I suffer from chronic depression. A lot of people do. What we do about it when we have it is different for a lot of people as well. What I want to look at today is the core of depression. I will use myself as an example for this, and I intend to craft a story for you. the reader, on how I dealt with and continue to deal with depression.
By Johnston Kelso, Marketing Intern
If you’re someone who works in the mental health field or have ever seen a movie or a show where someone was extremely sad for long period of time, you can more or less have a good idea of what depression looks like, right? Nope, wrong.
A lot of us know the signs behind Major Depressive Disorder because they are extremely disruptive to that person’s quality of life. Symptoms include: sleeping all of the time, never sleeping, crying all the time, marked absence from work or class, pessimistic, and self-defeating thoughts. When many of us see these symptoms, we know that person is depressed. However, it is not always so obvious.
There are many different forms of depression. For example, there is Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Dysthymia. I wish to speak about the hardest to spot, and as a result, the least well-known form of depression previously mentioned: Dysthymia. Dysthymia is often extremely hard to spot, simply because the symptoms of Dysthymia are mild in nature, mild enough to hide, and mild enough for a person to function daily without much impediment. To get a better idea of what Dysthymia is, let us look at it in the contrast to the poster-child of depressive illnesses: Major Depressive Disorder.
Let us first look at the many similarities between Dysthymia and Major Depressive Disorder. Both of them obviously include the depressive thoughts, rumination, and pessimism. They both can involve over or under sleeping, a feeling of always being fatigued, and a lack of motivation. Both mental illnesses can launch someone into suicidal thoughts and thoughts of inadequacy. So by now you may be asking, “Well what’s the difference then?” There is one main difference between Major Depressive Disorder and Dysthymia: the intensity of these symptoms.
Under Major Depressive Disorder, a lot of the symptoms are so intense that it often gets in the way of that persons normal functioning. They experience crying spells they cannot control, are so fatigued, tired and unmotivated they cannot make it out of bed. They also have such a hard time concentrating that they cannot function in an environment that requires even minimal amounts of attention.
Dysthymia is not as intense. In many cases, those with Dysthymia are able to function under normal circumstances due to the diminished nature of its symptoms in comparison to Major Depressive Disorder. The symptoms of Dysthymia are much more subtle than Major Depressive Disorder, which is why it’s so difficult to spot. It’s important to actively listen to what people say and pay attention to the behaviors they display.
There is another feature of Dysthymia worth mentioning. This feature actually caused a change in name for Dysthymia in the DSM V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition). It is now called Persistent Depressive Disorder due to the feature that in order to diagnose Persistent Depressive Disorder one must have exhibited the symptoms for at least two years! This is one of the most notable features that separate Persistent Depressive Disorder from Major Depressive Disorder.
Finally, there is one last piece of information you should take into consideration when thinking about Dysthymia, or as we now call it, Persistent Depressive Disorder. This piece of information is that people who suffer from Persistent Depressive Disorder are more susceptible to having Major Depressive episodes.
If the reasons are not already apparent, imagine a boat that is filled with a little bit of water. At this point, the water is only weighing down the boat not sinking it. This represents a person with Persistent Depressive Disorder. Then a storm comes. This storm represents a traumatic life event. The storm causes waves that fill the boat up and eventually sink it. This is a metaphor for a traumatic life event throwing someone with Persistent Depressive Disorder into a Major Depressive episode.
In summation, Persistent Depressive Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder are equally as important to diagnose and to treat, but Persistent Depressive Disorder can be hard to see due to its muted symptoms. If you think a friend might be suffering from even a minute depression, take time to talk with them and really listen. You would surprise the good you can do by simply listening and asking the right questions.
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“This is an illness that takes away
a woman’s ability to access joy…
right at the time when she needs it the most. “
By Lindsay Ries, MHALC Intern
As the Mother’s Day celebrations come to an end, it’s necessary for us to understand what mothers go through. At MHALC, we express how mental illnesses do not discriminate. Meaning that no matter your gender, race, age, occupation, or lifestyle–you can be diagnosed with a mental illness. Even mothers, who are given the gift of children, can experience mental illness and it’s actually quite common. To be more exact, 600,000 women were diagnosed with postpartum depression just last year. It’s an illness that needs to be addressed, properly understood, and treated.
Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that affects women’s feelings of extreme sadness, anxiety, exhaustion after they give birth. It’s caused by various factors, including but not limited to, sleep deprivation and chemical changes in the brain due to altered hormone levels. The lack of sufficient rest that mothers receive after giving birth leads to physical pain and exhaustion, while the change in hormone levels can result in mood swings.
