- 6 Tips for Handling Summer Depression Do you suffer from summer seasonal depression? You're not alone.
- 5 Tips for Dealing with Depression at Work Work is more than just income. It's a great source of self-esteem and can make you feel that you're accomplishing something important, feelings that especially vital for people with depression. Here are five ways you can better cope with your depression at work.
- 8 Things You Should Know About Depression
- Top 10 Health Tweets of the Week - May 27 This week we are highlighting research about autism, interactions between cholesterol and depression medications, healthcare for veterans and a gluten-free BBQ menu for the holiday weekend.
- 9 Ways You Can Help Veterans This Memorial Day
- What to Do When You Are Depressed Feeling depressed? Here are some tips to combat the blues.
- Commonly Confused Mental Health Medications 8 mental health medications and their similarly named drug counterparts with which they're often confused.
- 7 Warning Signs of Eating Disorders A look at 7 warning signs that you or someone you know has moved from dieting to developing an eating disorder.
- 10 Factors That Boost Suicide Risk This slideshow looks at the factors that increase a person's risk for suicide.
- Is Your Child Depressed? Depression manifests itself differently in children than in adults. The follow symptoms and behaviors from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry do not necessarily indicate the presence of depression. Consult a doctor or mental health professional if you see these symptoms persistently for more than two weeks.
- What to do when you feel like nobody cares One of the common laments of someone who suffers from depression is, “Nobody cares.” When someone says these words it is often very hard to assess the reality of the situation. Let's explore the many meanings of the phrase, “Nobody cares” and challenge our assumptions in the process.
- Is Your Teenager Depressed? Signs of Depression in Teens Teenagers are mysterious creatures. Even though we've all been teenagers, somehow that experience doesn't amount to much when we are trying to understand our own. Read on for signs that your teenager might be suffering from depression.
- 8 Ways to Avoid Depression This Holiday Season
- 5 Reasons Cognitive Behavioral Therapy May Not Work for You One of the problems in assessing whether or not CBT is an effective treatment for you is the fact that when people write about this type of therapy they usually speak in very general terms.The insurance companies like CBT so much that quite often they will not pay for any other type of therapy. The reason they like it so much? CBT is usually short-term and costs less than psychodynamic or interpersonal type therapies. But what does it mean when a therapist says he or she does CBT? You may have to ask the individual therapist as there are a wide variety of ways this therapy may be interpreted and used. If you really want to know what CBT may be like my suggestion is to ask other patients who have actually undergone this type of therapy. Everyone's experience is going to be different but at least you will get a better idea of what this therapy may be like from the patient perspective.
- 10 Ways to Escape a Low Mood When people feel low the main temptation is to let their mood get the upper hand. It doesn't need to be this way but thinking of ways to change the atmosphere and therefore the mood don't always come easily. Here are just a few things you might like to consider:
- 9 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Affecting the Medical Field Robotic science has always been a basis for Hollywood entertainment, Sci-Fi novels and childhood fantasies. Artificial intelligence isn’t a new concept, and while the technology hasn’t advanced to Spielbergian expectations, AI is being used to transform manufacturing, education, business, and even the health care industry. Take a look at some of the ways that AI is improving medicine.
- 9 Ways Social Media is Impacting Teens A Common Sense Media Poll found that half of American teens log onto their favorite social media platform at least once a day, while 22 percent do so at least 10 times a day. Given this, many teens and tweens primarily interact via social media rather than by hanging out face-to-face with friends. While this demonstrates a major shift in youth interaction habits, social media has likely also altered the development of young people. Here are some ways social media is impacting the mental health of teens both positively and negatively.
- 12 Advances in Bionics For a long time the entertainment industry has fueled the fantasy of using science to create superhuman characters, such as “The Bionic Woman” and “Six Million Dollar Man.” Incredible bionic body parts have become a reality, but they have been focused more on repairing bodies than enhancing them. (Think Luke Skywalker.) Here are some of the more amazing bionic devices and inventions being used today.
