Focus for October

                                                                          October 2013


Major depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger or frustration interfere with daily life for weeks or longer. There is not a single cause of depression. It is believed that there are chemical changes in the brain. Some types of depression run in families. Or it may be triggered by certain stressful events. More than likely it is a combination.

Depression can change or distort the way you see yourself, your life, and those around you. Depression often co-occurs with anxiety and substance use disorders. Depression is more common in women and it often recurs. Men who are depressed are more likely than women to mask symptoms with alcohol.

Depression can be treated. Early intervention is important. Common treatment includes medicines, talk therapy or both. You should contact your provider right away if:

You hear voices not coming from people around you.

You have frequent crying spells with little or no reason.

Your depression is disrupting work, school or family life.

You think your current medicine is not working or is causing side effects.


Having depression increases the risk of suicide. If you have concerns, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 or Local Crisis 240-964-1399.

Source: PubMed





Beginning in October 2013, there is a new way to find a quality health insurance plan that fits your needs and your budget through the new health insurance marketplace.

1. All plans must cover the care you need, including doctor visits, hospital stays, preventive care, prescriptions, and more.

2. Low-cost and free plans are available, and financial help is available based on how much money you make.

3. No one can be denied coverage because they have a pre-existing condition.

4. There is no sales pitch or fine print, just side-by-side comparisons of each plan.


For assistance call toll free:

Maryland: 1-855-642-8572 In Western Region: 1-855-288-3667