If I had to choose just one piece of advice to give to the person disabled by depression or any mood disorder, it would be this: Work with the right professionals and seek out accurate, evidence-based information.
In 2006, having spent years absorbing inaccurate information and working with amateurs, I needed a miracle. I was dangerously close to taking my life. I made an appointment with the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center and was evaluated by two savvy doctors, one of which became the psychiatrist that I have today.
The center saved my life.
This physician saved my life.
Now you have an opportunity to ask the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins any general question about mood disorders including diagnosis, treatments, research, what to expect, how to care for a loved one, and how to talk about symptoms. Simply visit AskHopkinsPsychiatry.org and type your question in the space on the right-hand side.
The physicians, nurses, social workers, public health practitioners, psychologists, and researchers under the leadership of Dr. J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., M.D. and Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., Directors of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center, will go through all questions submitted and pick one each week that they will answer with an engaging video. All videos will be posted for anyone to see with a library of all prior responses available in the ‘Q&A’ Page of this site.
Why I Believe in the Site
One of my largest regrets in life is wasting too much time and money on the wrong professionals and books and websites touting the latest fad or quick fix or theory for depression. Over and over again, I tried out advice based on circular reasoning (the person’s own opinion) or sales gimmicks, believing that all doctors and “experts” were created equal.
That’s why I now urge people to go to a teaching hospital for the best psychiatric care. The physicians of academic institutions and medical centers work together as a team to solve problems, conduct research on new therapies and medications to treat depression, and rely on their own collection of data—producing the invaluable evidence-based information that leads to miracles.
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine is a recognized expert in the research of illnesses that afflict mental health and behavior. It is dedicated to providing proper diagnosis and treatment to patients, as well as educating the public on mental illness. In an age of ubiquitous access to technology, mobile devices and a population seeking to obtain information immediately online in engaging ways, the department seeks to create an online multimedia education project that reaches a wide public audience and provides reliable evidence-based information.
Try It Out!
I believe in this new resource.
I think it has the capacity to educate and inform in a way that will reduce suffering of those burdened by the symptoms of mood disorders.