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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 early for another full work week. Everyone has likely experienced that feeling a time or two. Even if you enjoy your job, sometimes […]

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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 shed light on the way people think and feel. A person’s secondary emotions like anger or indifference is what most people see. However, […]

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Can Online Depression Chat Rooms Become Harmful?

With most things in life, there are pros and cons. Oftentimes, people are left weighing between the benefits and the costs. For most, if the benefits outweigh the costs, then they move towards that particular decision. Online chatrooms are no different than most other situations. There can be definite benefits for engaging in online chatrooms […]

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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 […]