Monthly Archives: August 2012

118. Self Compassion

Poor self-esteem is an indicator of depression and positive self-esteem is an indicator of getting well. The dilemma is when self-esteem is dependent on other people, events, and circumstances and not on yourself. “My best friend just yelled at me, … Continue reading

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117. Bright Light Therapy

From http://www.johnshopkinshealthalerts.com. Exposure to bright light may help lighten the symptoms of major depression, according to a study reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry (Volume 68, page 61). In the study, Dutch researchers included 89 people with major depressive … Continue reading

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116. Depression and Anxiety

Did you know that depression affects one in six adults in their lifetime? Oftentimes this depression is accompanied by significant anxiety. I had a therapist who told me depression and anxiety could not exist at the same time because anxiety … Continue reading

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115. Never Give In

On October 29, 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave a speech to the students of Harrow School in Great Britain, a school he had attended in his youth. The passage below often comes to mind when one is thinking of … Continue reading

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114. Coping with Stress to Reduce Depression

Stress is bad for you, so bad it can kill you. Studies now reveal that stress causes deterioration in everything from your gums to your heart and can make you more susceptible to everything from the common cold to cancer. … Continue reading

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113. Dysthymia

Dysthymia is a chronic form of depression milder than major depression.  A person with dysthymia is in a depressed mood most of the day and more days than not over a period of at least two years. There may be … Continue reading

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112. Major Depression

There are two categories of depression – major depression and dysthymia. These two capture about 9.5% of the adult population (18 and older) in the United States in a given year. That’s 18.8 million people wandering around in various intensities … Continue reading

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