Mental Health: Understanding and Recovering From Depression.Linda Gask, a leading scholar in the field of clinical depression who has first-hand experience with the illness
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Mental Health: Depression
One in five people experience depression in their lifetime. So, what is this illness that has become as common as a cold? Dr. Linda Gask, a world-renowned research expert on depression, asserts that depression is a wide-ranging illness that affects people’s emotions, thoughts, and physical well-being. As there is no single cause for depression, Dr. Gask emphasizes the importance of focusing on how individuals lose their zest for life.
Having treated patients with depression for nearly 40 years, Dr. Gask affirms that even the most severe depression is treatable. In treatment, the key aspects involve shifting the patient’s negative thinking, re-engaging them with their everyday life, and addressing how their past relationships impact their present. Moreover, she provides a detailed examination of how depression correlates with grief, self-harm, and suicide.
To maintain a healthy state of mind, Dr. Gask stresses the necessity of balancing pleasure and achievement and having a confidante. Her heartfelt advice encourages those suffering from depression not to feel ashamed about accepting care from others or seeking professional help. In this lecture series titled 'Depression' for GREAT MINDS, the first in special series on mental health, Dr. Gask delves into the true nature of depression.
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Doctorate of Medicine in Psychiatry Emerita Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry at the University of Manchester Member of UK’s Royal College of Psychiatrists Honorary fellow of UK’s Royal College of General Practitioners Served on the board of the World Psychiatric Association Former advisor to the World Health Organization
Dr. Linda Gask, a psychiatrist from the UK, is a globally-recognized scholar in the field of depression and an established authority on doctor-patient communication. Having experienced depression since her teenage years, she emphasizes that depression is a broad-spectrum disorder where sadness impacts both body and mind. Based on her personal experience with depression, Dr. Gask provides practical advice on the prevention and treatment of depression. She currently serves as a director of the social enterprises she helped establish, offering suicide prevention education and primary mental health care services, aiding those who suffer from mental health issues. She has contributed to over 180 research papers, and her books include "Finding True North" and "The Other Side of Silence."
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