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Depression and Anxiety May Be As Harmful to Physical Health as Obesity and Smoking

Depression and Anxiety May Be As Harmful to Physical Health as Obesity and Smoking
When we think about physical health and the most obvious factors that can jeopardize it, smoking and obesity are oftentimes at the top of the list...

Regular Exposure to Cultural Engagements Reduces Depression Risk Later in Life

Regular Exposure to Cultural Engagements Reduces Depression Risk Later in Life
While depression isn't a natural part of the aging process, 58% of people believe that it is. Read more to learn about a recent research study that found those age 50 and above who regularly engaged in cultural engagements outside of the home had a significantly lower chance of developing depression.

8 Ways to Prevent Holiday Overeating

8 Ways to Prevent Holiday Overeating
The holidays can be an extremely stressful time of year for those who suffer from anxiety and depression. Depending on the nature of one’s depression or anxiety symptoms, the first thing a person may want to do to self-soothe and alleviate symptoms is to eat. Here are 8 ways to avoid holiday overeating.

Cultivating a Mindset of Gratitude

Create mindset of gratitude to reduce depression
As we make plans to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends next week, there's no greater time to begin working on making a list of the things we're thankful for in our lives. This simple act can help improve our overall mental health. Here are some fun ways to begin cultivating a mindset of gratitude.

10 Daily Habits for Improved Mental Health

Habits to improve mental health
With one in four Americans suffering from at least one mental health disorder in a given year, the need for mental health awareness and education is real. Managing good mental health may seem like an impossible feat, but by implementing these 10 daily habits into your life you'll be well on your way to experiencing more smiles than frowns and everything else in between.

As the Leaves Fall, Your Energy and Mood Don’t Have To: Combating Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Combating seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Goodbye summer and hello fall, the season when six percent of Americans will begin to experience symptoms of mild depression known as seasonal-affective-disorder (SAD).

10 Natural Ways To Manage Depression

Natural ways to handle depression
Depression is one of the worst mental illnesses around that so many people suffer from. It can make you feel helpless, and it also can make you believe that you're not good enough for anything. Depression holds the power to destroy your self-worth and self-esteem, and it can stop you from moving forward in life. Learn more about how to treat depression symptoms naturally.

The Mental Health Crisis Hits College Students Across America

Depression crisis on college campuses
It's no secret the United States is facing a mental health crisis, but did you know that it's hitting colleges and universities around the country hard? Learn more about the stats surrounding mental health among college students and how we can help.

7 Tips to Help You Stay Focused and Present this Fall

Focused and Present
It can be difficult to focus throughout the year, and with school just beginning and the holidays around the corner, stress, depression, ADHD and anxiety are likely. Here are 7 wonderful tips for staying focused and present this season.

Moody? Possible Causes and Practical Solutions

Irritable mood in children
Do you or someone you know suffer from chronic moodiness? You're not alone. There are a vareity of causes for moodiness. Cases rooted in mental health will find comfort in a new holistic treatment solution for managing mood disorders and beyond.

Understanding Depression: Symptoms, Diagnoses, and Treatment

Understanding depression
“The sun stopped shining for me is all. The whole story is: I am sad. I am sad all the time and the sadness is so heavy that I can’t get away from it. Not ever.” -Nina LaCour

Stress: How it Impacts Us and How to Conquer It

Harmful effects of stress
It's no secret that stress is an unpleasant part of life that can leave a person feeling down. Sweaty palms, rapid heartbeat, and racing thoughts ...