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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused most people more stress and anxiety — and sometimes the emotional and mental toll can be overwhelming. The Centers for Disease Control found that suicidal thoughts and behavior have risen sharply during the pandemic, especially among younger people, essential workers and racial minorities. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month, and we discuss how to know when someone needs help, and how to connect them to that help.


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By some estimates, nearly half of all Americans say that COVID-19 pandemic has affected their mental health. The prevalence of anxiety has even given rise to the term “Covid Stress Syndrome.” Among the many reasons people are experiencing anxiety and depression: fears of getting the disease, social isolation, financial stress, uncertainty about the future and more. We’ll discuss the reasons adults and children are suffering from greater anxiety, and ways to cope with increased stress.

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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date April 15, 2019); no calls will be taken.

The latest Kids Count Data Book reports that Maine children have the highest rate of diagnosed anxiety in the country, as well as high rates of depression and suicide. We learn what causes, signs and treatments are for anxiety in young people, as well as resources available to children and families.

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The latest Kids Count Data Book reports that Maine children have the highest rate of diagnosed anxiety in the country, as well as high rates of depression and suicide. We learn what causes, signs and treatments are for anxiety in young people, as well as resources available to children and families.

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Dan Abbott and his wife, author Monica Wood, speak publicly about Dan’s suicide attempt and recovery in hopes of helping others who undergo a major depressive episode. They will be joined by Portland Press Herald writer Bob Keyes, whose story about Dan and Monica received a tremendous response.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The suicide of actor-comedian Robin Williams this week highlights how indiscriminate depression can be:  It can strike anyone, anywhere.  The actor had been open about his bouts of depression and substance abuse for years, and he recently announced he was returning to a 12-step treatment program.  But depression is often hidden, and with tragic consequences.

Depression

Sep 18, 2013

  What are the latest developments in understanding and treating depression, and what support is available for those affected by it.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Dr. Robert V. McCarley (MD)-- Outpatient Attending/Outpatient Psychiatry Rotation Director, Dept of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center 

Alan Bean Burpee (LCSW) -- therapist with Counseling Services, Inc.