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Guidelines for Taking Chantix for Depression

Chantix is widely known as a pill used to help smokers quit smoking, but it has an interesting side effect. Chantix has more recently been used as an antidepressant as well. This is huge news for people who potentially want to do both at the same time, but there are some strict guidelines that go along with taking Chantix for depression....(more)

Potential Side Effects of Discontinuing Zoloft

When treating depression, Doctors sometimes have to experiment with what the best treatment options are. Medicine, therapy, or combinations of both are the best treatment methods. Zoloft is a very common antidepressant that unfortunately has some adverse side effects. Zoloft is from a class of medications known as a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, or SSRI. An SSRI works by limiting the brain's absorption of the neurotransmitter Serotonin, believed to affect mood, sleep and learning. The following list includes the most common side effects to discontinuing Zoloft and what can be done to prevent these symptoms....(more)

Overview of Taking Cymbalta for Depression

Cymbalta is one of the brand names for duloxetine, which is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). Duloxetine increases the amount of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain. Doctors recommend Cymbalta for depression, more precisely for a major depressive disorder (MDD). However, this drug is also prescribed for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), peripheral neuropathy, as well as chronic musculoskeletal pain....(more)

Using Evening Primrose oil for PMS Symptoms

Women may experience Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) that presents emotional and physical symptoms prior to menses. To combat the discomfort, many individuals seek relief by taking evening primrose oil. The oil is used in place of prescribed medications as a natural way to manage PMS symptoms. The oil alleviates headaches, menstrual cramps, balances hormones, and lessens mood swings that play a part in depression. Learn about this nutritional supplement that is a potential pain reliever for women suffering monthly....(more)


What is Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD)?

Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD), as the name suggests, is a mood disorder that fluctuates with the seasons and the availability of natural sunlight. For most people symptoms of SAD begins happening during the late fall or earlier winter. As the days get shorter and there are fewer hours of sunlight, many people experience what has been called a 'winter depression'. Less commonly some people experience an opposite pattern where the symptoms begin in the spring or summer. Symptoms begin mild but then tend to become more severe as the season progresses. The winter depression symptoms include many of the symptoms associated with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) such as feelings of hopelessness and anxiety, low energy and sluggishness along with a tendency to isolate and avoid socialization. Excessive sleeping and a craving for carbohydrates is often involved and it is not uncommon for people to gain weight and report difficulty in...(more)

Does Sleep Loss Affect Depression?

More and more people seem to be getting less and less sleep. If you have been having difficulty falling asleep the enzymes the brain naturally produces become affected and this can affect our emotions and mood. For some people not getting a full night's sleep can bring on symptoms of depression. ...(more)

What Causes Depression?

Depression has long been associated with imbalances of neurotransmitters, chemical messengers in the brain that bridge the synaptic clefts and pass messages from one neuron to the next. Particularly the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, have been said to be responsible for depression and symptoms of mood disorders. However, a wave of research point to other origins of depression, as well....(more)

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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)

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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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