Dr Peter Yellowlees talks about a randomized controlled trial studying the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy compared with maintenance antidepressant medication.
A NIH Post from couple years ago got me to thinking about teen suicide. I don’t work with children or adolescents, so I don’t get as much education about kids. But I stumbled on this post again and got to thinking about it. And, of course, that means I have to write a post about it 😉 Read the rest of this entry
The mental health industry is founded on prescribing mood-enhancing drugs rather than uncovering and confronting the physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual and environmental root causes of depression, anxiety and attention deficit ‘disorders.’
It is too much to get up today
The pain completely overwhelms me
There is nothing left
My cup is empty
But, I must get up
I must face the pain
If there is no courage
There will be nothing
My cup is empty
But filling it requires Courage
Bipolar disorder is also commonly referred to as manic depressive disorder. This serious illness is one that is marked with many dangers; everything from risky behavioral patterns to suicide. It can also be one of the most difficult disorders to manage, mostly because of the manic episodes. The name was changed from manic depressive disorder to bipolar disorder in an effort to better describe the symptomatic process. When talking about manic depressive disorder, most people mistakenly believed that mania and depression were the only two mood states presented. Read the rest of this entry
Depression is a medical illness that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Depression can cause physical symptoms, too. Read the rest of this entry
Vitamin B-12 and other B vitamins play a role in producing brain chemicals that affect mood and other brain functions. Low levels of B-12 and other B vitamins such as vitamin B-6 and folate may be linked to depression.
Low levels of a vitamin can result from eating a poor diet or not being able to absorb the vitamins you do consume. Older adults, vegetarians and people with digestive disorders such as celiac disease or Crohn’s disease may have trouble getting enough B-12. Sometimes a vitamin B-12 deficiency occurs for unknown reasons. Your doctor may order a blood test to check levels of B-12 or other vitamins if a deficiency is suspected. Read the rest of this entry
I believe you did not have a happy life.
I believe you were cheated.
I believe your best friends were loneliness and misery,
I believe your busiest enemies were anger and depression.
I believe joy was a game you could never play without stumbling.
I believe comfort, though you craved it, was forever a stranger.
I believe music had to be melancholy or not at all.
I believe no trinket, no precious metal, shone so bright as
I believe you lay down at last in your coffin none the wiser
Oh, cold and dreamless under the wild, amoral, reckless, peaceful
flowers of the hillsides.
— Mary Oliver, “A Bitterness” Read the rest of this entry