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Category : Postpartum depression

Self-Advocacy Through Power Statements

Using “power statements” can help people with serious mental illness clarify and communicate their personal goals for medication and treatment, according to a new study. A power statement is a short, self-advocacy statement prepared by a patient based on a template. The study found that people with serious mental illness typically view medications not only as a way to address symptoms, but as a means to pursue meaningful life goals.

Peer Support: Making a Difference for People with Mental Illness

Peer support refers to people with the same types of problems helping each other. The concept of peer support has been used for many years among people with addictions, for example in Alcoholic Anonymous where people with “lived experience” help others to recover. The use of peer support with people with mental illness is more recent, particularly peer support in a professional capacity as part of the mental health care team.

For Women, the Timing of Symptoms Can be Important

Many women experience changes affecting mood, behavior and quality of life associated with menstrual cycle fluctuations. Those changes can range from very mild to severe and limiting.

The Link Between Birth Control and Depression

A study of more than one million women suggests that there may be a link between hormonal contraceptives and depression, but experts recommend caution against premature action by patients and physicians.

Depression Screening Can be Key to Getting Help and Getting Better

The Screening for Mental Health program provides thousands of free, anonymous screenings for depression and other mental health conditions, including generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).