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Meditation Physically Changes Your Depressed Brain

Meditation Physically Changes Your Depressed Brain

Meditation has been in practice for centuries, and it’s recently become more popular in mainstream culture, especially as a coping mechanism. Researchers have been looking further into the scientific impacts of meditation, and they have found that regular meditation actually changes the physical structure of your brain. As if that isn’t cool enough, further research shows that meditation reduces stress and anxiety, boosts creativity and focus, and can improve relationships.1 All of these effects can make a huge impact in coping with depression.

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Creative Activities May Relieve Depression

Creative Activities May Relieve Depression

Engaging in creative activities can relieve depression because the process can be relaxing, engaging and enjoyable (Exploring The Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness). The end result is often satisfying, too. We often forget in our busy lives to make time to be creative, but our depression may be relieved with creative activities..

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Finding the Right Exercise for Depression

Finding the Right Exercise for Depression

We all know that exercise can help combat depression, but did you know that finding the right exercise for depression is also important? The type of exercise you choose for depression has an effect on how beneficial it may be for your mental health, so it’s important to carefully choose the right exercise for depression.

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Having a Wellness Plan Can Prevent Depression

Having a Wellness Plan Can Prevent Depression

One key to living happily with depression is learning how to prevent an episode from happening and having a plan can help prevent depression. This is easier said than done, but having a plan that can help you recognize the symptoms of depression and encourage you to use your coping skills can go a long way towards prevention.

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The Importance of Seeking Help for Depression

The Importance of Seeking Help for Depression

It’s not always easy to take the first steps towards seeking help for depression, or, indeed, any other mental health problem. But it’s important not to cope with depression alone. Having the right medical and/or therapeutic help in place will help your chances of recovery. You need to understand the importance of seeking help for depression.

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Antidepressants Help Me Treat My Depression

Antidepressants Help Me Treat My Depression

In the past year I’ve met a few people who have very strong views about antidepressants, mostly with the opinion that they are unnecessary for treating depression effectively. It’s easy to start to believe this, as long as I’m on my medication and am feeling positive. I’ve just had three days without one of my antidepressants, however, and I never want to go off it again.

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Self-Direct Your Depression Treatments

Self-Direct Your Depression Treatments

A few years ago I attended an information session on depression and heard one of the greatest pieces of advice about depression treatment I’ve ever heard. The therapist said, “No single person or treatment is going to help you get better. It takes a variety of treatments to get you better.”

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Nature is a Profound Therapy for Depression

Nature is a Profound Therapy for Depression

My head is a labyrinth. I’m always judging myself, thinking about my past or worrying about the future. I feel trapped in my head — a classic sign of depression.

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Are You Still On Your Depression Meds?

Are You Still On Your Depression Meds?

My Mom is 88 years old. She loves me. She worries about me. Almost every time we talk she asks me, “Are you still on your depression meds?” I respond patiently, because I know she probably doesn’t remember me saying this to her dozens of times in the past. “Yes, Mom. I’ll be on my medication likely for the rest of my life.” She nods. She understands. For now. Until the next time she asks.

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Fresh Air and Sunshine Can Help Relieve Depression

Fresh Air and Sunshine Can Help Relieve Depression

It has been a very long, cold, depressing winter. Snow storms. Ice storms. Wind chills that can freeze your face. I spent a lot of my days hunkered down inside the house, battling my depression symptoms as best I could. But, spring has sprung and it’s finally time to get outside!

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