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What Causes Depression?

Francesca Tomas RPC,RTC   Depression can be very difficult to live with. Talking to a mental health professional can help you manage or understand depression better. Expressing thoughts and feelings can be helpful to achieving mental and emotional wellness. SEVEN POSSIBLE CAUSES OF DEPRESSION: Some medications for high blood pressure, Lipitor for cholesterol and Plavix…

Curing Insomnia Doubles Depression Recovery

Benedict Carey, NY Times, 11/18/2013 Curing insomnia in people with depression could double their chance of a full recovery, scientists report. These findings are based on an insomnia treatment that uses talk therapy instead of drugs. This could be the most significant advance in depression treatment since the introduction of Prozac in 1987.1 Depression, the…

Combating Depression with Exercise

by Shelby Scott, M.D., FACSM   Depression is a common medical problem in the United States. Approximately 10% of adults are affected by depression at any given time, with 20% of adults experiencing an episode of major depression in their lifetime. Two to three times this number of adults exhibit ”depressive symptoms” but do not…

The Quickest Way to Increase Your Happiness

Francesca Tomas RPC,RTC   Want to increase your happiness right now? Now there’s solid research that suggests the kind of daily behaviors that can give your happiness a boost. For four weeks, researchers Steger, Kashdan, and Oishi quizzed people about the their daily activities and their levels of daily well-being, satisfaction, and positive emotions.1 Their…

Getting Unstuck

Francesca Tomas, RPC, RTC   If you came to me and asked me to help you “get unstuck”, I’d say “Let’s do it” because this exercise can bring new possibilities and hope into your life. Being “stuck” can give you an overwhelming sense of inertia, or exhaustion, or defeat. This may have been triggered by…

Psychiatrist warns against trying to cure ordinary sadness as Canadians among top users of antidepressants

Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia News | January 19, 2014   One of Canada’s top psychiatrists says too many Canadians are treating life’s normal spells of misery the way they would handle something they dislike about their bodies: By asking a doctor to make their lives better. That may explain why we take twice as many antidepressants…