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Posted on Jun 27, 2019 in Depression, Exercise & Mental Health, Health and Fitness, Mental Health Awareness, News, Sleep Deprivation, Sleep Issues, Therapy

Sleep Deprivation: Causes and Tips to Help

Inadequate sleep can hamper an individual’s ability to function properly. Continued lack of restorative sleep is detrimental to psychological and physical health. Sustained lack of sleep can cause poor decision making, flawed judgment, obesity, a negative outlook on life and difficulty in handling emotions. It can result in a person feeling fatigued and sleepy throughout the day. Sleep deprivation is a major culprit behind fatal automobile accidents as inadequate sleep impairs a person’s motor functions and reduces hand-eye coordination, similar to alcohol consumption. Common Symptoms Daytime napping is a common indicator of sleep deprivation. Other signs that indicate lack of sleep include: Frequent yawning Poor concentration Mood swings Fatigue Inability to focus Grogginess Depression Impaired motor skills A spurt in snacking A decline in sex drive Difficulty remembering things Hallucinations Sleep deprivation may result from a gamut of causes. Conscious choice – Some people tend to stay awake until late into the night to read a book or watch a movie, not realizing that they need restful sleep in...

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Posted on Jun 20, 2019 in Anxiety, Counseling, Depression, Grief, News, Suicide, Teens

Teen Suicide Risk

Teenagers undergo major life changes and are prone to extreme mood changes. If they are unable to cope with these changes, they may experience episodes of anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns which may lead to suicide. Suicide is the second highest cause of death among teenagers worldwide. While suicidal ideation is not something you can particularly cure, you may be able to prevent instances of suicide in those that are in your reach. How do you figure out if a teenager is suicidal or not? Some teenagers expertly hide their emotions and it is difficult to tell whether they are in fact considering ending their lives. A close watch on subtle changes in their personality can sometimes help indicate whether they are at risk of suicide. These can include: Talking excessively about death and self-harm is an obvious red flag. Similarly, expressing hopelessness for the future and helplessness for one’s situation in life may indicate suicide risk. Changes in the teenager’s eating and sleeping patterns also hold...

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Posted on Jun 3, 2019 in Death, Depression, Grief, Loss, News, Therapy

Grief Following Death of a Family Pet

With the intense compassion we share with our four-legged companions, it is natural to feel the excruciating sting of separation when the dreaded day finally arrives. The agony of losing your beloved pet to death can be overwhelming, and there is little anyone can do or say that makes you feel better. However, there are some ways of providing your pent-up grief a healthy release and finally, embrace the reality of life after the death of a pet. Coping strategies to help with loss of a pet Take your time More often than not, we are unable to make others around us understand the honest truth about how actively we might be grieving the loss of a pet. The fact is that you do not have to. You understand your grief best, and no one can tell you when to ‘get over it’ or ‘move on.’ Allow yourself to shed as many tears as you feel like without feeling embarrassed. Grieve as long as you need to, and let...

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Posted on May 28, 2019 in Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health Awareness, News, Sleep Issues, Therapy

Men and Depression: How It Differs from Depression in Women

It is a common misconception that depression only affects women. Although women are more susceptible to depression than men, there are millions of men suffering from depression all over the world. It can, however, be tricky to diagnose depression in men as they are less likely than women to notice the symptoms and ask for help early on. Often, men do not get diagnosed with depression until they are at advanced stages of it. Symptoms of depression among men Although depression causes similar issues in both men and women, the way symptoms manifest in men and the way men deal with symptoms can differ greatly from the way women deal with depression and its symptoms. Sudden anger and rage: Sudden, unexplained bursts of anger and rage are common among men who suffer from depression. This happens mainly because most men do not express their emotions and keep them bottled up, which leads to a buildup of strong emotions. This buildup leads to sudden outbursts at the slightest provocation, however...

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Posted on May 20, 2019 in Anxiety, Depression, Exercise & Mental Health, Mental Health Awareness

Exercise and Depression

Regular physical activity has been found to be beneficial for preventing and managing symptoms of depression. When you have anxiety or depression, going for a run or stepping on your treadmills can be the last thing on your mind. However, if you can manage the motivation – they can work wonders! While the link between exercise and depression/anxiety isn’t quite clear, exercise has been found to have a positive impact on our moods. In fact, exercise may even work to ward away depression from re-occurring again. Reasons how exercise can help ease depression and anxiety It is good distraction – When you are actively engaged in performing physically, you are concentrating on the task at hand. You are no longer feeding the negative cycle of thought that often exists with depression. It releases feel-good hormones – Feel-good hormones, or endorphins, get released in our bodies when we do any challenging physical activity. This release of of endorphins can help improve mood and overall sense of well-being. It is a...

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Posted on May 17, 2019 in Depression, Diet & Mental Health, Health and Fitness, Mental Health Awareness, News

Diet and Mental Health

Ample research has been conducted to find that there is an explicit connection between the diet we consume and our mental health. A well rounded and nutritious diet is not just healthy for our body, it is healthy for our brain too. Consuming a healthy diet can be a definitive step in preventing the occurrence of mental health disorders. The link between a healthy diet and depression People who partake of a diet rich in whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, fish, legumes and unsaturated fats are about at a 35% lower risk of developing depression when compared to those who do not. Eating highly processed, sugary and fried food, on the other hand can increase your risk of developing depression by 60%. Diet and mental health in children If the mother of a child eats food content which is high in sugar, fried or highly processed while pregnant, the child may prone to emotional problems as they grow up. The same holds true for a...

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