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How Dehydration Contributes To Depression

Dehydration and depression are linked in several ways. In fact, one of the symptoms of chronic dehydration can be depression. Because depression is a multi-faceted condition with several causes, involving multiple parts of your body, it would be an overstatement to say that all depression is affected by dehydration. However, in many cases, dehydration could[...]

When You’ve Hit Rock Bottom, There’s Nowhere To Go But Up

No one gets out of this life unscathed. We all have a tragic story – or five or way too many – to tell.  Unfortunately, enduring the loss of a child, surviving a bout with cancer, going through a messy divorce, or being the victim of violent crime are all too common. When trying times do[...]

Depression Is A Symptom, Not The Disease

Depression has grown to epidemic proportions. In 2014, an estimated 15.7 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the previous year, according to the National Institute for Mental Health. According To the CDC, about one in 10 Americans aged 12 and over takes antidepressant medication. For more startling[...]

How What Goes In Your Mouth Affects What Goes On In Your Brain

It’s a relatively new scientific discovery that the bacteria living in your gut influence your overall health and according to a growing body of research, impact your mental health too. But the close relationship between what goes in your mouth and what goes on in your brain is nothing new. In animals, brain sizes increase[...]

What Depression Looks Like In Your Brain

Fundamentally, a depressed brain looks just like any other brain. In fact, there’s no brain scan, MRI, EEG or any other medical test that can definitively diagnose depression, and it’s not understood in detail like other brain disorders. While we know the neurochemicals involved and many contributing factors, the truth is we really don’t know[...]

Taking The Shame Out Of Depression and Suicide

The Internet was buzzing after the “The Imitation Game” writer Graham Moore’s Oscars acceptance speech. After gushing thanks to his list, he revealed that he had attempted suicide at 16 years old: Suicide is a subject very near and dear to my heart. This emotionally charged topic affects many people around the world even if[...]