This is a very real mental illness and is not be confused with what some refer to as baby blues, which is a term to describe unhappiness, worrying, and fatigue. Postpartum depression’s effects are so severe that the mother is unable to take care of herself, her child and family, and loses interest or ability to participate in activities that were once so easy to complete. These feelings usually begin shortly after the child’s birth but may also not surface until a month after.
If you or someone you know is experiencing postpartum depression-like symptoms, it doesn’t hurt to reach out. MHALC is here to provide the right educational materials, support groups, and direct you to the help you need. It’s ok not to be ok. Please don’t be afraid to take care of yourself and seek help.
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Sources: National Institute of Mental Health
Every month, we highlight a different mental illness to try to break down the reality of its symptoms and impact. Depression, one of the most common mental illnesses, affects more than 16 million adults every year. Although common, depression is highly misunderstood. Many people confuse it with normal feelings of sadness but it is much more than that. Depression can make people lose interest and motivation in life to the point where living seems futile, leading them to suicidal ideation.
“Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. It’s that absence of being able to envision that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope…which is so very different from feeling sad. Sadness hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It’s a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.” -J.K. Rowling
Rather than sadness, a more accurate description is emptiness. Sleeping habits change to restlessness or sleeping too much. Those with depression usually experience feelings of guilt, hopelessness, and extreme irritability. Making decisions and concentrating becomes more of a challenge day to day.
Depression can reek havoc on the body as well. This mental illness can cause headaches, chronic body aches, and pain that may not respond to medication. Both weight gain or loss can be another symptom of clinical depression as eating habits fluctuate, thus putting stress on the digestive system. Stress and depression go hand in hand. A rise in stress hormones can tighten blood vessels and speed up the heart rate, increasing the risk of heart disease over time.
Although life events can cause depression, some people believe that is the only factor. However, like other medical illnesses, depression can come about from certain medications, genetics, co-occurrence with other illnesses, cognitive thinking patterns, gender, and a chemical imbalance in the brain.
In order to accurately address this very real and very prevalent disease in our society, we need to start treating it like one. We need to address how it is discussed and viewed, and not just in its actual treatment. It is up to us to educate ourselves and others on depression. We can fight the stigma surrounding all mental illnesses in an effort to create a world of healthier, more at ease minds.
Sources: Mental Health America
Everyone’s experience with depression is different.
This post is not intended to generalize symptoms
but rather give people a better understanding of what depression can entail.
Considering Alternative Paths Towards Mental Health
By Jane Sandwood
It is interesting to see conventional science turn increasingly to ‘mind-body’ pursuits such as yoga, Tai Chi, or meditation, to enhance mental health. It might have something to do with the fact that research over the past decade has been so conclusive; these activities have been found to reduce cortisol (stress hormone) levels, leading them to be recommended in various settings, including cancer recovery, substance abuse rehabilitation, and even treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In this post, we take our cue from doctors who are increasingly opening the doors to spiritual pursuits, in an attempt to highlight the connection between spirituality and mental health.
Spirituality: The Missing Link in Mental Wellbeing
Various studies have been carried out on the link between spirituality and happiness. One 2009 study suggested that spirituality (rather than religious practices) determined how happy children were. Another groundbreaking 2010 study, meanwhile, found that there is a ‘secret ingredient’ in spirituality that makes us generally happier. The key, it seems, is stress relief, as well as the support we often receive from fellow believers.
It is vital to differentiate spirituality from religion. In essence, spirituality involves believing in a powerful life force that unites all sentient things and does not necessarily involved organized belief systems.
There are many ways to deepen spirituality: one is through nature, which psychologists like Jung believed to be crucial to making human beings understand our essential need to believe in something deeper.
Practises such as tarot readings can boost our mental health as well, not because they are meant to help us discover future events, but rather, because they boost introspection: the ability to better understand our own beliefs, desires, and actions. Tarot and other ‘energetically based’ techniques such as Reiki also encourage us to use our own intuition, which many practitioners believe is like a muscle that needs to be used often to be enhanced.
Finally, yoga, which is a deeply spiritual pursuit, has been found to lower symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression, leading it to become the ‘it’ activity for stressed-out executives and employees alike.
This therapy is used particularly in settings in which communication and self-awareness needs to be enhanced, such as is the case in substance abuse rehabilitation. One of the most powerful features of art is its ability to be interpreted in many ways. Therapists often use works created by patients to point out their ambiguous feelings about quitting the use of substances. Often, it is not a clear-cut decision, and it is important to address the negative feelings people can have about taking this important step.
