Daily Archives: September 26, 2016

8 Foods That Boost Your Mood

What we eat might not be able to cure us indefinitely from depression. I learned thathard lesson earlier this year. However, researchers are compiling strong evidence that what we eat can influence our risk for developing depression and can keep … Continue reading

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The Four Best Supplements for Depression

The American Journal of Psychiatry has just published a meta-analyses of supplements, or nutraceuticals, that, used in adjunction to antidepressants, have evidence of reducing depressive symptoms. The primary positive results were found with SAMe (adenosylmethionine) methylfolate, omega 3 (primarily EPA … Continue reading

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Being Yourself: The Ultimate Act of Courage When You Have Depression

“To be nobody-but-yourself—in a world which is doing its best, night and day to make you everybody else,” wrote American poet E. E. Cummings, “means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” … Continue reading

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Depression, Not Medication, Kills Creativity

“My favorite escapes from depression are meds and writing,” says Diana Spechler in a New York Times opinion piece. “But I can’t do both at once.” Friends have been forwarding to me her columns in the Going Off series, which chronicles … Continue reading

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There Is a Place for Antidepressants

When I was six months pregnant, I attended a birthing preparation class with my husband and about 12 other expectant parents. During the fifth session, the instructor asked the mothers whether or not they were going to use medication to … Continue reading

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10 Diseases That Make Depression Feel Worse

Consider these statistics: Nearly 50 percent of asthma patients have symptoms of depression. At least 40 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease experience depression, and anxiety is often reported. 45 percent to 65 percent of people who have had a … Continue reading

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Medications That Can Cause Depression

A review in the journal “Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience” awhile back highlighted certain medications that can cause depression. The following medications should be used cautiously in people with current or prior depression, or those who are otherwise at high risk … Continue reading

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Are You Depressed, Bipolar, or Just Human?

Ten years ago, when I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I was working with a psychiatrist who wanted me to alert him at the first hint of a creative thought. Whether it was an article idea or, God forbid, … Continue reading

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Sleep Apnea May Raise Risk of Depression

Study suggests popular apnea treatment could help ease symptoms of mood disorder. People with sleep apnea are at increased risk for depression, but continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for their apnea may ease their depression, a new study suggests. … Continue reading

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