10 Ways to Calm Down

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As a highly-sensitive person (as defined by Elaine Aron in her bestseller The Highly Sensitive Person), I’m easily overwhelmed. I have been compiling ways to calm down over the years. I learned some in Aron’s book, some as part of the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program I participated in, and just recently picked up a slew […]

Gluten, Depression, and Anxiety: The Gut-Brain Link

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You only need to spend 10 minutes in a supermarket these days before noticing that half of the items seem to be marketed as “gluten-free.” Even raisins and nectarines are labeled that way — as if they ever contained gluten in the first place. Is it a fad much like the “fat-free” hype of the ’80s? Maybe. But based on my own experience eliminating […]

Selena Gomez: The Lupus-Depression Connection

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Twenty-four-year-old pop star Selena Gomez will be taking time off from her Revival world tour to take care of herself after experiencing some depression and anxiety related to her diagnosis with lupus. She explained to People magazine recently that “anxiety, panic attacks, and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.” A year ago, the singer and actress […]

The Four Best Supplements for Depression

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The American Journal of Psychiatry has just published a meta-analyses of supplements, or nutraceuticals, that, used in adjunction to antidepressants, have evidence of reducing depressive symptoms. The primary positive results were found with SAMe (adenosylmethionine) methylfolate, omega 3 (primarily EPA or ethyl-EPA), and vitamin D. Positive isolated studies were found for creatine, folinic acid, and […]

Why You Shouldn’t Stop Playing

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In recent months, physical, playful activity has been the only way out of painful ruminations for me, providing a temporary respite from debilitating depression. Its transformative power is surprising to me for its ability to help me manage my emotions. Evolutionary biologist and animal behavioral specialist Marc Bekoff, PhD, once said that “play is training for the unexpected.” And […]