Everyone has tough days and for some the days seem to be a never ending string of murkiness. All of our mental afflictions, stress, anxiety, depression, addictive urges and trauma responses are experienced as contractions in the body. An antidote to this would naturally be opening the body up and that is one among many reasons why yoga can be helpful. But to take it one step further, laughter opens our bodies up, vibrates core areas where the stuck energy resides while simultaneously igniting resiliency centers of the brain.
Do yourself a favor, simply watch this 3-minute video and see what you notice:
Depression is quite complicated. It entails a host of symptoms that perplex even the savviest therapist. Depression is even more complicated in children and men because the expression of symptoms is not as clear-cut for them as it is for others. Nonetheless, depression is one of those “diseases” that requires a compassionate, caring, knowledgeable, and understanding individual to identify it. Families, caregivers, and friends who suspect a loved one experiencing depression ought to know that depression can entail lots of symptoms. Sadly, many people believe depression is a sad mood, bad mood, or negative thinking that can be overcome through will power. This is not always the case. Depression often requires treatment.
Trauma therapy includes confronting fears and going back to the source of your pain. Here are several strategies to help people who have been through traumatic experiences and painful losses.
Popular myths about depression often keep people from getting the treatment they need. We’ve sorted out the facts from the fiction for eight common misconceptions.
Here’s a fact you might not know:Depression is the leading cause of medical disability in the United States. And here’s another: Depression affects roughly 5 to 8 percent of American adults every year. Despite its prevalence, however, many depression myths remain. One reason for the persistence of these myths is that there’s a lot of stigmaaround depression and mental illness. Too often, people who have depression are ashamed to admit it, and those who have never experienced it may think being depressed is a sign of weakness. It’s time to tackle some of the most virulent depression myths.
Most Americans know what depression is and believe there is no shame in seeking treatment for the mental health condition, a new survey shows. The public opinion poll of 1,021 adults, released to coincide with National Depression Screening Day in October, found that 53%of Americans know someone who has been treated for depression and 72% said they would also seek treatment if they experienced symptoms of depression.
Of those who knew someone personally who was affected by depression, 76% said they would seek help if they too developed symptoms of the condition. In contrast, only 66% of those who didn’t know anyone who was depressed would do the same. The researchers also found that 67% of Americans believe depression is usually treatable.
“These findings tell us that our efforts to reduce stigma and increase the public’s knowledge of depression through events like National Depression Screening Day are having an effect,” Douglas Jacobs, founder of the nonprofit Screening for Mental Health Inc., which conducted the poll, said in an organization news release. “The goal of the program is to educate people on the symptoms of depression, assess their risk for mood and anxiety disorders and connect those in need with local treatment services.”
Some people are depressed by situational causes, while others may be genetically predisposed to depression. Learn how to understand the cause of your depression.
How long do you have to feel sad before you’re considered depressed? (Hint: It’s a trick question.)
In poll released to coincide with National Depression Screening Day, most said they would seek treatment if needed.
Midlife Can Make You Miserable
Feel like middle age is closing in on you? You’re not alone. A 2008 study of data from 2 million people found that midlife depression spans the globe. In the U.S., it peaks at around age 40 for women and 50 for men, and usually starts to lift in the 50s. Why? People may learn to adapt to their strengths and weaknesses and value life more, the researchers say.
Fatigue, sleep problems, aches and pains — these can
all be symptoms of depression. What to look for.
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