• advertisement

Our Mental Health Blogs

The Chemical Effects of Alcohol on the Depressed Brain

The Chemical Effects of Alcohol on the Depressed Brain

It’s important to understand the chemical effects of alcohol on the depressed brain (Psychological Effects of Alcohol). I have the habit of turning to the bottle when I am having a rough day, as drowning out my mind with a bottle of wine often seems like the most tempting coping method. The societal glamorization of alcohol increases temptation, bombarding me with pubs and beautiful billboards which claim that the best way to relax is with several pitchers of beer. However, the chemical effects of alcohol is damaging to the depressed brain, and I’ve learned that a bad day plus a drunken night equates to an even worse morning.

Continue reading

Ways To Prepare for Winter Depression

Ways To Prepare for Winter Depression

Preparing for the winter when you have depression is an important thing to do, since so many of us suffer from the winter blues. We’re in the fall right now, so this is a good time to start planning ahead for the cold days and long dark nights. It’s time to prepare for winter depression.

Continue reading

Tips for Traveling with Depression to Avoid Anxiety

Tips for Traveling with Depression to Avoid Anxiety

Traveling with depression can be helpful and even healing, but it can also be stressful. Travel stress, or spending a lot of time in close proximity with other people and being out of normal routines, can sometimes provoke a worsening of depression symptoms. Here are some tips on travelling with depression.

Continue reading

Perfectionism and Depression

Perfectionism and Depression

Perfectionism and depression are common and I know this because my name’s Liz, and I’m a perfection-a-holic. I suspect that my unrelenting standards (mostly applied to myself) might be linked more than I care to admit to my long term depression. I suspect my perfectionism comes with my depression.

Continue reading

The News Can Trigger Depression

The News Can Trigger Depression

We live in a world easily saturated by the news cycle. Whether through television, radio, the printed word, or the Internet, information on current events is continually available. But being constantly connected to the news can take a toll on our mental health and depression can trigger depression.

Continue reading

Tips to Deal with Holiday Depression Triggers

Tips to Deal with Holiday Depression Triggers

Are you dealing with holiday depression? The holiday season is upon us and with it, an almost obligatory sense of wellbeing is put forth by just about everyone around us, from advertisers to co-workers, friends and family. But what about those of us who suffer from just such a lack of wellbeing at this time of year? How can those who are depressed, better make it through the holidays?

Continue reading

Research Into the Causes of Depression

Research Into the Causes of Depression

A recent article in the New York Times raised some interesting questions about depression, including whether the conventional ways of looking at depression causes are wrong.

Continue reading

Unemployment and Depression With Anxiety

Unemployment and Depression With Anxiety

Recently I found out that my work duties have been cut back significantly, leaving me feeling lost and also looking for new work. Job loss can be a significant trigger for depression. This has led me to seek out coping skills to deal with this new reality in my life.

Continue reading

Depression-Related Stress Burns Energy We Need

Depression-Related Stress Burns Energy We Need

Lately I’ve been caught in a trap of worrying about everything I need to do, instead of simply doing the things I need to do. This causes a big increase in my depression symptoms.

I look around my apartment and the whole place is a giant mess. Dirty dishes lie everywhere, pretty much every piece of clothing I own needs to be washed, and instead of dust bunnies lying on my floor I have what my mom calls “dust wolves.”

Instead of just gathering up my dirty dishes,  I lie down on my couch. I start thinking in negative spirals, about how I mess up everything in my life. I think about all the times I’ve failed at things, and my self-doubt starts building. I can’t even keep a one bedroom apartment clean! How am I ever going to have a house one day?

Continue reading

Depression and Food Cravings: What Are You Feeding?

Depression and Food Cravings: What Are You Feeding?

This past week, I was struck by how much of a role food cravings play in the dance of my moods. When tired, stressed or feeling low, I consistently found myself reaching for sweets to get through. Cookies, cake, or pudding: it didn’t matter, so long as carbohydrates were involved. I didn’t want to keep eating in such an unhealthy way. Yet despite my best intentions, I returned again and again to the very foods I had forsworn just hours earlier. Then I would get frustrated and beat myself up for breaking my promise. After sinking to polishing off a dinner of pretzels and double chocolate chip cookies one night, I tried to sit in awareness of my chaotic, depression feelings. The question came to mind: What are you feeding?

Continue reading


Follow Us

  • advertisement

in Coping with Depression Comments

Mental Health Newsletter

Sign up for the HealthyPlace mental health newsletter for latest news, articles, events.

Mental Health
Newsletter Subscribe Now!

Mental Health Newsletter

Sign up for the HealthyPlace mental health newsletter for latest news, articles, events.

Log in

Login to your account

Username *
Password *
Remember Me