All Posts Tagged: advice

Fixing Nutritional Deficiencies Worsening Your Depression

Human body empty of nutrients
It is no secret that a large number of ailments can be prevented and even treated with proper diet and nutrition. While it is true that certain vitamins can play a role in some cases, it is important to highlight that the lack of a vitamin in particular is not the definite cause of depression, as some myths might suggest. Depression is a psychological occurrence linked with brain functioning and because of the complexity of the disease, depression symptoms and treatment options can vary greatly from patient to patient. Physical symptoms of depression are often ignored or underestimated. These symptoms can include sleep problems, chest pains, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and headaches, among others.

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Explaining Your Depression To Family And Friends

People have described depression as being in a state of numbness, a black hole, a pervading sense of pointlessness. For those who suffer from depression, these adjectives make perfect sense, but for those who have not been touched by the disease these words might seem like an exaggeration, a very strange concept and very difficult to grasp – like explaining the color blue to a blind person. When the topic of depression or therapy comes up and you casually mention how it impacts your life, sometimes you get comments like this one: “You have a wonderful life, you can’t be depressed! Cheer up! Be a bit more positive.” “Snap out of it.”

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Why Do I Feel Selfish Asking For Help For My Depression?

asking for depression help“If someone needs my help for anything, I’m there. I’ll be the friend they can count on to listen to them and give them advice on whatever issues they may be facing. But I can’t ask for help for myself. It’s just too hard.”

Does this sound like you? We all may have different reasons, but you are not the only one having a hard time asking for help.  Asking for help exposes you in a way that not many things do.  You may feel like you’re opening up too much. That you’re too vulnerable; and you may fear the consequences of that exposure. The stress and anxiety associated with this can even be an even bigger trigger for depression than what originally had us needing help.

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Depression And Your Morning Routine: 5 Steps to Avoid Stress

depression and morning stressYour morning routine can be exhausting, bouncing from task to task in a frantic race against time in order to make it to work, drop off your kids or make an appointment. Add depression symptoms to the mix and then it really becomes difficult to get any of those tasks done, let alone wake up on time.  The tension and anxiety can really affect your mood and by 2pm your energy levels will likely feel depleted.

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The Healing Power Of Pets And How They Can Help With Depression

pets can treat depressionThere’s something about the unconditional love between a pet and its owner that cannot be properly described in words. Animals have been our companions since the day our ancestors learned to walk on two feet.  That relationship has grown stronger now and humans and animals depend on each other more than ever. Dogs, cats, birds, dolphins, and even horses have been said to help with allergies, asthma, physical pain, and a variety of other ailments. Now a growing body of scientific research is showing that pets’ unconditional love and loyalty really can make a positive impact at the side of a patient with a mental illness.


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Top 3 Depression Triggers and How to Manage Them

What do you think is the cause of your depression? This question usually gets more than one answer; Some say “my social life”, some say “it’s in my genetics”, others may relate it to a traumatic life event.. The reasons why people suffer from depression vary by individual. Many of these reasons or experiences once relived, can cause a recurrence of depression.


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Exercise To Fight Depression: How To Get Started

yoga for depressionA healthy lifestyle has been associated with lower risks for most diseases. Exercise and a healthy diet are recommended at any stage in life, but not many people make the connection between regular exercise and its benefits for depression.

Exercise is known to boost energy levels, stimulates the nervous system, and enhance metabolism, improving one’s sense of self. Experts believe that exercise enhances the action of endorphins, chemicals that circulate throughout the body improving natural immunity and reducing perception of pain, improving mood. It is also believed that exercise stimulates the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine, which are directly related to one’s overall mood[1].

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What is Caregiver Burnout? What does it have to do with depression?

Depression is the number one cause of disability in the United States and Canada. It can cause extreme physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by behavioral changes. Many patients will describe a sense of ‘emptiness’ that never goes away.

Depression disrupts social interactions, work environments, and family life. Unfortunately, depression affects everyone, not just the patient. Being able to have a caregiver who can help you with daily tasks can be of great help to someone suffering from major depression. It is very hard for someone not suffering from major depression to fully understand what this illness does to someone. This is why loved ones who take care or look after a depressed person also need the proper support and education in order to avoid caregiver burnout.

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Dealing with Depression During the Holiday Season

i hate christmasWhen it comes to the Holidays, the media has painted a perfect picture of what this time of year should look like; holiday parties, buying and receiving gifts nicely wrapped in bright colored paper, gathering around the table for a scrumptious feast and spending time with old friends and family members who are all perfectly dressed and too happy to see you. While this may be true in TV and movies, reality is these are hectic times! If you’ve ever tried doing all your holiday shopping the week before the festivities then you know what I’m talking about.

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Three Things I Would Like Others to Know About Depression

When it comes to depression, it is easier to ignore ones symptoms than to openly discuss it. Friends, family, and co-workers may think it’s just a phase, that you’re exaggerating, that a night out will help, or that all you need is to sleep it off. Oh how hurtful those phrases can feel and how wrong they can be!

Depression is a disease. It’s not something you choose to suffer from. It’s not something you can control. What many people fail to understand is that depression is a medical condition, just like diabetes or heart disease, resulting from an imbalance in brain chemistry due to both environmental and biological factors. Genetic origins of depression are still being studied.

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