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

Depression and Toxins – what may be causing your depression…

Depression and Toxins Have you ever wondered if there might be a connection between depression and toxins? When dealing with depression and trying to find answers, it’s important to look for causes and not simply go for a medication that simply suppresses your symptoms.  One of the most concerning things for me is that my doctors did not look at what I was eating, nor did they ask me what I was being exposed to in my day to day … Continue reading

Diet and Depression – The Last 4 of 7 Foods/Nutrients that May Help Prevent Depression

Diet and Depression – The Last 4 of 7 Foods/Nutrients that May Help Prevent Depression I hope you began incorporating the first three of seven foods/nutrients that may help alleviate depression.  We now know diet and depression are often related, so here are 4 nutrients I want to share with you that may help ward off depression: #4: Tryptophan Tryptophan is an amino acid that plays a critical role in the production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for making us feel … Continue reading

Diet and Depression – 7 Foods/Nutrients that May Help, Part 1

Diet and Depression – The First 3 of 7 Foods/Nutrients that May Help Prevent Depression Having struggled with chronic depression for many years and having “disappeared” it from my life with food and supplements, I want to share with you some suggestions that may help your mood be brighter.  We truly are what we eat, and nutrition experts and researchers have found that diet and depression are often connected and what we eat can have either a positive or a … Continue reading

SAD or depression? Do you know what the difference is?

SAD or Depression? Many of us who struggle with depression wonder if we are truly dealing with SAD or depression. There is a difference.  With depression, many aspects of our lives can be affected.  They included sleep patterns, inability to sleep, changes in eating patterns and habits, disinterest in things that you used to enjoy and so on.  But, what is SAD? Sadness can be a normal part of life, and people who are not depressed are sad from time to time.  … Continue reading

Do You Talk with Your Doctor about Health and Mindset?

health and mindset

Do You Talk with Your Doctor about Health and Mindset? The need for achieving a mindset that helps you meet the challenges of everyday living is increasingly important in our often negative and chaotic world.  More healthcare providers are realizing their patients sometimes need help dealing with daily challenges and stresses that may affect their long term health and mindset. We’ve all experienced times in our lives when it’s difficult to focus or maintain a steady pace in order to … Continue reading

Conquering Depression

Conquering Depression

Conquering Depression Did you know that in this country, over 20% of women over the age of forty are taking some sort of prescription drug for depression and/or anxiety?  You may be one of them; I was, too. Conquering depression was a huge victory for me! I lived most of my adult life as a depressed person.  Sometimes it was worse than others…fall was usually an awful time for me.  Everything freezes and dies, the leaves fall off the trees, … Continue reading

Depression Signs and Symptoms

Depression Signs and Symptoms How do you know when you’re just having a bad day and are stressed and irritable or if it’s something more serious? When is it actually clinical depression? While a doctor is the only one who can make a qualified diagnosis, there are some signs and symptoms of depression that can signal you may need to take a closer look at how you are feeling. What follows is a list of some of those depression signs … Continue reading

Depression and the Gut Brain Connection – Are you depressed?

Depression and the Gut Brain Connection If you’ve never heard of Dr. Kelly Brogan, it is my pleasure to introduce you to her!  Dr. Brogan, who is well versed in the subject of depression and the gut brain connection, is a brilliant holistic women’s health psychiatrist whom I discovered by following my main man in the functional medicine world, Dr. Mark Hyman. The post I want to share with you today is about the subject that launched my career of … Continue reading