- 7 Ways to Beat the Blues Low moods are a fact of life and there are times when we just have to accept them as a natural consequence of things that upset us. Then there are times when low moods just seem to happen. Maybe it’s the time of year; maybe it’s the weather? We feel heavy, unmotivated, less tolerant or just not ourselves. Well, you could allow that mood to hang around like some unwelcome visitor or you could outwit it by trying one or more of these simple ideas:
13 Apps You Need to Know About
In our fast-paced lives it can be tough to find time to research diet choices, meet with a personal trainer, and even maintain a normal sleep schedule. Luckily, technology is finding ways to help us with clever, easy-to-use apps for smartphones and tablets. Here are some of the most popular health apps that you should know about.
- 7 Tips to Overcome Post Vacation Depression Maybe you wait all year to take that big summer vacation, but before you know it that blissful time has come and gone in a blink of yummy meals, guilt free shopping, and site seeing. Afterwards you are suddenly thrown back into your familiar surroundings and routine and you can’t help but feel blue. While there is no way to eliminate post-vacation depression or post travel depression (PTD), there are some ways to help ease the transition back to normal life.
- 5 Ways Creativity Improves Your Health There's a big need in our society for people who are creative--but if you think this means you need to break out the paper mache or box of watercolors, think again. Creative people aren't necessarily artistic, and it's just as important to have creative engineers, dental assistants, and politicians as creative artists.
- 10 Things Not to Say to Someone With Depression More than 14 million Americans suffer from clinical depression, but much about it is still misunderstood. People often assume that a comment that might make them feel better on a bad day will do the same for someone who’s depressed. That’s just not the case. Clinical depression is more than the blues. Here’s a sampling of what not to say.
- 7 Ways Pets are Good for Your Health A pet can mean as much as a best friend or even a family member, so it’s little surprise that they can have a huge impact on your physical and mental health. Here are seven ways that your pet is taking care of you.
10 Surprising Ways to Enhance Your Mind
Sometimes hitting the gym and eating healthy food isn’t enough to jump-start the road to self-improvement. Techniques to benefit the mind are often overlooked because disciplining the brain is less tangible and requires challenging ourselves in unique ways. Here are some surprising ways to achieve better mental health.
- Getting to Know Your 5 Essential Brain Chemicals Many of our moods depend on our nervous system. Too much or too little of the chemicals that speed things up or slow things down and the whole thing can go out of kilter. The basis of many of our medications is to correct these imbalances. Here are just a handful of the essential neurotransmitters and the way they work.
15 Surprising Ways Yoga Can Improve Your Life
There likely is little doubt in your mind that yoga is good for your physique, considering the various sculpted celebrities shown toting yoga mats in every tabloid. The benefits of yoga, however, transcend the tight tush and defined shoulders. Here are 15 surprising ways that yoga can improve your life.
20 Confidence Boosters That Work
Self-confidence is one piece of the happiness pie and is essential in a healthy personality. Low self-confidence is a major contributor to depression because it influences how you view yourself and your ability to accomplish goals and interact with others. Here are a few small changes to your daily routine that can help boost confidence.
5 Thinking Strategies to Ease Depression
Stress is a common feeder of depression and most people find their thinking becomes more negative when they feel under stress. Negative thinking taps into negative memories and feeds negative thoughts about yourself and your future. Negative thinking alone can be debilitating and because of this it is worth considering some strategies to prevent negative thoughts from taking control.
12 Ways to a Happier You
Between 50-80 percent of our happiness may be predetermined by our DNA, but the other 20-50 percent is left up to us (set point theory of happiness; Brickman & Campbell). Whether or not you suffer from clinical depression or a mood disorder, the stress and strains of everyday life can leave you feeling anything but happy. But there are things you can do to take charge. Here are 12 simple ways to increase your happiness.
10 Ways To Reignite Your Creativity
Everyone possesses the ability to be creative, but for certain individuals, imaginative thinking comes more easily. Some research, in fact, suggests that people who suffer from bipolar disorder tend to be the most creative. But there are ways for anyone to get out of a creative rut. Here are 12-research-based suggestions:
8 Ways Humor Heals
That uncontrollable contagious giggle is doing much more than elevating your mood. Humor has a huge impact on many areas of our health. Here are a few ways our minds, bodies, and souls improve with hilarity.
