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Message of Hope for Depressed Teens at 2015 Academy Awards

Oscar Winning Screenwriter Graham Moore Publically Shares His Attempted Teen Suicide and Ongoing Struggle with Depression

Oscar Winning Screenwriter Graham Moore

Oscar Winning Screenwriter Graham Moore

He is bold, brazen and courageous!  Screenwritter Graham Moore- age 34, shared his Oscar winning moment with millions of teens around the world as he bravely disclosed his attempted suicide when he was 16 years old.  Moore made abundantly clear that his Hollywood moment in the limelight was not for him alone, but for the numerous teens suffering with depression.

“When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird, and I felt different, and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here, and so I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. You do. Stay weird. Stay different. And then when it’s your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.”

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Robin Williams’ Death Reminds us Mental Illness can Affect Anyone

Robin WilliamsThe world is mourning the loss of one of the best actors, philanthropists and comedians today as Robin Williams was found deceased in his home yesterday at the age of 63. Williams died from an apparent suicide, when his struggle with depression and substance abuse came to an end. According to his publicists, Williams was likely to be suffering from bipolar disorder along with his severe depression symptoms. He even underwent rehab as recently as July to protect his sobriety.

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Relax with these Top 5 Smartphone Apps for Depression

Contrary to popular belief, your smartphone can actually provide you with some release of depression symptoms through interacting with innovative applications available to download. Although Smartphones have commonly been linked to increasing depression in teens [1], the ability to disconnect socially from your cell phone and use it in a way that guides you through meditation, relaxation and stress-management, can provide promising advantages. Several of these applications also provide users with access to a plethora of resources and communities to which they can educate themselves and interact with others who are going through similar feelings. These applications may also become a helpful and healthy addition to your depression treatment and can keep your mind off of other stressors going on in your life. Meditation, in fact, is an extremely powerful activity and can reduce your anxiety levels by 70% [2]! Just remember to turn off all other applications, beeps, noises, rings, and tunes while you are in your stress-free, mindful zone in order to avoid distractions and get the most out of these amazing apps.

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6 Useful Self-Help Books for Depression

Reading can be a form of escape, dreaming even. By taking your mind off of daily life stressors and immersing in a good story, you are benefiting yourself it so many ways. (Did you know that reading a book causes a physiological change in the brain that lasts for days?![1]). Reading is a great way to spend quality time with yourself away from technology and take your mind off things that might be bothering you. For instance, some people who suffer from depression, anxiety or panic attacks find that reading self-help books and other motivational stories helps immensely with depression tolerance. Research has even indicated that reading can be more relaxing than listening to music or going for a walk [2].  We’ve done some research and have come up with a list of 6 great self-help books to read if you are suffering from, or would like to know more about depression. So cuddle up with your pet, a blanket and some tea and enjoy some of these great reads. You won’t regret it.

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Considering Stopping Your Medicines? Read This First

should i stop taking medicationYou’ve made up your mind; you’ve decided to stop your medication. But have you thought it through? There are many reasons why you might be considering stopping your medication and it might actually be the right choice for you, but before you decide to stop cold turkey you should first consult with your health care provider. He or she can work with you to create a plan of action that will gradually take you off your medication or switch to a non-drug treatment option such as TMS therapy.

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) A Valid Option To Antidepressants

depression drugs vs tms therapy side effects

Some of the many side effects associated with drug therapy vs. TMS therapy

A couple of weeks ago, TMS therapy was highlighted in an article in Psychology Today’s Reading Between the (Head) Lines. The title was straight and to the point; “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Treats Depression”. Such a blunt statement leaves little space for uncertainty and Dr. Dale Archer, the author of the article, backs it up by stating that “this relatively new, noninvasive treatment has been proven to treat clinical depression even when prior conventional methods have failed.”

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It’s “Blue Monday” once again. Are you feeling sadder than usual?

blue monday depressionThe third Monday of January has been commonly referred to as the “Blue Monday”. The term, coined by academic Cliff Arnall, is supposed to highlight a day when all our troubles overlap. Our holiday credit card statements are here, there is little to no sunlight, we are back at work and things are looking pretty gloomy overall. While the ‘science’ behind it has lost any value, the term itself has stuck.

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When To Treat Major Depression Without Drugs

antidepressant side effectsThere are many names to describe Major Depressive Disorder; clinical depression, unipolar depression, or simply major depression. What causes it is still unclear; while there is evidence pointing out to a genetic link between generations there is also strong evidence suggesting environmental and behavioral causes. If left untreated it can go on for months to years. Treating major depression requires more intensive treatment than a single episode of depression because of the severity of the symptoms and the duration of them.

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