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What Is Depression? Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. There are several forms of depressive disorders. Major depression,—severe symptoms that interfere with your ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life. Persistent depressive disorder—depressed mood that lasts for at least 2 years. Some forms of depression are slightly different, or they may develop under unique circumstances. Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness, is not as common as major depression or persistent depressive disorder. Causes Most likely, depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Depressive illnesses are disorders of the brain. Some types of depression tend to run in families. Signs & Symptoms "It was really hard to get out of bed in the morning. Signs and symptoms include: Who Is At Risk? MAOIs Related:  eirinikouzoukasPsychoanisetownsend

Why Chaucer Said 'Ax' Instead Of 'Ask,' And Why Some Still Do : Code Switch Zach Galifianakis makes an Ax joke. YouTube The most common stereotype of black vernacular is the pronunciation of the word "ask" as "ax." "Ax" has gotten a bad rap for years. Pronounce "ask" as "ax," and immediately many will assume that you're poor, black and uneducated. New York City's first African-American schools chancellor, Dr. Garrard McClendon, a professor at Chicago State University, is the author of Ax or Ask? "When you're with your little friends, you can speak any way you want to speak, all right? Sketch comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele joke that because they're half-white, they're constantly switching back and forth. Talking over each other, they add: "But when a cop comes up to you, you definitely use a lot of 'asks.' "Ask away, officer, ask away!" Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele talk Ax vs. itoggle caption Sonari Glinton/NPR Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele talk Ax vs. Sonari Glinton/NPR "Anything you want to ask me, I'll be happy to answer, officer."

Dysphorie Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. La dysphorie (du grec δύσφορος (dysphoros), de δυσ- : « difficile », et φέρω : « à supporter »), ou humeur dysphorique, généralement labile, désigne une perturbation de l'humeur caractérisée par un sentiment déplaisant et dérangeant d'inconfort émotionnel ou mental, symptôme de la tristesse, de l'anxiété, de l'insatisfaction, de la tension, de l'irritabilité, ou de l'indifférence. Caractéristiques[modifier | modifier le code] Dysphorie de genre[modifier | modifier le code] Le terme spécial de « dysphorie du genre » désigne un diagnostic à part attribué par les psychologues et médecins pour décrire les individus significativement malheureux (dysphorie) du genre assigné à la naissance. La cinquième édition du Manuel diagnostique et statistique des troubles mentaux utilise le terme de « dysphorie du genre » plutôt que celui de « trouble de l'identité sexuelle ». Affections liées[modifier | modifier le code] Voir aussi[modifier | modifier le code]

Bipolar Disorder What Is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Causes Scientists are studying the possible causes of bipolar disorder. Genetics Bipolar disorder tends to run in families. Technological advances are improving genetic research on bipolar disorder. Scientists are also studying illnesses with similar symptoms such as depression and schizophrenia to identify genetic differences that may increase a person's risk for developing bipolar disorder. But genes are not the only risk factor for bipolar disorder. Brain structure and functioning Some imaging studies show how the brains of people with bipolar disorder may differ from the brains of healthy people or people with other mental disorders. Diagnosis

Sacred Centers - The Chakras Portal - Pathways for Personal and The Chakra System originated within the yoga traditions of India, most specifically the Tantric period, circa 500 – 1000 AD. Therefore, yoga is an ideally designed practice to not only train your mind and body, but to access your chakras. The word yoga means yoke or union, and one can see how the chakra system represents the structural aspect of that yoke — the means through which mind and body, mortal and divine, connect. In that way yoga is the prime tool for accessing this sacred architecture of the soul. The postures listed below are grouped according to chakra. Seane Corn recently told me…”Anodea, you have had a huge influence on me personally as a student and the impact it has had on me as a teacher. We have two audio recordings of yoga practices: The Chakra Balancing Kit includes a set of seven chakra based sun salutations, with variations for each chakra as a morning practice. You may also be interested in Anodea’s Chakra Yoga Teacher Training Manual. Chakra One: Muladhara

Meditation May Reduce Mild Depression, Anxiety But effect appears small to moderate, researchers add WebMD News from HealthDay By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Daily meditation might help some people relieve anxiety, depression and pain, Johns Hopkins University researchers report. Many people meditate in an attempt to reduce stress and stress-related health problems. For this study, published online Jan. 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers reviewed 47 prior studies that looked at meditation's effect on various conditions that included substance abuse, eating habits, sleep, pain and weight in addition to depression and anxiety. "The maximum strength of evidence we found was moderate for anxiety, depression and pain; low for some others and insufficient for the bulk of outcomes we evaluated," said lead researcher Dr. Meditation, said Goyal, "is an active training of the mind to increase awareness, and different meditation programs approach this in different ways."

Interview: Frances Jensen On The Teenage Brain Research into how the human brain develops helps explain why teens have trouble controlling impulses. Leigh Wells/Ikon Images/Corbis hide caption toggle caption Leigh Wells/Ikon Images/Corbis Research into how the human brain develops helps explain why teens have trouble controlling impulses. Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why? Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. "Teenagers are not as readily able to access their frontal lobe to say, 'Oh, I better not do this,' " Dr. Jensen, who's a neuroscientist and was a single mother of two boys who are now in their 20s, wrote The Teenage Brain to explore the science of how the brain grows — and why teenagers can be especially impulsive, moody and not very good at responsible decision-making. "We have a natural insulation ... called myelin," she says. This insulation process starts in the back of the brain and heads toward the front. Interview Highlights Dr. Dr.

