All Posts Tagged: stress

You CAN cure Depression. Here’s the Proof.

Depressrace-winnerion is a very real condition that affects 1 in 10 Americans. Though some dealing with depression at various stages are able to treat and cure their symptoms using an Anti-Depressant medication and/or psychiatry, others are not as successful and end up dealing with Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD). TRD occurs as a result of major depressive disorder which has occurred due to an unsuccessful attempt at treating depression through regular dosages of anti-depressant medication. A variation and/or combination of anti-depressants can be prescribed in this case to help counteract different symptoms in an attempt to treat the depression. Unfortunately, even these drastic measures can still show little to no success, leaving affected individuals feeling hopeless, defeated and even more anxious about their condition. The reality of the TRD can be quite hash, as those affect feel like there are no other options. In fact, one study suggests that anywhere from 29 to 46% of people (depending on the type of medication) fail to respond to treatment of an anti-depressant and 15% of these patients find no relief in multiple treatment trials[1].

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Tips for Reducing Anxiety During Back-to-school Season

It’s that time again – lunches, homework, new teachers, and new people. For some, back to school time can be exciting and fun but for others, it can be dreaded, bringing on an overwhelming amount of stress and anxiety. The break from routine while trying to manage tasks between home and school can be the culprit for stress-related feelings during back to school season however, there are several other factors that can also contribute to these feelings of stress and anxiety. Between different sleeping schedules, trying to plan meals, new friends, classes, teachers and schools, it can be a lot to manage. Some may assimilate to these adjustments very well, while others may struggle with such a new environment that they may be at a higher risk for depression caused by the stress and anxiety of such a new culture. This is a very normal feeling and if you are feeling anxious over your new journey, just know you are not alone and things will get better. In the meantime, acknowledge these tips to help decrease the feelings of stress and anxiety during the back to school season.

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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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Today Is One of the Crabbiest Days of the Year

january 6 crabbiest day 2014Congratulations! You survived the holiday season. This season can be stressful and demanding under normal circumstances, but it can become downright excruciating when you are also suffering from depression. Now that these stressful days are (finally?) over, millions of people are slowly and begrudgingly returning to work. Web analysts have scoured the internet and found that today many of us will be posting updates on our social media channels using negative language and phrases (and one or two grumpy cat images) indicating a sudden drop in mood. The analysis was done by a company called Upbeat, they analyzed more than 2 million tweets posted in Britain in January over the past three years and concluded that today many of us will be venting our frustrations online[1]. Watch out for depression triggers, stress and anxiety as we manage to survive one of the crabbiest days of the year.
So what will these negative posts look like? Here are a few examples:

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5 Things You Can Do To Survive Depression During Thanksgiving

thanksgiving depressionYet another holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the before the last of the mashed potatoes and gravy is finished we will already be inundated with the ‘holiday cheer’ of December celebrations. It’s a time of family gatherings, big celebratory meals, and other fun activities. However, if you are suffering from depression then the stress that comes with the holiday season can be a massive trigger that leads to frustration and anxiety. There are also people without a family or close friends to spend the day with, but also those who do have family and friends but have had negative experiences with them in the past.

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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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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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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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Poor Mental Health Could Be Driving Obesity Epidemic

obese woman in bathinsuitA recent article from Canada is adding another layer to the problem with Obesity that most of North America is facing; they are looking at antidepressants, mood stabilizers and newer generation anti-psychotics as well as the mental issues that require the medicine as a probable cause for weight gain.

While many campaigns are going to extremes to make sure the mantra of “eat well and exercise” gets imprinted in the minds of many, we as a society are failing to recognize that there are other reasons for weight gain and obesity. Depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, attention deficit disorders, post-traumatic stress, addictions — all can cause changes in appetite, energy and metabolism that can prime people to gain weight¹.

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When parents are depressed, children are at risk

depressed parentIt is no secret that depression affects everyone in the family, and with 20 million Americans being affected by the disease each year that’s a lot of families that have to deal with the emotional rollercoaster that comes with depression. Things get tougher when kids are involved, very often parents will not seek the care they need in order to appear strong and not worry their children.

A report by the National Research Council titled “Depression in Parents, Parenting, and Children” stated that untreated, unrecognized parental depression can lead to negative consequences for kids. In a given year an estimated 7.5 million adults with depression have a child under the age of 18 living with them.

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