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Depression and Women: Gender Gap in Mental Health

Posted on: May 18th, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments
Depression and Women: Gender Gap in Mental Health

Depression is a problem that affects millions of Americans but studies have repeatedly shown that women have much higher rates of the illness. Research that evaluates depression in both genders shows that women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression than men. They are also three times more likely to suffer from anxiety disorders or attempt suicide.

What causes the gender gap in illnesses like depression? There are many different factors that can contribute to women struggling with mental health problems. Depression treatment that focuses on the specific issues that women face can help them understand what has caused their depression.

One of the reasons that women struggle more with depression has to do with biological and hormonal differences. Women’s mental health is affected by hormonal changes throughout their life that occur during puberty, during their menstrual cycle, throughout pregnancy and postpartum as well as perimenopause and menopause. These shifting hormones can disrupt the serotonin levels in the brain which help control mood.

Other factors which can influence depression for women are life circumstances and cultural pressures. Women are more likely to make less money than men in similar jobs and overall they are more likely to live in poverty. They also tend to have more stress and responsibilities, often balancing work and duties at home as a caregiver.

Women are also more likely to experience some type of physical, emotional or sexual abuse at some point in their life which can increase their likelihood of depression. Although these factors contribute to higher rates of diagnosis, women are also more likely to seek help through depression treatment. Getting professional care can make it possible for more women to recover and get the help that they need to lead healthier lives.

When Depression Hurts Your Relationship

Posted on: February 23rd, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

When Depression Hurts Your Relationship

For people suffering from depression it is not only an emotional problem but it also affects their personal life and the way that they function. It is an illness that affects all aspects of a person’s existence including their relationships. Romantic connections can sometimes suffer if a partner is not able to manage their depression effectively.

Depression is a mental health issue that causes distortions in a person’s thinking and perception of themselves and others. They can see things in a much more negative light than what is really true and real. Someone with depression may develop negative beliefs about their relationship that don’t reflect reality but can lead to issues of mistrust and distance.

One of the biggest issues that can come up with depression is self-doubt and low confidence. Someone with very low self-esteem may feel like they are unworthy of love or believe that their partner doesn’t care about them. Their depression can make them feel flawed and they may have problems trusting their partner as a result.

Sometimes depression can also manifest as being very critical of others and having high expectations. A depressed person may criticize their partner more often because they don’t know how to cope with their negative feelings. This can lead to more conflict and difficulties communicating.

When one person in a relationship has depression they may have certain expectations of how their partner should behave or show their love. The depressed person can easily become disappointed or feel that their relationship is failing if things don’t meet their expectations. They can start to judge themselves, their partner and their entire relationship too harshly.

Getting treatment for depression through individual therapy or combining it with couples therapy can help improve romantic relationships. Depression can sabotage even great partnerships so it is important to manage symptoms as often as possible.

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.