Dear Friends: I Love You, But Stop Offering To Be My Therapist Like a lot of mentally ill people, I pay more money than I care to think about to talk to a stranger for an hour a week (well, when I'm making enough money I go to therapy, anyway). Some of us go to therapy more often (holla, Emily!) or less often (howsit, Marianne!), but the bottom line is, therapy is a thing that many of us find pretty helpful in the management of our mental health conditions. Oh, and by the way? Our therapists aren't strangers. So, here's the thing: YMMV, as they say, but for me, therapy is awesome. It's not just that I snivel on his quite comfortable couch, but that I let out all these icky feelings and emotions and we work through them together. We talk about scripts for social interactions, and managing anxiety, things I want to say to people and how to say them. Therapy, if you haven't guessed, is important to me. Which is why it bugs me when my friends offer to be my therapist. I totally get it. Crazy people are, you know, crazy. And this is why I like therapy.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this reaction is changed or damaged. PTSD develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. PTSD was first brought to public attention in relation to war veterans, but it can result from a variety of traumatic incidents, such as mugging, rape, torture, being kidnapped or held captive, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes. Causes Genes. Stathmin, a protein needed to form fear memories. GRP (gastrin-releasing peptide), a signaling chemical in the brain released during emotional events. Brain Areas. The Next Steps for PTSD Research

What is Bipolar Disorder? – Mozilla Firefox Bipolar disorder is a chronic illness with recurring episodes of mania and depression that can last from one day to months. This mental illness causes unusual and dramatic shifts in mood, energy and the ability to think clearly. Cycles of high (manic) and low (depressive) moods may follow an irregular pattern that differs from the typical ups and downs experienced by most people. The symptoms of bipolar disorder can have a negative impact on a person’s life. Two main features characterize people who live with bipolar disorder: intensity and oscillation (ups and downs). More than 10 million Americans have bipolar disorder. As people become familiar with their illness, they recognize their own unique patterns of behavior. Individuals who live with bipolar disorder also benefit tremendously from taking responsibility for their own recovery. The notion of recovery involves a variety of perspectives. The recovery journey is unique for each individual.

Meditation and Depression - The University of Arizona Campus Repository Hdl Handle: Title: Meditation and Depression Author: Britton, Willoughby Issue Date: Publisher: The University of Arizona. Rights: Copyright © is held by the author. Abstract: Although meditation-based interventions have been associated with improvement in depressive symptoms and prevention of relapse, the physiological mechanisms of meditation's therapeutic effects are unknown. Type: text; Electronic Dissertation Keywords: meditation; depression; physiology; stress; mindfulness Degree Name: Ph.D. Degree Level: doctoral Degree Program: Psychology; Graduate College Degree Grantor: University of Arizona Committee Chair: Bootzin, Richard R. All Items in UA Campus Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

30-Day Minimalism Challenge Have you ever heard of the “fresh start effect”? It’s the phenomenon that big goals and tricky habit changes are much easier to achieve after temporal cut-offs like our birthday, the holidays … or the new year. Moral of the story: If you have big plans for 2015, use the momentum and get started right away! With a little challenge for example! For this post, I’ve compiled 30 one-day assignments to help you dip your toes into minimalist living, discover lots of new things about yourself and get a big head start. If you want to live a simpler, more intentional life with less stuff but more time and energy for the people and things you love, make January your month of change! The rules for the challenge: Do one assignment every day, the order is your call. If you like you can print out the assignments and cross them off one-by-one to keep track of your progress. All assignments + resources: Stay offline for one day Meditate for fifteen minutes Declutter your digital life No-complaint day

To Be Queer, Black, and "Sick" Disclaimer: The usage of the word “sick” in this article is to reflect the problematic, social stigma around mental illness, and not as a moral or social indictment of people with mental illnesses or disorders. The first woman I ever loved told me that when you’re queer and Black, illness is a shadow that always follows you but that no one ever acknowledges. She sang the words “I’m fine” every day, and sometimes I wasn’t sure if it was the world or herself that she was trying to convince. You know, she wanted to convince herself that if she simply followed the advice of well-intentioned friends and strangers to smile a little more and to “cheer up,” that she truly would be fine. I find my loved ones in the gossamer pages of dictionaries. 1. One. It took 19 years for me to see a therapist. To be queer and Black and unwell is to live in silences. Like the doctor’s silence in a room too sanitized to hold my pain. Silence. Two. Three. My family used to joke that only white people need therapy.

Complex PTSD The diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD ) accurately describes the symptoms that result when a person experiences a short-lived trauma. For example, car accidents, natural disasters, and rape are considered traumatic events of time-limited duration. Complex PTSD, however, is the result of long-term trauma. These are chronic traumas that continue for months or even years at a time. The reason complex PTSD is separated from PTSD is that doctors and researchers have found that the current PTSD diagnosis often does not capture the severe psychological harm that occurs with such prolonged, repeated trauma. During long-term traumas, the victim is generally held in a state of captivity. Examples of captivity include: Concentration camps Prisoner of war (POW) camps Prostitution brothels Long-term domestic violence Long-term, severe physical abuse Child sexual abuse Organized child exploitation rings.