People with depression are "crazy." The Myth

 

Hello all  It’s your girl JA Nursing here,  “Man flies plane into the Alps”. Let’s go over this story…
People with depression are “crazy”… fact vs. fiction
It all starts with the tragic tale of Andreas Lubitz – a 28-year-old pilot from the German town of Montabaur. It turns out that he had been diagnosed with depression, but  hid  his illness from his employer and colleagues. 
Lubitz certainly did suffer from a severe psychosomatic illness known as “severe subjective burnout syndrome” and severe depression, a source told the German newspaper, Die Welt. However, he had kept this information from his employer. German police had seized prescription drugs that he used to treat his condition while searching his apartment, and The New York Times also reported that.
 Investigators said they found a torn-up sick note for the day of the crash in the home of the German wings pilot who’s believed to have intentionally crashed a plane into the French alps.

CNN Reports: Antidepressants found at home of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz

Authorities are trying to determine whether Lubitz’s relationship difficulties with his girlfriend played a role in his apparent decision to initiate the descent into the mountainside, taking 149 passengers and crew to their deaths on Germanwings Flight 9525, the newspaper reported.




 Pilots who work for Lufthansa, Germanwings’ parent company, are required to have medical checkups once a year, and according to his  records, his was not done since July 2014.  Annual checkups do not include mandatory psychological testing.  

More than 350 million people suffer from depression.

 Anxiety disorders often occur together with other medical conditions, such as depression, eating disorders, or substance use problems.

Anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental disorders. About 1 out of every 4 adults has an anxiety disorder sometime in their life and about 1 out of every 10 people currently has an anxiety disorder. They are more common in women and can affect children and adults.
Many people misunderstand these disorders and think they can get over them on their own (i.e., without treatment). This is usually not the case. Fortunately, there are many treatments available today to help.

But when anxiety becomes persistent and interferes with the ability to cope and disrupts daily life, the person may have an anxiety disorder. There are several types of anxiety disorders. They include:
  • panic attack or panic disorder (sudden anxiety that occurs without warning) with or without agoraphobia (avoiding specific situations, such as public places or places where crowds gather, from which they can't easily escape)
  • specific phobias (many types of intense fear reactions of specific objects or situations, such as fear of spiders, flying, or heights)
  • social anxiety or social phobia (fear of being embarrassed in social situations)
  • generalized anxiety disorder (general feeling of anxiety most of the time)



Everyone feels sad or down at times, especially after experiencing a disappointment such as not getting the job you interviewed for. However, these feelings of sadness are usually short-lived.
Depression, on the other hand, is a medical condition characterized by long-lasting feelings of intense sadness and hopelessness associated with additional mental and physical changes. Depression can affect someone's personal, social, and professional life.
About 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men will suffer from depression at some point in  their life.  Almost 1.5 million Canadians have serious depression at any given time, but less than one-third of these people seek medical help.

 The truth is that most people who are treated manage even serious mental illnesses remarkably well.

 RECAP..........

Depression symptoms 

  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, or excessive guilt
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  • Social isolation, meaning the sufferer avoids interactions with family or friends
  • Insomnia, early morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Decreased appetite and/or weight loss, or overeating and/or weight gain
  • Fatigue, decreased energy, being "slowed down"
  • Crying spells
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide
  • Persistently sad, anxious, angry, irritable, or "empty" mood
  • attempts
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and/or chronic pain

  

Which jobs do you think should have mandatory psychological testing yearly?

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If you think that someone you know is suffering from mental illness, never be afraid to start the conversation that may change their lives for the better! There is help out there – contact me if you have any questions about accessing help.
This has been watching out for your health with Michelle Smith  your Health and Social Advocate

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SNAPD  BraMPTON   Beamax Youth Foundation was proud to present #Notashamed: Mental Health Awareness: Breaking Through The Stigma With Facts, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (Peel) on February 23rd.  READ ARTICLE
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 RESOURCES.........

http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/03/26/germanwings-flight-9525-co-pilot-appeared-to-want-to-destroy-the-plane-prosecutor-says/


 http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/29/europe/france-germanwings-plane-crash-main/


http://www.medicinenet.com/depression/page4.htm


 http://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/depression/types-of-depression

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