Welcome to the posts about Depression.

October is National Depression Awareness Month. One of the more common misconceptions about depression is that depressed people are simply very, very sad. Consequently, people suffering from depression are often told to "cheer up" or "try to think positively" as if that will make their symptoms disappear. The truth is that depression runs much deeper than a simple attitude chan ...

Going to bed is not just something that you do after a long day. It is also something that rests you, refreshes you, sets the tone for the following day, and has a major impact on your physical and mental health. Despite the importance of getting a good night's slumber, millions of Americans have failed to develop healthy sleep habits to such an extent that the Center for Disea ...

Once you hit middle age, growing older often has negative connotations. You hear phrases like, "Our best years are behind us" or "When I was in my prime..." enough to start to believing that this applies to you. Nip that thinking in the bud! Instead of complaining about all you've lost and lamenting over the loss of the "good old days, " focus on ways to improve your health rig ...

If you find yourself feeling drained and tired a lot, you probably think about your need to sleep more and eat well. While those things can certainly increase your energy, you may be surprised to learn about other things that may be taking your zip. Procrastination can be a major drain on your energy and mood. Who wants to go about their day worried about a task they need to g ...

Show me someone who never gets stressed and I'll show you someone who is kidding himself. Everyone experiences stress, even if they have different triggers. The good news is that you can control stress. Below are a few easy, positive steps you can take to wrestle control away from those stressors and get some peace of mind. Move your body. There's a reason that people say that ...

Drinking water is typically associated with staying physically healthy and fit, but did you know that it affects your ability to think and your mental health? When you do not have enough water in your system, you may feel lightheaded and have trouble focusing on simple tasks. This may in turn make you irritable and/or confused. Dehydration also directly impacts mood. Many peop ...

Everyone regularly experiences anxiety, from minor concerns such as getting the grocery shopping done on time to the fear of missing a flight. It is not surprising, then, that anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders in the United States. However, the commonplace nature of worry in our society can make it difficult to discern everyday concerns from a diagno ...

Bipolar disorder, which used to be referred to as "manic depressive disorder" is a condition that causes extreme and unpredictable swings not only in mood, but in energy and activity levels. There are an estimated 5.7 million people living in America with bipolar disorder, and only about half of them receive treatment for the condition. Unlike someone who is simply "moody," pe ...

When you think of depression symptoms, you probably think of someone looking sad and withdrawing from friends. While these are, in fact, some of the symptoms of depression, depression can also manifest itself in physical symptoms that appear to be unrelated to a mental health issue. It is fairly common for people with depression to suffer headaches. It also causes regular migr ...

Lots of people interchange the terms “sad” and “depressed.” But feeling sad or having the blues is different than suffering from depression. Of course, feeling sad about many different things in life is entirely normal. Most people are sad when they experience a loss or disappointment.