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Diet and Depression: Foods and nutrients for recovery

By Jon Johnson | Reviewed by Natalie Butler, RD, LD Last reviewed Sun 16 July 2017 Depression is a prevalent mental health illness throughout the world, causing negative thoughts and behaviors in those who experience it. Many people with depression seek natural treatments for their symptoms, in one form or another. While there is no […]

Getting Help

Here is a good quote from Amanda Palmer in  The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help.  It illustrates the point well that it is best to get help early, instead of waiting until things are so bad you are forced to… “A farmer is sitting on his porch […]

Tips About Suicidal Youth

This article can be found at Suicidal Youth and Their Families: Overcoming Barriers to Receiving Help Nadine Kaslow, PhD, 2013 President-Elect, American Psychological Association Setting the Stage Top Takeaways 1. Be knowledgeable about the truths that dispel the common myths about teen suicide. • It is the third-leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds. […]

On Overcoming PTSD

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a reaction to a traumatic event that disrupts to a person’s life. By definition, the trauma is life threatening, however, people do develop the disorder from situations that others may not consider life threatening. Anyone experiencing PTSD symptoms should seek professional help since the symptoms […]

Girls from Depressed Families Have Greater Stress Responses

as presented in Monitor on Psychology January 2015 pp. 19-20 from Molecular Psychiatry, online Sept 30, 2015) Girls from families with a history of depression appear to have greater stress responses and shorter telomeres – a marker for aging – than their low-risk peers, according to research by psychologists at Stanford, Northwestern University and the […]

Effects of Mindfulness

by: Stacy Lu Monitor on Psychology March 2015 Mindfulness training holds promise for treating mood disorders partly because it may lead to changes in patients’ brains, improving connectivity among some brain areas and changing tissue density in key regions, research suggests. The evidence indicates that when people pay attention to the present moment – an experiential […]

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. “One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. “The other is […]

Alarming Thought Patterns to Avoid

All-or-Nothing Thinking. You see things in black-and-white categories. If your performance falls short of perfect, you see yourself as a total failure. You exaggerate the importance of things (such as your goof up or someone else’s achievement), or you shrink things until they appear tiny (your own desirable qualities or the other fellow’s imperfections). This […]

Richard Cory

by Edwin Arlington Robinson This poem, shared with me by a patient, describes the high-functioning depressed person: Whenever Richard Cory went down town, We people on the pavement looked at him: He was a gentleman from sole to crown, Clean favored, and imperially slim. And he was always quietly arrayed, And he was always human […]

Methods to Reduce Worry

Eliminating worry may not be realistic or even desirable, however, the skills needed to control worry can be learned. Three such techniques are worry times, imagery, and worry logs. Worry Times If you are the type of person who lies in bed with thoughts racing through your head about things you have to do, problems […]

Trauma Before Enlistment Linked to High Suicide Rates Among Military Personnel, Veterans, Research Finds (Child abuse, sexual victimization, prior suicidal behavior significant risk factors)

WASHINGTON — High rates of suicide among military service members and veterans may be related to traumatic experiences they had before enlisting, making them more vulnerable to suicidal behavior when coping with combat and multiple deployments, according to the findings of several recent studies presented at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention. Experiencing child […]

Fitness May Help Ward Off Depression in Girls

by Tara Haelle, HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The more fit middle-school girls are, the less likely they may be to develop symptoms of depression, according to a recent study. Although the effect of fitness on depression was small, improvements in fitness may be part of an overall strategy for reducing the […]

Understanding Suicide

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN It is confusing and distressing when someone around us becomes suicidal. There are many resources that outline good “do’s” and “don’t’s” when managing suicidal behavior which should be used when dealing with these situations. This article is designed to help improve your understanding of suicidality from the perspective of both the […]

Tips on Reducing Anxiety

Troy Todd, PhD, BCN The more control you have of your “inner world” (yourself, your body, your thoughts) the less anxiety you will have. People try to control their “external world” (people around them, outcomes, etc.) to feel in control but this is inherently flawed because they cannot ultimately control these things and are likely […]

Deployment Stressors and Their Effects

Troy Todd, Ph.D., BCN By Maj. (Dr.) Troy Todd, USAF Psychologist in: The Air Force Psychologist, The Society of Air Force Psychologists, vol. 28, issue 2, Feb. 2009, pp. 7-9. This article is an attempt to outline the stressors of deployment, related coping mechanisms, and their effects on the military member. Hopefully, it will help […]