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The 12 Rules of Christmas - Day 1

Posted on December 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Don’t forget that everyone has one ugly side of their Christmas tree.


We all know what it’s like. You painstakingly hang all of the ornaments, tinsel, lights, and ribbon. You step back to admire your work and realize there are gaps or lights are out or you missed a section altogether. So what do you do? Most of us don’t have the time to make it all over again so we turn that part to the wall or the corner and we carry on with our day. Some of us, mysel...

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What Should I Do If I Think I Am Depressed?

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:40 PM

If you think that you are personally dealing with depression or a reduction in positive mood state, start by talking to someone. Keeping it hidden or a secret will only allow the negative feelings and thoughts to grow. There are many factors that could be contributing to your decreased mood, and counseling can be a great way to find different areas that need resolution as well as proper coping skills to minimize the impact of depression on your daily living. Some small key points to rememb...

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What Should I Do If I Think Someone Is Depressed?

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:40 PM

There are some clear ways to help someone that you think may be dealing with depression. At the same time, there are detrimental things that we often unknowingly say in an attempt to help. Here are some key things to try and keep in mind when approaching someone you are concerned about:

• Talk to the person and tell him/her that you are concerned and want to help. They may be surprised anyone noticed a change in their behavior.

• Be accepting of his behavior and don...

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Myths and Facts about Depression

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:40 PM

The following are some myths and facts about depression:

MYTH: Clinical depression is a character flaw, a sign of personal weakness

FACT: The person with clinical depression does not lack personal motivation or character; he/she has a medical illness. The illness can be treated with therapy, medication, or a combination of both.

MYTH: Clinical depression doesn’t really affect your everyday life; you just appear unhappy.

FACT: Clinical depression may profoundl...

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The Look of Depression- Seniors

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:40 PM

Depression in later life frequently coexists with other medical illnesses and disabilities. Also, advancing age is often accompanied by loss of key social support systems due to the death of a spouse, siblings, or friends, retirement and/or relocation of residence. Depression tends to last longer in elderly adults. It also doubles their risk to develop cardiac diseases and increases their risk of death from illness, while reducing their ability to rehabilitate. Depression in the elderly is mo...

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The Look of Depression- Adolescents/Teens

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:35 PM

It is estimated that depression affects as many as one in every 33 children and 1 in 8 adolescents. Factors contributing to depression in teens include high stress environments, feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy over school performance, social interaction, sexual orientation, or family life. The symptoms of teen depression may also include striking changes in thinking and behavior, loss of motivation, becoming severely withdrawn, rebellious behavior, a sudden drop in grades, or cutting...

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The Look of Depression- Men

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:35 PM

This is one of the easiest and hardest groups of people to see the behaviors of depression. Men are raised to be strong, virile, leaders, who are providers. We can’t forget that the evolution of the male role is one of the largest shifts in society. Our family’s hunter and gatherer is now being told that they are needed to be more connected emotionally to the home, they are no longer solidified in the role of leader, and often are no longer the bread-winners of their homes. Wh...

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The Look of Depression- Women

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:35 PM

Depression occurs twice as frequently in women as in men. Research is unclear if women are actually more likely to get depressed than men, or if they are more likely to report symptoms and seek treatment, thus increase the reported rates of depression.

Women today are under more pressure than ever to carry multiple roles within their lives from professional, parent, spouse, friend, or even community leader, amongst many other. Women have always been an integral part of society, but mo...

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I Think Someone I Love is Dealing with Depression, What Should I Look For?

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:35 PM

Now that we have spent all this time with the technical side of depression, we are going to dive into what depression looks like for different people and age groups. If you remember from the beginning of the month, we talked about there not being one “cookie cutter” way that depression looks, and as you can understand now with all the different types and symptoms, it can become overwhelming even from a professional perspective. We are going to spend some time bringing it back do...

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Causes of Depression

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 6:35 PM

Family history – Clinical depression tends to run in families. From 20 – 25% of those who suffer from clinical depression have a relative with a mood disorder. It is unclear if this link is completely genetic; the tendency for depressive behaviors could be learned through the social dynamics of the family as well.

Grief – Death of a loved one, or other significant loss, can contribute to an episode of depression. Any person suffering from sadness or anguish that is de...

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