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Depression strikes more people than you think, and in more ways than you imagine

Dr. Harris Jensen Reviews The Devastating Impact Of Depression On Ordinary People In America

No Family Is Spared

By Harris Jensen, MD
Editor, Good Day Journal
Each year Americans lose $70 billion due to medical problems, and depression accounts for 12 billion of those dollars. This is money lost due to time off work and another $11 billion is lost from decreased effectiveness at work.
These and other amazing facts are reviewed in an article, "Statistics On Depression," in the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance website, and all are facts based on articles in scientific publications or government documents.
 How much do you know about Depression? Test your knowledge with the questions below, which are taken from the DBSA website. These amount to an avalanche of statistics that show depression is not just a medical problem, but the number one health care crisis in the world, causing more problems in families lives than any other medical problem.
In the face of these facts, people who say depression is just  a “mental” thing clearly come across as callous and self absorbed or else just not well informed. 
Maybe hopelessly uninformed.
But that is the common attitude about depression in the US. Depression is just a result of “weak thinking” that is easy to reverse if a person would just try a little.
The common person’s view of depression in this country is way off base. About 80% of people in the US think depression comes from how you think, or evil spirits, or a weak character, or a person just isn’t trying hard to be positive. From the mid 1950's to the early 1990's people did not change their attitudes much in regard to taking care of their head, but with the coming of the internet and a higher percentage of well educated people in this country, those attitudes are changing.  People are taking an interest in getting informed about how to take good care of their "noggin."
These ignorant attitudes are changing for the better in this country, and this change is reviewed in an article, “Americans’ Attitudes Toward Mental Health Treatment Seekling: 1990-2003,” by Ramin Mojtabai, MD, PHD, in the May, 2007 issue of Psychiatric Services. (You can Google this article.)
See how well you can be a part of this new trend of people getting informed about what works to take care of your brain. Take the quiz below and try to guess the right answers…
1.       Adults in America with depression in any given year?
14.8 million or 6.7 percent of adults
2.       Average age depression starts?

Time for a check up on your medical checkups! sticky icon

Are you happy with your medication?  Your mood?  Your doctor?  Your medical care?

New survey helps patients give feedback to their doctor on how they feel about their medical care...

Mood Swings can break through medicines because of poor communication between doctors and patients...don't let it happen to you!  Updated 4/24/09

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

"Four Secrets For Successful Living" Is Getting Some Good Reviews! sticky icon

Readers Find It Useful For Stress Managment, Panic and Weight Loss Issues

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

It's encouraging when a book gets good reviews before it's even done!  People using concepts in the book, "Four Secrets For Successful Living," report finding themselve more effective in managing stress, panic and weight loss problems.

Harris Jensen tells the story about seasonal depression treatment... sticky icon

Light Therapy Brings Back That Spring In Your Step!  Lamps At The Light Center In Fort Collins Provide The Required Full Spectrum Light

Teton Sunset
by Harris Jensen, MD
Psychiatrist, Fort Collins, Colorado
Key Words: Harris Jensen, seasonal depression, light therapy, full spectrum light therapy.

We’ve fallen in love with lots of sun in Colorado.  More than 300 sunny days a year see us flocking to the mountains to ski or hike or what have you...and we get a little grumpy when we lose some of that light in the fall and winter as the sun sails lower in the sky.
At least one in ten of us feel that way, anyway.
Experts call it seasonal affective disorder or syndrome, but really we just miss our bath of summer sun, all 10,000 lux (or units) of full spectrum light warming our skin and our emotional brain.  
The winter blues start with low energy.  You miss that spring in your step.  You find yourself sleeping more, maybe nine hours instead of eight, and still you feel tired on your to class or work...and getting through your day.  It’s harder to focus, more of an effort to stay what you know you enjoy.
Your “get up and go just got up and left”, thanks to not enough sun.  There’s too much of the sleep hormone melatonin in your head, according to one theory.  
About 10,000 units, or lux, of light, is needed to reduce the release of the melatonin from the pineal gland deep in your brain.  The sun’s light hits the back of your eye and creates an electric signal in the 12 layers of cells in the retina, that rockets at 100 feet per second down specialized highways of nerves called the retinohypothalamic tract and suprachiasmatic nucleus, before it reaches the pineal gland.  Full spectrum lamps, available at The Light Center in Fort Collins, CO, provide just this kind of light, reversing this "seasonal depression."
But come fall, it “ain’t happening” with full spectrum light from the sun.  The earth is tilted away from the sun and much less that 10,000 units of light hit the earth, perhaps 8,000 lux or 6,000 lux make it through a much deeper path through the earth’s atmosphere at northern latitudes, filtering out some wavelengths of light.

Good News: Free Relaxation Movie About The Rocky Mountains! sticky icon

Journal Release First In Series Of Nature Music Videos
Nature images and jazz music make for relaxing moments...

"Autumn Treasure" is ready to web stream to you right now, just click the play button below!

Hit the "square button" in the lower right hand corner for full screen mode...thanks to You Tube, you've got video...

The .m4v file at bottom of article is ready to download to your computer to transfer to your ipod as well...for free!

Click this link to see the video on your ipod or iphone at You Tube!

