depression

Lisa Simpson: The Burden of Being Smart

The Simpsons is perhaps the most popular animated sitcom of all time. Almost everyone has seen at least one episode of this series. But what lies behind the jokes they make in the show? In this article, we reflect on…

The Effects of Benzodiazepines

It’s 10:30 p.m. and I just took a dose of Alprazolam. I didn’t take a high dose, but I’m not used to this medicine and its effect is more intense. Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine that’s prescribed to treat panic and…

Positive Memories Can Help You Fight Depression

Remembering pleasant times can help you feel better. Positive memories can be really powerful for your mental well-being. Aside from helping you regulate your emotions better, they may have a positive effect on stress-induced depression. A group of scientists carried…

Post-Adoption Depression: A Misunderstood Issue

Post-adoption depression is a common response to all the changes that stem from an adoption. New experiences, plus not knowing some of the adopted child’s needs, sometimes make the adoptive parents feel overwhelmed. Adoption is a challenge that comes with physical…

Types of Insomnia: Causes and Treatment

When we have trouble sleeping, we tend to think we have insomnia. Did you know that there are different types of insomnia? Actually, each one of them requires a different treatment. In this article, we’ll focus on the different types of…

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression

Depression is darkness, reluctance, despair, and sadness. There are many adjectives that have been used to define it. Either way, its effects are devastating. Clinical or major depression results in a persistent depressed mood or loss of interest. Sleep difficulties, reduced…

Does Depression Cause Fatigue?

People with depression are more vulnerable to fatigue. Simple chores, like bathing and getting out of bed, may require more effort on their part. In addition, fatigue can play a role in other byproducts of depression, such as abstinence and…

Antidepressant or SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome

SSRI discontinuation syndrome arises when, after taking SSRIs for a certain period of time, you abruptly stop taking them. The body can’t adapt to this sudden serotonin drop. This leads to symptoms such as nausea, trembling, migraines, sleep disorders, etc. Before…

How Are Self-Esteem and Depression Related?

Self-esteem and depression are very closely related. Although depression can be caused by more than one thing, clinical studies reveal that low self-esteem makes people more vulnerable to this condition. This is because not accepting ourselves can emotionally drain us. Self-esteem…

Aesthetic Intelligence: The Ability to Sense Beauty

It’s not easy to describe the concept of beauty. Countless thinkers and philosophers have tried with varying degrees of success. Is it an aesthetic standard? A combination of colors and shapes? A feeling? Or is it some spiritual sort of…

Hikikomori: Social Withdrawal Syndrome

In the last few years, there has been an alarming increase in the prevalence of social withdrawal syndrome. This phenomenon is characterized by voluntary reclusion and solitude. The people afflicted by this condition perceive their external world as hostile, violent,…

10 Mental Habits that Make Life Harder

Sometimes life seems more complicated than normal but, on many occasions, it’s our own mind that makes us see things that way. This is because we have certain mental habits that make life harder.  We can’t always choose to stay away…

Stomach Pain and Mental Health

Anxiety and stress are mental health problems that can cause a physiological imbalance. This imbalance can manifest itself in several ways, such as stomach pain. Thus, it’s beneficial to control your daily concern levels. This is because it’s an excellent…

How Does Stress Affect Women?

Stress, like any other anxiety disorder, doesn’t discriminate between men and women, poor or rich, young or old. However, what we do know is that stress affects women and men differently. The emotional responses are different, as well as the physical,…

5 Easy Yoga Poses to Channel Your Energy

Practicing yoga poses on a regular basis helps you channel your energy and control your focus to be more present.  In the moments when you feel you have no control, yoga poses can help you connect with whatever you’re going…

Hidden Causes of Laziness You Should Know

Is laziness a personality trait, or are there other reasons behind it? Many people don’t know that depression, fear, or stress are some of the hidden causes of laziness. It can even be a symptom of the pressure created by our…