• Depression

    What Causes Depression?

    What Causes Depression? The causes of depression are manifold, but the most important thing is to take charge of your life and make decisions that won’t cause you to feel worse. Is it All in My Head? I’ve read that depression is an excuse not to grow up, not to be responsible for your own happiness, that it is self-pity, etc. I’ve also read and heard how it is a chemical reaction in the brain and that a person can’t control it. Which is correct? Am I being selfish and self-centered? Have I created this depression or is it out of my control? What causes depression? The best answer is…

  • DF Archive

    Texting May Lack Compassion, As In Twitter Tweets

    Texting May Lack Compassion, As In Twitter Tweets Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California, believes feelings linked to our moral sense awaken slowly in the mind. The finding, contained in one of the first brain studies of inspirational emotions in a field dominated by a focus on fear and pain, suggests that digital media culture may be better suited to some mental processes than others.“For some kinds of thought, especially moral decision-making about other people’s social and psychological situations, we need to allow for adequate time and reflection,” said first author Mary Helen Immordino-Yang  

  • DF Archive

    Late-life Anxiety Is Treatable with Cognitive Behavior Therapy; Improves Mental Health

    Late-life Anxiety Is Treatable with Cognitive Behavior Therapy;  Improves Mental Health Older adults with generalized anxiety disorder who received cognitive behavior therapy had greater improvement on measures of worry, depression and mental health than patients who received usual care, according to a study in the April 8 issue of JAMA. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is common in late life, with prevalence up to 7.3 percent in the community and 11.2 percent in primary care. Late-life anxiety predicts increased physical disability, memory difficulties and decreased quality of life, according to background information in the article. Late-life anxiety is usually treated with medication, but associated risks (e.g., falls, hip fractures, memory problems)…

  • Anxiety & Panic Disorders

    Let’s Talk Facts About Anxiety Disorders

    Let’s Talk Facts About Anxiety Disorders What Are Anxiety Disorders?Anxiety disorders are the most common of emotional disorders and affect more than 25 million Americans. Many forms and symptoms may include:• Overwhelming feelings of panic and fear• Uncontrollable obsessive thoughts• Painful, intrusive memories• Recurring nightmares• Physical symptoms such as feeling sick to your stomach, “butterflies” in your stomach, heart pounding, startling easily, and muscle tensionAnxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness. Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness. Untreated anxiety disorders can push people into avoiding situations that trigger or worsen their symptoms. People with anxiety disorders are likely to suffer from depression, and they also may abuse…

  • Therapy

    The Inner Child

      Inner Child Therapy is about finding the child within yourself and learning to be a parent to that child. Healing your inner child can help you to learn, understand and love yourself, reach acceptance and overcome fears and obstacles.   It is not easy to get in touch with your inner child, but once you are able to achieve this, it can be a little frightening, overwhelming, but at the same time allow you to reach huge realizations. When you are younger, any abuse, trauma, fear more often than not gets pushed away into corners of your mind, almost like secret places and as we grow into an adult,…

  • Depression

    I still have my moments, but I have candle-lit those dark depths now – I’m A new man

    I still have my moments, but I have candle-lit those dark depths now-   I’m A new man I registered with Depression Forums in 2006 but only posted there at my worst times. When I went through my worst episode I realised I should be here for life. Depression and anxiety are things which may stay with you for life, and I see it as checking in and managing it to make your life better. Depression Forums teaches you that there are other people who are going through similar things, and sharing your input with them is a vital tool in order to understand the illness. I now log into…

  • Uncategorized

    There’s Safer Ways To Cut Costs Than Skipping or Stopping The Medicines That You Need

    There’s Safer Ways To Cut Costs Than Skipping or Stopping The Medicines You Need As the economy sours and health care costs soar, cost-cutting measures are creeping into the medicine cabinet. We split pills in half or take the drugs every other day to stretch our doses. We stop filling the prescriptions for our most expensive drugs. We seek out herbal remedies and over-the-counter medicines as prescription substitutes.  We buy prescriptions from online pharmacies with questionable credentials. Numerous studies show that as patients pay more for their prescription drugs—whether it’s through higher insurance co-pays or shouldering the full costs—many people decide to opt out of taking the drugs altogether. But…

  • Uncategorized

    Getting Through Uncertain Economic Times

     Getting Through Uncertain Economic Times An Online Guide to Cope With Recession-Related Stress;  U.S.-supported site offers advice, referrals to help protect your health WEDNESDAY, April 1 — People struggling with emotional turmoil during these uncertain economic times can find help online through a new U.S. government-sponsored guide.  “Getting Through Tough Economic Times” offers resources and referrals to help people cope with the recession’s repercussions. The guide includes information on spotting signs of mental distress and contains links to agencies and organizations that can offer assistance. Developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the guide spells out the risks that unemployment and other forms of economic trouble…

  • Depression

    Getting Through Uncertain Economic Times

     Getting Through Uncertain Economic Times An Online Guide to Cope With Recession-Related Stress;  U.S.-supported site offers advice, referrals to help protect your health WEDNESDAY, April 1 — People struggling with emotional turmoil during these uncertain economic times can find help online through a new U.S. government-sponsored guide.  “Getting Through Tough Economic Times” offers resources and referrals to help people cope with the recession’s repercussions. The guide includes information on spotting signs of mental distress and contains links to agencies and organizations that can offer assistance. Developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the guide spells out the risks that unemployment and other forms of economic trouble…

  • Mental Health

    What is OCD?

    What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Troubled by repeated thoughts that she may have contaminated herself by touching doorknobs and other “dirty” objects, a teenage girl spends hours every day washing her hands. Her hands are red and raw, and she has little time for social activities. A middle-aged man is tormented by the notion that he may injure others through carelessness. He has difficulty leaving his home because he must first go through a lengthy ritual of checking and rechecking the gas jets and water faucets to make certain that they are turned off. Several times a day, a young mother is seized by the fearful thought that she is…