alpha waves
alpha waves

Can Alpha Waves Reduce Depression?

Neurons are brain cells that communicate with each other through electrical signals and are what prompts a person’s thoughts, feelings, and actions.  The electrical signals from the neurons produce various brain waves,…


natural depression
natural depression

Some Natural Treatments for Depression

The most common ways to treat depression are through medication, counseling, or a combination of both.  However, people are not always comfortable with the prospect of taking antidepressant medication due to stigma,…


self harm
self harm

What is Self-Harm Behavior and How is it Treated?

Approximately 322 million people worldwide experience depressive symptoms every day. While depression can look different from person to person, those who experience symptoms identify with at least some of the following general…


SAD
SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a Real Thing

Arguably, one of the greatest sensations in the world is feeling the rays of the sun dance upon your skin.  The exquisite combination of heat and light simultaneously warming your skin is…


cyclothymia
cyclothymia

What is Cyclothymia?

Cyclothymia, also known as Cyclothymic disorder is characterized as a less severe, more chronic type of biopolar disorder.  It involves episodes of hypomanic symptoms (euphoria and elevated mood) as well as depressive…


faking happiness
faking happiness

Are You Faking Happiness?

In a world where we are so interconnected by the internet and social media, the way we interpret our own self-worth can be heavily influenced by what we see from those we…


monday blues
monday blues

What Are the Monday Blues?

You know that sad feeling as the weekend comes to a close, right? It is the feeling of dread you get on Sunday evenings when you set your alarm to get up…


sexual frustration depression
sexual frustration depression

Can Sexual Frustration Lead to Depression?

A common metaphor used in psychology is the iceberg metaphor. The majority of an iceberg’s mass lies below the surface where people cannot see it. When applying it to emotions, it can…


essential oils
essential oils

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…


depression brain
depression brain

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…


weak muscles
weak muscles

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…


depression men
depression men

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…


depression
depression

The Ultimate Depression Quotes You Need to See

Depression and sadness are different mindsets. As J. K. Rowling put it, “It’s so difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness…


depression
depression

No Motivation & Depression: Is There a Link?

Medical and psychological materials note that there’s often a clear link between depression and a loss of motivation. If you’re in the “no motivation” mood, the thoughts below might clear up the…


grief or depression
grief or depression

Is it Grief or Depression?

Grief is the reaction to a loss. It subsides over time. We might never feel complete relief for that loss, but being wistful for someone or something is not the same as…


first steps
first steps

Changing Requires That Crucial First Step

What is the first step? Why is it important? I find that when speaking to people who are experiencing depression, anxiety or a challenging period of time, that the first step is…


man depressed on a bench
man depressed on a bench

Depressed? Listen to Your Body

Freddie Strasser (2005), writes about sadness and depression, “When sadness arrives at an extreme point in one’s life, when life becomes meaningless and there is no hope of regaining one’s self esteem,…


Fade Away
Fade Away

Will My Depression Fade Away if Left Alone?

There are two possible responses to the question “Will my depression fade away if left alone?” They are “Maybe,” plus “There are no guarantees about that.” The uncertainty is explained, somewhat, at…


Suicide is not the answer
Suicide is not the answer

Suicide Isn’t the Answer to Your Depression

More than 44,000 Americans kill themselves each year, according to the American Society for Suicide Prevention. Another 25 failed suicide attempts for every successful suicide are made annually. Do the math: 1,100,000…


Extreme Depression
Extreme Depression

Quietly Suffering: An Inside Look at Extreme Depression

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) describes the signs and symptoms of depression as: Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood. Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism. Irritability. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or…


Depression Facts & Myths
Depression Facts & Myths

Depression: The Major Myths and Facts About It

The American Psychiatric Association defines depression as “a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable.…


Hate Leads to Depression
Hate Leads to Depression

Can Hate Really Lead to Depression?

(Editor’s note: This article presents merely an overview of a multi-faceted problem. It is not an exhaustive examination of the complicated issue.) Forensic psychiatrist Dr Keith Ablow’s commentary Inside the Mind of…


Burnt Out
Burnt Out

Am I Burnt Out or Depressed?

Stress seems to be as common as aspirin and increasingly sophisticated pain relievers, but a bunch of psychotropic drugs are not what any of us want in order to like life again.…


Depression Recovery
Depression Recovery

Key Factors in Depression Recovery

The notion of recovery from depression as opposed to symptom management is a relatively new idea and is open to debate (Stotland, 2012). Many individuals prior to experiencing a major depressive episode…