CAPHIS, the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section, is a section of the Medical Library Association, an association of health information professionals with more than 5,000 individual and institution members. MLA fosters excellence in the professional achievement and leadership of health sciences library and information professionals to enhance the quality of health care, education, and research. Review Cowan, Graeme. Back … Read More
In preparing his new book, Back From The Brink: true stories and practical help for overcoming depression and bipolar, Graeme Cowan asked 4064 people who had lived with depression or bipolar, what worked best in their recovery. His survey included most commonly used medications and psychological techniques, but also included a number of lifestyle strategies – 60 options in total. … Read More
Depression both causes and is compounded by sleep disruption. The low energy caused by sleep deprivation also impacts on your ability to treat depression. How on earth can you make and attend appointments with experts, exercise or eat properly when you are perpetually exhausted?
Find out how to finally get a good night’s sleep.
Antidepressants do have their place in treating depression. But new evidence indicates a worrying trend: Antidepressants – which interfere with your brain chemistry – are increasingly a first resort and being prescribed at an ever-increasing rate. The revelations come in the recently published OECD publication ‘Health at a Glance’ and show that the consumption of antidepressants has increased significantly in … Read More
Exercise helps beat depression – that’s not just a theory, but scientific fact. But many people think exercise involves gruelling workouts or exhausting runs. Sure, for Alasdair Campbell and Tricia Goddard – interviewed in Back From The Brink – cross-country runs and marathons are an important part of their wellbeing plan and help ward off depression or manage it better … Read More
Focusing on the negative elements of depression is easy. The inertia, feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness and despair. The fun being sucked out of life. And worse, when it just feels too painful to go on living. Often – and understandably, especially in our darkest moments – depression in whatever form feels like something from which we can’t learn anything or … Read More
Many people feel that depression is ‘their’ illness – they are the only ones suffering in this way – and that they either can’t talk to others or ask for help, or don’t want to. This was certainly the case for Lora Innman, a long-term depression sufferer and now a mental health advocate interviewed in ‘Back From The Brink’. When … Read More
Depression and bipolar are often misunderstood, sometimes even by those afflicted. Unfortunately, misconceptions can be stumbling blocks to taking the action needed to overcome depression, which may prolong the illness and worsen its effects over time. Just ask Tricia Goddard, well-known TV talk show host and mental health advocate. Tricia shares her long and difficult relationship with mental health issues, … Read More
When we suffer from depression, including bipolar disorder and postpartum depression, we may feel responsible, like it’s somehow our fault. We may also feel alone in battling the illness and lack support or inspiration from others. Sometimes this may cause us to give up hope and feel like there’s no end to how low we’re feeling; after all – we … Read More
Dovetailing perfectly with this week’s post on how to make exercise easy and achievable, a recent piece on the Science Daily website summarises the results of a study that looked at over 26 years of research on exercise and depression. The conclusion? Moderate physical activity each day – even gardening – is good not just for TREATING depression, but for … Read More
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