We’re finally getting down to business. I’m going to start writing letters to different medical and mental health publications, asking them why there aren’t that many facts out there about the co-morbidity (co-occurrence) of spina bifida and major depressive disorder.
Perhaps the most prestigious of these is the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Since you already pretty much know from these last few entries what I’m writing to them about, here’s some interesting information I read about JAMA.
JAMA was first published in 1883. This peer-reviewed journal is published 48 times per year, and its key objective is “to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health.”
What I find odd and disturbing is that, to the best of my knowledge, there are no studies published here that reflect the high incidence of depression in people with spina bifida.
Don’t be discouraged yet, though. Through JAMA’s Web site, I was able to find one of most comprehensive, detailed explanations of life with spina bifida. The book is called Spina Bifida: Management and Outcome, and if you are a college student or faculty member with remote access to your institution’s online library databases, I suggest you check it out there, because it is available online in its entirety.
I will definitely be poring over this book to glean some concepts for my research project, and I hope it is a resource that will be useful to many of you, as well.
Well, I better get going. My family and I are going out to celebrate my parents’ anniversary. Happy 29th anniversary, Papi and Mami!!
P.S. That baby looks terrified. Somebody help him.