Here’s something you probably know by now: Depression hits the invisible illness community hard. While less than 10% of the general population has one or more major depressive episodes per year, one-third of people who live with chronic illnesses deal with depression, and half of those with autoimmune diseases experience depression-like symptoms. Yeah, those statistics pretty much say it all, don’t they? In short: if you have this mood disorder, you. are. not. alone. Emphasis necessary! How do you know if what you’re feeling is depression, and it’s not just a case of the blues? Depression is often diagnosed based on criteria listed in the DSM-5, a diagnostic tool published by the American Psychiatric Association. Check it out to learn more! Common symptoms of depression include sadness, a flat mood, and a loss of interest in things that used to excite you. If you’re also not eating right, not sleeping well, feeling fatigue, having a hard time concentrating, or having feelings of worthlessness or guilt, you could be sliding into depression. Depression sometimes also bring intrusive thoughts of death or suicide, symptoms that qualify as an emergency—and it’s very important to get help ASAP. If it’s hard to reach out for help on your own, ask a family member or friend you trust to support you in getting that help. It can be incredibly hard to keep your spirits up when you’re dealing with a chronic illness, for all kinds of reasons. In addition to the illness itself and the side effects of treatment, being sick can affect your mobility and independence, and can change the way you live, your self-perception, and the way others see you. To pile on, your condition can make you feel physically depressed. Immune system fluctuations, for example, can affect the brain and lead to behavior abnormalities, including fatigue and depression-like symptoms. And, let’s face it, being ill can be a lonely journey—if we let it be! Too many of us focus on our primary diagnosis while letting depression go untreated…until we’re feeling much worse. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Depression is treatable. The first step—and it can be a hard one—is asking for help. There’s no one-size-fits-all treatment for this condition. If your symptoms are severe enough, hospitalization or inpatient treatment may be recommended. More common treatments include antidepressants (check out our entry in the WanaLibrary), talk therapy, or a combination of both. There are also natural remedies and self-care options to explore, including exercise, relaxation techniques, meditation, yoga, guided imagery, and music therapy. St. John’s wort, an herbal supplement popular for depression, might be effective for some people. There’s also research to support kava, 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), and SAM-e supplements. If you’re feeling shame about having depression, or you’ve been reluctant to get help for any reason, know this: Both of those are common sentiments, but help is out there, and by talking about your experience and seeking treatment, you’re helping to break down the stigma that has needlessly hurt others in your shoes. It’s hard, but through it all, we promise that your WanaFam has got your back.
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Books about Depression
The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs
In the past decade, depression rates have skyrocketed, and one in four Americans suffer from major depression at some point in their lives. Where have we gone wrong? Dr. Stephen Ilardi sheds light on our current predicament and reminds us that our bodies were never designed for the sleep-deprived, poorly nourished, frenzied pace of twenty-first century life. Inspired by the extraordinary resilience of aboriginal groups like the Kaluli of Papua New Guinea, Dr. Ilardi prescribes an easy-to-follow, clinically proven program that harks back to what our bodies were originally made for and what they continue to need with these six components: Brain Food Don't Think, Do Antidepressant Exercise Let There Be Light Get Connected Habits of Healthy Sleep The Depression Cure's holistic approach has been met with great success rates, helping even those who have failed to respond to traditional medications. For anyone looking to supplement their treatment, The Depression Cure offers hope and a practical path to wellness for anyone.
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other "black holes" of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life. Now, in this updated edition, Dr. Burns adds an All-New Consumer′s Guide To Anti-depressant Drugs as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression. - Recognise what causes your mood swings - Nip negative feelings in the bud - Deal with guilt - Handle hostility and criticism - Overcome addiction to love and approval - Build self-esteem - Feel good everyday
The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness
If you’ve ever struggled with depression, take heart. Mindfulness, a simple yet powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, can help you break the cycle of chronic unhappiness once and for all. In The Mindful Way through Depression, four uniquely qualified experts explain why our usual attempts to “think” our way out of a bad mood or just “snap out of it” lead us deeper into the downward spiral. Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life’s challenges with greater resilience. Jon Kabat-Zinn gently and encouragingly narrates the accompanying CD of guided meditations, making this a complete package for anyone seeking to regain a sense of hope and well-being.
The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time
Depression can feel like a downward spiral, pulling you into a vortex of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. In The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb demystifies the intricate brain processes that cause depression and offers a practical and effective approach to getting better. Based on the latest research in neuroscience, this book provides dozens of straightforward tips you can do every day to rewire your brain and create an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life. Whether you suffer from depression or just want a better understanding of the brain, this book offers an engaging and informative look at the neuroscience behind our emotions, thoughts, and actions. The truth is that there isn’t one big solution to depression, but there are numerous simple steps you can take to alter brain activity and chemistry. Some are as easy as relaxing certain muscles to reduce anxiety, or getting more sunlight to improve your mood. Small steps in the right direction can have profound effects―giving you the power to become your best self as you literally reshape your brain, one small change at a time.
