Archive | Depression

Melissa Morgan, LICSW

Dealing with the Emotional Impact of Chronic Illness

Many of the clients I have seen over the years have a diagnosed chronic illness, including Crohn’s/IBS, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, Lyme Disease, and many others. Coping with the physical difficulties of an illness is often accompanied by emotional and psychological distress. According to the Cleveland Clinic, up to one third of patients with […]

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The Complex Line between Sadness and Depression

When Does Sadness Qualify as Depression The questions about the causes of depression and how to treat this common and disabling mental health disorder continue. When does sadness last so long that it’s diagnosed as a major depressive disorder? Generally, two weeks, but in terms of loss of a loved one, two months, or perhaps […]

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Climate Change Depression, Climate Grief & Climate Despair

The Rise of Climate Depression Every day seems to bring another news story about climate change. Floods, tornados, and wildfires race across our screens; reports on species extinctions, ocean pollution, and rising sea levels come fast and furious. Before we can process one event, along comes another. The constant barrage of these stories had led […]

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Depressed or Anxious? Maybe It’s Your Thyroid

Thyroid Conditions Can Mimic Mental Health Problems Have you been diagnosed with depression or anxiety by a health professional? Are you taking prescription medication to ease symptoms and still not feeling great? If you haven’t had your thyroid checked recently, you may want to ask your medical professional to run blood tests to measure your […]

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The Mental Health Risks of Perfectionism

Perfectionism Can Cause Depression Many people shrug as they admit to being a perfectionist, as if it’s both an admirable character trait and a character flaw. That attitude is often offered with kind of a wink, as if to say, “I’m going to do everything right, no matter what, so you should value and admire […]

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Helping a Loved One with Depression

Finding Ways to Help with Depression Depression in someone we love is difficult to observe and even more challenging to deal with. We have a tendency to want our husband, wife, mother, father, grandfather, grandmother, son, daughter, brother, sister or beloved friend to “cheer up” and go out and live life. But depression, by definition, […]

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Mindfulness Can Change Brain Patterns of Depression

Research using Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, at Harvard Medical School shows that for some people with depression, the brain patterns that occur with mindfulness meditation continue during other activities. That’s a promising discovery in the continuing efforts to explore options or complementary treatments for depression, along with psychotherapy or medication. Harvard neuroscientist Gaëlle Desbordes […]

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The Stress of Being a Constant High-Achiever

The Stress of Being a Constant High-Achiever Anxiety and Depression Caused by Academic Stress “Bright. Accomplished. Ambitious. At times anxious, deeply depressed, even hopeless.” It’s not the first description that comes to mind about some of the high-achieving students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the world’s most renowned universities for innovation, with a […]

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Easing Depression by Linking to People and Community

WHO declares depression the leading cause of ill health around the globe For British writer Johann Hari, his own struggle with depression set him off on a global search for answers. Hari began to struggle with overwhelming spells of sadness in childhood. As a teenager, he began to realize there was more to these emotional […]

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Many Shades of Depression

Depression: One Illness with Many Manifestations Depression may be one illness, with a defined set of criteria, but it takes many different manifestations. The experience of depression is as unique as the 300 million people across the world who suffer from it – a number that is ever rising. Difficult to articulate in words, it’s […]

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