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New Research on Depression in the Workplace.

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JOURNAL

Mental Health Matters Journal for Psychiatrists & GP's

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SPEAKING BOOKS

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Literacy is a luxury that many of us take for granted.  We depend on written communication for information, guidance, and access to heath care information That is why SADAG created SPEAKING BOOKS and revolutionized the way information is delivered to low literacy communities. It's exactly what it sounds like.a book that talks to the reader in his or her local  language, delivering critical information in an interactive, and educational way.

The customizable 16-page book, accompanied by local celebrity audio recordings, ensures that vital health and social messages can be seen, heard, read and understood..

We started with books on Teen Suicide prevention , HIV, AIDS and Depression, Understanding Mental Health and have developed over 30 titles, such as TB, Malaria, Polio, Vaccines for over 30 countries.

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It's Not All in Your Head: Stress Alters Sleeping Patterns

It's not all in your head. Feeling stressed out can make it harder to get a good night's sleep.

It's no surprise that a stressful day can make for a restless night, but researchers are still largely in the dark about why. A new study, however, offers some potential clues.

Researchers found that stress alters the nervous system's natural sleep cycle and produces changes similar to those found in insomniacs.


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Stress Upsets Sleep

In the study, published in the January/February issue of Psychosomatic Medicine, researchers monitored the heart rate and blood pressure of 59 adults during sleep.


Researchers divided the participants into two groups. The control group was told that they would be awakened in the morning and asked to read a popular magazine.


The second group was given a stressful situation and asked to give an oral presentation when they woke up. They were told that they would have two minutes to prepare their speech once their topic was given to them, and the 15-minute speech would be recorded and evaluated for content and quality.


Researchers found the stressed sleepers experienced more arousal during sleep and woke up more often. They also were less relaxed during sleep and had fewer episodes of deep sleep.


The study showed stress-related changes in heart rate variability between the two groups, and that acute stress was associated with changes in the sleep cycle of both REM and non-REM sleep. The researchers say that these findings are consistent with stress producing poorer sleep maintenance and may result in significant mortality and morbidity.

 

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