“Michael Phelps Discussing Anxiety & Depression” AND More on Best 5 Tuesday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Let’s begin!

1) Michael Phelps Discussed Anxiety & Depression In A Way That Shows It’s OK To Not Be OK

The stigma surrounding mental health still exists, but that didn’t stop Michael Phelps from discussing anxiety and depression on Thursday’s Today show. The Olympic swimmer bravely opened up about his past and present battle with both anxiety and depression, which he’s talked about before. Just because Phelps is a top athlete with 23 gold medals doesn’t mean he has to always be strong. His new interview importantly shows others that you don’t have to be happy or positive all the time.

2) Caring for patients with autism spectrum disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an umbrella term used to describe lifelong neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by impairment in social interactions and communication coupled with restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviors or interests that appear to share a common developmental course.1 In this article, we examine psychiatric care of patients with ASD and the most common symptom clusters treated with pharmacotherapy: irritability, anxiety, and hyperactivity/inattention.

3) I’m Just a Middle-Aged House Dad Addicted to Pot

Cannabis should be legal, just as alcohol should be legal. But marijuana addiction exists, and it almost wrecked my life.

4) Prescribing Substances of Abuse in Psychiatric Care

Should hallucinogens such as ketamine, MDMA, psilocybin, and LSD be considered as treatment options for patients with mental illness?

5) Reducing the global burden of depression: a Lancet–World Psychiatric Association Commission

Depression is the leading cause of mental health-related disease burden globally, affecting an estimated 300 million people worldwide. It represents a barrier to sustainable development in all regions. Depression prevents people from reaching their full potential, impairs human capital, and is associated with premature mortality from suicide and other illnesses.

Over the past decades, understanding of depression has increased. Depression is now thought to have similar core features across many cultures. Research has identified risk factors for depression, such as childhood neglect, trauma, and violence, and acute life events, such as bereavement or financial crisis, that are associated with onset and maintenance of the disorder. Studies of genomic and biological predictors and mechanisms suggest factors likely to be involved in its genesis as well as pathways to the experience of depression. Depression typically has its onset in young adulthood. A relapsing or chronic course is not uncommon, with adverse effects through the life course for individuals with depression and for their children, families, and broader social networks.

Thank you and see you tomorrow for more articles!

Best Regards,


2 thoughts on ““Michael Phelps Discussing Anxiety & Depression” AND More on Best 5 Tuesday Reads

    1. Hello there! Yes, we have to keep in mind that mental health disorders are very common. Some studies have shown that up to 25% of the adult population will suffer from mental illness at least once in their lifetime. Depression itself is the single most common cause of disability, surpassing obesity, hypertension and other medical disorders.

      Celebrities and athletes are not immune to these mental health disorders. In some extreme cases, some of them like Anthony Bourdain and Robin Williams were struggling so much that they died from suicide.

      Let’s hope that these stories increase awareness and reduce the stigma of mental health disorders.

      Thanks for stopping by Rebecca 🙂


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