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Three Things To Do When You Are In a Depression

Three of the main symptoms of depression are isolation, lethargy, and an inability to make a decision. In a negative downward spiral of thoughts and feelings a depression depletes our energy and exhausts our desire for a connection to others. The incapacity to make small decisions further drains our vitality, often making our recovery that much more difficult.Several preventative features may help such as meditation and challenging our pessimistic thinking, but once the indicators of a depression are present often the best way of coping with them is by engaging in activities that directly counteract the depressive state. To combat these culprits of isolation, lethargy, and indecision there are three responses that tend to either slow down the negative spiral, neutralize it, or reverse it. To remember what can be done during these times the acronym P A D standing for People Action and Decision can remind you of the...(more)

Can Mindfulness Meditation Help with Depression?

A major depression will affect about 12% of men and about 20 % of women in their lifetime. But common symptoms of depression will affect most human beings at one time or another. The feelings of being alone and isolated, cutoff from others, and a lack of energy are part of the indicators that characterize this condition. While trying to re-connect with others is often recommended, the energy and desire to do so are often not available.Research on mindfulness meditation has been shown to provide a way of coping and healing from depressive episodes. It can be practiced alone, costs nothing, and can begin with your next breath....(more)

8 Foods That Can Boost Your Mood

We are what we eat. A substantial number of studies confirm the link between certain types of food and optimal mental health. Fried cheese, Coke, and snicker bars aren't responsible for severe mental disorders; however, a variety of vitamins and nutrients in the foods we eat can provide a nice boost to our mood and help us become resilient to depression and anxiety. Here are eight such foods....(more)

How to Feel Happy: Five Simple Ways to Boost Your Mood

During the last ten years, there has been a flurry of studies on what makes us happy. Surprisingly, it's not about how much money we make, or the prestige of the corner office. Experts in the field of positive psychology have interviewed people and groups all over the world to discover the elements that affect our well-being. Their findings reveal some proven strategies to boost your mood. Here are five....(more)


Managing Weight Gain on Psychiatric Medication

Weight gain is a common side effect of psychiatric medications used to treat depression. Sometimes the weight gain is minimal; however some patients gain a seven percent increase in body weight or more. In fact, gaining weight is one of the major reasons why persons with depression and other mood disorders discontinue effective treatment. However, there are ways to manage the weight gain associated with meds. Here are some guidelines....(more)

Tips For Coming Off of Zoloft

Zoloft is a drug used to treat such conditions as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety. Coming off Zoloft is more difficult than starting it, as you cannot just quit taking the drug. Patients must be eased off Zoloft so as not to create unnecessary side effects. This list of tips, carefully selected with a patient?s concern in mind, will aid you in this process as you begin the transition to being Zoloft-free....(more)

Is Zoloft Addictive?

Zoloft, otherwise known as sertraline, is an antidepressant commonly prescribed to alleviate symptoms of depression. It is often used as a first-line treatment for the disorder. If you are prescribed it, you may be wondering about its addictive qualities. Here is a guide to sertraline and addiction....(more)

Types of Depression

Understanding Unipolar Depression

Most people have heard of bipolar syndrome. But, have you heard of major unipolar depression? This is different from bipolar, as those with this condition don't have mood swings. This causes depression that is constant....(more)

Using EMDR to Treat Depression

Many types of depression can be helped by a treatment called eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). The treatment was developed in the 1980s by Francine Shapiro, a psychologist, wanting to help post- traumatic stress disorder patients. Dr. Shapiro discovered that rapid eye movement occurs while thinking anxious thoughts. A person learns to use eye movements and reprocess negative thoughts to lessen anxiety which generally contributes to depression. A therapist uses an eight-step process in uncovering factors that cause a dejected outlook. When EMDR is administered, it can be an effective antidote to emotional distress....(more)

Information about Postpartum Depression

A woman's body undergoes massive changes throughout the tenure of pregnancy. These changes have effects that can go on well past the end of the pregnancy, which is known as the postpartum period. One of the possible postpartum conditions a woman may face is known as postpartum depression. Below is a collection of information about postpartum depression....(more)

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Dr. Daniel Tomasulo

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Dan holds a PhD in psychology, an MFA in writing, and graduated from the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. He is an assistant instructor for Martin Seligman at UPenn, and writes for Psychology Today as an expert on group therapy. He is... Read More

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