Depression

Depression, Parkinson's and an end to Fear

Depression, Parkinson’s and an end to Fear

The disclosure that Robin Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s is a reminder of yet another reason why it is essential to clear the underlying cause of depression (and indeed any condition) and not just medicate the symptoms. Doctors do not understand the connection between depression and Parkinson’s, but there is evidence that those with depression are 3 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s at a later date (Study Links Depression to Parkinson’s). Whether this is because depression [more…]

Depression and Addiction Steal the Final Nanu Nanu

Depression and Addiction Steal the Final Nanu Nanu

How truly sad to wake to the news that the genius that is Robin Williams has chosen to leave this reality. Whilst he entertained us with many great films, my enduring memory of him will be as Mork. Nanu nanu, what a legend! It wasn’t just that he was funny; he had a presence, warmth and sincerity that gave depth to his characters and even made Mrs Doubtfire someone you could expect to bump into. How tragic [more…]

What Does Someone With Depression Look Like?

What Does Someone With Depression Look Like?

I doubt anyone reading this thinks this athlete looks depressed. Yet, last year, in his memoir Ian Thorpe disclosed his struggle with depression. He is not the only athlete fighting this battle. I venture that we each have in our mind’s eye an image of what a depressed person looks like, and it is nothing like this. I venture also that there is someone in your circle of friends and acquaintances, including work colleagues, who suffers depression [more…]

Depression, Bipolar and Loss of Self

Depression, Bipolar and Loss of Self

I have discovered working with depression and bipolar clients the importance of replacing the pattern of mental health challenges with more healthy and useful resources. It is not enough to just clear the depression. Depression in itself or as part of a bipolar pattern is by nature all-consuming. When it clears fast and unexpectedly (especially in someone who has tried all sorts of other therapies previously with limited results) there is a vacuum in the experience of [more…]

Depression in Animals

Depression in Animals

Yorkshire folk take some pride in being down to earth and no-nonsense. How is then that the seaside town of Scarborough headlined in the US as well as the UK for all the wrong reasons : medicating its penguins for depression! Mainly it seems because of the recent bad weather – Penguins Given Anti-Depressants. For sure, animals do display symptoms that appear to be depression. Dogs in particular are known to get the blues, for example when [more…]

Are you depressed or just sad?

Are you depressed or just sad?

I am not questioning those who are quite clearly depressed. The question is for those who maybe feel “down”, sad, not quite themselves, not sleeping well. Perhaps they have suffered a major life event such as a bereavement, the breakdown of a relationship, redundancy. These are the folks whom practical advice and support and/or an “alternative” approach really can help; they do not need to be numbed from what they are feeling through inappropriate use of medication. [more…]

Alternative help for depression - is there a stigma?

Alternative help for depression – is there a stigma?

It is encouraging that more people are willing to share how depression affects them, as author Andrew Solomon does so eloquently in the video posted below. I respect Mr Solomon for doing what he feels best to manage his depression, however I added the comment copied below the video to the discussion about his talk on FinerMinds. Just as more of us need to be willing to speak up about the mental health challenges we are living [more…]

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