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The morning started out like every other morning, nothing different… the same ole blues, moaning about being tired and oh me another day. Quickly, well for me it was quickly, I put on my clothes and headed up stairs for the only good thing about a day, coffee. I filled my cup, sat in my chair and did what I do every day, glared out the window at another ugly day.

The above paragraph used to be my life but something changed. Depression had me wrapped up in a dark world of nothingness for many years. Today I am free. Today, and just for this day I don’t live in the dark world of depression. For years the, good ole doctors experiment with different drugs, different treatments, hospitalization after hospitalization but nothing seem to provide a lasting cure for my deep feelings of sadness and hatred of life.

I remember thinking God didn’t love me or even have time to listen to me. I did believe He existed but I believed He didn’t have much to do with those exiled to earth. I tried God on many occasion but that didn’t seem to help. What was I to do? I hate life and I had tried suicide more than once and that didn’t even work so what was I to do.

The solution wasn’t more medication or adding a different pills to the existing pills I was taking. Neither was it more group therapy, or reading positive affirmations every morning… though all this helped it wasn’t the answer.

Today, I started my morning the same way. I started my morning in the days of my deepest depression. I quickly put on my clothes moaned, yes I still moan about being tired. I headed up stairs for my cup of coffee, sat down in the same chair and stared out the same window but this time I saw the green leaves on the beautiful trees. Wow, what a difference; for three years, for the most part, I have been depression free. Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t have my moments where the blues creep in but it is so different. I am free from all the medicine I used to take and I even exercise a bit. I work all day long and I am happy, for the most part.

Depression free is simply but it takes work. If it wasn’t simply I wouldn’t be free. If it didn’t take work on my part I would not be free. For me the combination of faith and work has been the simple solution.

I am going to list a few things I do on a daily basis that worked for me today. First, I pray when I sit down in my chair. I have developed a real faith in God’s power to set me free. I also make the decision to see the green in the trees and focus only on the good not the bad. I don’t devaluate anything, especially myself. I am a nice person and a good person. Depression in most cases, at least for me, came from three unhealthy thoughts or ideas. One, I was a bad person. Oh no, I am a good person. I might do a few bad things now and then but my heart has been changed by the power of a living God. Next, I don’t look at the future in a negative light. Depression says, “The future is hopeless.” No it isn’t. God has my future in His hands and I trust Him to do the right thing. Another thing or thought I had to change was about this day. I used to tell myself that today was horrible and it would never change. Wrong, this is a great day and I will live it to the fullest.

In reviewing my part in living a relatively depression free life I have to include a little exercise, no alcohol and the willingness to keep getting up in the morning and changing my thoughts. I also would include putting on my clothes, sitting in my chair, drinking my coffee, and looking out the window with the hope of; the hope…let me repeat that word, the hope of living one more day depression free. In addition, I must conclude that I owe my freedom to direct intervention from God. I know that sounds too simply but it is working and I pray it continues to work. I don’t care to live in the dark world and I don’t have to.

If you are suffering from depression, I hope you find the way out. You must never give up and believe me, suicide is never the answer. If you feel like you want to hurt yourself or anyone else, dial 911 and ask for help or call your doctor. I had to do that many times and it kept me from doing what I really didn’t want to do, die depressed.

Dr Bob Wilkerson is author of the book, “I Will Not Be Defeated Anymore”. He is dedicated to helping others recover from life altering circumstances. Dr. Bob is a motivational speaker/singer with a true life story of God’s power to change any individuals life. If you would like more information go to

Is dog depression real? You bet it is! You may at some point note that your dog is not behaving normally and he may in fact be offering you what seem like classic symptoms of depression.

Depression, strangely enough, is not so different in humans than it is in animals. It is possible that your pet may be a victim of canine depression. It’s possible of course that your pet may be suffering from something else. The condition may in fact be medical or physical. As a result, it is prudent to check with your veterinarian to assure that there is no problem with the way that your pet is feeling.

When you first notice your dog behaving as though he or she is depressed, really consider what has happened that may have impacted their moods. Pets, just like humans, can have temporary or short term depression – or they may also have a longer term depression.

The loss of a litter, the family moving, or even the being moved to a different home can have a vast impact on an animal. One family who moved said that their cocker spaniel was not herself for many months afterward, exhibiting all the classic signs of depression.

If nothing has happened that may have impacted your dog in a negative way, then perhaps a veterinary checkup is in order.

Dogs, like people, remarkably can have bad days and good days. They can be in bad moods or good moods. One day they may appear to be unusually moody and the next day is very happy and upbeat. In addition, female dogs that have not been spayed can exhibit mood swings during their heat cycle.

Canine depression can last for an extended period, just like human depression.

Some symptoms that you may see of canine depression will also be similar to human ones.
The signs that you will most likely note:

Poor appetite
Weight Loss
Lower interest in play
Slow or lethargic movements
Excessive Shedding

The environment around your dog can make a great deal of difference to his or her mood. Just as environmental or personal changes will impact you, they will also impact your dog.

