Depression Treatment: Daily and Cultural Issues of Postnatal Depression in African Women Immigrants in South East London: Tips for Health Professionals.

Daily and cultural issues of postnatal depression in african women immigrants in South East london: tips for health professionals.

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Nurs Res Pract. 2012; 2012: 181640
Babatunde T, Moreno-Leguizamon CJ

Postnatal depression has profound effects on the quality of life, social functioning, and economic productivity of women and families. This paper presents the findings of an earlier exploration of the perception of postnatal depression in African women immigrants in South East London. The aims of this research were twofold: firstly, to establish cultural elements related to postnatal depression through women’s narratives regarding their daily life situations, including the nuances and complexities present in postnatal depression, and secondly, to help health professionals understand and acknowledge postnatal depression signs in these immigrant women and some of the cultural ambiguities surrounding them. The study used a qualitative approach mainly through the implementation of two focus groups. Thematic analysis of the women’s narratives suggested that almost half of the participants in the study struggle with some signs of postnatal depression. The women did not perceive the signs as related to illness but as something else in their daily lives, that is, the notion “that you have to get on with it.” The study also highlights the fact that the signs were not identified by health visitors, despite prolonged contact with the women, due to the lack of acknowledgement of women’s silence regarding their emotional struggle, household and family politics, and intercultural communication in health services.
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Perspectives on Cognitive Therapy Training within Community Mental Health Settings: Implications for Clinician Satisfaction and Skill Development.

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Depress Res Treat. 2012; 2012: 391084
Wiltsey Stirman S, Miller CJ, Toder K, Calloway A, Beck AT, Evans AC, Crits-Christoph P

Despite the mounting evidence of the benefits of cognitive therapy for depression and suicidal behaviors over usual care, like other evidence-based psychosocial treatments (EBTs), it has not been widely adopted in clinical practice. Studies have shown that training followed by intensive consultation is needed to prepare providers to an appropriate level of competency in complex, multisession treatment packages such as cognitive therapy. Given the critical role of training in EBT implementation, more information on factors associated with the success and challenges of training programs is needed. To identify potential reasons for variation in training outcomes across ten agencies in a large, urban community mental health system, we explored program evaluation data and examined provider, consultant, and training program administrator perspectives through follow-up interviews. Perceptions of cognitive therapy, contextual factors, and reactions to feedback on audio recordings emerged as broad categories of themes identified from interviews. These factors may interact and impact clinician efforts to learn cognitive therapy and deliver it skillfully in their practice. The findings highlight experiences and stakeholder perspectives that may contribute to more or less successful training outcomes.
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An achondroplasic case with foramen magnum stenosis, hydrocephaly, cortical atrophy, respiratory failure and sympathetic dysfunction.

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Iran J Pediatr. 2012 Mar; 22(1): 121-4
Ozcetin M, Arslan MT, Karapinar B

Achondroplasia is a relatively frequent genetic disorder that may lead to limb weakness, motor-mental retardation, hydrocephaly, and respiratory disorders. In this pathology, foramen magnum stenosis and accompanying disorders like respiratory depression is well documented.A 2.5 year-old child with the diagnosis of achondroplasia admitted to our clinic with severe respiratory depression, limb weakness, and motor mental retardation as well as sympathetic dysfunction. In radiologic evaluations, severe foramen magnum stenosis was detected. The patient was operated and posterior fossa decompression was accomplished to prevent compression of respiratory centers and neurons.This case is unique with the narrowest foramen magnum reported up to date and the sympathetic dysfunction which is not reported as a complication in achondroplasic patients. The authors review the relevant literature, focusing on the indications for cervicomedullary decompression in infants with achondroplasia.
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Curing depression and super-charging cranial capacity with deep brain stimulation

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Depending on which region of the brain the electrodes are placed, DBS has proven to be very effective at treating various conditions, such as epilepsy, Parkinson's, and chronic pain. DBS is also being tested as a treatment for major depression, and …
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Antidepressants in Pregnancy May Affect Babies' Language Development

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"This study shows how maternal depression and its treatment can change the timing of language development in babies," said Janet Werker, professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, and senior author of the study.
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Depression, a forced silence within

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I could invoke the fact that my own mother who grew up and lived her life in India, suffered from severe depression from which she made a full recovery with treatment. But I think the most compelling evidence to support the existence of this condition …
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