Key words: relaxation, nature photography, nature video, jazz music, Mark Sloniker, stress managment
by Harris Jensen, MD
Editor Good Day Journal


After several years in development, it’s here!  A collaboration of two Colorado artists has yielded a series of four movies totaling about 90 minutes of relaxing nature images and soothing jazz sounds.
Mark Sloniker, a well known jazz artist in Colorado, has produced a number of CD’s (see which have been used as movie soundtracks before (ABC Sports and Public Television) but this is his first collaboration with Jensen.
Now is Jensen an artist?

Good News For Learning Meditation! sticky icon

Journal Releases Free Meditation Audio File!!!

Yours for the downloading at the bottom of this article...

just click on the blue "attachments" link below!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

The audio files below review an introduction to meditation or mindfulness training.  With a little humor involved in the process!

Our lives can be so stressful, but nothing beats quieting our busy brains down, so they simply accept each moment as it comes to it.

We often "resist" each moment as it comes to us.

We may do that by thinking too much, feeling too much, worrying about the past, worrying about the future, planning, dwelling on how things are not how you like them.

Hey, we are good at fighting the present moment!

But that is where we live.

We have no other time to live in, but now.

Stable relationships and routines help stabilize mood, doctors say

Love Is As Good As A New Drug!  It’s Now Part Of The Guidelines For
Treatment of Bipolar Disorder...
Therapy That Boosts Relationships And Social “Rhythms”

Prevents Mood Swings In Bipolar Disorder...

Key Words: Bipolar Affective Disorder, Bipolar Treatment, Social Rhythms, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Social Rhythm Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Quality Of Life, Preventing Mood Swings

by Harris Jensen, MD
Editor, Good Day Journal

“Love is all we need...” or so goes a popular song from the 1970’s, but when it comes to dealing with the pain and suffering of bipolar affective disorder, songs like that seem like just so much superficial “hype.”

On the other hand, based on the hard science of new, well controlled studies, counseling that strengthens relationships and daily routines not only works, doctors are now asked to use it in their treatment of bipolar affective disorder. 
This is now clearly spelled out in the practice guidelines for how psychiatrists are to treat bipolar disorder. 

See the link: Bipolar Treatment Guidelines or the link: APA Practice Guidelines For Bipolar Affective Disorder,
You can also Google “bipolar treatment guidelines.”

Stable routines and stable relationships clearly help control the unstable mood swings of bipolar affective disorder.  A review of interpersonal social rhythm therapy is at this link: rhythm.
Here’s why psychiatrists are now changing the way they do business in treating bipolar disorder.
In a groundbreaking research discovery, a team of researcher from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburge, PA, has found that love matters.  And so does healthy daily social routines.  Things we take for granted. 
But when a person’s brain is suffering, it needs proper care, and that involves feeling close to those who care for you, thinking reasonably, and staying active in the usual daily getting up at a usual time in the morning, socializing, eating three meals per day at usual times, and getting to sleep at a usual time.
The brain, it seems, is a creature of habit.
So, getting back into those habits is helpful.

Good News For People With Bipolar!

New Rating Scale Zeroes In On Details Of Mood Swings

Incorporates New Scientific Findings, Empowers Medical Care For Bipolar Disorder

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Rating scales are a basic part of a patient communicating with a doctor about his or her mood.

But rating scales currently used are about 10 or more years old.  The Young Mania Rating Scale and the Beck Depression Inventory and the Mood Disorder Questionaire have been used in hundreds of scientific studies, and probably have helped save hundreds or thousands of lives.

Looking Into The Treasure Of Our Mind

New Scientific Discoveries Show How Our Brain Makes Our Mind

New Article Comes In Audio!

PDF Version Features Sexy Graphics!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Key Words: Science Of Mind, Mindfulness, Mental Health, Stress Managment

Our mind is the greatest miracle of all the miracles in nature.  Born from a single cell, which then took in energy to build a body, it created part of the body to KNOW.  To learn from experience.

We only have 10 billion neurons in our brain, firing 1,000 times per second using 200 chemicals and countless electric wave forms rippling down their surfaces...amazing!

On an electical chart of the brain, electrodes will show the neurons firing together, in synchrony, like birds in a flock turning quickly, this way and that, in unison!

The miracles seem to go on and on, the more scientists learn about our brain.

For a review of these wonders, please click the blue "attachments" link below, and select the pdf article or the audio article with me reading it.  The pdf file may not be able to be downloaded to your desktop and you may need to open it directly with adobe reader. 

Yes, the Good Day Journal has articles that read themselves to you! 

Hey that's creative!

If your don't have time to read an article, then download it and listen to it later on your ipod or computer...or what have you!

"Audio 1 For Treasure 2008.m4a" is the audio article.  Then if you just need to relax, download "Audio 2 For Treasure 2008 Article.m4a." It is not the article, but some sweet  relaxing sounds from a stream in the Rocky Mountains, complete with sounds of a crackling campfire and singing birds. You will need Quicktime Player perhaps to play the audio files and adobe reader to read the pdf files. Enjoy!  Relax in the peace of nature!


Harris Jensen, MD

Review Of Communication Skills And Thinking Skills

Notes On Diagramming Thoughts And Communication Skills

by Harris Jensen, MD