Medications That Can Cause Depression

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A review in the journal “Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience” awhile back highlighted certain medications that can cause depression. The following medications should be used cautiously in people with current or prior depression, or those who are otherwise at high risk for depression: Barbiturates Vigabatrin (Sabril) Topiramate (Topamax) Flunarizine Corticosteroids Mefloquine Efavirenz (Sustiva) Inteferon-alpha These medications […]

10 Movies To Uplift You From Depression

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Among my strongest tools to combat depression is distraction, and one of the best distractions is watching a movie. Watching the right movie has an antidepressant effect, as it relieves the brain of the obsessive, ruminating, self-defeating loop for two consecutive hours. The brain can readjust a little during those 120 minutes and is a […]

Personal Space Now Comes With a Number

Psychologist Elaine Aaron discusses the need for personal space for highly sensitive types in her bestseller, “The Highly Sensitive Person.” Now her claim comes with specific numbers of just how much space is needed The space surrounding the body (known by scientists as ‘peripersonal space’), which has previously been thought of as having a gradual […]

8 Health Benefits of Kissing

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In a recent feature on the website, Upwave, Valerie Reiss lists eight health benefits of kissing: Kissing helps reduce blood pressure Kissing zaps cramps and headaches Kissing fights cavities Kissing amps up your happy hormones Kissing burns calories Kissing boosts self-esteem Kissing can give you a facelift (kind of) Kissing is a barometer for sexual […]

4 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

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The days are short and so is your ability to tackle the problems du jour. Everything, including the snow and the ice, seem heavy and drab, and the color of your mood ring turns a scary blackish blue. Although the number of suicides peaks in the spring, the winter months—especially for those huddled under a […]

The Gift of Imperfection

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The lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s song “Anthem” go like this: Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. Whenever I feel cracked and broken, which is often these days, I go back to those four sentences. They say that imperfection […]