Humor to Heal: The Therapeutic Power of Laughter

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, filled with challenges and uncertainties, finding moments of joy becomes essential for our mental health. One powerful tool that has been overlooked is humor. Humor as Coping: Humor serves as a potent coping mechanism in the face of adversity. Norman Cousins, a prominent American political journalist, demonstrated the healing power of laughter in his personal journey. In his acclaimed work, Cousins delves into how laughter acted as a catalyst in his recovery from a debilitating illness. His movie, "Anatomy of an Illness," available on YouTube, is a testament to the transformative…
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Navigating Seasonal Affective Disorder and Winter Stress

As the days grow shorter some of us find ourselves grappling with more than just the colder weather. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can cast a shadow on our well-being, impacting our mental health during the darker months. Recognizing the Signs SAD often sets in with the decrease of sunlight, even in sunnier regions. It can occur from October through April, coinciding with the start of the holiday season. Symptoms include a lack of energy, feelings of hopelessness, difficulty concentrating, heightened irritability, and challenges in achieving restful sleep. Combatting the Winter Blues: 1. Full Spectrum Lighting: Integrate full spectrum lighting into…
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Anger that Comes from Depression

People often have anger that stems from depression—especially men. Signs of depression Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions Fatigue and decreased energy Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping Irritability, restlessness Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex Overeating or appetite loss Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts Signs of depression that may not seem typical Frequently disciplined at school or work Frequently angry…
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Post Holidays

Starting in 2005, a British Psychologist, Cliff Arnall, believed that he calculated the most depressing day of the year. He calls this Blue Monday and it occurs in mid to late January each year.  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/blue-monday-saddest-day-year-find-silver-lining-article-1.1007082 Arnall calculates this date on weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action There is debate about the legitimacy of Blue Monday and it is more likely to have a 30 second spot on the morning news as…
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Depression in a Partner – How To Cope

/ Guest Post / By Eve Pearce Depression is a major problem in Western society, affecting more and more people every year. When a partner is afflicted with this horrible disease, it can put a huge strain on a relationship. While one partner becomes emotionally withdrawn, unmotivated, and perpetually sad, the other may become worried, frustrated, or wonder if this change is permanent and the person they love is lost forever. Depression is still a misunderstood condition. Its attendant emotions are very difficult for someone not suffering from it to comprehend, and even harder to witness in a loved one.…
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Summertime and Mental Health

Sunlight affects a person’s mental health.  With the lack of sunlight, usually starting in November, people often begin to feel more depressed.  The summertime usually has the opposite effect and allows for much more happiness and energy. During the feelings of a carefree summer, are you taking care of your mental health?  Yes, it is much easier to focus on the positives.  However, it is also much more likely to slip out of your routine and go back to old habits.  What is it that keeps you on track?  What are the signs of slipping into a depression. Remember, there…
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Bipolar Disorder

What do you think of when you hear the term “Bipolar Disorder?” Many people use this term as a derogatory remark and don’t think twice about it. It is very important to realize that this is a mental illness that can be quite serious in nature. It is not ok to refer to this diagnosis when you do not like someone’s behavior. Bipolar Disorder consists of episodes of depression (lack of energy, feelings of hopeless), followed by episodes of mania (having too much energy, difficulty with concentration, irritability, intense anger, acting impulsively, taking risks). Sometimes, the mood swings are less…
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Depression and Trucking

A lot of truckers really love their jobs and never think depression is a hazard of the job. However, there are quite a few truckers out there who get stuck in their daily routine and become more and more unhappy. The longer they are on the road, the less interaction they have with their family and friends. After a while, the lack of contact leaves the driver feeling empty and isolated. The more empty and isolated a person is, the easier it is to cut off contact with the outside world. I’m sure you can see how depression causes isolation…
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