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Mental Health Awareness Facts We Should Be Talking About

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With the month of May – designated Mental Health Awareness Month – already behind us, it is time to reflect on the impact mental health has in our everyday lives. It is not just an isolated illness that involves a few; it is a world-wide epidemic that affects more than 450 million across the globe[1].

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Fixing Nutritional Deficiencies Worsening Your Depression

Human body empty of nutrientsIt 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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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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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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Your Depression is Lying to You

Good & Bad side of depressionYou know those cartoons that show a character about to make an important decision and *puff* suddenly they’ve got an angel and a devil sitting on each shoulder each trying to influence their next step? For some, this is exactly how major depression feels. You know you’re suffering, you know you’re in need of help, and you may even know what the right decision should be, but the devil called depression is always sitting on your shoulder whispering negative thoughts so that you won’t take that step forward.

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Depressed Times: How To Keep It Together When Everything Else Falls Apart

keep it together during depressionThere are many triggers that can push a person over the edge and into a depressive episode. Once in this depressive state, it often seems impossible to pull yourself out. A friend of mine once compared suffering from depression to being stuck in a dark and gloomy hole where people on the outside can see you and hear you, but they can’t get you out. The stigma surrounding mental health is still overwhelming and some people would rather walk right past you than help you. Then there are friends and family who want to help you but don’t know how; at most they can throw you a rope and encourage you to take it but it is up to you to find the strength and the energy to pull yourself back up and out of that hole.

But how do you find that strength? How do you gather that energy when everything else is closing in on you?

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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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