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yogaEveryone has “bad days”—days when it’s hard to get out of bed, when we feel gloomy and miserable, when we don’t want to do anything but hide under the covers. But for people with depression, a “bad day” can mean physical and emotional exhaustion, negative thoughts, and feelings of absolute depletion. On bad depression days, doing anything at all might seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, according to an article on Psych Central, there are some small ways to immediately improve depression symptoms.

Mary Kirkland and Lynn ShusterActing as a partner, friend, or caregiver for someone with depression or another mental health disorder is hard work. But advocating for individuals with mental illness is being hailed as a “labor of love”—one that shouldn’t go unrecognized.

smiling nurseMany studies have shown that high-stress lives can contribute to depression or make existing depression symptoms worse. But a new study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, revealed that some of the most important members of the workforce, nurses, suffer depression at twice the rate of the national population.

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It’s not uncommon for new mothers to get what doctors call the “Baby Blues”—strong emotions and occasional mood swings that occur when the endorphins from delivery have left the system. But when those symptoms linger, it could be a sign of Post-Partum Depression (PPD), a condition that affects anywhere from 11% to 18% of new mothers, according to a 2010 survey by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). While this statistic might seem daunting, it could be good news to some mothers with symptoms of Post-Partum Depression; you are not alone.

While there are several different opinions on the effects of diet and exercise on depression symptoms, many experts suggest that staying physically healthy can help us stay mentally healthy as well. A new report from Opposing Views details how vitamins and minerals (or a lack thereof!) can have a big effect for those suffering from depression. 

This is part two of the Question and Answer period of our Teen Depression Webinar that took place on June 6th, facilitated by Dr. Mary Fristad. For the first part of Dr. Fristad’s session, click here.

fristadOn June 6th during our Teen Depression Webinar, Dr. Mary Fristad took part in a very informative question and answer period. We've transcribed Dr. Fristad's answers to your questions about teen depression.

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By the time she was 14 years old, Laqwanda's life had become very painful.  She was dealing with domestic violence at home, bullying, and depression. Worse still, she didn't have a support system to help her through those problems.


In an effort to keep up with the latest happenings in mental health, we frequently blog about the latest research, studies, programs, and social commentaries.

Our blog, "Mental Health Buzz," is also place where people can write thought pieces and/or personal stories that they want a larger audience to read. We'd like to invite you to submit a blog entry!

black_teen_and_momAlthough the summer is approaching, teens dealing with depression don't have a vacation from their feelings.  If a teen is suffering from depression, it can impede their ability to enjoy normal activities or socialize with family and friends.  If left untreated, depression can lead to more serious, life threatening consequences.  Learn the signs of teen depression and how to intervene if a teen you know needs help by watching our Teen Depression Webinar on Wednesday, June 6 at 2pm ET.  This free, 1-hour webinar will be presented by Families for Depression Awareness and facilitated by Dr. Mary Fristad. 

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