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The Vicious Cycle Of Stress, Insomnia And Depression

Joseph Ojile, M.D., F.C.C.P., D.ABSM | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Joseph Ojile, M.D., F.C.C.P., D.ABSM

There's increasing real evidence -- not just anecdotal -- for the bio-psychosocial relationship between stress, insomnia and depression, and the recurring, circular nature of these three unhealthy and unhappy states of mind and body.

Depression: It Happens!

S. L. Young | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

Depression is a legitimate medical concern that affects and also causes effects to the body. Therefore, depression symptoms should be identified, treated, and managed similar to any other medical condition that might impact anyone's ability to function and experience a fulfilled life.

7 Tips on How to Find a Good Mental Health Counselor

Stan Popovich | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Popovich

Just like everything in life, you have your good counselors and you have your bad counselors. The key is to find someone that will help you solve your current mental health problems.

Dare to Be 100: Humble Pie -- Time Always Wins

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

My ego bruise at my slowness encroaching on my annual marathon record is a powerful signal, not to stop, but instead to have a more modest goal. Accordingly, in four weeks I will run my first half-marathon across the Golden Gate Bridge and back.

Why I Want My Daughter To Curse

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

I'm not ready for Sienna to have her mom's sailor mouth, but eventually, when she's a teen, I don't want her to be afraid of speaking the language of her classmates and once she reaches adulthood, I hope to be ready for her to speak such words in my presence as part of normal conversation because the reality is that cursing is ordinary and sometimes, often even, acts as a release for pent up stress.

12 Ways Parents Can Protect Their Kids From Too Many Pills

Allen Frances | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

Misplaced diagnostic exuberance has turned age-appropriate immaturity into a psychiatric disease and treats it with a pill, rather than just letting the kid grow up.

Bill Clinton Can Save Dems

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Because Clinton can act as both a star player for Democrats and a believable referee for voters, alone among national figures, he provides a major advantage to Democrats.

Swimming in the Hudson: An Ode to Prevention

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

This is the 21st century. We need to apply our preventive focus to more than assuring we can swim in waters like the Hudson without it being a threat to our lives. We need this river to become a symbol of how we ended drowning and suicides, not a tragic reminder of the failure of prevention.

What It Really Feels Like To Live With Depression

Abby Heugel | Posted 12.02.2014 | Women
Abby Heugel

Just because you deal with depression doesn't mean that you are depression. A bad day/week doesn't mean a bad life. After all, it's not sunny every day but we know the clouds won't last forever.

When You're Depressed, You Can't Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps

John M. Simmons | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
John M. Simmons

I don't know exactly when it changed from discouragement to depression for me, but I do know what the difference was.

Mental Illness Stigma: Overcoming the 'Scarlet Letter' of Our Times

Emily Grossman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

People with mental illness are some of the most marginalized and stigmatized people in our society. And as a result, many people are forced into silence about their illness. Many don't seek out help even though they are suffering, sometimes with dire consequences.

Lindsay Holmes

Depression Is Not One-Size-Fits-All, And Neither Is The Treatment | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living

Living with depression can be overwhelming enough, but when it comes to figuring out treatment, the weight of the disorder seems to increase exponenti...

Why Optimism Is Actually Kind Of Depressing

Donna Highfill | Posted 11.30.2014 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

There are times in my life when motivational speakers bum me out. When things are going well, I believe them. I think they rock. But then tough times come, and I tend to see them as false prophets.

How to Make Sense of Suicide

David Michael McFarlane | Posted 11.29.2014 | Religion
David Michael McFarlane

"Gone" implies Lila went somewhere, like the word "departed." I'm a skeptic about religion, especially the afterlife, but death makes me believe in souls, because it's when I can feel their absence.

10 Healing Quotes to Help With Grief

Shannon Kaiser | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Shannon Kaiser

When we lose a loved one, the difficult part is trying to learn how to function without them. The relationship is so ingrained in our daily habits, we have to train ourselves to learn new behaviors without the loved one around.

Depression Is My Profession: A Psychiatrist's Perspective

Karen Mechanic | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Mechanic

Without question, my work is challenging. The time I spend with my patients, however, inspires me daily by giving meaning to my life as we work together to overcome adversity. And I hope I in turn am bringing meaning to the lives of others.

Media and Mood: What We Consume Matters More Than We Think

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Victor Schwartz

It is worth taking a moment to consider what impact the content and format of reporting has on our emotional lives and mental health and maybe even safety.

Can Crowdsourcing Play A Role In Preventing Suicide?

Robert R. Morris | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert R. Morris

Established therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy can address distorted, negative thinking and can be extremely effective for disorders like depression and anxiety. But the demand for these treatments exceeds the resources available. New innovations are sorely needed to fill the gaps, not to replace existing models of treatment, but to extend basic practices of mental well-being to the general public.

Suicide Prevention Month: Because One Life Lost Is Too Many

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

Our community remains so susceptible to depression and suicide because, although we've made great progress towards equality, we still remain vulnerable to discrimination, harassment and rejection because of who we are and who we love.

10 Secrets Your Teens Want You to Know But Won't Tell You

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

have been talking to your teens for over two decades. Even though trends and styles may change, teens still have the same concerns and the same secrets that they would like you to know, but just don't feel comfortable telling you.

Finding Your Way Back to Happy

Steph Thompson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Steph Thompson

Painting a picture of me, head back, guffawing with great joy, would not be completely accurate, much as I'd like it to be. No. There was a darker side, mood swings (menstruation related or not) that left me forgetting how to laugh or wondering when that laughter would come again.

Overcoming Navel-Gazaphobia (the Irrational Fear of Feelings)

Nancy Colier | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Colier

I recently attended a panel discussion on the topic of happiness. Early on in the dialogue, one of the panelists addressed what he considered the mist...

High Rates of Depression Among African-American Women, Low Rates of Treatment

Nia Hamm | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Nia Hamm

Because mental health is a taboo subject in the African-American community, black people, and specifically black women, are not only one of the least likely groups to be treated or to seek treatment for depression, they're also less likely than other groups to even acknowledge it as a serious problem

8 Epiphanies Everyone Should Have

Shannon Kaiser | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Shannon Kaiser

Epiphanies are mental moments where we have instant clarity, which can turn into motivation to change and charge forward. But not all epiphanies are created equally. Some demand a deep inward search, and you'll be stuck asking the tough questions to see what you are made of.

When Exercise Becomes An Addiction

Abby Heugel | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Abby Heugel

As a society, we're told over and over that it's essential to exercise, which it is -- in moderation. That's what makes it so easy to keep this addiction a secret; it's not as obvious as walking around under the influence or lighting up a cigarette.