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Guest Opinion: Let's open up about mental health

by Cameron Stout

Every year, 16 million American adults experience a severe depressive episode. I was one of them.

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Palo Alto resident Cameron Stout, an attorney and a mediator, gives talks around the country on his story of recovery, sharing strategies for self-care, resilience and hope. His website is stoutheart.org.

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13 people like this
Posted by Yes
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 1, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Thank you for opening up about mental health problems which are so easily masked and misdiagnosed.

People struggling live in pain but unlike a broken arm or cancer can’t benefit from the instinct from others to lend a helping hand or support. With more education and erasing stigma and shame hopefully it can be ok to be mentally or emotionally unwell and still get effective care and compassion.




3 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 1, 2019 at 1:21 pm


>> Studies have shown that exercise can be as effective as antidepressants.

People with major depression should seek medical treatment. Granting that, recent review articles -strongly- support exercise as part of an overall treatment regime, e.g.:

Kvam S, Kleppe CL, Nordhus IH, Hovland A. Exercise as a treatment for depression: a meta-analysis. J Affect Disord 2016; 202: 67–86.

Schuch FB, Vancampfort D, Richards J, Rosenbaum S, Ward PB, Stubbs B. Exercise as a treatment for depression: a meta-analysis adjusting for publication bias. J Psychiatr Res. 2016;77:42–51.

You can find these and related studies via scholar.google.com

Conversely, it is logical to conclude that sedentary people with depression could reasonably take the view that being sedentary is actually contributing to their depression.

-This is not medical advice. Ask your doctor about exercise.-


13 people like this
Posted by Michelle de Blank
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 1, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Thank you for being so brave to share your journey. I hope you can continue in good health!


11 people like this
Posted by Hope
a resident of Green Acres
on Feb 2, 2019 at 5:46 pm

My heart goes out to you and those who love you. Thank you for having the courage to stick it out and find your way out.


2 people like this
Posted by sad & depressed
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2019 at 7:34 pm

poverty and no hope for the future is the cause of my depression. each night I fall asleep hoping that I will not have to deal with another day of the same old drudgeries. it far is easier for those who have surplus money & can afford professional treatment at various healing centers & clinics. for those who cannot, why even bother trying as it will always be a losing battle.

with no love, hope or prospects anyone would get depressed. being homeless doesn't help either. nobody really cares & why should they as everyone has their own set of problems to deal with.

it's raining & very cold outside. when the library closes, I will have to leave. while I can wish for a better outcome, perhaps it will be better if I just die alone & the world goes on as usual.


2 people like this
Posted by Norm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 7, 2019 at 8:59 am

I loved this article; I applaud Cameron for taking care of himself, for sharing this, and for the Weekly publishing it. Loved the practical advice. Good stuff.


12 people like this
Posted by It's All Based On One's Wallet
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2019 at 1:52 pm

@sad and depressed

Most Palo Alto people are only concerned about the well-to-do folks who can afford to deal with their mental issues & personal problems with disposable $$$.

They do not care about others less fortunate and prefer to look the other way

Going to a country club rehab center/sanitariums is 'the PA Way'. Add some yoga + meditation to the treatment and most PA folks can relate.


6 people like this
Posted by Palo Alto Reality
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 7, 2019 at 5:28 pm

"Most Palo Alto people are only concerned about the well-to-do folks who can afford to deal with their mental issues & personal problems with disposable $$$."

"Going to a country club rehab center/sanitarium is 'the PA Way'."

Gee. Maybe some TV producer should come up with a new show satirizing the humble yet upscale citizens of Palo Alto.

They could call it Lifestyle 94301...once EPA is reassigned a new zip code.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 7, 2019 at 7:14 pm

^ no part of 94301 is in EPA, or vice versa.


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Posted by Woodland Avenue
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 7, 2019 at 8:41 pm

"^ no part of 94301 is in EPA, or vice versa."

94303 is the shared PA/EPA zip code.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 14, 2019 at 1:24 pm

Back on the subject of exercise and depression, here is a new article about a new, statistically strong (and rather clever) study that provides stronger evidence that (proactive) exercise does reduce the risk of developing depression:

Web Link

"The study involved hundreds of thousands of people and used a type of statistical analysis to establish, for the first time, that physical activity may help prevent depression"

I interpret the study somewhat inversely myself-- I think it is natural for humans to move, and, being sedentary is "unnatural". I would interpret the study results as saying that being sedentary causes depression in some people. Better to keep moving, rather than discover that you are one of those people.


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