Men who do Cardio Fitness had Lower Risk of Depression



It is proven that men who do not exercise definitely have an increase in high blood pressure, weight gain, depression, and generalized risk of overall poor physical and mental health.

Getting regular exercise may boost more than just your endorphin levels. A new study, published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings earlier this month, found that men with mental-health issues who were in better cardio respiratory shape had a lower risk of death than those who were less fit. Continue Reading →

Men Can Defeat Depression; Boost Mental Health!

There seems to be a new trend now, whereas everyone seems to be opening up about depression and Mental Health.  I do think it is wonderful and healthy for women and especially for men who are now coming forward in droves to talk about themselves and their depression to their peers,Therapists and Psychologists. This is the healthiest we have seen men open up about Mental Health in a decade, which is fabulous!  Below is a helpful article for men about having to deal with depression!

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Women, Men and the Way We Write About Depression


Daphne Merkin is the author of the forthcoming book This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with
A woman is standing in her kitchen, making a pot of coffee, spooning out the pungent overpriced ground beans from their snappy little aluminum bag into a paper filter, trying to remember what number tablespoon she was on—four? six? three?—before the dark thoughts began tumbling in, doing their wild and wily gymnastics: You shouldn’t, you should have, why are you, why aren’t you, there’s no hope, it’s too late, it’s always been too late, give up, go back to bed, there’s no hope, the day is half gone, no, the day ahead is too long, there’s so much to do, there’s not enough to do, everything is futile, there is no hope.

This Artist Depicted Depression Through Photography & Her Work Will Leave You Speechless

Describing depression isn’t easy. It’s more than sadness. It’s emptiness, hopelessness, a place so deep and dark that trying to explain it to someone who hasn’t experienced it can feel impossible. But one artist described depression through photography, though, and it might give you a glimpse into the mind of people suffering from this oftentimes debilitating illness.

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Depression harms mind and body


There is great emphasis on how to get into shape for both mind and body.


  • By  Nancy Hastings

  • HILLSDALE — Feb. 11, 2013 11:19 am
  • While some believe health solely depends on the way you treat your body, taking care of your mind plays a big part, too.
    Experts say when you’re depressed, your mind and body suffer. Depression can cause or worsen chronic illnesses, such as heart disease.
    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 19 million people in the United States – one in 10 adults – experience depression each year, and nearly two-thirds do not get the help they need. Treatment can alleviate the symptoms in over 80 percent of the cases. Yet, because if often goes unrecognized, depression continues to cause unnecessary suffering.
    Kyle Maystead, LPC, has a master’s degree in therapy offering counseling services in Hillsdale. She said this time of year is difficult for many due to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or winter disorder, from a lack of sunlight.
    “There are so many issues that can trigger depression such as loneliness, despair and unhappiness that you can’t pinpoint it’s causes,” Maystead said. “Other factors can include domestic violence and family conflicts since everyone is home and in close proximity.”
    Maystead said treatment can include mind and body techniques, even something as simple as exercise.
    “Whether it’s caused by environmental or personal issues, there are quite a lot of people who benefit from getting the endorphins going,” she said. “When you move thdy, mood elevates. It’s a process that works across the whole spectrum.”
    If left untreated, it can create unhealthy habits.
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan notes depression can lead to unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking, physical inactivity or poor sleep. And, depression can make it harder to stay healthy and active as you age.
    Marianne Osentoski, a licensed psychologist practicing in the Hillsdale area since 1996, said mind and body connection is very important.
    “Depression can cause weight gain or weight loss and weight gain can cause depression,” Osentoski said. “We’ve heard of endorphins aiding in treatment of depression, so if you can’t or won’t exercise, you do not get the extra umph to aid in fighting depression.” She said one of the most exciting treatment modalities that has much support now is mindfulness meditation.
    “I used it with my lap band support group the other night,” she said. “It uses lots of meditation and getting in touch with your own body – how its feeling, acknowledging that there is pain, learning to accept it and live with it, focusing on the here and now.”
    Osentoski said the meditation is often used in conjunction with yoga and e bomany eastern exercises, such as Tai Chi.
    Experts agree, if symptoms linger for two weeks or more, talk with your doctor. Screening tests can show if you have depression. Then you and your doctor can work on a plan to help you feel better about life.