Guest Writer Dan Esterly: Mental Health as a Process

Guest Writer Dan Esterly: Mental Health as a Process

Visit Dan’s website here: www.danesterly.comWhile the conversations have been initiated, it is going to take a lot of work to end the stigma surrounding mental health.  Situations where we feel vulnerable can often trigger feelings of anxiety.  We are constantly reminded of this fear in everyday situations, such as going on a first date, and already stressing about how your issues with mental health may affect the relationship.  It is difficult to communicate these feelings to others and expect them to understand, while we often do not fully understand these feelings ourselves. Continue reading

Guest Writer Dan Esterly: Going to Counseling

Guest Writer Dan Esterly: Going to Counseling

Visit Dan’s website here: www.danesterly.comCounseling can be intimidating to a lot of people.  If you have never been to counseling before, you may not know what to expect and be nervous to be so vulnerable with someone who is practically a stranger.  We all know the stereotype of lying on a couch spilling your inner-most feelings while a doctor sits and nods silently.  While therapists want you to be comfortable, they also want to be engaging and helpful. Continue reading

Google Partners with NAMI to Increase Access to Test for Depression

Google Partners with NAMI to Increase Access to Test for Depression

Google has partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to increase the public’s access to the PHQ-9, a clinically validated screening questionnaire which assesses the taker’s possible level of depression.

Google users in the U.S. who search “clinical depression” via a mobile device will be prompted to take the test. The results serve as a reference point and can spur the test taker to have a more informed conversation with their doctor, leading to sooner treatment of possible depression.

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World Health Organization announces “Depression: Let’s Talk”

World Health Organization announces “Depression: Let’s Talk”

In their 70th year of running, the World Health Organization is announcing this year’s campaign theme “Depression: Let’s Talk.” For more details about the theme, read this blog post by Dr. Victor Schwartz of the JED Foundation.

The campaign aims “to promote a better understanding of depression, prevention and treatment mechanisms, and the underlying importance of talking about depression as a vital component for reducing stigma and supporting recovery.” See who.int/depression/en for details.

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Our Headspace on the TED Radio Hour

Our Headspace on the TED Radio Hour

The TED Radio Hour recently did a show on our “headspace,” the most powerful emotions from stress to despair. The installment of the podcast sought to “challenge assumptions about emotion, disquiet and the essence of well-being.”

The podcast discusses topics from the difficulty of talking about depression to recognizing and defeating negative self-talk, and featured segments from TED Talks by Andrew Solomon, Alix Generous, David Anderson, and Guy Winch.

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Physical Activity Can Help Prevent and Treat Mental Health

Physical Activity Can Help Prevent and Treat Mental Health

The New York Times reported on recent work published in Preventive Medicine, which linked exercise to not only decreased occurrence of depression, but also treatment of depression. The researchers synthesized work from numerous past studies containing data on over 1 million people.

Using this, the researchers were able to find that exercise has a “large and significant effect” on depression. However, this research is still in its infancy. More work must be done to conclusively prove a correlation, as well as to determine the ideal types and duration of exercise to ward off depression. 

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Bruce Springsteen’s Depression

Bruce Springsteen’s Depression

Recently, in his memoir Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen disclosed his battle with depression. In doing so, he joins the list of celebrities who have struggled against mental illness, including: Beyoncé, Eric Clapton, Kurt Cobain, Sheryl Crow, Janet Jackson, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, John Lennon, Alanis Morissette and Brian Wilson.

Through disclosing his depression, Springsteen is breaking down stereotypes surrounding mental health. He is showing how even those with mental illness can positively affect so many people and fight for so many causes.

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Back to School Transition: Tips for Resilience

Back to School Transition: Tips for Resilience

Despite all of the positive emotions and experiences the school year brings, transitioning from summer back to school is a stressful time for everyone. Because of this, maintaining your behavioral health is key to success in all parts of your life during the school year.

The JED Foundation recently wrote an article about this very transition, and the some steps to take to ensure your behavioral health isn’t holding you back. In short, their four suggestions are:

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Coffee Houses as “The Third Place”

Coffee Houses as “The Third Place”

LEAD Pittsburgh’s Zersha Munir reports on different aspects of coffee houses including community, lifestyle, social interaction, and health, all framed by the concept of “the third place.” Read the article here.Urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg speaks to the importance of public gathering places through his developed concept of “the third place.” His theory states that there are three places in a person’s life: work, home, and the third being a place of leisure outside of these two, where one can go to relax and socialize. Popular examples of “the third place” include parks, community centers, and coffee shops. Continue reading

Walk and Talk Therapy

Walk and Talk Therapy

Walk and talk therapy is a unique approach to the classic therapy style. Instead of talking to a therapist while sitting in an office, walk and talk therapy allows patients to be more active, combining the benefits of exercise with the benefits of therapy. Sessions are conducted outdoors or in an indoor walking facility.

Walk and talk therapy helps patients to relax during therapy, and models and practices good exercise habits. Rewards of maintaining such habits include combating: depression, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain and other health and mental health conditions.

Read more at: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2013/09/natural-fit.aspx

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