Spend some time scrolling through your social media feed and you’re likely to come across the term “depression nap.”
Like its name would suggest, a depression nap is a period of time where someone takes a lengthy snooze in order to shy away from unwanted emotions or symptoms associated with their depression.
It’s a largely internet-created phenomenon, with the sleeping trend gaining popularity among those on social media, according to Michelle Drerup, director of behavioral sleep medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.
You may be breathing a sigh of relief now that the holidays are over. There’s no question that there are many aspects of the holiday season that are tough on someone with depression. Things that tax your energy like shopping and cooking, parties and gatherings that require you to attempt a smile and engage in chit-chat, and of course, spending time with friends and family when you’d rather curl up in bed by yourself. All in all, an experience to be endured, and the worst part is that you’re supposed to be enjoying yourself!
And since you’ve heard that the holidays see the highest rate of suicide all year, you may also be confident that you’ve passed the danger zone. Well, not exactly. The thing is, we’re heading into the danger zone for suicides, not away from it. Contrary to popular belief, the holidays are not the time of the year when we see the most suicides. The beginning of the year, after all the festivities and for many people, in the dead of a dark, endless winter, can be the time when they lose hope.
Diet matters when it comes to mental health. When people with severe depression followed the Mediterranean diet, they experienced a significant reduction in symptom severity that lasted up to 6 months.
In one of the first randomized controlled trials to examine the effect of the Mediterranean diet supplemented with fish oil in people with severe depression, researchers found the diet to be associated with a reduction in depression symptoms.
Sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses) and hay fever (allergic inflammation inside the nose) can certainly make you feel under the weather. But could these common maladies actually contribute to depression? As surprising as that might sound, several recent studies indicate that your psychological health and your sinus and nasal health are connected.I first wrote about this unexpected link in a blog post nearly four years ago. Since then, the evidence for an association between sinusitis or hay fever and depression has only grown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”