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Getting Motivated When You’re Suffering From Depression

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Along with its other unpleasant side-effects, depression often wipes out motivation. This is unfortunate, since overcoming depression requires energy and focus. And for many, the loss of motivation in itself drags them down and deepens the gloom. The Nature of Depression Whenever the topic of depression comes up, it is always important to first be clear just what is meant by that over-used word...

Will Retirement Be Depressing?

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Advertisers often portray retirement as a time of joy, freedom, and adventure. And for many this is indeed the case. But retirement, like any stage of life, also has its darker side. Some find themselves lonely and poor. Others feel lost and purposeless, or even feel a burden on society and loved ones. Unfortunately, unless positive steps are taken, this can quickly lead to depression. Retirement...

The Nature of Depression: Symptoms, Types and Psychological Theories

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Depression is so common that some now speak of it as a modern epidemic. And yet, despite this, a huge amount of ignorance persists. Even today, many people fortunate enough not to suffer with this illness label those who do as weak and self-indulgent. Some go further, dismissing depression as a fad: something people read about in magazines and then convince themselves they have it. Even those who...

Lexapro and Weight Gain: Causes & Contributing Factors

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Lexapro is an SSRI, or a ‘Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor’. This is a type of antidepressant that works by preventing the brain from clearing up serotonin that would otherwise roam free in the brain. This results in more serotonin remaining in the brain and exerting its effects. As serotonin is the ‘happiness hormone’ (or neurotransmitter to be more precise), having more of it available...

Postpartum Depression: Symptoms, Causes, Tests, Treatments and Prevention

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Postpartum depression is a type of depression that some women develop after giving birth. It can affect first time mothers or mothers who have given birth previously with no signs of depression. The severity of the depression varies but treatment is almost always successful. Symptoms The types of symptoms experienced by individual women will vary depending on the severity of the postpartum...

Drinking Soda Increases Depression Risk, While Drinking Coffee Decreases It

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By now, you have seen any number of articles telling you that drinking sweetened beverages is bad for your physical health, these drinks having been linked to surges in the incidence of obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, fatty liver disease, and heart attacks. But did you know that drinking sodas and other sweetened drinks could be bad for your mental health as well? Large-scale...

Depressive Slumps and How to Treat Them

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Our emotions are delicately balanced. The balance can be disturbed when we over-extend the nervous system. In times of high arousal the nervous system is working overtime and we are using a lot of psychic energy. The brain can’t remain in this state of accelerated activity so the nervous system tries to force us to rest. One of the ways that it does this is to bring on a feeling of depression...

Post-Partum Depression Could Be in Your Genes

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Post-partum (or post-natal) depression is a condition that affects somewhere between 10 and 18% of all new mothers, and up to 35% of mothers with a history of mood disorders. It is characterized by feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, and sadness. Symptoms usually appear within four weeks of childbirth, and can last for up to a year, causing harm to mother and child. What causes post-partum...

I Don’t Like Myself and I Feel Very Depressed

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There are plenty of advices on tackling your inner ‘monsters’, improving self esteem and building your confidence, but what if, you are the problem? What if there’s nothing you like about yourself? You need to get used to the fact that you can’t become someone else, you are stuck with yourself! Regardless of the fact that you can dye your hair, fake tan, or even have a major plastic surgery...

Empty Nest Depression Help

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‘Empty nest syndrome’ is a term used to describe how women (and sometimes men) can sometimes feel after their children have left home. This occurs when the woman has spent the vast majority of her adult life looking after children, and is used to having that role as well as the company and the background noise that comes from having children around. On the other hand it may also occur...

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