Depression

Understanding Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Part 1

Why Me?

Posted on August 30th, 2014

by Carolyn Hughes

There are times when life brings disappointment, adversity and tragedy, and when it does “Why me?” is a natural question to ask. But if “Why me?” has become a regular feature of your thinking, then you could be living with a victim mentality.

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Cocaine Addiction Linked to Genetic Risks for Depression

Posted on August 17th, 2014

Depression is the accepted term for a range of conditions, known technically as depressive disorders, that center on the presence of disruptive, “down” emotional states. There is considerable evidence that at least some of the risk for depression stems from genetic variations that affect the body’s use of a key chemical called serotonin. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from three U.S. institutions conducted testing designed to determine if people affected by cocaine addiction have an unusual susceptibility to genetically based, serotonin-related depression.

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5 Key Elements of Recovery from Depression and Substance Abuse

5 Key Elements of Recovery from Depression and Substance Abuse

Posted on July 30th, 2014

For 20 years, I battled with a cycle of depression that went from manageable low moods to periods of isolation and despair. Yet it wasn’t until I had a complete breakdown that I started to challenge my mental health status. When I did, it turned out to be the first step to overcoming depression and the foundation to learning how to keep emotionally well.

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What Is The Link Between an Empty Nest and Depression?

What Is The Link Between an Empty Nest and Depression?

Posted on July 15th, 2014

Middle-age is a time of life that brings change for many parents. One of those changes happens when a young adult moves out of the family home. Some parents experience what’s been dubbed “empty nest syndrome,” an informal term for the sadness, grief and loneliness felt after a child leaves home. For some, these negative feelings can persist and make them vulnerable to developing depression.

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Which Came First, Drinking or Depression?

Which Came First, Drinking or Depression?

Posted on June 24th, 2014

Some people choose to drink in order to feel brighter and less inhibited in social settings. But perhaps a greater number choose to drink in order to dull the pain of life’s difficulties. Sometimes this decision to drown sorrows and stress in alcohol becomes a regular way of coping with any frustration or disappointment. That’s when drinking can be a sign of depression.

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How to Help an Addict in the Family

How to Help an Addict in the Family

Posted on June 17th, 2014

The disease of addiction doesn’t just affect the addict; it impacts all members of the family. If you have lived with an addict for any length of time, you know that the hold drugs or other substances have had on your loved one have caused extreme turbulence and unpredictability for your whole family. The stress that you have experienced can be compared to having a major trauma every day, such as a plane crash.

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10 Quick and Easy Mood Boosters

10 Quick and Easy Mood Boosters

Posted on June 16th, 2014

When it comes to getting happier, little things mean a lot. The mood pick-me-ups below are quick, easy and drug-free. They might not solve every problem in your life, but they can help keep a bad moment from turning into a lousy day, and that can put you in a better frame of mind for tackling the big stuff.

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Concussion Increases Chances of Teen Depression

Concussion Increases Chances of Teen Depression

Posted on May 8th, 2014

Over the past couple of decades involvement in teen sports has become more competitive. More intense practices and games lead to broken limbs, cuts and bruises. These injuries heal relatively easily, but in the case of concussions there can be lasting damage. A study provides evidence that a concussion suffered during adolescence may increase the likelihood of developing depression threefold.

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Connecting Childhood Abuse and Adult Depression

Posted on April 3rd, 2014

Research has shown lasting effects from childhood trauma, including substance use, mood disorders and risky sex. A new study shows that victims of childhood abuse are more likely to experience delayed remission from depression. The same impact occurs among adults that had addict parents.

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Drinking and Depression in Pregnant Women

Posted on February 6th, 2014

While most expectant mothers in the U.S. are aware of the risks drinking and drug use pose for their unborn babies, drinking during pregnancy continues—and not always light drinking. What causes expectant mothers to consume alcohol and even binge drink during pregnancy? What motivates the behavior and what can be done to help women abstain from using and abusing alcohol during pregnancy?

Unfortunately the problem goes much deeper than the simple, unthinking craving for a drink or the desire for a little chemical relaxation. The issue? Depression, anxiety and other negative emotions, also referred to as “negative affectivity.”

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Do You Suffer from ‘Adult Child Of’ Syndrome? You Can Dig Yourself Out

Do You Suffer from ‘Adult Child Of’ Syndrome? You Can Dig Yourself Out

Posted on November 23rd, 2013

My dad, then barely at the cusp between teenage years and expected-to-be adult ones, had a problem. He was charismatic and intelligent and wry but he’d been hurt—badly. At the age of 5, his mother had dressed him in knee socks and a little bow tie and asked him and his brothers, “Do you want to go somewhere where you can ride horses every day?” Yes. “Do you want to go somewhere where you can play tennis and go swimming every day?” Naturally. And so she packed them into the car and dropped them off at the nearest boy’s home. She never came back.

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Facebook Use Undermines Happiness, Study Finds

Posted on September 5th, 2013

Facebook Use Undermines Happiness, Study FindsSocial media is an integral part of the modern world, and anybody versed in human nature knows that we are often described as “social animals.” It would follow from this assumption that since websites like Facebook allow us to interact with our friends at times when we would otherwise be alone, and open our interactions up to vastly larger numbers of people, that using social media would make us feel better. However, recent research on the topic at the University of Michigan has revealed the opposite, meaning that people who use Facebook more regularly will be in a lesser mood that those who use it more infrequently. Finding out more about the research helps one understand how the relationship was identified and what it could imply for how we use social media.

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Surgical Anesthesia Appears to Treat Drug-Resistant Depression

Posted on August 21st, 2013

Surgical Anesthesia Appears to Treat Drug-Resistant DepressionTreatment-resistant depression is a form of major depression marked by a poor response to the treatment options typically used to address depression symptoms.

When depressed people fail to respond to standard medications called antidepressants, doctors frequently rely on a form of controlled brain stimulation called electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). However, for a number of reasons, some of the people who could benefit from ECT decline use of this treatment. According to the results of a new study published in July 2013 in the journal PLOS ONE, these individuals may gain relief from monitored doses of a widely used surgical anesthetic called isoflurane.

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Herbicides Tied to Depression in Farmers

Posted on August 14th, 2013

Herbicides Tied to Depression in FarmersHerbicides are plant poisons used in farming, and sometimes in backyard gardening, to kill weeds and other plants that are unwanted. If you use herbicides in your yard or to clean out the cracks in your driveway and walkway, your exposure is probably minimal. What if you were a farmer using herbicides on a large scale? Would you be concerned about your health?

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