Monthly Archives: December 2015

Why Exercise Helps Depression

By Rolandas Malinauskas

Three hundred and fifty million people worldwide are affected by depression. In the United States, in 2013, estimates revealed that 6.7 percent of all American adults had suffered from a minimum of one major depressive episode during the past year. This was a total of 15.7 million adults. Estimates also show that around 17 percent of the American population will suffer at least one major depressive episode during their lifetime.

Physical health and depression can be interrelated.

The World Health Organization has stated that there are interrelationships at play between physical health and depression. One example of this is cardiovascular disease. The disease can lead to depression, just as depression may result in cardiovascular disease.

The WHO recommends that adults between 18 and 64 years old should engage in a minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity.

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Trusting Yourself: Growing Your Self-Awareness, Self-Confidence & Self-Reliance

By M.J. Ryan We all have moments when self-doubt creeps in. Whether we are on the fence about changing careers or we are unsure if the life partner we have chosen is right for us, we may second-guess our decisions, our desires, even our needs. In Trusting Yourself: Growing Your Self-Awareness, Self-Confidence, and Self-Reliance, M.J. Ryan helps us stop… Continue Reading

How Trauma Can Trigger Positive Transformation

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. There’s a common misconception surrounding trauma. We assume that after someone experiences trauma, they might develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or return to their old life. But many individuals also experience something else: positive change. In fact, in 1996 psychologists Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun coined the term “post-traumatic growth” to… Continue Reading

3 Art Therapy Techniques to Deal with Anxiety

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Art therapy can be valuable in navigating anxiety. It can become another healthy tool in our collection whether your anxiety is occasional or chronic. One big benefit of art therapy is its ability to calm the nervous system: When we’re focused on creating, our attention shifts away from worrisome ruminations. “When… Continue Reading

6 Additional Ways to Reduce or Stop Racing Thoughts that Stall Sleep

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. It’s really frustrating when you’re lying in bed, and your thoughts just won’t stop. It might be thoughts about what you need to do tomorrow or thoughts about what went wrong today. Your brain is lit up like a Christmas tree. Your body feels like a firecracker — about to explode… Continue Reading

Mind Over Mood: Q&A with Authors Dennis Greenberger & Christine A. Padesky

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. When you’re struggling with anxiety or depression, it feels like you’ll never get better. You’ll always feel this way. It feels like the dark clouds will never lift. Or the anxiety, worry and restlessness are permanent. Understandably, you feel hopeless and helpless. You feel stuck. The great news is that you… Continue Reading

Fear of Missing Out

By Linda Sapadin, Ph.D. In case you didn’t have enough to worry about, there’s a new mental health syndrome on the horizon with a funky acronym. It’s FOMO: the Fear of Missing Out. Missing out? But on what? On what other people are doing. They’re having exciting experiences that you’re not. They attended the hottest… Continue Reading