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  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

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SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.

Also visit the online treatment locator, or send your zip code via text message: 435748 (HELP4U) to find help near you. Read more about the HELP4U text messaging service.

The service is open 24/7, 365 days a year.

English and Spanish are available if you select the option to speak with a national representative. Currently, the 435748 (HELP4U) text messaging service is only available in English.

In 2020, the Helpline received 833,598 calls. This is a 27 percent increase from 2019, when the Helpline received a total of 656,953 calls for the year.

The referral service is free of charge. If you have no insurance or are underinsured, we will refer you to your state office, which is responsible for state-funded treatment programs. In addition, we can often refer you to facilities that charge on a sliding fee scale or accept Medicare or Medicaid. If you have health insurance, you are encouraged to contact your insurer for a list of participating health care providers and facilities.

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"Psychiatrists should treat depression": three signs of the disease and how to avoid it

April 7, 2017, 07:48

More than 300 million people in the world today live with depression. Therefore, it is not surprising that the theme of World Health Day, which is celebrated on April 7, is depression.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is one of the leading causes of ill health and disability worldwide. In the 10 years from 2005 to 2015, the number of people with depression increased by more than 18%. "Due to a lack of support, many people with mental disorders do not seek the treatment they need to live healthy and productive lives," the organization said. The WHO is urging countries to increase investment in mental health, reminding that even in high-income countries, about 50% of people with depression do not receive treatment.

Meanwhile, most depressions are treated on an outpatient basis, if the patient turns to a psychiatrist for help in time. This was told to TASS by the chief freelance specialist of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation in psychiatry, director of the State Scientific Institute of Forensic and Social Psychiatry. V.P. Serbian Zurab Kekelidze. “Of course, there are chronic, resistant severe conditions when serious measures must be taken,” the expert added.

From 3.7% of the population to 6.5% in different countries - the percentage of diagnosed people with depression. Russia is in the middle of this list - we have about 5.5%

Kekelidze notes that, according to statistics, there are more women diagnosed with depression. However, this may be partly due not to a predisposition to depression, but to the fact that women are more attentive to their health. “They notice deviations faster, see a doctor more often and are more attentively treated,” he said.

Three signs of depression

See also0002 The chief specialist of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation in psychiatry notes that a bad mood is not only from real external causes, but also from a disease called "depression".

"Three main signs are standardly distinguished: a feeling of low mood, motor (motor) retardation, idiotic retardation (when a person feels that it has become harder for him to think, to choose words more slowly, a feeling that he is not thinking about anything)," Kekelidze explained .

In addition to the main signs of depression, there are many varieties: masked (mild depression), seasonal, postpartum, depression that accompanies other somatic conditions - Alzheimer's disease, hypothyroidism and many others.

The psychiatrist advises parents to take a closer look at changes in the child's behavior: sleep disturbances, changes in appetite (stopped eating or eats a lot of sweets) can be early signs of depression.

What prevents Russians from treating depression

In Russia, according to Kekelidze, the problem that not all people with depression receive the necessary treatment is due to the lack of habit of taking care of their health preventively, as well as the fact that people in Russia still For the time being, they are afraid of neuropsychiatric dispensaries, where they try not to go unless absolutely necessary. Not the last role is played by the stigmatization of mental illness - hence the fear of turning to a psychiatrist for help.

However, according to the expert, one should not hope that depression will go away on its own. It is a disease, and like any disease, it must be dealt with by a medical specialist.

Depression should be treated by psychiatrists or psychotherapists. But most people do not go to doctors, they are afraid that they will register

The psychiatrist noted that not every patient needs to be registered with a dispensary, and there are a number of criteria for this. The basis is a danger to oneself and others.

According to the expert, depression is characterized by lack of will, so the worst thing you can advise a depressed person is to tell him "get it together", "pull yourself together." A professional psychiatrist or psychotherapist should say this to the patient, because otherwise the feeling of guilt for "not being able to pull himself together" will grow.

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"Some people sleep for five hours and are convinced that this is enough for them. In fact, other modes of operation are switched on in the brain at this time, which in the end can lead to depressive states," Kekelidze said.

In addition, WHO has established that "depression increases the risk of developing substance use disorders and diseases such as diabetes and heart disease; conversely, people with these health conditions are at increased risk of developing depression. "

According to the chief freelance specialist in psychiatry of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, doctors should be much closer to potential patients. "A psychiatrist should be in every clinic," Kekelidze said.

Inna Finochka

15:19 Oct. 19, 2020 2368 0

The physician is charged with the article "Negligence", reported in the joint press service of the courts of the region.

Earlier it became known that the young man was seen by a doctor because of depression, but he managed to get a permit to carry a firearm. The certificate was issued by a private medical organization.

Psychotherapist Alexander Tesler, Academician of the Russian Academy of Medical and Technical Sciences, said on the air of the radio station Moskva Speaks that the young man who opened fire could be suffering from depression. However, the expert clarified that the presence of this mental disorder, as a rule, does not push people to illegal acts.

“It's not a fact that he shot his grandmother at the bus stop as a result of depression. Depressed people don't do it. Depressed people are primarily dangerous to themselves. In severe depression, a person can make a suicidal attempt, a suicide attempt. Depression is usually scary by this. In depression, it is very rare for people to commit any illegal actions, because they are immersed in their own experiences.

According to Tesler, the doctor who issued the weapons certificate is not to blame for this tragedy.

“The procedure established by law for issuing a medical certificate is simply not followed. If he brought a certificate from the dispensary [psycho-neurological dispensary (PND) - approx. Hm] this doctor and the doctor would give him a conclusion, there is no demand from the doctor. If the doctor looked at both the narcologist and the psychiatrist, but there is no confirmation from dispensaries that the patient is not registered, this is already a problem. Of course, it has already been decided in a disciplinary manner. Here it is necessary not to point the arrows at the doctors who gave him a formal certificate, but to understand what caused such an inadequate act. This is an absolutely inadequate psychopathic reaction; patients with depression do not offend grandmothers.

A week ago, 18-year-old Danila Monakhov came to visit his grandmother in the village of Bolsheorlovskoye. After an argument, he shot her, and the woman later died. Then the young man opened fire on other people and committed suicide. Three men were killed, three injured were hospitalized.

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