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The Sun’s Health Benefits Go Way Beyond Vitamin D

We humans desire to soak up some solar rays. But no, we keep being told: the threat of skin cancer makes this potentially lethal. Now however, scientists are discovering the positive side to sun-worshipping: statistically, getting a good dose of sunshine makes us live longer, healthier and happier lives.

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   I’m a Therapist But I Won’t Fix You: 5 Questions That Can Help Us Help Ourselves

A woman perched on a grey sofa screams at her therapist. The room has a large window that looks out on blue sky and sunshine. “I’ve been coming here all these years and I’m still not okay. You’re the expert with all the training! Why haven’t you done a better job at helping me? You’re supposed to guide me toward what I need. I have entrusted myself to you. What is wrong with you? You’ve been wasting my time and money!”

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   Antidepressant Use Continues to Rise Sharply Especially Among Children

Mental health in America is in decline, and while there is no one-size-fits-all reason for this, doctors and psychiatrists do offer a one-size-fits-all solution: antidepressants. The number of people who have taken antidepressants has soared some 65% in just the last 15 years, and the numbers continue to rise.

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   An Open Letter to the Spiritual Community About Psychiatry

There’s life with the experience of mental illness and then there’s life as a mental patient. I’ve been told that both entail a large serving of unfathomable suffering. Suffering that brings you to the brink of something you can’t imagine tolerating one more second of, and then it asks you how you’d like to stay there for infinity. The kind of existential fear that comes with not knowing what is real and what is illusion. A depth of pain that feels so endless it’s like a black hole inside your core. Others describe feeling on fire, electrified by worry. Or maybe you’ve just been told that your behaviour is concerning, scary, or dangerous.

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   Antidepressant Use Continues to Rise Sharply Especially Among Children

Mental health in America is in decline, and while there is no one-size-fits-all reason for this, doctors and psychiatrists do offer a one-size-fits-all solution: antidepressants. The number of people who have taken antidepressants has soared some 65% in just the last 15 years, and the numbers continue to rise.

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Your Gut Can Help Fight Depression and High Blood Pressure

Trillions of bacteria live in your gut, influencing your body’s homeostasis daily. Far from being restricted to the confines of your intestinal tract, your gut microbiota is intricately tied to other body systems via a number of complex pathways, including the gut-brain axis and a recently revealed gut-brain-bone marrow axis, the latter of which may influence your blood pressure, mood and more.

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Reclaiming My Power From Big Pharma: A Journey of Healing Depression, PTSD, Ambien Addiction and Beyond

“Healing is resolving the separation between the journey of the body and the journey of the soul.”
~ Dr. Brit Cooper ~

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  10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient   We Need To Talk About Suicide

Every once in a while, something happens in the news that brings the issues of depression and suicide to the forefront of our minds. Most recently, this news has been the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. Bennington died by suicide on July 20, after a lengthy and somewhat public battle with depression. None of us can judge the choice he made, or think any worse of him because of it. Even those of us who have dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts before do not know what his precise situation was or what he was going through. I wish his loved ones all the best, and I truly hope he has found peace now. But, that said, we do need to talk about suicide.

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  10 Life Lessons I Learned as a Psychiatric Nurse – and Patient   Narcissism Has Reached Epidemic Levels in the United States — Could Self-Compassion be the Cure?

Narcissism is on the rise. We see it on social media, in friends and family — even ourselves, if we’re lucky enough to be self-reflective. In fact, Jean Twenge, author of ‘Generation Me’, believes we are experiencing a “narcissism epidemic” in America. To explore the idea, she surveyed more than 15,000 US college students between 1987 and 2006. During those two decades, levels of narcissism soared — with an astonishing 65 percent of modern-day students ranking higher in narcissism than what we’ve seen in previous generations.

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  13 Mind-Body Techniques That Can Help Ease Pain and Depression  

13 Mind-Body Techniques That Can Help Ease Pain and Depression

Many aches and pains are rooted in brain processes that can be affected by your mental attitude and emotions. While the mechanics of these mind-body links are still being unravelled, what is known is that your brain, and consequently your thoughts and emotions, do play a role in your experience of physical pain.

