Month: December 2017

Planning for Mental Health Care Costs

Planning for Mental Health Care Costs

According to the World Health Organization, depression will be the second leading cause of disability worldwide by 2020 and the largest contributor to disease burden a decade later.  There are numerous mental health treatment options. Once you have identified the best one for your specific […]

Participate in a Mental Health Research Study

Participate in a Mental Health Research Study

Participating in research is one of the best ways to improve mental health care. Often it helps individuals understand their own mental health conditions better and sometimes it provides medical care at no or a reduced cost. Informed consent, a process of ongoing communication between […]

Special Needs and Depression

Special Needs and Depression

A 2012 study found that while approximately 6 percent of the general population experiences depression in any one year, up to 20 percent of those with learning disabilities do so. Youth with special needs other than depression are at a higher risk for the latter […]

Combatting Depression with Laughter

Combatting Depression with Laughter

Studies have shown that laughter can powerfully affect physical and emotional health. It produces serotonin, which many scientists believe maintains mood balance, and creates additional endorphins, which act as both an analgesic and a sedative. In addition to serving as an effective distraction from anxiety, […]