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Category: Depression

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Out of the Darkness: Three Steps to Emotional Healing

March 20, 2014

Much of the United States has had a long, harsh, and cold winter. While it seemed like it would never end, some of us are starting to see the light of spring. This winter has been a perfect representation of the darkness and despair that we feel from time to time. Whether it is grief associated with death, a trauma that we had to endure, or the end of a relationship, we all have had experiences of darkness and despair... Read More

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Depression and Suicide: How to Know When You Need Help

March 19, 2014

While most Americans will experience some level of depression in their lives, some will experience an intense and serious depression which requires the help of friends, family, or a mental health professional. The severity of a depressive state will fluctuate based on a variety of factors, including the availability of a support system, treatment options such as a therapist or psychiatrist, emotional coping skills, and... Read More

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Five Factors that Contribute to Depression in Caregivers, Part II

March 18, 2014

In Part I of this series, we discussed the rate of depression among caregivers. The Family Caregiver Alliance reports that 40% to 70% of family caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression, with about 25% to 50% meeting the criteria for major depression. This statistic is more alarming when compared to the general population, where the depression rate is 6.7%. We also addressed the first five of 10 factors... Read More

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‘A Smooth Sea Never Made a Skilled Sailor’: A Story of Childhood Abuse

March 16, 2014

Editor’s note: This story contains sensitive material about abuse and suicide that may be triggering to some readers. Hello. everyone. I’m a 26-year-old girl from Turkey. And this is the story of my journey. Let me cut to the chase right away: I was molested by a relative from my mother’s side of family at age 7 … and 8 … and 9. Then I found out that it was a game I did not want to play and told him... Read More

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News Roundup: Perfectionism Linked to Eating Issues

March 7, 2014

Last week was National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which recognizes an issue that is deserving of increased awareness considering the millions of people in the United States who experience eating and food issues for some portion of their lives. Many point to media messaging and the objectification of both women and men—though primarily women—in television, movies, and advertising as being to blame for... Read More

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Five Factors that Contribute to Depression in Caregivers, Part I

February 18, 2014

According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, 40% to 70% of family caregivers have clinically significant symptoms of depression, with about a quarter to half of these caregivers meeting the diagnostic criteria for major depression. That is a remarkable difference when compared to a depression rate of 6.7% among people in general. While reviewing the literature, I found the following five factors related to depression among... Read More

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‘Just Get Better’: Easier Said Than Done with Depression

February 12, 2014

Depression may be one of the most misunderstood health issues in the world. Few people would criticize someone with diabetes or Lou Gehrig’s disease, but many people spout their opinions about depression because they think that having “the blues” and clinical depression are one and the same thing. Since all human beings have had “the blues” in life when they lose a loved one, or a job, or their car breaks down,... Read More

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Meditation, Visualization, and Respect: Secrets of Seahawk Success?

February 3, 2014

Sunday night was all about the Seahawks and their 43-8 defeat of the Denver Broncos, and it was a treat to watch the game in a local tavern in Olympia, Washington, just south of Seattle. Blues and greens were everywhere, and the resounding chants of one hyped-up fan yelling “Sea” and the amped crowd responding in unison with “hawks!” were just plain delightful to behold. “I’ve been waiting over 20 years... Read More

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Feeling Depressed? Fatigued? Anxious? Probiotics May Help

January 28, 2014

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  -Hippocrates Intestinal health has been linked to several aspects of our overall health and well-being. This is largely due to what scientists refer to as the brain-gut axis, or the two-way communication pathway that runs between the brain and the gut (Dinan, Stanton, and Cryan, 2013). Research suggests that when the bacteria in the gut are out of balance, the... Read More

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Does Psychotherapy Really Work?

January 28, 2014

Over the years many people have questioned whether psychotherapy really works, while those who practice it have asserted strongly that it does work. They point to qualitative improvements in social functioning, self-esteem, work relationships, and other such factors. And there are thousands upon thousands of case histories, written since the time of Sigmund Freud, that testify to successes in psychotherapy. However, the... Read More

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Depression and Phytotherapy: Healing with Plants and Herbs

January 9, 2014

There is a range of both situational and organic causes of depression. Genetics can also play a role in depression; new studies in something called epigenetics have proven that it only takes one generation of mice to pass down a fear of something that parental mice had a bad experience with. The theory which drives much of present-day pharmaceutical intervention, espousing that low serotonin is a cause of many depressive... Read More


Post-Holiday Monday May Trigger Seasonal Depression

January 6, 2014

Following the bustling activity that accompanies the holiday season, people often experience a bout of the listlessness, lethargy, and sadness characteristic of depression—-particularly on the first Monday of the New Year. In many parts of the world, the biting cold, darker days, and lack of social stimulation trigger symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). With the “brutal cold” temperatures currently... Read More

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Young Woman Copes with Holiday Blues via Craigslist

December 30, 2013

There are many resources published this time of year encouraging those who experience loneliness and depression during the holiday season to explore various ways of connecting with those around them. Some people encourage doing so through volunteering or attending community gatherings and events, or of making peace with solitude through meditative and relaxation activities like taking a hot bath or curling up with a good... Read More

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Strengthening Your Relationship in the First Year of Parenthood

December 26, 2013

Anyone who has had a baby can tell you the first year of parenthood is likely the biggest transition an individual or couple can go through in their entire lifetime. Although miraculous and awe-inspiring at times, giving birth to a new baby (or babies) can jolt the reality of many an unsuspecting couple. Given that at least 20% of all childbearing women develop the number one complication of childbirth (perinatal depression/anxiety),... Read More

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