Managing Depression During the Holidays
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Managing Depression During the Holidays
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What Is Concealed Depression? | POPSUGAR Fitness

When you think of depression, you may be inclined to picture someone who struggles to get out of bed every morning and is barely able to function. But unlike many medical conditions, depression is one that often goes unseen and undiagnosed. That’s because many sufferers actually experience concealed or smiling depression, in which they put on a happy front while hiding the fact that they may be fighting inner demons and feelings of sadness. By better understanding this condition and the signs that accompany it, you can take steps to help yourself or a loved one who may be struggling with this very common mental condition.

What is concealed depression?

Someone who suffers from concealed depression specifically is programmed to deal with their symptoms in a way that makes them easy to miss by outsiders. These people often bottle up their thoughts and emotions, putting up a happy front for everyone else when in reality, they struggle with sadness or finding a purpose in life, in extreme cases even having suicidal thoughts.

Read on: What Is Concealed Depression? | POPSUGAR Fitness

How You Can Best Help Those Dealing With Depression During the Holidays | HuffPost

Depression is one of the “invisible illnesses,” which can be baffling to those with no personal experience with it. The depressed person may look fine or appear to be functioning fairly well from the outside looking in. But the reality on the inside can be quite different and very hard for someone with an invisible illness to adequately explain to others.

So, the first thing you need to do to help someone who is coping with depression at the holidays is to familiarize yourself with “Spoon Theory.” Until you can try to understand the unique challenges of managing depression while trying to face the normal daily tasks of living, you will not possibly be able to understand what it is like to manage all of the increased demands that the holidays can bring.

Read on: How You Can Best Help Those Dealing With Depression During the Holidays | HuffPost

Michael Phelps on struggle with depression and mental health issues – TODAY.com

As the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps seems to have it all: 28 Olympic medals (23 of them gold), a beautiful wife and son — with baby number two on the way. But he hasn’t always felt that way. “I can tell you I’ve probably had at least half a dozen depression spells that I’ve gone through. And the one in 2014, I didn’t want to be alive,” Phelps told TODAY. share link Michael Phelps opens up about his struggle with depression, and how he’s found happiness today.

In 2014, the Olympian was arrested for driving under the influence for the second time and suspended by USA Swimming for six months. After this incident, he locked himself in his bedroom for four days.

“But going through my all-time low, you know, kind of seeing where I was and then seeing what I have now, I’m so thankful for my family and friends around me who were able to help me and were able to communicate with me,” explained Phelps who is an ambassador for Colgate’s “Save the Water” campaign.

Phelps remembered compartmentalizing his dark feelings rather than working through what was bothering him.

Read on: Michael Phelps on struggle with depression and mental health issues – TODAY.com

For poor, black teenagers, depression symptoms are different, Rutgers study says

Black teenagers, especially those from low-income communities, express depressive symptoms differently from other demographic groups, according to new research that included young Philadelphia public housing residents.The Rutgers University-led study found that depressed African-American adolescents tend to complain about conflicts with others and about having difficulty sleeping, as opposed to feelings of sadness and lack of energy more typically associated with depression.  The researchers suggested these differences should be taken into consideration when creating treatment plans. For some teens, interpersonal psychotherapy may especially be helpful, said Wenhau Lu, an assistant professor of childhood studies at Rutgers-Camden.

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How Computerized Therapy Can Help Patients with Depression, Mood Disorders | Healthcare Analytics News

In a recent study of people being treated for depression and mood disorders at primary care facilities, University of Pittsburgh researchers found that those who participated in an interactive online computerized cognitive behavior therapy program (CCBT) called Beat the Blues performed better than those receiving standard primary care alone.But using an online support group, available via smartphone, in conjunction with therapy did not show any additional improvements, according to the study, which spanned 704 adults in the Pittsburgh area and was published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Read on: How Computerized Therapy Can Help Patients with Depression, Mood Disorders | Healthcare Analytics News

A Fan Asked Dan Harmon For Advice On Depression. His Response Was Beautiful. | HuffPost

Dan Harmon delivered for a fan who asked for tips on dealing with depression. The “Rick and Morty” co-creator crafted four thought-provoking tweets after a Twitter user asked him on Tuesday for advice about coping with the condition. Harmon suggested that the woman who posed the question “admit and accept” that the depression is happening because “awareness is everything.”

Read on : A Fan Asked Dan Harmon For Advice On Depression. His Response Was Beautiful. | HuffPost

Beating the Holiday Blues

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During the holiday season, are you humming “Holly Jolly Christmas” or is “Blue Christmas” the song that keeps running through your head? Maybe it’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” with its wistful longing. Are you surprised that you don’t feel as joyous and celebratory as you usually do, or as you feel you should?

You could have the holiday blues. People who aren’t acquainted with depression are surprised when they feel melancholy or blue during the holiday season. (Those who are accustomed to depression are used to feeling that way any time of the year). But these emotions seem so wrong and out of place at this time of the year. (more…)

From pills to psychotherapy, treating depression often lies in a gray zone

Depression afflicts an estimated 16 million Americans every year, many of whom go to their doctors in despair, embarking on an often stressful process about what to do next. These visits may entail filling out forms with screening questions about symptoms such as mood changes and difficulty sleeping. Doctors may ask patients to share intimate details about such issues as marital conflicts and suicidal urges. Some patients may be referred to mental-health specialists for further examination.

Once diagnosed with depression, patients frequently face the question: “Are you interested in therapy, medications or both?”

Read onFrom pills to psychotherapy, treating depression often lies in a gray zone

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in Children

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Did you know that children can suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)? I’m embarrassed to admit that I just found this out recently, after years of writing about mental health. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a condition that can cause depression, fatigue and overeating, among other things, and it is brought on by the change of seasons. According to Winter Blues by Normal Rosenthal, M.D., a survey done by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) showed that about three percent of children suffer from SAD, with a greater incidence occurring in the last three years of high school.

I’m surprised that it hadn’t occurred to me before. After all, if children could have clinical depression and other depressive disorders, why not SAD? Apparently even animals can suffer from SAD. Of course, it’s worth noting that all creatures on earth have a tendency toward SAD symptoms in the winter, but when normal functioning starts being impaired, it’s time to take a closer look. (more…)