When you are struggling with depression symptoms, your daily activities can become more difficult. You might experience trouble sleeping, changes to your appetite, and a loss of interest in things you used to enjoy.
Consider this: 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental health condition each year. This ranges from common anxiety disorders to more serious conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Depending on the diagnosis, symptoms may be temporary and subside over time. However, a more serious diagnosis may require treatment such as therapy and medication to help manage symptoms. Treatment can last for a few weeks or months, and may even span an entire lifetime.
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly 19 million adults in the US experience at least one major depressive episode every year. Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in America. Sometimes referred to as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it is different from less severe feelings of sadness. The good news is that depression is highly treatable. In this blog, we'll go over how to treat depression.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy used to treat mental health disorders like depression. It can also be used to treat anxiety, PTSD and borderline personality disorder. CBT works by identifying and modifying the negative thoughts or behaviors that cause or worsen a person’s symptoms. In this blog, we’ll discuss how CBT is used to treat depression.
Depression is often confused with sadness, but it’s important to know the differences between the two mental states. This distinction is particularly important for individuals who are struggling with depression. Those who confuse their depression with sadness may leave their symptoms untreated. When depression is left untreated, it can increase your risk for a number of health conditions like coronary artery disease, stroke and hypertension. In severe cases, depression can lead to suicide.
Mindfulness is a popular term to describe the act of being present in the here and now. This is similar to the term grounding, which is more often used by psychologists to describe the method of returning our thoughts to our experience in the present moment. Mindfulness practices include meditation and yoga, but can also include coping methods such as identifying your feelings, acknowledging your emotions without judgment, and, generally speaking, practicing kindness for yourself and how you feel.
Servicemen and women have always taken care of their physical health. In today’s world, mental health is just as important.
While military life can be rewarding, it is also difficult. According to a study conducted in 2014, 1 in 4 active duty members showed signs of a mental health condition. The mental health concerns of veterans are unique. Things you might have seen or experienced during your time in the military can affect your long term mental health, and make it difficult to transition to civilian life. Even veterans that have successfully transitioned may have lingering mental health concerns.
What is mindfulness? Simply put, it is the practice of being fully present here and now. Its origins span back two millennia. Exercises such as breath work, yoga and meditation all fall into the category of mindfulness. When coupled with counseling and medication, mindfulness can be an effective treatment for depression.
Young adult and teen suicide is the third leading cause of death for those between ages 10 and 24. The mental health community and advocates for young adults are working to bring awareness to this major issue. Providing suicide and depression treatment for young adults is a crucial element to making a positive change to this situation. It’s not just mental health professionals who can help, though – knowing the warning signs of depression and suicide, so that you know when to ask questions and when to encourage someone to get help, can lower the young adult and teen suicide rate.
Postpartum depression seems to have an air of mystery surrounding it. New moms feel they have to keep the depression and anxiety going on inside of them, a secret all to themselves. Even celebrity moms are often featured in the news about having postpartum depression. What the general public and news stories sometimes lack, are concrete facts about the disorder, symptoms to look out for and ways that new moms can get help. We’ve put together a list of 3 things that everyone should know about postpartum depression (PPD).