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Woman Suffering From Depression

Posted in Articles, Mental Health

Holistic Strategies for Battling Depression

The standard approach to treating depression includes medications and psychotherapy, but in some cases, and for reasons doctors and therapists don’t fully understand, these approaches are only partially successful. Complementary approaches including yoga, exercise, nutrition, and supplements for depression may all be added to a holistic treatment plan to help achieve success. Let’s review some of the holistic strategies used for dealing with depression.

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Transcranial Brain Stimulation

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Brings New Hope for Hard-to-Treat Depression

One-third of people with major depression don’t experience relief from their symptoms even after trying multiple medications and therapies. Many get discouraged, some lose hope that they’ll ever feel better. But a novel treatment, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), is bringing new hope to those with treatment-resistant depression.

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The Risks of Self Medication and Depression

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How You Can Help a Loved One Self-Medicating Her Depression

Depression and substance abuse occurring in the same person is not uncommon. Imagine that you feel depressed. Take your saddest day, your worst and most hopeless mood and multiply it by 10 and then extend it for weeks and weeks. That will give you an idea of what it feels like to have depression. Now, if drugs and alcohol could help you escape from that reality, even if just for a few hours, wouldn’t you be tempted? This is called self-medication, and millions of people do it. The problem is that it isn’t a solution and it can make mental illness worse. If you recognize this practice in someone you care about, step in and help them get help. Here are some steps you can take:

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Are You an Overthinker? Why Being Stuck in Your Head Is Bad for Your Mental Health

Growing up, many people learned that they could think and plan their way out of any problem. It gave them a sense of control and convinced them they could protect themselves from failure or pain. And in some ways, this talent for rational analysis had benefits. But what happens when you can’t stop thinking and just “be”? If you have trouble sleeping or relaxing or having fun, you may be an overthinker.

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Posted in Helpful Articles, Mood Disorders, Uncategorized

Do You Need Inpatient Treatment for Depression?

If you suffer from depression, you’re not alone. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that about 15.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2014.

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How to Affect Seasonal Affective Disorder

Somewhere between 4 percent and 6 percent of Americans suffer from full-fledged seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and the vast majority of these unfortunate victims are women in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Even among the non-SAD population, feelings of listlessness, lifelessness and low motivation are common during the winter months, when the mercury drops out of sight and the sun hides its warming face for 14 to 16 hours at a time. In Alaska, where even the icicles have icicles and the moon sometimes rules the sky for 20 hours or more without interruption, up to 10 percent of the population reports symptoms consistent with mild-to-severe seasonal affective disorder.

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Posted in Mental Health

Is Work Addiction the ‘Respectable’ Addiction?

Work addiction is our society’s favorite addiction. While many look down on those whose psychological, emotional and social situations lead them to abuse something like heroin—even seeing drug abusers as some type of “blight” on society—work addicts are virtually praised for their problem. Pulling long hours, going the “extra mile” and casting aside personal and family responsibilities to bring in more profit for our employers seems almost noble. The dominant social narrative is that hard work is necessary suffering in order to be “successful,” but that logic depends on a narrow definition of “success” that undoubtedly ignores many aspects of a healthy, well-rounded life in order to encourage the ceaseless pursuit of the almighty dollar.

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man getting irritated by girlfriend

Posted in Early Recovery

Irritable? Anxious? Those Are Signs of Depression

Depression comes in many forms and levels of severity. Everyone has a different way of showing it. For some people, it creeps up on them slowly and over a long span of time, which would make it more difficult to detect outward changes.

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A Link Between Depression and Low Vitamin D

Low vitamin D has been hailed as critical to bone and muscle development, and suspected as a factor in certain diseases, now including depression. A new study from Oregon State University (OSU) found that healthy young women with vitamin D deficiency have higher incidence of clinical depression, a disabling mental disorder that cloaks a person with profound sadness, feelings of unworthiness, anxiety, hopelessness and sometimes thoughts of death. The study was published in March 2015 in the journal Psychiatry Research.

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Ketamine Quickly Targets Depression

The anesthetic ketamine, which first came into use for surgical procedures more than 40 years ago, may be successful at treating one of two “cardinal symptoms” of major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.

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