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Surviving The Storm Of Depression

Over the years, depression crept up on me, little by little. It was as if I was lugging around a sack of rocks, and all too often, life handed me another boulder to add to my load. My first week at college, I was raped. Here’s a rock. As a young wife, I had two[...]

7 Ways Science Says You Can Get A Happier Brain in 2017

To ensure survival, your ancestors’ brains developed a prickly awareness: always on the lookout for danger, zooming in on any potential threat, being super sensitive to painful experiences and burning them into memory, and reacting quickly physically without thinking first. Having this kind of reactive brain did a very good job helping humans evolve. However, these[...]

The Top Best Brain Posts Of 2016

Serotonin’s Role in Depression (and how to make more) Serotonin is a neurochemical that does so many different things in your body that it’s really tough to nail down its function precisely. Your brain’s prefrontal cortex, which primarily controls your personality and executive functioning, relies heavily on serotonin. Many studies have found higher levels of[...]

The Link Between Dopamine And Depression (and how to make more)

Depression is a complex illness which can show up very differently in different people. Despite popular theories, the cause of depression is not clearly understood. Whether depression is actually even a disease or a symptom is of current debate. In Depression Is A Symptom, Not The Disease, I wrote: In the 1960s, we were told[...]

Why Medication Isn’t The Best Solution For A Depressed Brain (and what is)

This is a guest post by Matthew Snider of Self Development Secrets. Antidepressants are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States, second only to antibiotics. This is a startling statistic for a class of drugs with many side effects that works little better than placebo. Before you take antidepressants, you might consider alternatives to[...]

5 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health

Your mental health impacts every part of your life. Your physical health, happiness, relationships, success at work, financial stability – literally every single aspect of your world – is influenced by what’s happening in your head. It makes sense to me then that mental health should be at the top of the priority list for[...]