You Can Do All Things: Drawings, Affirmations and Mindfulness to Help With Anxiety and Depression Hardcover
Fans of Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, Introvert Doodles by Maureen Marzi Wilson, and the works of Liz Climo will love You Can Do All Things. Daily meditations to help with depression and anxiety: Mental health is a topic that affects everyone, though so few are eager to discuss it. You Can Do All Things is a compendium of knowing-yet-supportive illustrations from The Latest Kate, whose thoughtful quotations encourage the reader to be mindful of their own mentality and to take care of themselves, regardless of image or lifestyle. Calming and supportive, the illustrations are also candid about the internal problems many people face in this hectic modern world. Inspirational, gentle drawings of animals: The Latest Kate's inventive pairing of whimsical colors and friendly, smiling animals is the spoonful of sugar that makes the heavy subject matter approachable and non-threatening. You Can Do All Things is a welcome addition to any bookshelf or art wall, and its messages are equally applicable to adults and children. In this book you’ll find: Beautiful, whimsical, and colorful art Expressions of encouragement for any hardship you face A how-to guide for dealing with anxiety and depression Understanding and validation for your struggles Cute animals that believe in you! Tips for every time you feel inadequate, overwhelmed, or down on yourself Anxiety sucks, but you don’t. This book will show you how to get through the worst of it. Art for mental health, relaxation and stress reduction.
Podcasts about Depression
Sickboy: The Sad Doctor: Depression
“Doctors make for horrible patients”. This week we speak with Michelle, a practicing psychiatrist, who has a history of depression. BUT WAIT?! A Psychiatrist isn't allowed to be depressed! They are the person the depressed people go to for help. Right? Think again. We dive into devastating suicidal thoughts, being admitted alongside a past patient, healthcare fraud and Brian doing HARD time and much more. As always we love speaking with healthcare professionals because they are so dang smart!
Dr. Ruscio Radio: You CAN Overcome A Foggy Brain & Depression By Healing Your Gut – Harman Shares Her Story
Harman’s case is one that really pulls at your heartstrings. At only 24 years old, she came into my office debilitated by brain fog, to the point she had to take medical leave from her job. At our first visit, she broke down with tears in her eyes in frustration and fear regarding her health. While we had to personalize her treatment to avoid reactions, ultimately she was free of all her symptoms in only 3-4 months. How? By healing her gut.
Bulletproof Radio: Fun With Depression! Jen Gotch
he whole point is fun! Jen Gotch is a creative powerhouse who brakes for yard sales and unicorns. she founded ban.dō with a friend in 2008, and with no prior business experience, was able to transform it from a small, vintage, one-of-a-kind hair accessories company into a multimillion dollar brand.We tracked Jen down after watching her on her (wildly popular) instagram gush about how Bulletproof has changed her brain for the better. Dave and Jen go into how starting ban.dō with a great group of other entrepreneurs was a little like the "Oregon Trail" computer game. And how a male model in Hawaii got her hooked on Bulletproof Coffee.
Myers Detox: Changing Your Brain And Fighting Depression with Exercise with Tyson James Lee
Tyson James Lee talks to us about his own personal relationship with fitness and depression, as well as strategies for altering your brain chemistry with your exercise routine. In this podcast, you will learn: The latest research on how exercise affects your brain The difference between using antidepressants vs. exercise Recommendations on how you can start to break free from Anxiety depression and ADHD Tyson James Lee went from being homeless to being one of the higher paid online health coaches in the world. In his first year of business, he did 240k - all through organic facebook videos without investing a dime into marketing. His company, Tyfit, is built on providing the real truth about nutrition and fitness. Tyson’s goal is to impact and change the obesity epidemic. Due to his passion for others, he has taken his life’s knowledge online, in hopes to educate and heal people around the world. Tyson is well known for his anti aging workout programs and is constantly referred to as The Action Boss, as he reminds us to take a stand, and be all about that action, boss.
Broken Brain: Depression and Trauma: Looking Beyond Medications
Trauma comes in several forms and may be felt and held deeply in many different parts of the body. Whether it’s trauma experienced in childhood or a shock to the system from a car accident or act of violence, integrative psychiatrist Dr. Omid Naim, tells us “We can completely recover from trauma.” Did you hear that? We have hope. Today, host of the Broken Brain Podcast, Dhru, sits down with Dr. Naim from Hope Integrative Psychiatry and La Maida Institute in Los Angeles, CA to discuss many topics that penetrate us to our cores. They discuss the nature of community and why it’s important, including how Dr. Naim has ditched his car and has become comfortable asking for rides from time to time. They also dig into the controversial topic of treating depression by using a variety of modalities - and digging into the root cause of the depression - rather than using medications alone or as the only option. In this episode, we dive into:-The importance of community and social connection (4:31)-Sharing rides in a city that drives (7:54)-What is integrative psychiatry? (13:27)-A woman’s story of depression (17:45)-The challenge of starting with meds first (25:42)-Digging in to find the root of the problem (29:28)-Dr. Omid’s approach with his patients (32:16)-Integrative medicine is not the standard of care (36:15)-The types of trauma (39:48)-Tools to help release trauma (49:21)-Daily routines that create new patterns (50:43)-How can we connect with others in community (56:40)-Where can I find Dr. Naim online? (1:01:57)
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