Through this therapy, clients/patients enter into a heightened state of awareness and deep relaxation. The uses of hypnotherapy extend beyond stress reduction. They include battling phobias, quitting smoking and other addictive habits, and making other important lifestyle changes.
Listening and playing music reduces stress, helps us access our creativity and emotions, improves our memory and boosts our cognitive abilities in many ways. Psychological and neuroscientific research has pointed to a link between musical training in childhood and the enhancement of verbal abilities and general reasoning skills, but it never is too late to avail of its benefits.
Research on older adults, for instance, found that music can promote better mood, offer opportunities for social interaction, increase communication in dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, and reduce stress and anxiety. Benefits arise even when we just listen to music, so make sure to enjoy a few minutes of your favorite sounds a day.
So-called ‘alternative’ means to better mental health are increasingly gaining ground in conventional settings. It is vital to embrace the benefits of these practises as well on an individual basis, so we can help keep stress-related illness such as depression and anxiety at bay.
By Jane Sandwood
As the leaves fall down and the air grows colder, do you feel yourself becoming sluggish and blue? Well, this might be because you’re experiencing the winter blues. As a form of Seasonal Affective Disorder, the winter blues is characterized as low mood, depression, and exhaustion associated with the lack of sunlight during winter months. It affects 14 percent of the United States and can put a real downer on your holiday season.
However, you don’t have to be consumed by the winter blues. Instead, you can beat it with daily exercise. Check out these four workouts that are sure to help you feeling happier this winter.
1. Run a Marathon
Exercise promotes positive mental health and running is one of the best ways to harness this positivity. Running outside provides you with much needed Vitamin D to increase your body’s energy level. However, if you’re like most of the world, it can be hard to motivate yourself to run outside in the cold. Therefore, you should sign up for a marathon to motivate you to train. The best way of getting over the blues is to not let it bring you down. So, by spending more time outside, your brain will reinforce the idea that you’re going to embrace all of the seasons.
A great way to beat the winter blues is to take up an activity that isn’t affected by the weather outside. By swimming in an indoor pool, you’re working your whole body which can increase energy and reduce low mood. After your session, head to the steam room or Jacuzzi to get some warmth to stimulate the summer season.
3. Sign Up for a Dance Class
According to Psychology Today, dancing improves brain functions, forces concentration, and promotes cognitive learning. By signing up for a class you’re also getting out of your home and meeting new people. Dancing in social settings can release endorphins that reduce stress, pain and the winter blues.
4. Ski or Snowboard
Embracing the change in temperature and climate can do wonders for your mood. So, take advantage of the snow and head to the slopes. Skiing and snowboarding will make you feel as though you conquered the season and have been scientifically proven to reduce chemicals that fuel symptoms of depression. Snow sports also combine aerobic activity and strength building, which is known to improve mental clarity and help you think.
You don’t have to be cooped up inside your home this winter. Instead, embrace the cold season and beat those blues.
Social Media & Technology: The Impact on Mental Health
By Jane Sandwood
Thinking about a healthy lifestyle to aid mental health often focuses on diet, exercise, and sleep – and with good reason. All these factors have been proven many times over to impact on an individual’s mental wellbeing, as well as their physical health.
However, it is also important to look at behavioural factors. The enormous growth of technology, smartphones, and social media in recent years has also been proven to have an impact on mental health, with studies finding positive correlations between high ‘smartphone addiction’ scores and depression levels, anxiety, and sleep quality.
Technology in your day
Be mindful about your technology usage and think about how you can manage it better. Now, this doesn’t mean you need to go off-grid and shun everything powered by electricity, but you can achieve a healthy balanced lifestyle by doing things in moderation. Think critically about your technology usage during the day and what you can do to make less stressful.
- You might not be able to avoid technology at work, so be sure to schedule in regular breaks away from your desk for a short walk or chat with a co-worker.
- Reduce email stress by setting aside blocks of time to deal with them, rather than responding to each one as it comes in.
- Try switching off your phone – work or personal – for a few hours in the evening or at weekends, to reduce the temptation to be constantly checking it.
There are several different programmes which you can add to computers or smart devices which monitor and restrict your usage of other apps, helping you to disconnect more fully.
Sociable or stressful
Social media is a particular facet of modern technology which can have a big impact on mental health. While great for connecting friends and family around the world and enabling sharing of photos and videos on a huge scale, it can come with a price. A study carried out on undergraduates in Utah reported that Facebook use is linked to participants’ impression that other users are happier and more content about life.
