Coping With a Loved One's Depression

frustrated man

Giving solace to someone in the throes of depression can be tricky. Approach them one way and they are irritable, the other way they are despondent. Loved ones may feel damned if they do and damned if they don't. Do less than you think you need to. As with many situations, less is often more.



What is Wrong With Depression?

Has anyone ever told you to stop beating yourself up? That's something those with depression hear on a regular basis from well-meaning friends and loved-ones. Do they ask you what's wrong, why are you sad, crying, and/or irritable? You only wish you knew, right? That is what is wrong with depression.



Weighty Problems

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I have often wondered if really heavy people know how much better they would feel both physically and mentally if they would just put in the effort to shed some pounds. I began losing weight to feel better about myself mentally, but the physical benefits far outweigh the mental.



Snake Oil: Slipping Through
Healthcare Cracks

snake oil

All that glistens is not snake oil. Prescription drug problems are rampant. The truth is that Americans are still not smart about healthcare today. Vast numbers of us still succumb to advertising hucksters that peddle everything from snake oils to electronic doodads and contraptions.


Can Anyone Save the ACA?

Health Care

Right now #SavetheACA is trending on Twitter. I don't think it's going to happen no matter what American citizens want. The House of Representatives, seems to be caught up in some nostalgic, delusional version of "Father Knows Best" with speaker Paul Ryan at the head of the table, making a mess of the turkey that is the ACA.


When Their Mental Illness
Is Driving You Crazy

Happy Holidays? Pug

Happy holidays? This season to be jolly is one of the worst times of the year for many of those who suffer with the disease of depression. One of the best gifts you can give this season is compassion for those who aren't merry.



Woman's Reproductive Rights:
Ain't Nobody's Business But Her Own

Pro choice is just a shorter phrase for "Mind Your Own Business." It is neither pro-life nor pro-abortion. It as much about birth control as it is about deciding whether or not to end a pregnancy or continue one. Here's why:



Why Pro-life is NOT Pro Life

Unborn

A miscarriage left me with the understanding that abortion would never be a good choice for me. Even so, I believe the decision to end a pregnancy or carry it to term—yes or no—belongs solely to the woman it concerns and to nobody else.



An Update: Lifting the Nicotine Fog

smoker at graveyard

A nicotine fog is more than just smoke that fills a room, it's a fog that clouds your brain. Nicotine fools you into believing that although you want to quit, you can't. The bad news is that there are a lot of cigarette substitutes on the market today that keep the addiction going.

The Importance of Second Opinions:
A Lazy Eye Experience

doctor giving advice

For many years, I was intimidated by doctors. I grew up thinking the doctor was always right. I have a crooked little finger that resulted from a doctor telling my mom it wasn't broken. It apparently was. It wasn't until I had children of my own that I learned the value of getting a second opinion when you have any question at all about your doctor's diagnosis or the treatment he or she may recommend.