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  Self Criticism? How to Overcome Your Inner “I’m Not Good Enough” Voice  

Are Mood Disorders the Price We Pay for High Intelligence and Creativity? Scientists Say “Yes”

History is peppered with famous artists, actors and musicians who were highly intelligent and creative, and many who experienced significant mood swings. Some are quite notorious for their outbursts; the painter Vincent Van Gogh and the composer Beethoven are two examples. Writers like Virginia Woolf and Silvia Plath also seemed to suffer from their exceptional level of creativity, where episodes of unstable behaviour were common.

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  Self Criticism? How to Overcome Your Inner “I’m Not Good Enough” Voice  

Voices in Your Head? Don’t Worry You’re Not Crazy!

Although most people never discuss it, almost everyone hears voices in their heads. In fact, there is usually at least one internal voice that controls our behaviour and enforces perceived limitations. We often know this relentless voice as the “inner critic” or “doubter,” but where did it come from, why is it stuck on replay, and, most importantly, how do we get rid of it once and for all?

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Fight depression with these 15 tips you can use today

Depression comes in many forms and is experienced differently from one individual to the next. Depression can be caused by spiritual, mental, or emotional factors and can be exacerbated by specific experiences. It can be of biological origin, of nutrient deficiency or even hormone changes. Modern psychiatry treats depression as a serotonin deficiency. The common "anti-depressant" drugs (SSRIs) attempt to change how the brain uses serotonin, but this singular mode manipulation often leads to more serious consequences. Serotonin levels are only an indicator, just a symptom. The root problems of depression often go ignored.

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  How to Increase Dopamine, the Motivation Molecule  

How to Increase Dopamine, the Motivation Molecule

Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter for motivation, focus and productivity. In this article you can learn about the symptoms of dopamine deficiency and natural ways to increase dopamine levels.

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  Depression: It’s Not All in Your Head  

Depression: It’s Not All in Your Head

No, it’s not “all in your head.” Depression and all of its relatives are manifestations of glitches in the immune system and inflammatory pathways—not a neurochemical deficiency disorder.

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How To Feel Less Stressed and Less Sad

There’s no doubt there is an increasing amount of anxiety and depression in our modern world. This is partly because the standard combination of pharmaceutical drugs and mainstream psychology struggles to work. Fortunately however, there are other ways through.

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  Overcoming Negative Thinking – The #1 Cause of Chronic Depression  

Overcoming Negative Thinking – The #1 Cause of Chronic Depression

It is not a surprise that all negative thinking is fear-based, but did you know that chronic negative thinking that goes on day-after-day creates stress that can damage the body and mind, resulting in disease or worse? Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, the mind/body has a hidden defence that safeguards us from the extreme damage of fear, anxiety and worry. That defence is depression.

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How to Use Meditation to Help You Out of a Depressive State

We live in interesting times. On the exterior, we live in a vastly advanced society with impressive social structure and the ability to innovate. On the exterior, we have hundreds of differing medicines and procedures to help us deal with a myriad of physical ailments that could affect us. As they say, beauty is only skin deep.

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23 Natural Alternatives for Depression

Many people have struggled with feelings of depression, feelings of general sadness, or intense sorrow and grief. Plant products have historically been consumed and utilized for their nutritive and holistic benefits. Many plant materials are being researched for their therapeutic value for our mental health. Here are 23 natural substances which can help to optimize our biochemistry, neurotransmitters and address nutrient deficiencies.

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Depression: Mental Condition or Gut Disorder?

As depression hits the news once again, and the number of worldwide depression sufferers continues to rise inexorably, new and effective approaches to treatment and management are clearly needed. Fortunately, a number of strategies already exist – no drugs required!

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Top Five Foods For Fighting Depression

Depression can catch up with the best of us. There will be down days where you're simply not feeling it at all. People tend to have different techniques in handling depression. One of the most common ways people do it is by eating. The surprising fact is this: you can actually combat depression and its effects by eating! There are five particular foods capable of perking up your mood in a healthy way. Try these five and you can lose depression and its symptoms such as lack of energy and mood swings

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New depression treatment may avoid side-effects

In an Australian first, researchers are studying Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST) as an alternative treatment for the 30 per cent of patients suffering from depression who don’t respond to traditional treatment.

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Mindfulness-based therapy could offer an alternative to antidepressants
for preventing depression relapse

Researchers from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry are part of a team led by the University of Oxford whose new research suggests that mindfulness-based therapy could be an alternative to antidepressants to prevent depression relapse. Their findings were published in The Lancet.

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