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Healthy Habits to Support Your Depression Treatment

This content has been updated from the previous article on September 24, 2020. According to A recent Gallup poll, as many as 29% of Americans have been diagnosed with Depression. Depression is a serious mental health condition that requires professional care. Each person with Depression is unique, and treatment plans should be tailored to each person’s needs. Professional care for Depression can involve psychiatric services like Depression Medication Management, Psychotherapy, or a combination of both. These methods are effective for many people, though it might take time to feel relief. If you have already been diagnosed with Depression and have a care plan, that should be your number one priority. If you haven’t yet started psychiatric services or therapy, be sure to find a care team first and foremost. Remember that Depression can be life-threatening when left untreated, but compassionate mental health care providers can help....

By LifeStance Health

Published: February 7, 2024
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Does Hot Yoga Help With Depression? Science Says So!

Yogis, rejoice! A recent study conducted by Harvard University shines light on a unique treatment for Depression: this time, it’s hot yoga. Yes, the practice that combines challenging poses with a room hot enough to make you sweat bullets. But can this intense physical regimen really act as a potent antidepressant? Let’s investigate. What is Hot Yoga? Hot yoga is a form of yoga performed in a heated environment, typically ranging from 95 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity level of around 40%. The practice often involves traditional yoga poses and breathing exercises, while the heat adds an extra layer of intensity to the experience. The elevated temperature aims to encourage a deeper stretch, detoxify the bod...

By LifeStance Health

Published: December 28, 2023
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5 Signs of Depression You May Not Know

This content has been updated from the previous article on September 1, 2022. As we head towards the last month of 2023, coinciding with 3 years post-COVID-19 pandemic, it may be surprising to some that the impact of the pandemic still remains. In 2023, based on a study released by Gallup, we found Depression rates reached an all-time high. The proportion of adults in the United States acknowledging a lifetime diagnosis of Depression has surged to 29.0%, marking a substantial increase of almost 10 percentage points from the statistics recorded in 2015. Concurrently, the percentage of Americans presently diagnosed with or undergoing treatment for Depression has risen to 17.8%, reflecting a notable seven-point uptick over the corresponding period. These figures represent the highest rates documented by Gallup since the inception of Depression measurement through the current data collection method in 2015. It may be surprising to some given the media coverage on the rise in men’s mental health issues, but Gallup’s study found that more than a third of women (36.7%) reported receiving a Depression diagnosis at some point in their lives, in contrast to 20.4% of men. The rate of diagnosis among women has increased at almost...

By LifeStance Health

Published: December 27, 2023
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Can Running Treat Depression?

According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), 8.3% US adults experience a major depressive episode every year. Additionally, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) report 13.2% US adults take an antidepressant. The most popular Depression Treatment approach for most is through a combination of therapy, typically Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Depression Medication such as antidepressants. In recent years, however, we have seen an increase in holistic or non-medication treatment approaches to Depression. One example of such treatment is running and exercise. This has led to the link between Depression and running being explored more extensively. Many are looking to answer the question, is exercising, running specifically, as successful in treating depression as therapy or medication? How does running really measure up against the long-standing pillars of psychiatric treatment? Can the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other truly be a game-changer for clinical mental health conditions? Let’s find out....

By LifeStance Health

Published: December 20, 2023
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5 Tips to Deal with Depression After Divorce

Divorce is a life-altering event that often leaves people emotionally drained and susceptible to various mental health issues, including Depression. Even when both partners agree that a marriage must end, heartbreak and disappointment can trigger a range of negative emotions—sadness, Anger, confusion, and more. Post-divorce Depression isn’t just about feeling sad—it’s a complex emotional state that impacts your daily life and mental well-being. What is Post-Divorce Depression? Post-divorce Depression is a specific form of Depression that arises as a result of the aftermath of a marital separation or divorce. Unlike the temporary sadness or emotional turbulence often accompanying a breakup, this form of Depression is more enduri...

By LifeStance Health

Published: December 7, 2023
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Shedding Light on Childhood Depression: Key Symptoms Every Parent Should Know

Childhood depression is a significant issue with potentially lifelong consequences when left untreated. Young children and adolescents with depression may find the issue difficult to pinpoint, as they may be unable to vocalize (or even comprehend) what they’re going through. Childhood depression is often misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed due to symptoms being attributed to normal developmental changes, lack of awareness among healthcare professionals and parents, atypical presentation (irritability, behavioral changes), communication challenges in expressing emotions, and stigma surrounding mental health. For parents, understanding the symptoms of childhood depression and offering their kids adequate support is essential in steering them toward recovery. As children can rarely seek help on their own or even identify an issue independently, parental support is essential. Another challenge that accompanies diagnosing childhood depression is the overlap in symptoms. For example, symptoms like low energy and change in sleeping patterns could suggest depression but could be something else entirely. The feelings of lethargy and apathy that accompany depression often require language and self-identification that kids may...

By LifeStance Health

Published: July 13, 2023
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The Winter Blues: Could It Be Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Even with the hustle and bustle of holiday activity, some people may start to feel off or down during the winter months. As the days shorten and the weather turns for the worse, it gets harder to continue our regular activities outside, like jogging or hiking. Sunlight is a well-known mood enhancer and as the days grow shorter until the winter solstice, our moods may turn as well. While everyone experiences periods of optimism and gloom, if it becomes harder to shake off the winter blues, you might be suffering from seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, a type of depression. Whether feeling down during winter is a change in general mood or something more serious depends on the effects of the changes. If the winter blues start to affect how you feel, think or interrupt daily routines, it might be time to consider reaching out for professional help....

By LifeStance Health

Published: December 29, 2022
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The Winter Blues: Could It Be Seasonal Affective Disorder?