There are many causes of depression. Here are some common causes:
One of the most excluded areas of mental health is nutrition. Food does play a significant role. According to Jodi Clarke, MA, reviewed by Dr. Steen Gans, when you are trying to cope with depression, small changes in your diet may help to decrease your symptoms & could have a positive effect you daily activities.
Fish is a great choice to help fight depression because they are rich in omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats are very important in brain health and may be applied in the functioning of serotonin, which is important in the regulation of mood. A study that was published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, found that people who consumed the most fish were less likely to experience depression.
Chicken & turkey are excellent sources of lean protein that can help maintain blood sugar levels, keeping your mood well-balanced during the day. Both are also a source of tryptophan, which helps create serotonin. That will assist in...
When you are feeling anxious or stressed here are some coping strategies:
Relaxing can help to keep yourself healthy, both mind & body, allowing yourself to recover from the stresses of everyday life. Here are some quick & easy ways to relax:
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is best described by exaggerated & continual worry about a number of different things. People with GAD find it challenging to control their worry. Their worries could be about things like money, family, work, or health.
GAD is diagnosed when a person finds it challenging to control their worries for at least 6 months and has more than 3 symptoms. The common symptoms include problems sleeping, feeling weak or tired, increased heart rate, feeling nervous/on edge, trouble concentrating, and possible stomach issues.
As far as depression, the most frequently diagnosed form of depression is a major depressive disorder. One of the symptoms must be an overwhelming feeling of sadness or a loss of interest & pleasure in normal activities that once brought them joy. To be diagnosed with depression, one must have at least 5 of the 9 known symptoms. The other known symptoms are thoughts of death/suicide, insomnia or oversleeping, weight loss/no appetite...
BLC is going to change it up here a little bit. Instead of asking questions, posting inspirational quotes, etc., we have decided to take a topic for the month. With that topic of the month, our goal is to educate & provide as much useful information as we possibly can. Please let us know if there is a topic out there that you would like for us to provide some information and we will do our best to post that for you.
Our topic for the month is depression & anxiety. There are differences between the two but often are both linked together by stress. Our goal is to educate what is depression & anxiety. Also the signs & symptoms of depression & anxiety. There are many different treatments for both, some are conventional, while others are holistic, which does not mean one is better than the other, but just a matter of preference. Some self-care that you can do to try and manage or alleviate that stress & anxiety. We would also like to discuss some...
Bullying comes in all different forms. May it be name-calling, physical abuse, or emotional abuse. It can happen to anyone at any age, either a child playing with friends on a playground or an adult. It can happen to men/boys or women/girls. No matter what, bullying hurts and is cruel to anyone at any age.
Do you remember as a child that one...
I am deeply disturbed about the recent events of the death of George Floyd by a police officer and the ensuing riots in Minneapolis and around the country. I have remained silent too long for fear of saying the wrong thing. Today I want to share information on white privilege by Peggy McIntosh; and racial trauma by Resmaa Menakem.
I hadn’t really known about or understood white privilege until after the death of Philando Castile by a police officer during a traffic stop on July 6, 2016.
[White Privilege is] the unquestioned and unearned set of advantages, entitlements, benefits, and choices bestowed upon people solely because they are white. Generally, white people who experience such privilege do so without being conscious of it.
—Peggy McIntosh, quoted in the Racial Equity Resource Guide
Here is a link to the work of Peggy McIntosh and her article white privilege, unpacking the invisible knapsack.
I have wanted to share this article about the St. Paul firefighter on disability with PTSD; especially now in light of the recent events this last week. To me, this fireman’s story is heartbreaking because he doesn’t need to suffer in this way. There are scientific discoveries and breakthroughs in trauma therapies that still have not made it into clinical practice and understanding. Your doctor, psychiatrist, therapist, social worker, case manager, do not know about these more effective therapies and scientific discoveries.
As an employer or team leader, you know the importance of the resiliency of your workforce. A key factor in maintaining resiliency can be found in maintaining flexibility in your autonomic nervous system response. There are little known about breakthrough trauma therapies that can facilitate flexibility in your autonomic nervous system response.
Stephan Porges, Ph.D., describes that when you can’t fight and you can’t flee, that...