Depression – Side Effects of Antidepressants

Depression – Side Effects of Antidepressants I remember when I finally decided to get medical help for my depression.  It was after many years of denying that I was depressed.  I remember exactly where I was…it was on the deck of our house.  My husband was the one who finally said to me, “Aren’t you tired of being depressed?”  I called my doctor and began the process.  I had to talk to an LICSW (social worker) who then referred me … Continue reading

Depression; Thief of Life

The Thief Known as Depression Depression was many things to me.  It was a thief of fun and energy.  It was something to hide and be ashamed of; it was something that made me feel different and inferior… damaged goods in some way.  It made me fearful that my defect would be discovered. It also made me jealous; jealous of others who could have fun and be silly while I was so serious and just tried to maintain. I lived … Continue reading

Exercise and Depression – Go for a hike!

Exercise and Depression – Go for a hike! After my first post on exercise and depression, I decided to take my own advice, get off the couch and move, but not right away… Today Rob said, “Do you want to go for a hike?”  I tend to be a more sedentary person by nature and really wanted to spend some free time sitting and crocheting a blanket I’m making for one of my nieces, so I considered the merits of taking … Continue reading

Exercise and Depression…it can help more than you think

Exercise and Depression When you’re depressed, sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed, nevermind even thinking about exercising! When you just want to pull the covers over your head and wait for tomorrow hoping it will be better, running around the block or heading for the gym are not top on your list of favorite things to do.  Exercise and depression…I think not… Ironically, when you’re depressed, you tend to want to do things that are not necessarily going … Continue reading

Depression and Menopause- Can the right foods help?

Depression and Menopause Let’s begin our discussion of depression and menopause by acknowledging that the target market for antidepressants is women.  The antidepressant industry is a multi-billion dollar industry.  Is it any wonder why doctors prescribe them so liberally rather than discuss diet, supplements, exercise, hormone balancing, etc.? Doctors who practice allopathic, or mainstream medicine are not schooled in nutrition.  The definition of allopathic medicine is  “mainstream medical use of pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms or … Continue reading

Sugar and Depression…how sugar can shrink your brain

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Sugar and Depression… Are you struggling with depression? Do you know someone who is depressed or who takes anti-depressants? There’s actually a link between sugar and depression. How much sugar do you eat? Did you know that people who consume diets high in sugar and simple carbohydrates are more likely to become depressed? It’s true! Sugar is the enemy of your body and your mind. It’s so unfair that it tastes so good. I love it too; but I know … Continue reading

Statins and Depression

Statins and depression… Statins and depression….Are the statins you’ve been told will lower your cholesterol making you depressed? If you struggle with depression, you want to do anything you can do to help control it.  Believe me, I know. I lived with depression for decades. Statins are being called into question relative to the epidemic of depression we are experiencing in this country. Did you know that over 20% of women in the U.S. in their 40s and 50s are … Continue reading

Vitamin D and Depression – the positive effect of vitamin D on your mood

Vitamin D and Depression…The Positive Effects of Vitamin D on Your Mood I just realized I ran out of Vitamin D which is what prompted this post.   As someone who struggled with depression for decades (please note the past tense used here), I am acutely aware of the effect that vitamin D plays on mood, sadness and depression. Studies have shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and mood. Vitamin D is a vitamin our body produces but does … Continue reading

Depression and Parkinson’s Disease… Swedish study shows a link

Depression and Parkinson’s Disease… Swedish study shows a link The other day there was a story in the news about a study conducted in Sweden that strongly suggests there’s a link between depression and Parkinson’s disease.  This really caught my attention as I have struggled with depression in the past, and my father lived and died with Parkinson’s. This study followed the entire population of Swedes who were over 50 as of the end of 2005.  It was easy to … Continue reading

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder What is Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD? It’s the onset and continuation of certain symptoms that appear during certain times of the year.  It occurs most often in women, and most frequently during the fall into the winter months when exposure to natural light becomes more limited. SAD may occur during the summer months as well, and when it does is sometimes accompanied by increased anxiety. My personal experience was that I struggled with depression … Continue reading