February 26, 2012
A recent study drew a correlation between working overtime and the development of major depression… regardless of the “stress level” of the job. As a psychologist who works with a lot of physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals (who often work very long hours, back-to-back shifts and rotating shifts) this is particularly relevant to my practice. In fact, a non-scientific article listed healthcare workers among the top ten careers associated with depression. It is particularly important for healthcare providers to be aware of the risks of mental illness and to seek appropriate treatment in a timely manner.
February 2, 2012
Last month, SAMSA released a report about the incidence of mental illness in America. A striking one in five (20%) of American adults experienced some sort of mental illness in the past year. Even worse, nearly 30% of young adults (ages 18-25) had a brush with mental illness in the past year. Women are more likely than men to have a mental disorder (23% vs 17%), though there is a gradual increase in the incidence of men dealing with psychiatric disorders.
Most disturbing is the fact that slightly less than half the people with any mental illness — and only 60 percent of those with serious, disabling ones — receive treatment each year. There are many obstacles to treatment, ranging from stigma and ignorance to financial and health care policies. This is clearly a growing issue that cannot be ignored.