Pregnancy is supposed to be one of the happiest times of a woman’s life, but for many women, this is a time of confusion, fear, stress, and even depression. Pregnancy depression is a mood disorder that involves feeling sad or hopeless for at least two weeks. You may also feel extremely irritated or anxious about…

High functioning depression, also sometimes referred to as dysthymia or “atypical depression”, is a form of depressive disorder. Many people use the term high-functioning depression when what they’re describing is persistent depressive disorder (PDD), previously called dysthymia, so when we talk about symptoms of high-functioning depression, we’re usually talking about symptoms of PDD. It presents…

Smiling depression is a type of depression where you have depressive thoughts like worthlessness, hopelessness, and sadness, but you’re able to hide them through a happy external appearance. Although smiling depression isn’t a clinical diagnosis, for many people, it’s a real problem. Consequently, this type of depression often goes undetected because when most people imagine…

Depression is a severe condition that negatively affects how people think, feel, and behave. In contrast to normal sadness, clinical depression is persistent, often interferes with a person’s ability to experience or anticipate pleasure, and significantly interferes with functioning in daily life. Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood…

By Malise Banks The following is an exploration of how we might rewire the brain for more happiness and less anxiety and depression. This point of view is taken from Neuro Linguistic Programming and may be helpful in expanding your awareness around how we program our minds. For those of you who may not realise,…

Depression happens to almost everyone at one time or the other. While it might prove difficult to navigate yourself or watch someone close to you struggle with the condition, there are mechanisms in place to cope and get over depressive disorders. I am getting over depression, tips, and tricks. Is Depression Genetic? More often than…

At Christmas, you can eat and drink to your heart’s content. When it comes to being “merry,” you may find the concept more challenging to achieve. That’s because even with the bright and colorful celebrations around you, you still feel isolated—lonely. Loneliness is, in itself, already an unpleasant emotion to deal with, leading to unhealthy…

We usually hear about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in relation to soldiers coming back after serving in active duty, but it can be caused by any kind of traumatic event. It pertains to a severe anxiety disorder that causes such strong, overpowering recollections of episodes making up the entire unfortunate experience. Horrible nightmares, emotional numbness,…

Depression is now one of the most common mental health issues experienced by people throughout the Western world. Current rates indicate that in most countries throughout the world, 8-12% of people experience depression at some point throughout their lifetime. If you’ve ever experienced depression yourself, you probably know how it can significantly impact your ability to…

Any angst-filled teenager will tell you that nobody truly understands what they are going through, and in many ways, they are right. The teen years are fraught with questions of self identity, achievement, confidence, sexuality and more, all being negotiated against a background of wild hormone changes. Even those of us who had turbulent teen…