What Middle-Aged Men Can Do to Avoid Becoming “Depressed” in the “Corona VIII Wave” | FRIDAY DIGITAL

What Middle-Aged Men Can Do to Avoid Becoming “Depressed” in the “Corona VIII Wave”

Interview with Dr. Hideki Wada, psychiatrist

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The more serious the problem,” warns psychiatrist Dr. Hideki Wada. Men in their 40s and 50s and up should not let their mood swings go unchecked. Restrictions on corona behavior are harmful.

Dr. Suidobashi, a member of the Diet, has suspended his activities as a member of the Diet because he is ‘depressed. This is very meaningful. This is not a resignation, but a suspension. Depression is a disease, so it is natural to see a doctor and receive treatment when you feel symptoms. It is natural to take a break from work during that time. The fact that a person with the status of a Diet member did not hide his illness and took time off work should be an encouragement to many people with the same symptoms. It will also deepen understanding of the disease. As a doctor and as an individual, I think it is a very good thing.

Psychiatrist Dr. Hideki Wada said, “When someone complains of depressive symptoms, I think it’s a good thing to do.

When someone complains of depressive symptoms, there are three major types of illnesses: depression, bipolar disorder, and adjustment disorder. According to WHO According to WHO statistics, people with depressive symptoms account for about 3% of the population, and it was originally a disease of middle-aged and older people. It is a common disease.

However, especially in Japan, there is an atmosphere of reluctance to publicize these mental illnesses. This makes people hesitant to see a doctor, and delays in treatment can exacerbate the disease. Some people suffer from depression for years or decades.

If only former Prime Minister Abe had disclosed his depression…

Norwegian Prime Minister Bondivik once announced that he was depressed and would be taking a leave of absence from his duties. After a four-week break, he returned and served as prime minister. What do you think happened after that? The number of suicides in Norway dropped dramatically. Even great people get depressed. And it can be cured. The people got the strong message that life is not over and that there is no need to die. It’s an enlightenment. It is a wonderful thing.

In Japan, for example, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resigned as prime minister because of an intestinal disorder. What if he had taken medical treatment instead of resigning? Also, what if he had announced that he had a mental illness instead of a bowel disease? I think the atmosphere of psychiatry in Japan would have been very different.

Three illnesses suspected in “depression

Depression is a disorder that can be diagnosed by the DSM- 5 5 The three illnesses that can be suspected in depression are: depression, anxiety, and depression. The DSM-5 was revised in 2013. revised in 2013. It is a diagnostic manual of the United States. Diagnostic Manual. There are nine specific criteria, including depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, weight loss, and loss of motivation, and if five of these episodes last for two weeks, the patient is diagnosed as depressed. One important thing to note is that “manic” states, in which the person is too energetic to feel depressed, etc., but conversely Bipolar Disorder” if you have at least one episode of If you have a manic episode, you are diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. If you feel depressed at work or school but fine at home, you may have an adjustment disorder. At first glance, the symptoms may seem similar, but the treatment methods are different. Therefore, self-judgment is very dangerous. It is important not to judge yourself, but to see a specialist and receive appropriate treatment.”

These three diseases tend to be confused with each other, and incorrect treatment can make them worse, he says. The reason he does not hide the illnesses and recommends seeing a doctor is because he is wary of such negative effects.

In the case of depression, cognitive therapy is the first step. Medication is also effective. But for those who are in their 20s or so, it’s a little different. The case of a person in his or her twenties is a little different, and is often an adjustment disorder rather than depression. Medication is not effective. But in the case of adult depression, serotonin is effective. 40s 40s 50s. In our 40s and 50s, as we age, our hormonal balance is disturbed and the amount of serotonin in our bodies decreases. This is where serotonin is administered from the outside. This works very well.

Many patients are cured after taking the medication for a few weeks to a few months.

There are certain characteristics of people who are “prone to depression.

The typical person who is prone to depression is someone who has a rigid mindset. They think, “This is the only way! They think, “This is the only way! They are very serious.

This is the only way, but it doesn’t work out. Then they think, “Oh, no, that’s it. People who think, “If this road doesn’t work, let’s go that way,” don’t get depressed.

For example, there is Junichiro Koizumi, a politician who was the prime minister of Japan. When he was prime minister, he was asked if he could privatize the postal service. When he was the prime minister, he was asked if he could privatize the postal service, to which he replied, “I won’t know until I try. He also said that there are many things in life. People like that do not get depressed. He is a different type from former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

In the case of Dr. Suidobashi, I think he became a member of the Diet and thought that he had to act like a member of the Diet or something like that.

Restrictions on Corona Behavior Are Harmful

When serotonin levels are low due to a drop in male hormones, men become less motivated and socializing becomes a nuisance. Not just in female relationships, but in socializing in general. Then they become dependent on alcohol and poor judgment. . Especially in the case of bipolar disorder, the mood swings are so extreme that it can cause burnout. They may even commit suicide. Even if they don’t commit suicide, they may become so fed up with everything that they become self-neglectful. The way of life becomes messy.

The COVID-19 crisis has reduced my opportunities to go out, which has added to this. Serotonin is produced by exposure to sunlight, so we shouldn’t stay cooped up at home.”

It is said that the “8th wave” of the new type of coronas has arrived, but Dr. Wada says that the increased restriction of activities has “nothing but negative effects.

How much does not going out and not seeing people weaken a person? Prohibition of visits in hospitals and elderly care facilities To this COVID-19 crisis, the annual million elderly people a year. million elderly people die each year without being cared for by their relatives. Government measures are making people unhappy. We can change the new corona from class 2 to class 5. But rigid thinking and assumptions about what should be done are preventing it. It’s the same way of thinking as people who get depressed.”

If someone you love becomes depressed…

Still, we have to survive within the rules that have been set. With the COVID-19 crisis and recession inevitable, it is not uncommon to feel down.

When that happens to someone you care about, it’s better to encourage them to seek medical attention than to give them easy encouragement. I often tell them to hang in there as encouragement. It makes them feel even more self-loathing. If it is someone close to you, such as your husband or partner, the right thing to do is to say, “You are acting a little strange lately,” and then suggest that you see a psychiatrist.

I think this is the hubris of Japanese people, who try to do things by themselves that should be left to professionals. They try to do things by themselves that should be left to professionals. It is the same with nursing care.

Instead of trying to take on the burden by yourself, leave it to the professionals. Your mental health is your first priority. Live for yourself rather than for your work or for something else. If you need to rest, just rest. Don’t think, “I have to be this way,” and laugh at the many things in life. I’m trying to get a smile back on my face.”

Everyone has been feeling irritable, angry, and unable to sleep lately. We want to live with a smile on our face. It seems that there is no shortage of lessons to be learned from Dr. Suidobashi and others suffering from mental illness.

The bookshelves in Dr. Wada’s clinic are lined with his own writings on psychiatry, and he has more than he can fit in. A large number of specialized books and materials for study are kept in a separate area.
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