A recent study published in Psychiatric Services in Advance, a journal of the APA, reveals depression screenings were conducted in fewer than 5 percent of individuals in primary care situations. Researchers say this data indicates that primary care physicians may be missing signs and/or symptoms of depression, leading to a lower rate of diagnosis.
According to the study, geriatric patients, men, and African Americans were less likely to be screened overall. Failing to screen patients in an equitable manner could lead to these patient populations experiencing more significant depression-related issues that are found earlier in groups who are more likely to be screened. The study authors also found that clinics that implemented a system of electronic health records were more likely to conduct depression screenings compared to those who did not.
A psychotherapist with nearly 20 years of medical experience, Josh Gibson, MD, has maintained a private practice in San Francisco since his graduation from the University of California’s (UC) Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, in 2002. Josh Gibson, MD, is also an assistant clinical professor at UC, and a co-author of the e-book CAREERS, which explores behaviors, inherent in all people, that enable them to succeed in the working world.
CAREERS: A Brainwise Guide to Finding Fulfillment at Work was written to assist people graduating from high school or college, and aims to answer two big questions: What will you do? and How will you do it? The answer is delivered through seven chapters sharing natural behaviors that can help young people follow their dreams. These behaviors are change, appreciate, risk, explore, endure, reflect, and sacrifice.
CAREERS approaches the topics with straight-forward, practical facts and advice that anyone can understand and use. The authors strive to show readers their ambitions are achievable because our brains are “naturally wired” to carry out these seven behaviors.
Josh Gibson earned his MD from Columbia University in New York, where he received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award. Today, Josh Gibson, MD, treats clients in his private psychiatric practice in San Francisco, where he focuses on occupational therapy for professionals in the workplace.
One way that professionals are seeking to improve mental health in the workplace is through a practice called mindfulness, which studies have indicated may have a positive effect on the stress levels and sleep quality of employees. Other studies have shown that mindfulness may also allow workplace leaders to feel a greater sense of confidence, improving their ability to effectively communicate business visions to other staff members.
Many mindfulness practices in the workplace focus on direct meditation, but professionals can also engage in other exercises to help increase mental mindfulness while on the job. Common techniques include avoiding the impulse to read texts or emails on a cell phone during breaks, taking time to appreciate the color and taste of a meal during lunch, and remembering to relax the muscles when tension is noticed.
Josh Gibson is a former psychiatrist who now works as an executive coach and consultant.