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How to Relieve Winter Depression

Posted on: February 11th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

How to Relieve Winter Depression

The seasons can have a strong effect on our mood, especially during long winters. The cold weather, lack of sunlight and shorter days can all cause feelings of sadness and depression. People with seasonal affective disorder are particularly affected by the winter and may have more serious symptoms that they need to cope with.

One of the most common treatments for winter depression is the use of light therapy to improve the mood. During winter, people are not able to experience much sunlight especially in colder areas. Light therapy helps them get the exposure that they need to regulate their sleep schedule and fend off feelings of depression.

Melatonin supplements can also be helpful in resetting a person’s body clock back to normal. People use the hormone melatonin to help them get regular sleep but it can also be useful in improving a person’s mood during winter. Issues with the sleep/wake cycle that occur during winter can cause symptoms of depression so improving sleep can have a positive impact.

Lifestyle changes such as a healthy diet and plenty of exercise can be important factors when it comes to improving mood. Bad weather can make people less likely to get out and move around so spending some time at the gym a few times a week can be crucial. Physical health can have a big impact on mental health so focusing on lifestyle during the winter can make a big difference.

When depression symptoms are more severe, traditional methods of treatment such as talk therapy can help provide relief during the winter. For people with seasonal affective disorder, having a regular therapist is an important resource when their symptoms become problematic as seasons change. For anyone experiencing depression or seasonal depression, talking to a professional can help reduce symptoms when you are struggling.

Money Doesn’t Equal Happiness or Depression?

Posted on: January 29th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Money Doesn’t Equal Happiness or Depression?

A traditional saying tells us as that money can’t buy happiness and most people agree that having everything doesn’t make you happy. But in many cases, a person’s income can determine how and when they are able to heal. People with depression or anxiety are not always able to afford treatment, especially some of the more costly options available to those with a higher income.

People with more money are not necessarily happier, but they do have more opportunities to pay for mental health recovery. When a person is simply struggling to survive and is worried about their financial situation, they may not have the luxury of working on their mental health. For people with severe depression and other mental health issues, money can be an obstacle that prevents them from getting the treatment that they need.

When someone has a higher income they will find it easier to pay for a highly qualified therapist without worrying about their insurance or being put on a waiting list. They can also afford more alternative kinds of treatment that insurance may not cover such as acupuncture, energy healing and other methods. They aren’t necessarily less likely to be depressed, but they do have a wider range of options to help them recover.

Recognizing financial obstacles in getting help is important in improving the overall state of mental health for people in the U.S. Providing more affordable options for treatment is crucial so that everyone can have equal access to recovery from mental illness. For many people, mental health is a luxury that they cannot afford to focus their energy or finances on.

Mental health should not be a privilege but unfortunately that is the case for many people. More mental health programs for low income individuals may be able to help improve the situation and make it possible for people to get the help they need.

 

Stopping Your Downward Spiral

Posted on: January 29th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Stopping Your Downward Spiral

For people that struggle with mental health issues, and even people who are simply dealing with a lot of stress they might be familiar with the downward spiral. When you start to have negative thoughts and emotions that start small, they can begin to spiral into bigger and bigger problems in your mind. This is a common issue for people with anxiety and depression who allow their negativity to spiral out of control.  

The subconscious mind can cause a downward spiral because of deeper wounds and insecurities that become triggered by something in the present. In order to cope with the tendency to spiral it is helpful to learn to identify triggers and recognize the beginning of feelings of shame as soon as possible. When feelings of shame come up you can try to give yourself compassion and reassurance instead of continuing the cycle of shame and guilt.

If you are able to stop some of your negative thoughts and feelings you can try to reclaim your power and get back on a more positive path. You can start to assess the situation and regain your sense of mental balance by recognizing which of your feelings are legitimate reactions in that moment. If you are really struggling to get back on track then it might be a good idea to call a friend or reach out for help from someone that you trust.

The most important way to stop a downward spiral is to try to focus on positive things. Feelings of gratitude for even the most basic things that you have in your life – your health, your family etc can all generate a more positive mindset. Trying to find something positive to keep you grounded can prevent a downward spiral from progressing and get you back on track quickly.

When Imposter Syndrome Leads You to Depression

Posted on: January 26th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

When Imposter Syndrome Leads You to Depression

A form of anxiety known as “imposter syndrome” is something that affects many high achieving people. Essentially, imposter syndrome is a deep feeling that a person is not as competent as others perceive them to be. They may feel that they are not as smart, talented or capable as others believe even though they might have achieved a certain level of success.

Beneath imposter syndrome is a sense of anxiety and perfectionism that causes the person to feel like a phony or a fraud. They may be in a social situation and fear that the other person will find out that they are socially awkward or inept. They might be in a performance situation and feel that they don’t belong there because they aren’t talented or skilled enough.

These “imposter” feelings can be strong linked to anxiety and depression as the individual never really feels able to accept themselves as worthy. Feeling like an imposter can lead to hopelessness, worry, the desire to isolate themselves and other issues. They may spiral into a serious depression because they feel they can’t reach the level of competence that they want to have.

In some cases, imposter syndrome can fuel feelings of motivation to achieve but for others it may lead to depression and even giving up. People who are struggling with imposter syndrome and depression can move past these problems by talking to a therapist and getting help. Opening up about these feelings can help relieve some of the pressure that someone with this issue often puts on themselves.

In therapy, someone with imposter syndrome can learn to develop a more accurate view of themselves and their abilities and accomplishments. They can learn to stop comparing themselves to others and accept that they provide value to people by being who they are.

Chronic Illness and Depression

Posted on: January 19th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Chronic Illness and Depression

One of the most common complications that goes along with a chronic illness is the tendency to suffer from depression simultaneously. When someone has a chronic illness, they are dealing with sickness and pain that lasts a long time and often cannot be fully cured. This kind of physical discomfort that goes along with chronic illness can cause sufferers to become depressed.

Examples of chronic illnesses include problems like diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, arthritis, lupus, HIV and multiple sclerosis. People suffering from these kinds of illnesses are coping with multiple physical symptoms every day that can interfere with their lives. It is estimated that up to one third of people with a chronic illness are also dealing with symptoms of depression.

When someone develops a chronic illness they are suddenly dealing with intense life changes that can limit their functioning, mobility and independence. It can make it difficult for the sufferer to do the things they used to enjoy and they may have to adjust their lifestyle because of their illness. The inability to continue their lives as they used to can cause people to feel hopeless and depressed because of their illness.

People with both chronic illness and depression can start to isolate themselves or become less motivated to try to manage their issues. It is important for people with these two problems to get help for both in any way that they can. For many chronic illnesses, lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise as well as medication can help them manage their symptoms and minimize the impact on their lives.

Getting treatment for mental health issues can help decrease the pain that a person with a chronic illness experiences on a daily basis. Managing depression and chronic illness can be challenging but working on both can be beneficial for overall health and well-being.