Admitting Depression…it’s not that easy to do…

Admitting Depression One of the things I’m learning to do is to open up about my struggle with depression and let go of attempts to hide it or feel embarrassed or ashamed because it.   I’ve always been a very private person, so admitting depression has been a learning curve and a challenge; for me, it’s been a test of personal courage.  There are 3 reasons I am moving in this direction, and they affect you; so today I want to share … Continue reading

Artificial Sweeteners and Weight Gain…could they be sabotaging your diet??

Artificial Sweeteners and Weight Gain I was told a long time ago by a holistic chiropractor that artificial sweeteners could bring on a bout of depression with just a couple of servings.  This resonated with me as I suffered from depression for decades.  I wouldn’t go near the stuff. But what about artificial sweeteners and weight gain? I thought it would be interesting to share a post written by one of my favorites, the integrative medicine guru, Dr. Mark Hyman.  … Continue reading

Eat to Relieve Depression…changing your diet can work wonders!

Can you eat to relieve depression? If you think you can add a few specific supplements to your diet to handle your depression, think again. Instead, begin to eat to relieve depression! You are what you eat, and that’s true for your mental health as well as the health of the rest of your body.  The drugs used to treat depression have had limited success out in the world; the field of psychiatry is finally turning its attention to diet … Continue reading

Probiotics and Depression…can taking probiotics help?

Probiotics and Depression…can taking them help? This post contains some important information on probiotics and depression, but first, did you know you actually have two nervous systems? One, the central nervous system consists of your brain and your spinal cord; the other is the intrinsic nervous system which exists in your gastrointestinal tract.   While we have always believed our brain to be running the show, it turns out that our gut is actually sending more data to our brain … Continue reading

Fat Intake and Depression…is there a link?

Fat Intake and Depression Is there a connection between fat intake and depression? I often tell people I cured myself of decades of depression and lost 20 pounds by changing how I eat. One woman’s response was, “if I lost 20 pounds, I wouldn’t be depressed either!” I thought that was pretty funny, but had to tell her it went beyond just being psyched I lost unwanted weight.  It felt so good to no longer live with depression; to struggle … Continue reading

Omega-3 fatty acids – why are they so important?

Omega-3 fatty acids All this information about healthy fats and omega this and omega that can be so confusing! Research indicates omega-3 fatty acids may improve depression, and that they improve cognitive brain function.  Your brain is largely made of fat, so making healthy fat a regular part of your diet is critical to your long term health, both mental and physical. How do you get your omega-3 fatty acids and why are they so important to your health in our … Continue reading

Sadness or Depression

Sadness or Depression Many of us who struggle with depression wonder if we are truly dealing with sadness 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. Sadness can be a normal part of life, and people who are not depressed are sad from time to time.  We are … Continue reading

Depression and Courage

depression and courage

Depression and Courage…Living with Depression Requires Courage Depression and courage – Living as a depressed person requires tremendous courage and tremendous energy.   Functioning on a daily basis and keeping up with a world that is not depressed is a challenge that is not for the faint of heart.  If you are depressed or think you may be struggling with depression, give yourself a break.  Yours is not an easy road, but it is one that is shared by many; … Continue reading

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