New York State Law Mandates Mental Health Education

New York State Law Mandates Mental Health Education I was running an errand yesterday and was listening to NPR while I was driving. The discussion was about a new law in New York State that requires mental health education in school curriculum.  They definitely had my attention. Did you know that among teens and young adults, suicide is second only to car accidents as the number one cause of death?  Stunning!  Also, they said that one in five teens will … Continue reading

Do you dread the fall season?

I used to dread the fall season.  But I don’t any longer. For decades I lived with chronic depression that would get much worse as fall set in. I didn’t know it then, but I was dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD.  It affects many people, and if fall and winter send you into a downward spiral of depression, you may be affected by it as well.  I’ll share a couple of tools I used while I … Continue reading

Exercise and Mental Health – another tool to combat depression

3 Best Types of Exercise for Mental Health Exercise and mental health…exercise doesn’t just make you physically fit; it also helps you be mentally fit, so it’s very important not to underestimate the benefit of exercise when you’re dealing with the challenge of depression. Everyone knows how exercise can make your waistline smaller, make your heart healthier, etc. Very few people know just how crucial exercising is for your mental well-being. Just as there are certain exercises you can use … Continue reading

Symptoms of Depression – Do you struggle with any of these?

What are the Symptoms of Depression Because depression really challenges and colors your life, it can affect your emotions, your energy, sleep patterns, mental functions, etc. The first step is to ask yourself a few questions to determine if you are dealing with any of the symptoms of depression. Your emotions – While we all experience the occasional “off day”, prolonged feelings of sadness for no apparent reason are definitely not normal.  Life is admittedly an ongoing challenge, and events … Continue reading

Guide for Depression – Free for You…I Have Been There…

Admitting Depression and a Free Focus Guide for Depression… When you’re dealing with depression, understanding what you’re dealing with and having a few things you can do to help yourself feel better are really important.  As a former sufferer of chronic depression, I put together a Free Focus Guide for Depression to help you do things today that will help you begin to feel better tomorrow. One of the things I’ve had to do in order to help others is to open … Continue reading

Daylight and Depression…are you affected by the days getting shorter?

What about Daylight and Depression…The Days are Getting Shorter… Is there a link between daylight and depression? The days are getting shorter; are you finding yourself less energetic?  More apt to go home and get in your jammies, plop on the sofa and turn on the TV? If you are, you’re not the only one.  Many of us struggle with feeling less energetic, a bit blue and some of us get downright depressed when the seasons change, and we don’t … Continue reading

Depression and the placebo effect

Depression and the placebo effect If you’ve never heard of Kelly Brogan, MD, I have a great introduction for you!  Kelly Brogan is a holistic women’s health psychiatrist. She recently wrote a great post on depression and the placebo effect which I want to share with you. As someone who lived with depression for decades, in fact, for most of my adult life, I can tell you her work and her writing are though provoking and cutting edge.  She is … Continue reading

What May Cause Depression

What may cause depression is a great question to ask if it is something that plagues you. I lived with depression for decades, and only five years ago made changes in my life that lifted my depression.  At the time, I didn’t understand what helped me as I had made the changes to help my husband get off the statin medication that was giving him terrible side effects. Some of what I changed is included in this video.  I hope … Continue reading

Taking an antidepressant? You’re one of millions!

Taking an antidepressant? More than 30 million people in this country, 1 in 7 women, and 20% of women over the age of 40 are taking an antidepressant. We are told depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain; but what if that is not always the case?  What if the root cause of our depression is often something we have complete control over?  What if it’s caused by inflammation triggered by our diet, our environment and our … Continue reading

Supplements and Tools for Depression – Here are some that may help you!

Supplements and tools for depression

Supplements and tools for depression I admit I was on and off antidepressant medications a number of times.  I initially expected they would make me feel happy; It was disappointing when I realized it doesn’t work that way.  What the medication does is level you off so you can cope better with your life and with its challenges.  Each time I was on the medication, I became dissatisfied with how I felt and opted to get off the medication.  I … Continue reading