, and I will spend less, stop smoking, stop drinking, get organized and so on and so on.”

Holidays have passed, the decorations are packed away, and this is the time when people make resolutions for the coming year. After January 1, people tend to take stock of the previous year, looking at their successes and challenges and identifying what they want to change. A resolution is defined as a firm decision to do or not do something and is developed to solve problems. About half of the population makes resolutions annually, but only 10-30 percent achieves their goal during the year. Approximately 75 percent are able to adhere to their resolution through the first week, but by six months, this rate falls to 46 percent. Age appears to be a factor: For those over 50, the failure rate drops to 86 percent, with only 14 percent succeeding. Continue Reading →

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Cultivate an attitude of gratitude

The holiday season is upon us and the hustle and bustle has begun. This time of year promotes a spirit of giving and gratitude, but this can be short-lived as the holidays fade into the past and we begin our New Year, especially if we over-spent, over-ate and over-extended ourselves. Gratitude can be defined as a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation and is the essence of good mental, physical and spiritual wellness. Spiritual leaders have long promoted the benefit of being grateful even in the face of challenge. The physical and mental health communities have also begun to identify and promote the benefits for wellness of having an attitude of gratitude. Continue Reading →

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Understanding and preventing dementia

The World Health Organization (WHO) designated October 10 as Mental Health Day in 1992 to highlight mental illness and its impact on lives internationally. Some of the 196 countries that are members of the WHO celebrate the week of October 6-13 to provide mental health education, awareness and advocacy globally. This year’s theme is “Mental Health and Older Adults.” Older adults are at risk for increased isolation and financial difficulty, and this may have a negative effect on physical as well as mental health. Many medical conditions such as stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure, to name a few, are all risk factors for depression. Older people may be reluctant to seek mental health services due to stigma, financial concerns, or fear of loss of independence. Continue Reading →

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Get mental illness out of the shadows

President Obama hosted a summit June 3 in which he called for mental illness to come out of the shadows. With the increased concerns about the role of mental illness in the perpetrators of mass violence, questions are being raised about the adequacy and availability of mental health resources. Over 54 million Americans experience symptoms of a mental health disorder in any given year, but current estimates are that only about 60 percent of those receive needed services. A variety of factors contribute to the low utilization of mental health services, including stigma, being uninsured or underinsured, and lack of awareness. President Obama has called for education and training about mental health. Continue Reading →

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