Understanding Winter Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
There was a time when people spent most of their lives out of doors but today fewer than 10 percent of us see very much natural daylight, particularly during the winter months. Dark days, long nights and gloomy weather can result in a form of seasonal depression. Whether you call it the winter blues, winter depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), this form of natural light deficiency is officially recognized as a medical condition affecting millions of people every year.
7 Benefits of Giving
Holiday shopping may seem a passionless exercise, especially with all the accompanying commercialization. But the important thing to realize is that giving transcends the physical act of exchange and the spending of money. What truly matters is the personal sensitivity involved and the underlying act of generosity. New studies attest to the health benefits of giving; both for the recipient as well the giver. Here are the ways you can benefit:
Depression: 12 Risk Factors You Should Know About
Could you be at risk of becoming depressed? Clinical depression typically occurs in teens and young adults, but it can strike at any age. And while we don’t know exactly what causes depression, medical professionals have identified certain factors that increase the risk. Here are the key ones to be aware of.
6 Behavior Changes During Depression
Depression affects people in a whole variety of ways but changes in activity are a common feature. In this Sharepost I’ve outlined six of the most common changes in behavior associated with depression.
8 Healthy Biomimicry Breakthroughs
By imitating nature’s forms, scientists have been engineering new devices to help keep us healthier. Here are some ways the unmatched efficiency of nature has been copied to advance medicine.
10 Signs It's Time to Get Help for Depression
When you suffer from symptoms of depression it is can be easy to dismiss what is happening as temporary or just a minor setback. Some people might be afraid to seek help due to anxiety in acknowledging that there may be a problem. Others may fear stigma of what their family or friends may think or even perceive depression as some sort of weakness. Still others may worry that they do not have the time or money to devote to therapy or they may be afraid that a doctor will push medications on them that they do not want. For whatever reason, some people who suffer from depression will not get help or treatment because they feel it is a risk to do so. But here’s the thing. In many circumstances it is more of a risk to not get help.
- 8 Frequently Asked Questions About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Optimism: 14 Ways to See the Glass Half Full
New research has emerged linking optimism to improved cardiovascular health, reduced risk of stroke, and even swift financial recovery. But what about those who tend toward the pessimistic side? While we may not have much control over the events that happen to us, we do have control over our attitude. Here are some ways to nurture a more optimistic outlook on life.
Hidden Mood Killers and How to Stop Them
We all experience “down” days where we don’t feel like our usual selves. Research has shown that the brain chemical serotonin is the usual culprit behind our ‘ups and downs.’ Depending on the frequency and severity of low moods, serotonin reuptake inhibitors, (SSRIs) such as Zoloft and Prozac, may be prescribed to increase serotonin levels in the brain. But what about the hidden things that get you down? Here are some fairly common mood killers and how to conquer them.
Frequently Asked Questions About Light Therapy
February is just about upon us and this is frequently a time when Seasonal Affective Disorder or (SAD) is most prevalent. There have been a lot of questions about the affectiveness and logisitcs surrounding light therapy to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder. In this sharepost I'd like to address some of the Frequently Asked Questions regarding light box therapy as a course of treatment for SAD.
10 Steps to Controlling Your Anger
Anger, to an extent, is a completely normal emotion. But if your anger becomes disruptive to your job, personal relationships, or health, your entire quality of life could quickly decline. Here are some small steps towards controlling your anger and becoming a happier person.
6 Steps to Depression Recovery
Recovering from depression isn’t easy but there comes a point when people start to emerge from the black hole of despondency. Now is the time to move forward, so here are a few ideas to consider:
7 Ways to Spring Clean Your Psyche
Spring has finally arrived, and with it usually comes an improved mood and newfound energy to shape up your home. But it’s just as important to devote some energy to your own mental well being. Why not tidy up your psyche this spring and unclutter your mental mess. Here’s how:
7 Ways to Make the Concrete Jungle Greener
In 2008, for the first time, most of the world’s population became urban—more than half of the planet’s residents now live in cities. And projections show that this migration will only accelerate, that by 2050 the overall urban population will increase 72 percent, from 3.6 billion to 6.3 billion. As cities become bigger and more populated, there will be a greater need to make sure that don’t lose the natural elements that can boost the physical and mental health of city dwellers. Here are seven ways urban areas are keeping green.