Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder

depressive disorder
depressive disorder


As a mental health technician at Temple University Hospital’s Episcopal Campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Todd Belok draws on experience with patients diagnosed with a wide variety of mental illness. Also a former psychiatric technician at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington in Washington, DC, Todd Belok applies a knowledge of major depression and other similar disorders.

Major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression, causes serious changes in mood as well as a loss of interest in everyday activities. The person may experience the lack of ability to feel pleasure and may notice consistent sadness, anxiousness, and feelings of emptiness.

The individual with clinical depression is likely to feel worthless, guilty, or hopeless. Diminished levels of energy may lead to slowness in movement and speech, although some people instead become restless and cannot sit still for extended periods of time. Similarly, while some patients experience difficulty sleeping, others sleep to excess.

In a patient with major depressive disorder, some or most of these symptoms are present on a daily basis for at least two weeks. Symptoms may lead to suicidal ideation or suicide attempts, at which point the disorder is at its most dangerous. It is important for patients with depressive symptoms to see a qualified health care professional, as depression often responds to an appropriate course of treatment.


Why Philadelphia Is a Great City for Bikers

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Schuylkill River

Based in Philadelphia, Todd Belok serves as a mental health technician at the Temple University Hospital Episcopal Campus, a position he has held since 2015. In his free time, Todd Belok enjoys cycling, hiking, and running.

Renowned to most of the world for its cheesesteak sandwiches and the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia is also steadily becoming one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation. As the city is mostly flat and its grid layout is easy to navigate, Philadelphia is ideal for bikes. The city has more than 435 miles of dedicated bike lanes, making it easy for bike commuters to get around. Additionally, many of these bike routes run along the Schuylkill River and tributary creeks, providing a scenic view and an escape into nature.

Like many cities, Philadelphia also offers a bike-sharing program called Indego, which allows people to rent and return bikes from numerous stations around the city. Finally, every year the city hosts the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, a 12-mile race through the city that includes the formidable Manayunk Wall.

Prolific Author Philip K. Dick

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Philip K. Dick


The holder of a BS in biomedical science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Todd Belok serves as a mental health technician at Temple University Hospital. In his leisure time, Todd Belok enjoys reading, particularly the novels of the late science-fiction author Philip K. Dick.

Born in Chicago in 1928 and later moving to California, Dick started to write professionally in the 1950s, launching a career that produced 44 books and 122 short stories. His works often dealt with altered states of mind and psychological difficulties.

Ten years after he became an author, Dick won the Hugo Award for his 1962 novel The Man in the High Castle. The book presents an alternate post-World War II scenario in which the United States was defeated and occupied by Japan and Germany. The book proved Dick able to weave serious literary value into a science-fiction framework. It was adapted into a television series in 2015.

Other Dick stories made into movies were Minority Report, Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, and The Adjustment Bureau. Though not filmed, Dick’s novel Ubik was named by Time magazine as one of America’s top 100 novels.

An Introduction to Anxiety Disorders in the United States

post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Todd Belok is a mental health technician with the Temple University Hospital Episcopal Campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In this position, Todd Belok oversees a variety of therapeutic patient activities, including programs to treat anxiety, depression, and an array of phobias.

The physical and emotional sensations associated with anxiety are physiological reactions to stressful, potentially dangerous situations. Indeed, anxiety is one of the human body’s lines of defense against harmful activities. However, some individuals experience persistent, unusually high levels of anxiety that can occur independent of external stimuli. Such individuals may suffer from an anxiety disorder.

There are a variety of anxiety disorders with which a person can be diagnosed, including general anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder and panic attacks, social anxiety disorder, and even selective mutism. An anxiety disorder may also be related to a phobia or similar disorders such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Anxiety disorders collectively rank as the most widespread psychiatric malady among children and adults in the United States. As many as 40 million Americans live with some form of anxiety. While these disorders are highly treatable, only about 13 million individuals receive treatment.

Symptoms indicative of an anxiety disorder range from sudden, unexplainable panic attacks to a consistent level of anxiety that prevents a person from engaging in everyday activities. Individuals dealing with anxiety disorders often describe a feeling of dread at all times and an expectation of something terrible occurring at any moment.

Any person who feels they may be suffering from an anxiety disorder should reach out to family and friends, as well as medical professionals and anxiety support groups. Some individuals may require medication and therapy to overcome their disorder, while others may benefit from simpler treatments like increased exercise and general calming techniques.

Comparing the Rules of Kickball and Baseball

Todd Belok is a mental health technician with Temple University’s Hospital Episcopal Campus in Philadelphia. Away from work, Todd Belok stays active through a local kickball league.

While the rules of kickball may differ from one playground to the next, official WAKA rules of the game can be found at The rules of kickball mirror those seen in the sport of American baseball in a number of ways, with fielders taking to a similarly shaped and sized field. However, the two sports diverge at a number of points.

In professional baseball, teams field nine players on defense. Kickball teams, on th

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e other hand, can field 11 players at a time. The other nine players can be arranged as teams see fit. Teams can also opt to field just eight players.

The length of baseball and kickball games differ as well. Professional baseball games last for nine innings and Little League games go for six. A regulation kickball game ends after the fifth inning of play. Like baseball, a team’s inning ends after three outs have been charged to the offensive team. Outs can be secured through strike outs, force plays, or balls caught out of the air by fielders. Unlike baseball, kickball fielders can also throw a ball at runners to record an out, though head shots are considered illegal. For an in depth explanation of the rules visit and download the official rule book.