All Posts Tagged: depression symptoms

Self-Injury – Why Do We Cut? How Do We Stop It?

self injury awareness daySelf-injury or self-harm is, to put it simply, a coping mechanism. It’s a way of expressing all those emotions bottled up inside you that you just can’t put into words. Self-injury might help mask those emotions and make you feel better for a little while, but the emotional pain always comes back.

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Go Ahead, Be Miserable: It’s The Saddest Day of the Year

worried about christmas billsWhile dealing with depression on a daily basis can be hard enough, there are certain circumstances that can easily trigger a depressive episode on their own; the death of a loved one, losing a job, accidents. Environmental factors can also have this negative effect on people, when winter comes along it is important to identify those symptoms; are you suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or ‘Winter Blues’ or is it major depression? Either way, this time of the year can be extremely hard for some.

According to Cliff Arnall, a one-time tutor at Cardiff University, coined the term “Blue Monday” to refer to the day where our spirits are at the lowest. He even came up with a mathematical equation to explain his theory.

The Monday during the last full week of January is considered to be the saddest day of the year. A couple of factors seem to align – just like planets and stars – and their powers combined send us all in a downward spiral of gloominess.

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Understanding the Stress-Depression Connection

stress and depressionYou’ve heard people boast that they work better under pressure, and while you may think these people are just procrastinators there is some truth to it. Stress can keep you alert and motivated and is your body’s response to danger. When your body feels threatened, your nervous system releases adrenaline and cortisol – the stress hormones – these cause your heart to beat faster and your blood pressure to rise. Stress prepares your body to flee or fight and can improve performance and help you rise up to challenges; however, running on danger-mode for prolonged periods of time can have negative effects on your health.

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Diagnosing Depression Based on Internet Usage?

“Tell me what you Google and I’ll tell you who you are”; creepy but true. What we do online can certainly describe much of our personality. Do you actively engage in social media? Do you spend hours on end on YouTube? Do you belong to any forums? These activities and many more were studied by a group of researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology with the purposes of finding if individuals with depression symptoms used the internet differently. Turns out they do.

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