Sandra Smith, MPH, PhD
5 Million ED Visits a Year
Depression and mood disorders landed over 5 million adults in a hospital Emergency Department in 2007; twice the number of alcohol related visits. In addition, over 3 million adults went to an ED with anxiety disorders.
Stigma still a barrier
New research confirms readers' reports published here lasts month. Stigma, the reluctance by many to socialize or work with people with depression, remains an obstacle to treatment. Stigma leads to discrimination in housing, employment, social relationships, and medical care. Ten years of concerted efforts to make Americans aware of depression as "a disease like any other" have increased knowledge of the genetic and medical explain- ations for depression. Support for treatment has increased. However, researchers find no change in stigma. They call for a new approach that focuses on the person and his or her capabilities, rather than on the disease.
Fathers are at risk, too
British researchers found that both fathers and mothers are at risk for developing depression, especially in their baby's first year of life. They recommend regular screening for fathers pre- and postnatally. Studying depression in both parents provides a fuller picture of the wider effects of birth on a family.
New Advanced Training
On Sept 10, the nurse case managers of Enterprise Community Healthy Start in Augusta, GA became the first to obtain advanced training to use Beginnings Guides to promote functional health literacy. For training info call me at 800-444-8806