On this week’s episode, Cara talks to Dior Vargas, Latina feminist mental health activist, about her experiences with depression, suicide rates, and her People of Color with Mental Illness photo project. In honor of Festivus, Cara airs some grievances about medication and its place in our culture, and the false division between mental illness and physical illness. She talks about the Feats of Strength required to make it through the holiday while living with chronic illness, and they discuss getting help, media representation, and how Dior got invited to the White House.
Crisis + Mental Health Resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text 741-741 from anywhere in the USA
Trans Lifeline: US 877-565-8860, CA 877-330-6366
Veteran's Crisis Line: 800-273-8255, chat online, or text 838255
“No Hemlock Rock (Don’t Kill Yourself)” poem by Jennifer Michael Hecht: http://www.onbeing.org/program/extra/no-hemlock-rock-dont-kill-yourself/6227
On Being episode - Jennifer Michael Hecht, "Suicide, and Hope for Our Future Selves”
“On Suicide” - Jennifer Michael Hecht essay: http://www.onbeing.org/program/extra/on-suicide-by-jennifer-michael-hecht/6223
Jennifer Michael Hecht on Camus and The Myth of Sisyphus: http://www.onbeing.org/program/extra/on-camus-and-the-myth-of-sisyphus/6225
Living With Depression: A Reading List, from Longreads: http://blog.longreads.com/2015/12/20/living-with-depression-a-reading-list/
Mental Illness Happy Hour:
More information on depression from NAMI: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Depression
Types of depression: http://www.ifred.org/types-of-depression
Antidepressants: Selecting one that’s right for you from the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/antidepressants/art-20046273
Types of Therapy from GoodTherapy.org: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/antidepressants/art-20046273
The Dark Place episode - #24: Cara Santa Maria, "She helps us understand the chemical side of mental illness, then helps us understand how it's changed her own life." - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/24-cara-santa-maria/id961323147?i=351833679&mt=2
Facts and Figures from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://www.afsp.org/understanding-suicide/facts-and-figures
Internation suicide statistics from Suicide.org: http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-statistics.html
Suicide rates among young Latinas: http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/7/its-time-to-address-the-latina-teen-suicide-epidemic.html
Older white men suicide rates: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/reading-between-the-headlines/201305/white-middle-age-suicide-in-america-skyrockets
Trans suicide rates: http://www.speakingofsuicide.com/2015/01/02/transgender-suicide/
Article on diversity in research: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/12/16/459666750/clinical-trials-still-dont-reflect-the-diversity-of-america
Antidepressants and the FDA’s Black-Box Warning: Determining a Rational Public Policy in the Absence of Sufficient Evidence from the AMA Journal of Ethics http://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/2012/06/pfor2-1206.html
Dior’s site: http://diorvargas.com/
Dior’s Resources: http://diorvargas.com/resources/
POC w MI: http://diorvargas.com/poc-mental-illness/
Champions of change: http://diorvargas.com/announcements/white-house-honors-disability-advocates-across-generations-as-champions-of-change
Antidepressants are medications that can help relieve symptoms of depression, social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders, seasonal affective disorder, and dysthymia, or mild chronic depression, as well as other conditions.
They aim to correct chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to be responsible for changes in mood and behavior.
Depression Medications (Antidepressants)
These are the most commonly prescribed type of antidepressant.
Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are used to treat major depression, mood disorders, and possibly but less commonly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, menopausal symptoms, fibromyalgia, and chronic neuropathic pain.
SNRIs raise levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters in the brain that play a key role in stabilizing mood.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They are effective in treating depression, and they have fewer side effects than the other antidepressants.
SSRIs block the reuptake, or absorption, of serotonin in the brain. This makes it easier for the brain cells to receive and send messages, resulting in better and more stable moods.
They are called "selective" because they mainly seem to affect serotonin, and not the other neurotransmitters.