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By Jennifer Scott

Male SuicideSuicide is a tragedy that impacts all types of people in the United States. While it can impact all different kinds of families, there are some characteristics that can signal those who are most at risk of considering suicide. Those who are having suicidal thoughts need to know that there are resources that can provide help immediately and there are some long-term prevention strategies that can help those at risk transition to a healthier life. ...continue reading "Suicide and Men: Risks and Resources for Help"

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suicide safety planIf you suffer from depression, the possibility always exists that at some point you may have thoughts about harming yourself. Unfortunately, when you are in the midst of a crisis, you will probably not be thinking clearly or making the best choices. For this reason, it is a very good idea to make a suicide safety plan. Then, if the need arises, you will be prepared with a step-by-step plan for how to handle things until your urges pass. ...continue reading "How to Make a Suicide Safety Plan"

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abused woman

When I was in my early twenties, I was in an abusive relationship.  At various points in our relationship, he gave me a black eye, pushed me into a wall so hard I had to have my scalp stitched back together and squeezed my face so hard that my teeth cut into my cheeks and made them bleed.  Most of the time though, the abuse involved a lot of yelling, putting me down and controlling my every move. ...continue reading "Dear Younger Me: Letter to an Abuse Survivor"

Depression TreatmentsThere are several different depression treatments that are available. Most require a doctor's approval, but certain herbs and supplements are available over the counter. The best option for you will be determined by the type of depression you have, the severity of your depression and how well you respond to any given treatment. The following is a summary of the many types of depression treatments which may be available to you. ...continue reading "Depression Treatments"

depression symptomsMost people will experience depression symptoms at some time in their life. Feelings of sadness and upset are a normal response to stressful situations. Usually people are able to adjust and move forward within a fairly short amount of time. However, when a person's ability to cope is pushed too far, they may develop what is known as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). MDD is a more serious form of depression which may require treatment in order to get better. ...continue reading "Depression Symptoms"

Hillary Clinton Is Suffering From Depression?
Hillary Clinton speaking at Children's Defense Fund gala following election loss.

When Hillary Clinton attended her first public event following her defeat by Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, many were stunned by the change in her appearance.  In video of the speech given by Clinton at a gala for the Children's Defense Fund, the former presidential hopeful appeared tired and less upbeat than she had during her campaign. Her usual perfectly-styled hair and makeup were also noticeably absent. Many even suggested that she appeared older that she had prior to election day.  Could it be that Clinton is suffering from depression? ...continue reading "Hillary Clinton Is Suffering From Depression?"

sleep and seasonal affective disorderAccording to a February 22, 2016 report appearing in PNAS, scientists have discovered a gene which may provide a link between certain patterns of sleep and seasonal affective disorder.

Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression which is characterized by its tendency to recur during a particular season each year. Although it can occur during summer, it more commonly affects people during the winter months when the hours of daylight become shorter. It is believed that those who tend to suffer from seasonal affective disorder have brains which are more sensitive to the lack of exposure to light, causing their circadian rhythm to be more easily disturbed. ...continue reading "Seasonal Affective Disorder and Sleep Patterns: Genetic Link Found"