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Episode Info: On this episode of the Make a Mental Note podcast, Susan Noonan, a physician, certified peer specialist and medical consultant discusses the nature and etiology of depression and how people can deal with this mental disorder. Give it a listen and find out why this episode is worthy of a mental note!  Get the show notes on the "Make a Mental Note" page at http://www.chrisquarto.com/ Click here to subscribe to the Make a Mental Note podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/make-a-mental-note/id1035476864?mt=2 Mental Notes: * The longer depression goes untreated and the more episodes a person has the more difficult it is to treat. * Although there is a stigma associated with mental illness such as depression society is starting to move beyond this as teenagers feel comfortable talking about mental illness and approaching school counselors to get help. However, older people still grapple with the stigma of mental illness. In some cases, they fear losing their jobs if others find out that they saw a psychologist or psychiatrist for a mental health condition – especially if they are in supervisory positions or serve in other important capacities in their companies or organizations. * Depression is a biologically-based illness that affects the mind, body and lives of people. It affects the things they do, as well as sleep and appetite, their interest in doing things that were previously enjoyed and relationships with people. People may have a sense of despair, hopelessness and worthlessness. There may be suicidal thoughts that go along with depression. * Researchers have begun to show that there are genes that are associated with depression which, when combined with a stressful life event can lead to an episode of depression. In some cases, depression is inherited from family members. It is just as much as an illness as is diabetes and high blood pressure. * Diathesis-stress model – stress can precipitate depression in people who are genetically predisposed to exhibit this disorder. * Positive and negative stressors can precipitate a depressive episode (e.g., a change/loss in a job; moving to a new home; new relationship/loss of relationship; birth of a baby; significant changes in routine). In particular, e
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