Month

February 2014
In his book “What Happy People Know,” Dan Baker argues that you can’t be in a state of appreciation and fear, or anxiety, at the same time. “During active appreciation,” Baker writes, “the threatening messages from your amygdala [fear center of the brain] and the anxious instincts of your brainstem are cut off, suddenly and...
Good sleep can mean the difference between crazy and sane … between crying between meetings at work or lashing out at your husband over laundry and a semi-functional person who can fake it enough to keep her marriage and her job intact. It’s one of the members of my holy trinity of good mental health,...
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...
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...
The following are a few of my favorites quotes I go to when I’m depressed. They inspire me to take it 15 minutes at a time and give me a dose of hope. Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest...
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