When Love Isn’t Enough

Suicide’s Legacy: A father’s struggle – from the AJC
One year after losing his teen daughter to suicide, Richard Blackwell is learning to laugh
Sixteen-year-old Alex Blackwell died in September 2017, after a yearlong struggle with
social anxiety and depression, inflamed by back-to-back sports concussions and extensive
leg surgery. The Atlanta-journal-Constitution shared Alex’s story in a Personal Journey
earlier this year. Click HERE to read her story.
The rosy-cheeked girl with striking blue eyes was beloved for her wicked sense of humor
and spontaneity. Her sudden death, the result of an intentional overdose, left a dent in the
Blackwells’ close-knit Tucker community and at Greater Atlanta Christian School, where
Alex played soccer.
“She was the best adventure of my life,” said Seth Masters, Alex’s boyfriend.
It was two months after Alex’s death before Blackwell and his wife, Kim, spent a day
without tears; six months before there were more days without tears than with them.
Richard Blackwell and daughter Alex shared a close bond.
On the one-year anniversary of her death last month, neighbors placed luminaries around
the Blackwell’s home. The couple spent the stormy night eating sushi and drinking a
couple beers before going to bed. Blackwell said they awoke the next morning and felt “like
a type of burden had lifted up and off.
“Everybody seemed to think the year was the magic point,” Blackwell said. “And it’s true. It’s
amazing what a year will do and allow you to recover from. ”
Recognizing depression To help heal from Alex’s death and to help parents of other teens
suffering from depression, Blackwell focused his energy on depression awareness. He
began curating and circulating a detailed checklist for parents to identify signs of
depression and improve verbal communication with their children.
But as time passed, he grew concerned by the growing suicide rate. The number of
suicides among 15- to 19-year-old girls has doubled between 2007 and 2015, reaching a
40-year high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Blackwell decided to shift his attention from learning the signs of depression to educating
himself on treatments for depression.
He was fueled, in part, by his own downward spiral.
Read entire article HERE.

FREE Webinar on helping depressed & suicidal teens

The ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) is offering a FREE webinar on Thursday, September 8. The topic is “How to Help Depressed and Suicidal Teenagers”.
“Rates of depression as well as suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury are surprisingly common among adolescents. Dr. Alec Miller will describe treatments that exist for them in clinical and school settings.”
This webinar series is intended for the general public. Details HERE.

When a life starts to unravel, where do you turn for help?

Melissa Klump began to slip in the eighth grade. She couldn’t focus in class,
and in a moment of despair she swallowed 60 ibuprofen tablets. She was
smart, pretty and ill: depression, attention deficit disorder, obsessivecompulsive
disorder, either bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder.

In her 20s, after a more serious suicide attempt, her parents sent her to a
residential psychiatric treatment center, and from there to another. It was
the treatment of last resort. When she was discharged from the second center
last August after slapping another resident, her mother, Elisa Klump,
was beside herself.

Read the rest of the article here.

Psychiatric, Psychological & Emotional Aspects of Thyroid Disease

It’s Not all in your Head !

It’s a common scenario for hypothyroid patients, especially when you are undiagnosed due to your doctor’s over-reliance on a faulty TSH range, or treated with thyroxine T4-only medications: You go to the doctor; you complain about your depression, or your anxiety, or your emotional swings, or your inability to concentrate…and onto your doctor’s favorite antidepressant, anti-anxiety, lithium, or bi-polar med you go — beginning with the freebies on the shelf from is friendly and suited pharmaceutical rep. Sound familiar??

See Chapter 10 titled Join the YaYa Hypohood Psychiatrists Club in the revised STTM book for even more detail.

Read the rest of the article HERE.