Posts tagged depression
Five Ways to Cope With The Winter Blues

Winter can be a difficult time for New Yorkers. The sun sets early, depleting healthy levels of Vitamin D, and frequently brings in rain, snow, or a windy chill for a several month-long period. Individuals may refer to changes in their mood or an onset of depression known as “The Winter Blues.” Seasonal Depression, otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, affects 4-6 percent of people annually.

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The Importance of Connection

As both winter and the holiday season approach, it's common to see an increase in people connecting with family and others. It's also common for people to feel lonely, isolated, and become psychologically impacted by the weather and time changes. Baumeister and Leary (1995) underline how little to no social connection can be linked to poor physical and psychological health. This lack of social connection can increase one’s susceptibility to disease and death more than smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, and lack of physical activity. Further, poor social connection has been found to increase anxiety depression, antisocial behavior, and even suicidal behaviors.

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Coping with Postpartum Depression

Society tells us that new motherhood should be a joyful, fulfilling, and positive experience. However, many women feel sad, hopeless, and overwhelmed after giving birth. These symptoms may be a severe form of clinical depression called Postpartum Depression (PPD) which is a related to pregnancy and childbirth. PPD can develop anywhere from a few weeks to a year after delivery, but is most common in the first three months postpartum.

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Activate Your Behavior for Increased Happiness

After my clients tell me about how much this lack of motivation affects their lives, they ask how they get their mojo back and how I will help them to do that. Well, as a therapist, I can't make you do anything. The secret? Action comes before motivation. If you wait for inspiration to strike, you may be waiting around forever.

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