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Essential Oils For Depression, Does It Work?

Essential oils are extracted from plants and have become increasingly popular in our culture.  Individuals interested in holistic and alternative medicines have exuberantly propelled themselves onto the essential oil bandwagon.  Names that were only found on spice racks and tea bags in the past are now profiled in comprehensive essential oil directories.  Nutmeg and cinnamon […]

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How to Prevent Depression about Climate Change

Rush Limbaugh says one thing about climate change and you might say another, but the important thing is this: You need to calm down before you and any of your Save the Planet efforts become ineffective. Neighbors, radio hosts, politicians, and anybody you want to persuade about the problem won’t be convinced of much if […]

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Stimulation to Ease Depression

Depression is everything that the word implies: a long-lasting sense of unhappiness and hopelessness. Descriptive terms for the problem include despair, despondency, and sadness. Anger and a sense of loss might be involved, too. The overall miserable mindset is not a matter of willpower. Telling someone to “Snap out of it,” or to “Get over […]

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Low Motivation, Am I Depressed?

After a fun and leisurely weekend, Sunday night seems to creep up on us without warning.  We begrudgingly lay out our work clothes, prepare lunch for the kids, and set the alarm to go off in the wee hours of the morning.  It can sometimes be difficult to prepare for another work week, mentally adjusting […]

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Why You Don’t Have to Feel Ashamed of Birthday Depression

Maybe you didn’t get the memo, so here it is, minus a birthday present bow on top: The mental health profession doesn’t judge unhappy feelings as forbidden, wrong, or bad. Unhappiness is a normal part of human life. Sadness is one thing, though, and a sense of shame another. Both can be temporary. Depression, however, […]

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What Are the Signs of Depression in Men?

Depression is an issue that is not discriminatory. It affects people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and even genders. The signs and symptoms of depression are similar across the board; however, depending each individual those signs and symptoms can be displayed differently. Women tend to be more expressive in their symptoms and typically will focus […]

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What Is The Difference Between Unipolar and Bipolar depression?

Unipolar depression and bipolar depression are both categorized as mood disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5.  Mood disorders are characterized by distorted fluctuations in emotion and mood that interfere with normal, daily functioning.   An individual that possesses a mood disorder has difficulty regulating and staying in control of their […]

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Is There a Bipolar Test That Can Diagnose Me?

The short answer is: Not really. However, let’s take a few steps back and talk about Bipolar in general. The term bipolar is one of those commonly used as a descriptive term. When someone says, “I’m feeling depressed,” it could mean they legitimately have clinical depression or it could me they are feeling down or […]

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Train your Brain: Neuroscience and Depression

Imagine if you could have control over the workings of your mind.  Innovative findings in neuroscience tell us that we can actually train our brains in ways that will have a positive impact more than we think. Neuroscience provides evidence that our brains continue to develop and change throughout our lives. The concept of neuroplasticity […]

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How to Survive Each Day When You Have Crippling Depression

Crippling depression is like being caught in the middle of the ocean.  You are tired, alone, and have been swimming for minutes, which feel like hours.  You aren’t quite sure how you got there and find yourself unsuccessfully swimming against the current, desperately trying to stay above choppy waters.  As the waves relentlessly crash down […]