Becoming fixated on the physical appearance, material possessions, or life experiences of others in comparison to oneself can exacerbate many mental issues including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. This doesn’t necessarily mean you should deactivate all your accounts, as the ease of contacting friends and family for support is a great tool. Instead, reflect on your usage of different platforms and maybe take a break from actively posting, liking, or commenting, and use direct message functions instead for a while.
Effectively combatting mental difficulties is a different process for everyone. Adopting a holistic approach and reviewing diet, exercise, and sleep patterns is a good place to start – and while technology and social media are unlikely to single-handedly cause mental issues they can certainly exacerbate the problem, so being mindful about your usage of those platforms is also advised.
6 Surprising Ways Exercise Can Improve Your Mental Health
By Jane Sandwood
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you’re depressed? You probably don’t think, “Hey, I should go for a run!” This is especially true if getting motivated to do physical exercise is difficult for you. Yet, this is precisely the habit you need to get into if you want to improve your mental health. Here are six reasons why that is.
Free Your Mind of Negativity
Exercise will take your mind off the nonstop flood of thoughts in your head and get you out of the house. Your thoughts have the potential to turn negative when you have unstructured time. You can redirect your thinking in a more mindful and positive direction by filling your time with physical activity.
Enjoy More Energy
Do you hit that afternoon bump of sluggishness? You can boost your endurance and strengthen your muscles by engaging in regular physical activity. Exercise allows your cardiovascular system to run more efficiently while delivering more nutrients and oxygen to your tissues. During the day, you get more energy when your lungs and heart work better. So, you put more pep in your step when you get your body in motion.
Get a Mood Boost
Drinking a glass of wine is one of the worst ways to relax after a hard day. You can do much more to improve your mood with physical exercise. Plus, you can experience these benefits without intense exercise. Research shows that several chemicals in your brain are stimulated by any physical activity.
Shed Some Pounds
The most well-known benefit of physical activity is that it helps you lose weight. You will naturally feel better when you have a positive body image. You will then be motivated to regularly exercise as you are happy with how you look. This in turn will improve your self-esteem and boost your confidence.
Research shows that you can reduce symptoms of depression when you release endorphins through exercise. Immune system chemicals that worsen depression are reduced when endorphins are release. Also, your body temperature increases, which is calming.
Get Better Sleep
If you have a hard time sleeping at night, regular exercise can assist you by deepening your sleep and helping you fall asleep in the first place. In turn, your mood will improve. After all, when we fail to get our eight or so hours of sleep each night, we tend to get cranky!
By Tushar Grover
In this fast moving world where our mind is so much drenched in the rat race to earn more and live a better life we forget about the basis necessity of our life i.e. better health. For better mental and physical health we need to eat nutrient rich food regularly which supplies energy to do work with full efficiency besides that you need to also workout daily like running in park, riding an indoor cycle, doing yoga etc. to keep our mind and body healthy and stress free.
If we don’t eat good food which is required by our brain for proper working it may lead to frequent stress, anxiety, depression, lack of focus and other problems which could potentially ruin our lives. So for better mental health we need to eat less junk food and more healthy food which is rich in elements like omega 3, amino acids, vitamin D, vitamins, minerals which are required by our brains for development and proper working. Some of the general food items which contains all the nutrients required by our brains includes nuts, green veggies, dairy products, grass fed meat, fruits etc.
Here we have shared some nutrient rich food which is good for your mental health given right below to make your mind active and stress free forever.
Almonds are rich source of energy and helps to restore your body metabolism very fast. It contains proteins, vitamin B6 and zinc which is good for overall body growth and the omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid presence in almonds helps to enhance your brain power, learning and retaining capabilities besides that magnesium in almonds helps in building the nerve system of brain for better focus and alertness of mind.
Tuna is a rich source of proteins and omega 3 which keeps our brain cells and nerves active all time which prevents any depression feelings, besides that presence of niacin and vitamin B also prevents problems like Alzheimer’s and mental aliments to keep your brain healthy and working. Always eat cooked tuna in grill or oven because raw tuna is not good in taste and also hard to digest.
Oysters are good source of vitamins B12, potassium and calcium which helps brain cell to grow. Besides that 1 Oz. of oyster contains 5 times more zinc than your daily body requirement and zinc being a very important mental health element its high recommended that you consume oysters once in a while if not daily to keep your brain active and agile.
Leafy veggies like spinach and its other family members including kale, collards ,chards, beet greens etc. are rich source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A ,folate and many other useful elements which are necessary for mental growth .The beauty of green leafy vegetables is that you can use them in many ways in your diet like in salads served with main course, in soup bowls, in smoothies, grilled and served with appetizers like whole bread sandwich to get benefits in your health and have good tasty food at same time.
