Reading can be a form of escape, dreaming even. By taking your mind off of daily life stressors and immersing in a good story, you are benefiting yourself it so many ways. (Did you know that reading a book causes a physiological change in the brain that lasts for days?!). Reading is a great way to spend quality time with yourself away from technology and take your mind off things that might be bothering you. For instance, some people who suffer from depression, anxiety or panic attacks find that reading self-help books and other motivational stories helps immensely with depression tolerance. Research has even indicated that reading can be more relaxing than listening to music or going for a walk . We’ve done some research and have come up with a list of 6 great self-help books to read if you are suffering from, or would like to know more about depression. So cuddle up with your pet, a blanket and some tea and enjoy some of these great reads. You won’t regret it.
With the month of May – designated Mental Health Awareness Month – already behind us, it is time to reflect on the impact mental health has in our everyday lives. It is not just an isolated illness that involves a few; it is a world-wide epidemic that affects more than 450 million across the globe.
How do you explain chronic pain and depression to a little child? You write a book of course. At least that’s what Elizabeth Christy did when her son was old enough to notice her illness. “I think the word ‘chronic,’ especially, is hard to explain to children,” Elizabeth says, “my son often gets frustrated; especially when he wants to do something like walk to the playground when I am having a bad day”.
Elizabeth Christy suffers from Fibromyalgia, a frustrating and debilitating disease characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. It amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals .
It is no secret that a large number of ailments can be prevented and even treated with proper diet and nutrition. While it is true that certain vitamins can play a role in some cases, it is important to highlight that the lack of a vitamin in particular is not the definite cause of depression, as some myths might suggest. Depression is a psychological occurrence linked with brain functioning and because of the complexity of the disease, depression symptoms and treatment options can vary greatly from patient to patient. Physical symptoms of depression are often ignored or underestimated. These symptoms can include sleep problems, chest pains, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and headaches, among others. Read the rest of this entry »
People have described depression as being in a state of numbness, a black hole, a pervading sense of pointlessness. For those who suffer from depression, these adjectives make perfect sense, but for those who have not been touched by the disease these words might seem like an exaggeration, a very strange concept and very difficult to grasp – like explaining the color blue to a blind person. When the topic of depression or therapy comes up and you casually mention how it impacts your life, sometimes you get comments like this one: “You have a wonderful life, you can’t be depressed! Cheer up! Be a bit more positive.” “Snap out of it.”
Postpartum depression (PPD) attacks thousands of women each year, it affects almost 30% of new mothers in America and Mexico alone making it one of the most common post pregnancy complications. The lack of knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of PPD has created powerful myths that impact the lives of many families during one of what should be the happiest moment in a woman’s life. In an effort to raise awareness of an often underrated illness, here are five false myths surrounding postpartum depression.
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I had a pretty rough summer in 2013. It started in June 2013. I was under a lot of high pressure from my work and I started slipping into my first full blown mania that I’ve experienced in probably about 8 or 9 years. Prior it was just some rapid cycling and hypo-mania episodes but with long extended periods of depression that just never seemed to lift.
Teenage rates of depression are appalling; according to the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A) about 11% of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18. If we take the 2008 census, roughly over 2 million teens are currently experiencing depression symptoms.
Antidepressants are frequently the first line of treatment for mental health issues. Since 1988, antidepressant use in the United States has soared nearly 400%, with 1 in 25 adolescents taking antidepressants. These numbers emphasize an alarming warning; potential side effects are raising concerns of a correlation between antidepressants and teen suicide.
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You’ve made up your mind; you’ve decided to stop your medication. But have you thought it through? There are many reasons why you might be considering stopping your medication and it might actually be the right choice for you, but before you decide to stop cold turkey you should first consult with your health care provider. He or she can work with you to create a plan of action that will gradually take you off your medication or switch to a non-drug treatment option such as TMS therapy.
Self-injury or self-harm is, to put it simply, a coping mechanism. It’s a way of expressing all those emotions bottled up inside you that you just can’t put into words. Self-injury might help mask those emotions and make you feel better for a little while, but the emotional pain always comes back.