Depression Articles

Anxiety 101: Don’t Cross the Rocky Mountains in February

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Rockies I70 by Sarah NewmanI know what you’re thinking. “Of course you shouldn’t cross the Rockies during the coldest, snowiest time of year.” But while it may seem obvious that you could be setting yourself up for disaster, worriers like me throw ourselves headlong into harrowing obstacles all the time. We ignore that voice in our heads that says “I can’t handle this” and try to muscle through.

Self-doubt keeps us from listening to our highly sharpened instincts. We spend so much of our lives preparing, honing, gathering information and yet that doesn’t stop us from throwing our better judgment out of the window. 

Is Your Partner Depressed?

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Stress & Schizophrenia: How to Help Your Loved One & YourselfA married couple came to psychotherapist Rebecca Nichols, LPC, to improve their communication. The wife was having a hard time concentrating on conversations. In the last few months she’d become increasingly irritable and indecisive. And she constantly snapped at her husband. While the couple’s communication certainly needed work, it turned out that the wife was struggling with depression.

Thankfully, this couple sought help. Nichols helped the wife work through her depression, and helped both of them improve their relationship. But often depression goes unnoticed, especially when the signs are subtle.

Getting Over the Fear of Taking Medication for Depression

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

emergency-medicationsNine years ago I decided to wean off all my meds and take natural supplements instead.

One evening I was fixing a magnesium concoction, chatting with a friend. We were talking about my depression, and this new holistic route I was taking.

“You have everything you need inside you to get better,” she said.

Yeah, I suppose I do, I thought. I mean, why would God create you with some missing pieces?

6 Tips to Help You Through a Depressive Episode

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

How To Get Things Done When You’re Depressed So you’re doing okay, cruising right along. Suddenly you realize that you’re slipping into a depressive episode. Once that depressive state starts to hover over you like a dark cloud, remind yourself that it’s only temporary. You will get out of it.

It’s so much like a rollercoaster ride that it can make you physically ill as well.

Here are six helpful tips to get you through on not just a daily basis, but an hourly basis. Don’t look too far ahead too often — that can be overwhelming.

Depression: A Forever-Kind of Illness

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

forever illnessI overheard my husband describing my health to someone on the phone the other day.

“She’s definitely better,” he said. “She’s trying a lot of new things. It’s hard to say what’s helping the most.”

“Well, she’ll always have it. I mean, it will never go away completely. But she’s able to manage her symptoms as of late. She’s able to get out of bed in the morning and go to work.”

Wow, I thought to myself, he gets it. He truly gets it.

Research Suggests Light Therapy Offers More Than Just Mental Relief

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Happy celebrating winning success woman at sunset or sunrise sta

Bright light therapy has long been an effective treatment for people suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Now new research shows that this alternative treatment may offer significant relief for physical pain as well — specifically back pain.

In a new study, published in the journal Pain Medicine, the back pain of 125 participants was significantly reduced after only three sessions of bright light therapy with 5000 lux. (Office lighting is about 500 lux, and direct sunlight is about 30,000 to 100,000 lux.) The participants’ depression, mainly due to the pain, was also significantly lowered.

Psychology Around the Net: February 14, 2015

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

love letter 3

Happy Valentine’s Day, Psych Central readers!

For those of you who observe Valentine’s Day, we have some interesting information about why single people actually might benefit more than those in relationships.

Oh, and there’re are a few more fascinating reads — from taking a peek at some useful mental health apps to learning how successful people deal with depression.

We hope it provides a great start to your weekend!

It’s Better to Be Single On Valentine’s Day: Here’s one that’s sure to drum up some controversy: Philosopher Neil McArthur and author Marina Adshade make several arguments about why it’s actually better to be single on this day of celebrating love, going beyond just the economic implications and diving into the “are you or are you not committed to me” realm.

The Scary Side of Sitting

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Young woman sitting on sofa with electronic padThere is a growing scientific consensus that the more time you spend sitting, the shorter and less healthy your life may be. Excessive sitting, such as at an office desk, in front of the TV, even driving while commuting can significantly affect your cardiovascular and metabolic function.

Your mental health is intricately connected to the amount of time you spend sitting. One study after another continues to reveal that your risk for depression soars the longer you are sedentary. Sitting also increases psychological distress, and decreases feelings of well-being, a problem that fortunately can be rectified.

One Way to Break a Bad Habit & Uncover Happiness

Friday, February 13th, 2015

One Way to Break a Bad Habit & Uncover HappinessBelow is an excerpt from Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.’s new book, Uncovering Happiness.

Start by picking one of the undesirable habits that you’ve identified as fueling your depression loop. Take a moment to picture in your mind the routine as vividly as possible. What time does it occur? Where are you? Who are you with? The more real you can make it and the more detail you can imagine it with, the better.

Next, pause before engaging with whatever the routine is.

The Link between Bullying and Children’s Body Image

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Body ImageThe U.K. government recently released the results of a nationwide survey to better understand public perceptions of body image. Shockingly, they discovered that 87 percent of girls aged 11- 21 think that women are judged more on their appearance than on their ability.

This is worrying. Evidence from academic experts shows that poor body confidence can have a devastating effect. From achieving at school to effectively dealing with bullying, healthy body image is important for children. (The term “body image” describes a person’s comfort level with his or her body, their integrated sense of body and self, and the extent to which their personal value is tied up with their physical appearance.)

Whatever your role with children and young people, we all have a responsibility to do everything we can to give out positive messages about our bodies to further the fight against bullying.

What Makes a Highly Sensitive Person?

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

serious-female-faceMy mom called me her “flapper” when I was a baby. Whenever I got excited, I would flap my arms, like I was young chick taking off for flight … in front of a hawk. I still do that, to some extent, but I manage to keep the arm movements to a minimum extension.

I am easily excitable, a “highly sensitive person,” as defined by Elaine Aron in her bestseller, The Highly Sensitive Person. If you answer yes to most of these questions on her website, you’re probably in the club, which holds 15 to 20 percent of human beings:

HuffPo Lies: Marijuana Effective Against Depression

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

HuffPo Lies: Marijuana Effective Against DepressionWow, what a whopper there. The brazen Huffington Post Science article headline blares: “New Study Finds Marijuana To Be Effective Against Depression.”

While many of us turn to the HuffPo for our entertainment news, this is an example of why it’s probably not a good source to trust for science news. Because that headline isn’t just inaccurate — it’s an outright lie.

There has been no study that was just published that shows marijuana to be effective against depression. Because the research HuffPo references is a study done on rats. Measuring not depression, but rather chronic stress.

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