• Depression

    Learning to Say “No” in the New Year

    As a young child, it was easy to tell someone “no.” If you didn’t want to eat your vegetables you would say so. If someone you didn’t care for asked for a favor, “no” was an effortless response. If you couldn’t take your friend up on their invitation to meet up after school “no” replaced a lengthy list of justifications. However, as we grew older, things became more complicated. Suddenly, saying “no” and declining offers and requests was considered rude. Consequently, we find ourselves committing to more and more things and wonder why we have no time and no energy. In too many instances we take on numerous responsibilities and…

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    Depression And Anxiety; Coping With Comorbid Conditions

    Depression: Coping With Anxiety Symptoms   Depression and anxiety often go together. — Depression and anxiety might seem like opposites. We think: Depression saps you of energy; anxiety makes you keyed up and afraid. Depression makes it near impossible to get out of bed; anxiety leaves you sleepless, pacing all night.But the truth is not so simple. In fact, depression and anxiety often go together. Mental health experts estimate that more than half of the people diagnosed with depression also have anxiety.“We know that many of the symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders overlap,” says Ian A. Cook, MD, the director of the Depression Research Program at UCLA. “And we’re…

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    A Healthy Diet Plus Exercise Can Beat Post Holiday Blues

      Post-Holiday Letdown Can Be Avoided   A Healthy Diet Plus Exercise Can Beat Post Holiday Blues, Experts say     — Eating a balanced diet and staying active are key to beating the blues this holiday season, say mental health experts. “I see more cases of depression in January than any other time of year,” Dr. Gary L. Malone, medical director and chief of behavioral health at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, Texas, said in a prepared statement.

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    Why People Continue Eating When Full

    Why People Continue Eating When Full   They say never to go grocery shopping or a restaurant while on an empty stomach. You’ll buy more than you intended, and you’ll buy more unhealthy food too.New research now helps explain why hunger makes food look more tempting. Prior research studies have suggested that the so-called hunger hormone ghrelin — which the body produces when it’s hungry — might act on the brain to trigger this behavior. Research in mice suggests that ghrelin might also work in the brain to make some people keep eating “pleasurable” foods when they’re already full.

  • Therapy

    Could Acetaminophen Ease Psychological Pain?

    Could Acetaminophen Ease Psychological Pain? Tylenol Just May Be The Answer   Headaches and heartaches. Broken bones and broken spirits. Hurting bodies and hurt feelings. We often use the same words to describe physical and mental pain. Over-the-counter pain relieving drugs have long been used to alleviate physical pain, while a host of other medications have been employed in the treatment of depression and anxiety. But is it possible that a common painkiller could serve double duty, easing not just the physical pains of sore joints and headaches, but also the pain of social rejection?A research team led by psychologist C. Nathan DeWall of the University of Kentucky College of…

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    Battling Depression; Music, the Arts Develop Healthy Minds

    Healthy Minds    If you paint, dance or play a musical instrument — or just enjoy going to the theatre or to concerts — it’s likely that you feel healthier and are less depressed than people who don’t, a survey of nearly 50,000 individuals from all socio-economic backgrounds from a county in mid-Norway shows. The findings are drawn from the latest round of studies conducted for the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Nord-Trøndelag Health Study, or HUNT, which used questionnaires, interviews, clinical examinations and the collection of blood and urine samples to assemble detailed health profiles of 48,289 participants. “There is a positive relationship between cultural participation and…

  • Meds

    Personality Change May Occur With Antidepressant While Relieving Symptoms

     Personality Change May Occur With Antidepressants While Relieving Symptoms   CHICAGO, Dec. 2009—Individuals taking a medication to treat depression may experience changes in their personality separate from the alleviation of depressive symptoms, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Two personality traits, neuroticism and extraversion, have been related to depression risk, according to background information in the article. Individuals who are neurotic tend to experience negative emotions and emotional instability, whereas extraversion refers not only to socially outgoing behavior but also to dominance and a tendency to experience positive emotions. Both traits have been linked to the brain’s serotonin…

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    The Grinch Likely Suffers From Lack Of Love, Joy and is Depressed

    The Grinch Likely Suffers From Lack Of Love, Joy and is Depressed   Tuesday, December 8, 2009 — Being irritable, grumpy and seeking social isolation are also hallmarks of depression, and could explain the Grinch’s disdain for the Who – the tall and the small – his mistreatment of his dog Max and, ultimately, why he tried to stop Christmas from coming.

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    Domestic Violence and Abuse

    Signs of Abuse and Abusive Relationships Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Emotional abuse is often minimized, yet it can leave deep and lasting scars. Noticing and acknowledging the warning signs and symptoms of domestic violence and abuse is the first step to ending it. No one should live in fear of the person they love. If you recognize yourself or someone you know in the following warning signs and descriptions of abuse, don’t hesitate to reach out. There is help available.