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How To Use Mindfulness To Prevent Depression

Most of us welcome sadness and pain about as much as a root canal — without Novocaine. They’re uncomfortable, unpleasant, and just no fun at all, but let’s face it, negative emotions are an unavoidable part of life. When coupled with all the other things life throws at us, they can often lead to depression.[...]

How Talking Tames Depression

When you’ve got a leaky kitchen sink , you call a plumber. When your car’s brakes start making an awful screeching noise, you take it to a mechanic. For almost any job requiring a specialized skill, there’s a professional trained to help. You could try to handle the leaky pipe or car repair on your[...]

The Downside Of Antidepressants

Over the past two decades, the use of antidepressants has skyrocketed. One in 10 Americans now takes an antidepressant medication, and among women in their 40s and 50s, the figure shoots to one in four. Numerous reasons are offered for the increase. Depression is common.  Economic struggles and a fast-paced culture have added to everyone’s[...]

How To Bend Your Brain

Every second of every day, every time you think a thought, feel a feeling, or execute a behavior there is a corresponding change in your neurocircuitry.  This ability of your brain to adapt its way of operating and to physically change based on stimuli is known as neuroplasticity. It used to be widely accepted that[...]

Can We Talk?

For about a decade, I went to mental health counseling intermittently.  I would show up at the sessions, spill my guts for an hour, pay my good money and, for the most part, get absolutely nothing out of it.  I ended up on antidepressants and still tried to commit suicide.  Not too successful in my[...]