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What is Depression?

Depression

Studies show that depression is the leading cause of disability for individuals between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States.


Depression refers to a mental illness characterized by feelings of intense sadness, low mood, and lack of interest in everyday activities that interferes with one’s ability to function normally. Some individuals can suffer from depression for weeks, months, or even years and are unable to recover without sufficient treatment.

Causes and Risk Factors
Depression may be caused by a number of mental, physical, and environmental factors, such as:

  • Chronic stress or stressful life events
  • Low self-esteem
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Altered brain structure and function following a stroke
  • Illnesses such as chronic pain, hypothyroidism, anemia, Parkinson’s disease, or cancer
  • Imbalances in the hormones and chemicals within the brain
  • Substance abuse and smoking
  • Family history of depression
  • Certain medications, such as those used to treat high blood pressure, asthma, arthritis, heart problems, and high cholesterol

Symptoms
While depression can vary from person to person and change over time, some of the most common symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent feelings of emptiness, anxiety, or sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Feeling tired, oversleeping, or difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, activities, and sex
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Changes in eating habits, weight gain or loss
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Treatment Options
There are many treatment options available for individuals with depression, such as psychotherapy, diet and exercise, antidepressant medications, electroconvulsive therapy, vagal nerve stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and bright light therapy.

Are you showing signs of depression? Let our physicians and nurses with Regional Medical Center of San Jose help identify your symptoms and provide the best treatment options for your needs. Contact us online, visit our website, or give us a call for more information. (408) 259-4000


National Latino AIDS Awareness Day - October 15th 2011

AIDS  Awareness

While the numbers have changed over the years, HIV and AIDS cases are still prevalent among individuals in the United States. This Saturday, October 15th is National Latino AIDS Awareness Day. Learn more about AIDS among Latinos and help spread awareness.

What is HIV?
HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is a disease that can lead to acquired immune deficiency (AIDS). There are two types of HIV; however, unless otherwise specified, the term HIV primarily refers to HIV-1 in the United States. Both HIV-1 and HIV-2 destroy CD4+ T cells, blood cells that help the body fight off disease—but studies show that HIV-2 tends to develop more slowly and less aggressively than HIV-1. Late stage HIV infection is known as AIDS and occurs when the body’s immune system has been so severely damaged that it can no longer fight off diseases, increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and cancer.

Latino Risk Factors
While HIV and AIDS can be contracted by all individuals, the HIV epidemic is a significantly higher risk to those within the Hispanic and Latino community. In fact, Latinos represented nearly 15% of the HIV cases in the United States in 2006. This means that the rate of new HIV infections among Latinos was 2.5 times higher than whites during that year. Risk factors among Latinos which increase the risk of contracting HIV and Aids include:

  • Cultural factors which encourage avoidance of testing, counseling, or treatments for fear of discrimination
  • Socioeconomic factors such as language barriers and poverty
  • Unprotected male-to-male sexual contact
  • Injection drug use

If or a loved one is in need of HIV screening, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is here to help. For more information, visit our website or contact us at (408) 259-4000.


Americans are Stressed Out!

A recent survey by the National Mental Health Association, showed that Americans are severely stressed out.

In this video, we take a closer look at the causes and consequences of stress. The most common causes of stress among adults include finances, health, employment issues, and parenting responsibilities. Stress can be an enormous problem as it can lead to physical and mental health consequences when left uncontrolled. Learn how some people de-stress in this full clip.

Are you suffering from stress? Learn more about your health options by contacting Regional Medical Center of San Jose by calling (408) 259-4000 or visiting our website.


Learn More About Our Recent Blog Topics!

Are you looking for the very best Trauma Level II center in your area? Do you know how to recognize the symptoms of a stroke? If you’re interested in more information on the warning signs of a stroke or Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s awards, accreditations, or Trauma Level II emergency care services, then check out some of these great resources:

  • Learn more about Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s accreditation through the Leapfrog Group by visiting their website.

  • This link from QualityCheck.org provides an overview on the standards and codes of ethics to be considered for the QualityCheck award.

  • Check out this link from the American College of Surgeons for a full list of verified Trauma Level II centers, including the Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

  • Learn more about why CT scans are used from this RadiologyInfo.org article.

  • Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s emergency department was named the Best Department of the Year by the California Emergency Physicians organization. Learn more by visiting the CEP website.

  • RMC of San Jose is conveniently located just off of the I-680. Make sure you know how to find our facility with this link from AARoads.com.

  • Do you know how to recognize the symptoms of a stroke? Visit this link from Stroke.org for more information on the Act F.A.S.T method.
  • What exactly is a stroke? Check out this article from MedicalNewsToday.com for a full overview.

  • Find out more information on the warning signs of a heart attack with this mayoclinic.com article.

  • Check out this link from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a listing of stroke risk factors.

For more information, visit our website or call the Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (408) 259-4000 today!


Regional Medical Center of San Jose Would Like to Invite You to Join Us at Two Great Events This Weekend!

Join Councilmember Rose Herrera for:

Day in the Park Festival
Saturday, October1st, 2011
10am - 3pm
Lake Cunningham Regional Park
2305 S. White Road San Jose, CA 95148
(Between Cunningham and Tully)
This is a FREE event!

For more information, call (408) 535-4980.

(Click on the image below to enlarge)

Day in the Park - event flyer

Join Senator Elaine K. Alquist - Representing the Heart of the Silicon Valley:

Community Health Forum on HEALTHY FAMILY LIVING
Saturday, October 1, 2011
9am - 12:30pm
Mayfair Community Center
2039 Kammerer Ave, San Jose, CA

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