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Jan
18

Feeling Blue? Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Getting Those Chicago Winter Blues?

The Southtown Star interviewed me about Seasonal Affective Disorder. The article was published this last weekend.

There was however one paragraph in which Ms. Sharwarko paraphrased me that did not make sense.  I left a comment at the end of their article to clarify what I had actually meant.

Also, here are a couple links to resources for light therapy.  One is from Philips and the other from Northern Light Technologies.

Feeling Blue?  You’re Not Alone

January is a tough month for some people to tackle.

As they pack away holiday stress, the joy of the season fades too. Holiday shopping bills stack up. And people face the start of a new year, a time when they examine their lives, for better or worse.

All this, combined with the physical effects of a season without significant sun, creates a framework for people to find themselves depressed.

“There is a common experience of having finished the business and running around that the holidays require,” said Anda Jines, a licensed clinical professional counselor for Hoover and Associates in Tinley Park. “It can be an adjustment to switch gears back to the daily grind.” (Click to continue reading about Seasonal Affective Disorder).

Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park, IL (60477);  near Orland Park, Oak Forest, Orland Hills, Palos Heights, Mokena, and Frankfort.  Click here for more about Anda Jines MS LCPC.

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Nov
20

Web MD’s Depression Health Check – A Review

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A New Depression Screening Tool

You may have seen commercials on TV recently, for Web MD’s depression health check.  They usually show an individual telling their story or describing how they feel, and then direct one to do a screening on WebMD.

Let’s Give It a Test Drive

So I decided to try it out.  I found that Web MD’s screening is very user friendly and easy to use.  It asks you one question at a time, at first, then gives some checklists, and then a few question series; and there’s a progress bar at the bottom, letting you know how much you have completed and how much further there is to go.  It took me less than five minutes to complete.

What Does It Assess?

The screening not only assesses for the emotional criteria of depression, but also checks how much your symptoms have impacted your life, and clearly and concisely assesses for possible medical causes of similar symptoms.  Additionally, it briefly checks how familiar you are with basic coping skills and information about depression, and how motivated you are to do what is recommended to get better.

Any Drawbacks?

The only drawback I noticed was that some of the questions assume that you are in treatment or taking medication, and don’t allow a “not applicable” option for those questions.

Options Once You’re Done

At the end of the screening, Web MD gives you the option of choosing a follow up screening which would be sent to your e-mail at a later time.  Additionally, you have the option of choosing to receive news and information about depression in your e-mail.  However, you do not have to enter your e-mail or any other identifying information if you don’t want to.

You get your results right away, including a section about your health, your well-being, and your knowledge related to depression.  You can print a report for yourself, or you can print a report specially formatted and intended for you to give to your doctor.

I Give It a Thumbs Up

All in all, this looks like a quality screening instrument, and I recommend it if you would like some quick feedback about your symptoms.  It can help you decide whether or not you need to speak with a counselor, and it can offer you useful information about depression.

Take the Screening

To complete this screening go to Web MD’s Depression Health Check.

Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park, IL (60477);  near Orland Park, Oak Forest, Orland Hills, Palos Heights, Mokena, and Frankfort.  Click here for more about Anda Jines MS LCPC.

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Feb
01

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

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Tis the time of year when northerners, like those of us in the Chicago area, pine for the spring, and celebrate days when temperatures reach as high as the 30s.   The cold becomes everyone’s favorite small talk topic, and becomes a factor in many day to day activities.  For most of us it is an annoyance and inconvenience, but for some, it is much more than that.  Here is some information on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), from one of my favorite sources for health information, WebMD.

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that affects a person during the same season each year. If you get depressed in the winter but feel much better in spring and summer, you may have SAD.

Anyone can get SAD, but it is more common in…

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