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Understanding Mental Illness in Women

Mental illness in women is something that used to be a taboo topic a few decades ago.  Today, we know that mental illness affects men and women throughout the world.  We know that mental illness affects people differently and that like other health conditions, men and women have different risks, symptoms, and even different treatments. For example, while it is possible for men to develop breast cancer, the disease is exponentially higher among women.  This is the same for mental illness.  While men are at higher risk for certain mental illnesses, women are more likely to develop depression, anxiety and…

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Beating Stress and Depression Through Music

Stress and depression can make a woman, especially a woman suffering from substance abuse, feel overwhelmed and anxious.  Many women find it difficult to cope with the stress and depression that can be brought on by daily life.  Between juggling the needs of others and their needs, it can be hard for a woman to take time out of her busy life to deal with her own emotions.

While some women find that activities like yoga, reading, painting or exercise help them cope with stress and depression, other women don’t feel like they even have the time to carve out for those activities.  Music can be an incredibly powerful tool for women who find it difficult to find 15, 30 minutes, or an hour for themselves each day.  Although we’re still learning about how music impacts the body, we know that music therapy can be effective for treating stress and depression, as well as anxiety or feelings of being overwhelmed.

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Understanding Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a severe form of depression that occurs after pregnancy.  Considering the vast chemical and hormonal changes in a woman’s body when she is expecting a baby, mild depression during and post-pregnancy is often a normal part of a new mother’s life. However, if after the pregnancy the depression continues to become so severe that the new mother is finding it difficult to cope, then she may be suffering from postpartum depression.

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Strong Women In Literature Who Defy Stereotypes of Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression in women is a prevalent topic these days.  You can’t turn on the television without coming across a news story, a drama, or a sitcom that deals with anxiety or depression.  The fact is, we all experience these emotions.  They are natural and common – who hasn’t felt anxious on the first day of a new job or the prospect of a new opportunity?  Who hasn’t felt depressed after the loss of a loved one or a missed chance at happiness?  Unfortunately, many women are unable to find healthy ways to cope with these feelings and suffer from anxiety disorders and depression.

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Coping with Anxiety and Depression After Drug Rehab

Anxiety and depression are two common illnesses that affect women with substance abuse and addiction problems.  Neither illness causes the other, so we call these co-occurring or dual diagnosis disorders since they often occur side-by-side.  According to a report published by the American Medical Association, thirty-seven percent of alcohol abusers and fifty-three percent of drug abusers also have at least one serious mental illness – including depression or anxiety. Why is it important to treat both the substance abuse and mental illness? It is very difficult to tell what the primary diagnosis is for a woman suffering from anxiety and…

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Tips For Dealing With Depression

Depression by definition is a mood disorder in which intense feelings of sadness, loss, anger or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. It can drain your energy, be incredibly self-defeating, suck up your motivation and leave you wondering how on earth you’re going to make it through the day. If you’re feeling this way, you’re far from alone. An estimated 19 million adults are living with depression in the United States today. While it may not be possible to beat your depression into submission through grit and willpower alone, there are plenty of things we can do…

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How Does Postpartum Depression Work?

Postpartum depression is defined by the National Library of Medicine as moderate to severe depression in a woman after she has given birth. It may occur soon after delivery or up to a year later. Most of the time, it occurs within the first three months following delivery.  A new baby can bring an influx of emotions and a whirlwind of unfamiliar feelings into the household, especially for the mother.

Many new moms will experience mood swings and crying spells after giving birth, but those are quite common and usually go away on their own and shouldn’t cause concern. Postpartum depression is different than these common, fleeting episodes though, even though it can look similar at first. While the baby blues don’t need much care to fade away, postpartum depression can be a bit more complicated, and in severe cases when left untreated, downright dangerous.

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Combating Depression After the Holidays

Depression affects millions of Americans every year, but none more so than in the immediacy following the holiday season. Feeling depressed and let down after the holidays come to an end is so common in our society that it has its own nickname – the post-holiday blues.

A substantial number of people experience these post-holiday blues, only to shake them off after a brief period of time by focusing on other things. Things aren’t quite so simple for the recovering addict. The depression that can sink into the brain of the former user, as a result of “the big let down”, can be devastating and enough to push them over the edge into substance abuse again. We are going to examine the different causes of the post-holiday blues, as well as an effective strategy to combat them.

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Understanding Depression in Women

Depression in women affects one out of every eight women in the United States according to the National Mental Health Association. Even with depression being so common, there’s still a great deal about the illness that the average person doesn’t know.

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Depression Symptoms: Why Women are Hiding Them

A new study conducted by medical professionals at the University of California- Davis suggested that 43 percent of California adults polled would choose to keep their depression symptoms to themselves during a doctor’s appointment.

The study participants cited a variety of reasons for doing so, such as feeling their emotional difficulties are off-topic, having an aversion to being prescribed antidepressants and fear of documentation of the conversation getting back to their employer. This is just further evidence of the stigma people in the United States associate with depression and mental illness in general.

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