Broccoli is excellent source of fibres, folate, potassium and vitamin c. It tastes good when served grilled as salad or you can make broccoli soup also with little salt and pepper to have good taste. Not to forget that it also comes with benefits in digestion due to the presence of prebiotic enzymes.one should eat broccoli at least 2-3 times a week for better mental health and body fitness.
Salmon seems to be an excellent source of vitamin B12, proteins, potassium and vitamin D.it also contains tryptophan which gets transformed into serotonin which helps to keep you in good mood and prevents any random mood swings and mind diversions. Salmon when grilled on your best grill and served with some salad, add flavour to it which satisfy your taste buds besides providing health benefits for your brain and body.
All kinds of berries including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries etc. are rich source of vitamin C and contains lot of anti-oxidants to keep your brains active. Besides that they are also rich in fibres and some digestive enzymes. They taste good when served with yogurt, grilled, with cereals or in fruit salads
- Chia seeds
Chis seeds contains lot of essential elements required by our body and brain.it contains 11grams of fibres in one once of seeds (28 grams).besides that it also comes with lots of potassium, magnesium and calcium in them and not to forget that it also have enormous amount of brain food in it i.e. omega 3. Its one tablespoon contains nearly 1769 mg of omega 3 which almost fulfils our daily omega 3 body requirement which seems to be in 1000-3000 mg.
Healthy food of any kind helps to increase the immunity of our body which leads to longer life free from any problems.so if you start eating the food from our suggestions above daily in your diet then your brain will become powerful and focused, you will be able to make decisions much more quickly and your mood will always in calm. Moreover you overall body productivity and efficiency will increase many folds.
If you liked our collection of food items to improve your brain health than don’t forget to share this with your friends and family to help them get better and have healthy mind and body.
I will be the first to admit that I need to take care of myself better. One thing that I need to work on is positive thinking. It is an important part of self-image that I have been neglecting as of late. One way to remedy this is by writing this post to remind myself. So, what is positive thinking?
Is it not obvious?
While the answer itself is obvious, the application of the practice is what eludes a lot of people. Like I said before, I am not a shining example of someone who is a positive thinker. At least, that is , when it concerns myself. When it comes to other people, I care more about how they are doing. That is where my mistake lies. I need to help myself before I help others. It may sound selfish to some of you, but think of it like this. If I am miserable and cannot be civil, why would that make anyone around me want to be civil to me?
Being civil comes easy to me, and being nice to people comes easier. I am told that I am a nice person that people like to be around. Where is the problem with that then? The problem is that I do not believe what others tell me about myself. I do not think I am good company, but I keep a facade up to make it seem like I am fine. Which, most of the time, I am not. My depression is high, my anxiety is high, and I have extreme social phobia.
How to start positive thinking habits
There are ways to train yourself to think positive, and I have found a good resource to get you started. From what I know from past experience, is you have to form a habit to think positive. It might be hard to drown out all of those negative thoughts and feelings, but I have noticed that if you counter a negative thought with the positive opposite it may help. An example of this is the glass being half full or half empty. Saying half full means you are thinking positive, half empty means you are thinking negative. I tend to be of the half empty thought myself, but I recognize that it is something that I should work on.
I am sure there are other ways to think positive, but you have to figure out what works best for you. Forming a habit of thinking positive is a great start. At least that is my belief. I am no doctor or psychiatrist; I just know what I have been through and how I got through it.
How did I get through the negative barrier
Willpower helped me a lot. I was in a place where I never thought anything good of myself. Remnants of myself from back then still exist, but for the most part I think positive. I still have work to do on it though. In admitting that I have taken the first step to getting better. The most important step is to acknowledge you need help. When I was able to do that I became much more insightful and thoughtful when it came to myself.
The negative barrier that is in the heading above was the first real obstacle for me. All I had were negative thoughts, I did not think of myself as someone able to jump the hurdle of depression. The same can be said for the anxiety, fear, and autism that I have. I have become more confident in myself and my ability to cope with whatever comes my way.
Final Thoughts on positive thinking
I do not know if I have said this in a previous post, but I think that all of us need to take the time to look at ourselves. We need to ask the question, “Am I happy?” If the answer is no then I want you to start looking at what you think you can do for yourself that might help. There are a lot of resources for this in Lancaster county. So please, seek out the help that you need. I promise it will be better. Remember, positive thinking can become a foundational support for yourself. If you need more help, please consider using our support groups as a resource. Thank you so much for reading!