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FOCUS: Depression/Suicide - Doug Fabian & Dr Maria Cartagena; Pt IV

Aug 13, 2014|

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Doctor Maria Carnahan -- with brylin hospital and Doug Fabian executive director crisis services are in studio as we continue our discussion. Into depression and its consequences -- you mentioned earlier that. When an incident like the death of Robin Williams happens calls to crisis services. Increased suddenly and among other things you said you assess the quality. Of some of these calls and inquiries what do you mean. Well what I mean by that is that we would we do have a we do have the ticker at at the agency in our in our phone room and -- -- room. That did that we'll we'll tell you at any point in the day how many calls we get in them in John the other day and it did at 6 o'clock. We hand over 400 calls. Normally we get about 250. Calls today so this is gotten everybody's attention. People are talking about it in people who and I'm gonna turn to doctor Cartagena for this. People who are somewhat on the margin if you will come psychiatric earlier emotionally. This can tip the scale. Absolutely something like this can definitely bring attention to. You know how you're loved ones or you might be feeling and I think it's so important dead there are phone numbers that they came up call. Such as -- services there are facilities like brylin. Primary care urging care facilities emergency rooms that people can't -- -- to -- particularly when there not certain it's better to be safe than sorry. Doug mentioned crucial services received as many as 400 calls. After the death of Robin Williams what about brylin did you notice an increase in inquiries. Absolutely I'm not just brylin but our providers. What have been reached out to many of the local. Facilities in psychiatric treatment facilities such as suburban psychiatric. They also have not received a phone calls. Hospitals have not received. Calls inquiring about what the services act and I think it's a very good thing if you have someone that that you love you know we care about. -- you know suffers from depression they meet stable now which are wondering about the last few times that you're worried about them or if you yourself. Are feeling -- pain now or maybe not so OK and want to know what to do that you should familiarize yourself really at this very moment. While it's on your mind with what are the services available what are the telephones can you put the nine year. -- yourself forming a contact list so that if he do it in now in an emergency or crisis or an urgent situation need to reach out. Do you have those lists of numbers because they think it could be very important. To be able to access the help that is available. This my bigger point dimension than we do have those numbers and a lot of resources online at WB and outcome. The crisis services number and you can look it up their view if you don't get it here when I'm about say it. 8343131. Doctor Cartagena how common is depression. We've got as volatile time about the website we've got an informal poll there and I know it's not scientific but a collection of people's opinions have you or someone close few. Ever dealt with -- or for that matter is currently dealing with depression. 79%. Of the people who signed on -- say. Yeah that they they have seen this firsthand how common is it. Well yes and that's a very believable statistic actually working with people that suffer from depression also loved ones in and to support systems of people -- depression. But it depends on and which study looking in the United States eight. 20% actually. And we feel on the -- at them might be a bit under reported so the likelihood that -- section -- statistic is is even greater. And that's -- -- appoint a dimension not everyone certainly is that Robin Williams stated could be someone who's just. Taking an anti -- each morning. Well absolutely and I think that's wild -- again. Those symptoms do what he experienced over what he went through on can definitely. I happen to anybody who who suffers from any type of psychiatric illness uncertainly it's it's not everybody's at the point where they're contemplating. That that's scary behavior -- they're definitely. It's continually there's definitely varying stages of the depressed anxious state. And sometimes it can be confusing. Particularly offerings I eighty sometimes that can be very devastating illness that can prompt such behavior on and winning -- don't eat. Across the board you can see it Sundays and Sunday's you don't seated on and he can really be confusing thing for patients to now. Boy I think I need to have treatment for this. You know when we began I asked. Doug. Why some people can handle depression why some people cannot be -- as well we knew the answers that -- before him the game. But what many people have a difficult time understanding. Is why someone like Robin Williams would take his life I mean he had everything we can only hope. To acquire and our line he had everything money. Wonderful family you know and in the -- we don't know what was eating away at his mind. And now we have this. That's a devastating part of depression and and many other psychiatric illnesses is that it really he wasn't seen things the way you and I it would -- that he wasn't seeing his own life his accomplishments of people who loved him. You know his his daughter that was quoted as as saying something on alliances. -- she couldn't understand why when so many people loved him. When you're in a state of severe depression and you cannot appreciate all the blessings and all the good things. In your life you cannot appreciate how productive he's become you can't appreciate your -- You can't appreciate your loved ones and actually one of the most devastating things. Four people when they can't enjoy the cutie can't feel it all they feel is devastation. We thank you both for coming in we have a better understanding. Depression now and its consequences -- we hope to touch -- -- you again. We're very grateful for you coming and thank you killed doctor -- -- opinion chief medical officer at brylin hospital's behavioral health division. And Doug Fabian -- executive director of crisis services and again that crisis services hotline number is 834. 3131.

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