Seasonal Depression – Is It Real?
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by david
1M ago
    It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing color, the air is getting colder, and the winter blues are setting in for some people. Symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can include feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiety; changes in appetite or weight; problems with sleep; a decreased interest in activities you usually enjoy; and fatigue. But is SAD an actual condition? And if so, what can be done about it?   What is seasonal depression, and who is affected by it? Seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that ..read more
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What is EMDR?
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by Azana
3M ago
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, or EMDR, is a set of standardized protocols that incorporate elements from many different treatment approaches. It has been researched extensively and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. What Issues Can EMDR Treat? EMDR is used to treat a variety of mental health issues including: – Panic attacks – Complicated grief – Dissociative disorders – Disturbing memories – Phobias – Pain disorders – Performance anxiety – Stress reduction – Addictions – Sexual and/or Physical abuse – Body dysmorphic disorders – Personality Disorders How ..read more
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Does It Really Work? – The Science Behind Hypnosis
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by Azana
5M ago
You’re getting sleepy… very sleepy… …and when you wake up you will cluck like a chicken. This is what many people think of when they think of hypnosis. But hypnosis is much more than a funny party trick. Hypnotherapy has been used for centuries. In fact, in ancient times priests and shamans used altered stated of consciousness as a way to bring about healing. Today, therapists use guided hypnosis, or a trance-like state, to help their clients make changes or regain control in certain areas of their life. How Hypnosis Works Hypnotherapy is used to treat everything from substance abuse, phobias ..read more
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Why People Misunderstand Anxiety
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by Azana
5M ago
Did you ever play the game called “telephone” growing up? One kid whispered a secret message into the ear of the kid next to him. That kid then whispered the “same” message into the ear of the kid next to her. On and on each kid would whisper the message around the circle until you came to the last kid, who would then announce the secret message aloud. Often the final message sounded nothing like the original message. That’s because every person has their own way of hearing and sharing information. Sometimes it’s accurate – sometimes it’s not. In this way, you could say that language is a nece ..read more
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6 Ways that Alcohol Makes Depression Worse
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by Azana
5M ago
A great many alcoholics are also suffering from major depression. Because alcohol can feed our brain’s serotonin receptors, it can make someone feel good for a short amount of time. But eventually the person crashes and feels even worse than they did before. And this vicious cycle continues and is, unfortunately, very hard to break without asking for professional help. The Chicken or the Egg Theory Both alcoholism and depression are psychiatric illnesses that cause distress and impair a person’s ability to function. It is not surprising at all that these two diseases are linked, but which tend ..read more
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Symptoms of Adult ADHD
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by Azana
5M ago
A lot of discussion is given to childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But this behavioral issue greatly affects adults as well. While the exact cause of adult ADHD isn’t yet understood, recent research seems to indicate that genes and heredity, the foods we eat, and our environment play key roles. Symptoms of Adult ADHD Many adults who are eventually diagnosed with ADHD have always “sensed” that something was off, but they were too embarrassed or ashamed to seek help. Others still never paid attention to the many signs: Difficulty focusing attention, especially when it co ..read more
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Why Did I Feel Fine Yesterday? The Causes of Depression
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by Azana
5M ago
With 322 million people suffering with depression worldwide, it’s not surprising to learn that in America, depression is among the most common mental disorders. The cause of depression is often simplified as a chemical imbalance in the brain, but the reality is that the disease is far more complicated. Scientific research has yet to completely understand the biology of depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors. What Causes Depression? The disease of depression is the co ..read more
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Seven Tips to Improve Your Relationship
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by Azana
5M ago
Problems are a common occurrence in most relationships. They can be due to any number of things, including personality issues, communication problems, and differing expectations. While there’s no single cause of relationship challenges, it’s important to look for potential red flags and take steps to address them as soon as possible. Doing so can help prevent issues from developing into full-blown arguments or worse. One of the most important things that you can do is, to be honest with yourself and your partner about how you feel. This helps you both work towards recognizing and addressing th ..read more
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Trauma Therapy: How It Can Help You Heal?
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by Azana
7M ago
Like most people, you’ve probably experienced some type of trauma in your life. Whether it’s a car accident, natural disaster, assault, or any other event that leaves you feeling shaken and scared, Trauma can have a lasting impact on our lives. Thankfully, therapies can help you heal the trauma and move on with your life. This post will discuss trauma therapy and how it can help you recover from a traumatic experience.   What is Trauma Therapy?   Trauma therapy is a type of counseling or psychotherapy that helps people heal from the psychological effects of trauma. It can be an incr ..read more
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How to Recognize If You’re Suffering from Depression?
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by John Burns, LCSW
7M ago
Depression is a mental health disorder that causes negative feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and hopelessness that can last for weeks or months. Depression can make it difficult to do everyday activities like going to work or school, eating, sleeping, or socialising. While everyone experiences sadness and grief at some point in their lives, depression is different because it interferes with daily life and lasts for an extended period. Depression is also associated with physical symptoms like pain, fatigue, and changes in appetite. Depression can be caused by many factors such as genetics, s ..read more
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