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Hate to say it, but we’re a few weeks away from the end of summer. You know what that means. Soon, we’ll be rolling in leaves, watching (some) fall sports, sipping on PSLs and pulling out our sweaters. However, those seasonal joys also come along with shorter days and gloomier weather — and that’s enough to put many of us in a funk.
Feeling low? Wondering if you have depression? And if so, what you can do about it?
According to the CDC, 1 out of every 6 adults will experience depression during their lifetime. In the US, it will affect around 16 million Americans yearly.
But depression is not simply the emotions you get when you have a bad day. Or the result of feeling down. It goes beyond transitory feelings of sadness and grief. Experts state that bouts of depression can be recurring or can last for weeks at a time.
Couples in long term relationships often complain of lagging sexual energy. In fact, over half of the people in my "Retreat for Couples" sexuality workshops attend with the hope of increasing their sexual energy, and others want to know they are not perverts for enjoying sex, especially at midlife and beyond. All want passion and they want it with each other. They want to grow old together as lovers, not roommates.
Moderate alcohol consumption—a glass of wine with dinner or a few drinks at a party—is no cause for concern for many people.
However those with anxiety disorders may find that alcohol or other substances can make their anxiety symptoms worse. And they are two to three times more likely to have an alcohol or other substance abuse disorder at some point in their lives than the general population.
About 20 percent of Americans with an anxiety or mood disorder such as depression have an alcohol or other substance use disorder, and about 20 percent of those with an alcohol or substance use disorder also have an anxiety or mood disorder.
For those of us with depression, finding yourself is difficult because it's easy for us to lose sight of what makes us who we are: personalities, senses of humor, talents. Our interests and passions often get buried under the weight of the burdens we bear. Depression makes it hard for us to find ourselves; however, in spite of the hardship, it's a worthwhile investment we should make. Through my experiences, I've gained some insights I'd like to share with you about how finding yourself can truly be a great way to cope when you have depression.
Numerous research studies have examined how to cure panic attacks and whether any effective natural remedies exist for use as a preventative or cure. There are many alternative and complementary therapies available for people to use in reducing the frequency of panic attacks or preventing them. Many people overcome their propensity to have attacks by judiciously practicing these panic attack treatments and techniques and living healthy lifestyles. You may find biofeedback, relaxation practices, or certain nutritional supplements helpful in combating your attacks.
They all claim to work quickly to relieve the physical symptoms of pain and we expect to feel better within minutes. Living as we do in a culture having no tolerance for pain of any kind — especially the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual agony of grief — it’s no wonder that people who are grieving feel abnormal when they can’t stop their pain.
Do you remember internet pop-up ads?
In the days before pop-up blockers, you would be surfing the internet, minding your own business, when a pesky advertisement would suddenly appear on your screen.