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Blog posts : "depression"

Crohn’s and depression: If it isn’t one end it’s the other

June 17, 2012

Receiving a diagnosis of any illness can knock the wind out of us. It takes a while to breath normally again. We may experience symptoms of depression while we adjust to the chronic diagnosis and learn to manage it. After a period of adjustment, the depressive symptoms usually diminish, but …

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The dance of diabetes and depression: Why you should learn the steps

June 8, 2012

Type 2 diabetes and depression have some things in common. They share the risk factors of obesity, inactivity, family history, blood pressure problems, and coronary artery disease. Some signs of very high or low blood sugar are also depressive symptoms, such as anxiety, fatigue, irritability…

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Divorce: Empower yourself by separating feeling and fact

May 16, 2012

An important thing to remember when going through a  divorce is that feelings serve a purpose but are not fact. Feelings are based on our inner reality while facts are shared observations over time.

It may be impossible to completely separate thought from emotion but humans can see thing…

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Mental health: Concussions and the repercussions of being human

May 4, 2012

The death of Junior Seau might be the ultimate consequence of brain concussions received while playing in the NFL, but there are other significant factors to consider as well. Without speculating which factors, if any, played a part in Seau’s death, they are relevant to the mental health of …

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WWDC: Widening world of digital counseling; treating depression in children and adolescents

April 28, 2012

It was bound to happen sooner or later. There is a 3D computer fantasy game that teaches good thinking habits as effectively as biological therapist units can. The game, designed for children and adolescents, is called SPARX (not to be confused with SPANX which are women’s undergarments). …

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Things get better: Let your heart know depression will pass

April 9, 2012

The sun shines on everyone. It is no respecter of persons. None of us receive light because we deserve it, but because we are in the path of the sun’s rays. That is rather humbling when you consider it. Individuals may become as special or important as they can, and the sun will not grant th…

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Name calling: Not to excuse it but we all do it

March 8, 2012

Anytime we slap a negative label on someone we have accomplished three things. First, we have discerned a difference between that person and ourself. Second, we have decided the difference puts the other in a derogatory light. Third, we create an “us” versus “them” situation. Here is where a gro…

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Depression has a new adversary: TMS

February 26, 2012

WASHINGTON, February, 25, 2012 - TMS is almost new. It has been around several years, and is getting more media buzz everyday as a treatment for medication-resistant depression. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is the use of magnetic pulses to stimulate mood related areas of the brain. It…

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Greif vs. Depression and the DSM-5

February 22, 2012

WASHINGTON, February 22, 2012 – When something senseless is being done in the field of psychology, how can a writer, who is also a therapist, resist jumping into the fray of words?

The senselessness is the inclusion of grief in the forthcoming DSM-5* diagnostic criteria for Major Depressive Dis…

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Antidepressants and placebos: On a bicycle built for two

February 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, February 9th, 2012 - Are placebos just as effective as antidepressants? It depends who you talk to, although trying to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong about this issue detracts from the vast gray area between. That gray area is teeming with the mystery of what it is to be a co…

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Mirror mirror on the wall, will plastic surgery end my fall?

February 7, 2012

WASHINGTON, February 5, 2012 - There are plastic surgeons who screen prospective patients for chronic depression and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), turning away people that will not benefit from surgery. These doctors understand that patients with a mood disorder or BDD may be trying to fix an …

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Being bipolar: Hyper-hare or slo-mo tortoise

January 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, January, 27, 2012 - Martin is in his late thirties and depressed. He is fatigued, can’t concentrate, or make decisions. His mood is sad and irritable, and he thinks about suicide. “I know how I screwed up my life a few months ago,” said Martin, “But it seems like it was someone else …

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Other Causes of Depression

January 22, 2012

WASHINGTON, January 20, 2012 - Maybe someday we will come up with a concise and exact explanation of the cause of depression; one size that fits all. However, it is more likely there will always be a queue of explanations, since every solution invites more questions. We read about genetic researc…

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