Eagles Offensive Lineman Shawn Andrews is in a Bad Mood

Source: www.nytimes.com/2009/05/14/sports/football/14eagles.html?emc=eta1

Every year, 44 million Americans suffer from a mood disorder, the most common of which are major depression and bipolar (manic) depression. This is our second account of a professional athlete (the first was Suzy Hamilton) whose life and career has been upset by major depression.

The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has some real stories of men and depression and also a short  video on the signs, symptoms and treatment of depression.

Doctors diagnose mental disorders using rules spelled out in a book called DSM-IV (the fourth edition of the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association). Two of the best books describing what it really feels like to be clinically depressed are The Noonday Demon and Unholy Ghost.

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Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D. is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine, "a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health" and in which professional health care providers encourage "empowered patients" and value them as full partners in managing their health and wellness.

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