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Why People Get Depressed at Christmas

Christmas season brings depression for some   We are told that Christmas, for Christians, should be the happiest time of year, an opportunity to be joyful and grateful with family, friends and colleagues. Yet, according to the National Institute of Health, Christmas is the time of year that people experience a high incidence of depression. […]

10 Ways to Perk Up Your Relationship

    If you’ve ever gotten relationship advice, you’ve probably heard plenty of don’ts. Don’t nag. Don’t stonewall. Don’t blame. Don’t leave the toilet seat up, don’t squeeze the toothpaste tube from the middle, and definitely don’t assume he’s that into you when he’s just not. Well, don’t listen.

What Should We Call People with Mental Illness?

In the current issue of Schizophrenia Bulletin, Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, the nation’s leading researcher and advocate for people with mental illness wrote on the debate on what to call people with mental illness: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently invited a dialog about words that are used for individuals with […]

Mental Health: Keeping Your Emotional Health

    What is good emotional health? People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They feel good about themselves and have good relationships. They can keep problems in perspective. It’s important to remember that even people who have good emotional health can sometimes have emotional problems or mental […]

A popular culture of thinness

August 5, 6:26 PM · Pamela Patterson – Portland Women’s Issues Examiner   Unrealistic beauty images and body size ideals are continually emphasized, and reinforced in Western culture; an illustration of this can be seen in magazine editorials featuring dangerously thin models. It seems that beauty is now associated with being skinny, as the media […]

How Music Training Primes Nervous System and Boosts Learning

An active engagement with musical sounds not only enhances neuroplasticity, but also enables the nervous system to provide the stable scaffolding of meaningful patterns so important to learning, researchers say.    ScienceDaily (July 20, 2010) — Those ubiquitous wires connecting listeners to you-name-the-sounds from invisible MP3 players — whether of Bach, Miles Davis or, more […]

Depressed and Coping: Treating Depression When Medication Fails

Treating Depression When Medication Fails Various lifestyle approaches make drugs more effective or help relieve depression on their own   James Russo has wrestled for some 60 years with his “black dog” of depression, since the days back in high school when a B left him feeling like an utter failure. He tried Valium, a […]

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