Showing posts with label Depression. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Depression. Show all posts

October 22, 2016

Trump in a Funk

As he took the stage here in this mountain town Friday afternoon, Donald Trump was as subdued as the modest crowd that turned out to see him. He complained about the usual things — the dishonest media, his “corrupt” rival Hillary Clinton — but his voice was hoarse and his heart didn’t seem in it.

He also promised to do all that he could to win, but he explained why he might lose.

“What a waste of time if we don’t pull this off,” Trump said. “You know, these guys have said: ‘It doesn’t matter if you win or lose. There’s never been a movement like this in the history of this country.’ I say, it matters to me if we win or lose. So I’ll have over $100 million of my own money in this campaign.”

“So, if I lose,” Trump continued as the crowd remained unusually quiet, “if I lose, I will consider this —”

Trump didn’t finish his sentence.

His final debate performance this week was a bust, with him snarling that Clinton was “such a nasty woman” and gritting his teeth as he angrily ripped pages off a notepad when it was over. He is under fire from all quarters for refusing to say he will honor the election results if he loses, while 10 women have now come forward accusing him of groping or kissing them without consent. The capper to Trump’s bad stretch came Thursday night, when a ballroom full of New York City’s glitterati booed him as he gave remarks attacking Clinton at a charity roast.

The gloomy mood has extended to his signature rallies, which Trump used to find fun. During the primaries, he would bound onto rally stages bursting with energy and a sense of excitement that intensified as the crowds chanted his name and cheered his every word. He would regularly schedule news conferences, call into news shows and chat with reporters, eager to spar with them. He would say politically incorrect things and then watch his polling numbers soar. He used to be the winner.

But no more. In recent days, Trump has tried to explain away his slide in the polls as a conspiracy carried out by the media, Democrats and Republicans. If he loses, it will be because he was cheated, Trump has repeatedly told his supporters, urging them to go to polling places in neighborhoods other than their own and “watch.”

Trump’s supporters have concocted elaborate explanations for why he might lose, often involving massive voter fraud conducted by Democrats who will bus undocumented immigrants and people posing as people who have died to battleground states to vote illegally. There are also fears that election results in some states will be tampered with, and Trump’s backers have cheered his promise to challenge the election results if he doesn’t win.

“Since we can’t check to see if you voted in three states, you will. If you want to vote in three states, you will,” said Larry Lewis, 67, a former electrician who lives in Hendersonville, N.C.. He said he doesn't know anyone who has committed voter fraud but has gotten up to speed on the issue thanks to talk radio. “I mean, that is human nature. I have ultimate faith in human nature.”

Campaigning Friday in Cleveland, Clinton again criticized Trump for refusing to say he will honor the election results and joked about her time onstage debating him. “I have now spent 41/2 hours onstage with Donald, proving once again I have the stamina to be president,” she said.

July 20, 2016

‘Real Men Don’t Cry’ *Learn to Recognize Depression

“Real men don’t cry.” It’s a saying that’s still all too common in American culture. And as the traces of a male-dominated past still hang on, men continue to feel pressured to live large, be strong and keep their feelings of sadness to themselves. But too often, that means men aren’t able to face their feelings, which can lead to depression, risky behaviors or explosions of anger.

Depression is not a sign of weakness. It’s a common health condition that affects people of all ages and circumstances, and it can have serious consequences.

In fact, it’s normal to suffer an occasional bout of the blues—especially in reaction to losses, setbacks and disappointments. But when intense feelings of despair threaten to derail you and begin to interfere with work, family and friendships, depression may be why.

But knowledge is power — and healing. So here are seven things you should know about depression in men:

1. It looks different.
Instead of becoming sad or withdrawn, men who are depressed might come off as angry, irritable and aggressive. They might work longer hours, participate in risky or unhealthy activities or become abusive. They might even develop physical symptoms, including back pain, headaches, sleep problems or sexual difficulties.

2. It’s often missed.
A lot of men don’t like to discuss their feelings, so it’s no wonder depression among them is so easily overlooked. Trouble is, if you don’t come clean about what you’re experiencing, a doctor may have to guess to come up with an accurate diagnosis. That means depression may go untreated, which can have serious consequences.

3. It’s often tied to sex.
Men with sexual problems are more likely to suffer from depression than those who aren’t experiencing challenges in the bedroom. What’s more, sexual dysfunction also tends to crop up as a side effect of common medications, including antidepressants.

4. Drugs may be the culprit.
In addition to causing sexual side effects, certain medications—both prescription and over-the-counter—can also cause depression. Alcohol, illicit drugs and even ill-timed caffeine can also contribute.

5. Seniors may be at higher risk.
Aging often comes with medical conditions and other stressors that are linked to depression. As men age, they may lose spouses, friends, income and even a sense of purpose. All of these factors can cause feelings of sadness.

6. Men are three to four times more likely to commit suicide than women.
Suicide is a real threat. If you’re struggling with difficult emotions, it’s important to seek help before feelings of despair become thoughts about ending your life. (Need help now? Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or 800-SUICIDE.)

7. The diagnosis of depression doesn’t have to isolate you.
Once diagnosed, there are plenty of things you can do together with your doctor to successfully manage depression and start living life on your terms once again. In fact, lifestyle strategies, including exercise, sleep and social support can go a long way toward helping you feel better.

If you’re feeling depressed, overwhelmed or anxious, get the help you need before your symptoms get worse. Talk honestly with loved ones, friends and your doctor about what’s going on in your mind and body. There’s no shame in sharing feelings of despair … it could be the first step to helping you feel better.

 If you’ve had thoughts about ending your life, reach out for help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
 Dr. Ali Dabaja is a urologist specializing in men’s health, reproductive medicine and sexual health with the Henry Ford Vattikuti Urology Institute.
To find a doctor at Henry Ford, visit or call 1-800-HENRYFORD (436-7936).
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This story is provided and presented by our sponsor Henry Ford Health System. 

August 14, 2014

“The Worse thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel alone”RWilliams

If we learn nothing from a famous person taking his own life we might as well learn why he is telling us in that picture above. He is talking to those who surrounds him. Have you ever been in a room full of people that you know yet you felt alone? It’s happened to me in instances in which everybody else was into their own things what ever that was and nobody was noticing nobody else there.  He had a family, kids wife they were all still living as a unit if one could stretch that word. But there, his wife lived with him and so did the kids. Kids, they tend to be selfish and into their own things. They don’t remember having things so they are happy when they gather anything from cd’s to boyfriends. But their concentration is on them and how they can cope with life themselves. The wife, partner she needs to be involved into her things. She is married to somebody bigger than any star. A comic, actor a humanitarian for different causes he believed in. So she needed not to be overwhelmed and be swelled up by his personality and fame. At the end it seems that it was for him to verbalize how he felt. Being as good an actor as he was he kept those things to himself. That is usually what kills a person in depression and is the act we put up telling the world that all is ok. Opening up does not guarantee success but it does sounds off the sirens for those that care that we need help. 
I hope that the judges that like to judge others’ actions would learn more about what depression is. May be they will be able to help and save one of their own, simply because Robin Williams taught you that.
The truth is we don’t understand depression and neither our care takers. It’s like depression was not taken seriously even though it takes so many lives every year.
Adam Gonzalez, publisher

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