Depression in America: What You Need to Know with Guest Prakash Masand, MD
October 13, 2014
Hosted by Mary Woods
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. As treatable as this disease may be, nearly half of the estimated 16 million Americans suffering from MDD go untreated. MDD is a serious emotional and biological disease that affects one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood and physical health. Symptoms include depressed mood, lack of interest, changes in appetite, sleep disturbances, movement changes, loss of energy, feelings of hopelessness or guilt, poor concentration, and thoughts of death or suicide. Dr. Masand will lend his expertise as a leading specialist in psychiatric disorders. He will provide valuable information about MDD, the symptoms to look for when diagnosing MDD, and treatment options.
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Recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or a mental illness, or both requires a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses. “One Hour AT A Time” will increase awareness about recovery and decrease the discrimination against individuals in the recovery process. Host Mary Woods, will help people understand the recovery of adults and families living with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychotic and/or affective illness over the course of a lifetime. Helping individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to take personal responsibility for their health and supporting individuals in their efforts to get on with life beyond illness has been Mary’s mission and she now brings that mission to the airwaves.
Mary is the CEO of WestBridge Community Services. She is also a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with more than 25 years experience in substance abuse services and community mental health programs. Mary has conducted extensive workshops and trainings with a primary focus in Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory and Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders. She is also a contributor to the development of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors Workbook and Practice Demonstration Video. Mary was the Chairperson of the NH State Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professionals. She has been a member of the NH Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association since 1984, and has served as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, President of NAADAC and is currently past president of NAADAC.