Having a close human relationship change can trigger canine depression. For instance, if their human companion gets ill, dies, moves out, or goes back to school it can cause loneliness in your pet and lead to dog depression.
Believe it or not, pets can also suffer from a chemical depression that is from an imbalance in their bodies. Your dog can be diagnosed as clinically depressed and may be given an antidepressant medication by your vet.

Try to recall the events that preceded the depression and attempt to compensate for them. Try to give the dog more attention and make them feel less alone or lonely during the daytime. Bring in a neighbor dog that the animal gets along with and take them out for the evening together.

As with humans, depression is very treatable once properly diagnosed and treated. The result? A happy member of your family!

Dana Zarcone is a National Certified Counselor. She created to provide information, tools and support to those suffering with depression. Learn more about dog depression by going to her website.

The subject of depression and memory is an interesting one covered a vast range of information. In this informational article titled “Depression and Memory” we will be exploring the basic definition of memory and briefly examining the effects depression may have on both short and long term memory.
According to the American Medical Association “memory is the process by which information, knowledge, and past events are recovered, reproduced, or recalled”. Most research suggests that your memory stores information through associative mechanisms. One hypothesis advances the idea that memories are retained by changes made in nerve tissue in the brain, where they form memory traces with memories being divided into long and short term.
Now let’s move on to how depression can have a devastating affect on ones ability to remember effectively.
When you are down in the dumps it becomes increasing difficult to think clearly. You may be saddled with low self esteem, hopelessness, helplessness, or guilt. Besides feeling less than your best the biologically based condition of depression can wreak havoc on both long and short term memory.
Let’s explore four components of memory and briefly examine how depression and memory are linked:
*Immediate memory: You are feeling depressed while watching TV and that infomercial comes on for that handy dandy apparatus. You frantically dial the number failing to notice that you need to 15 payments of only $ 19.99 rather than one.
This is a symptom of depression and memory in as much as depression reduces your ability to pay attention to important information. Things you normally wouldn’t miss slip right by faster than a race car fan runs to the hot dog stand after number 24 crosses the finish line.
*Working memory: Just before leaving home you have organized a number of work tasks to accomplish once reaching the office. Once getting to the office you couldn’t remember a single one.
Depression gets in the way of your ability to concentrate and hold on to information thus reducing your productivity exponentially.
*Long term memory: Sara is a talented college student who never struggled with grades until her long term boyfriend Gary dumped her for her best friend. Now her grades have plummeted.
Depression makes learning new material much harder. Such mundane tasks as studying for a final can become very challenging and information that used to be memorized in one reading now take three.
*Retrieval: Bob noticed that he needed a few things from the grocery store. He figured that it would be simpler to pick up these 3 items on the way home. After work he stopped at his favorite super store only to have a total memory meltdown, where he couldn’t remember one item little alone three.
Depression makes recalling mental shopping list and dates extremely difficult. It renders previously learned names, faces, and facts inaccessible. Depressive negative thoughts may overrun the brain thus making happy times in your life difficult to recall.
In summary, depression and memory can have a devastating effect both from a person and professional perspective. For this reason many people are considering natural supplements for depression as an affordable way to reduce the symptoms and support both emotional and mental health.

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Are you always feeling under the weather? Are you always not in the mood to be around with others and have a good time? If you are suffering from prolonged melancholy for quite some time, there is definitely something wrong with you.

Stress, anxiety and depression are the plagues of the modern age and if you’re suffering from them, then I know how you feel. Depression or prolonged sadness is quite common in advanced countries like the United States and over 20 million Americans actually suffer from this illness. Now even developing countries are also getting affected.

Depression often gets in the way of an individual’s daily activities and his or her normal functions. One’s zest for life quickly dissipates due to depression. And in place of an individual with a sunny disposition there is a person who hates his or her own self, does not have any self-confidence, tries to isolate one’s self from the world and just does not want to live any more. Furthermore, a person suffering from depression is not the only one who is going to suffer from this destructive illness; his or her loved ones are sure to follow suit.

Some of the types of depression that one hears about are:

Anxiety depression:The most common is anxiety depression, which is characterized by a state of being overly anxious about things. Anxiety is normal behavior that helps a person adjust more to a certain stressful activity and helps you to get psyched up towards facing certain “difficult situations”. However, anxiety depression is exactly the opposite, and should not to be dismissed merely as a “case of the nerves”; Anxiety depression is in reality an illness that can be hereditary.

Manic or Bipolar depression- It is characterized by sudden and extreme changes in one’s mood wherein one minute the person is in an elevated state of euphoria while the next minute he/she is feeling to be in a personal hell.

Postpartum depression- It is characterized by a prolonged sadness and a feeling of emptiness by a new mother wherein physical stress during child birth, an uncertain sense of responsibility towards the new born baby can be factors why some new mother go through this.

Dysthimia- It has a slight similarity with depression, although a lot less severe, but, in any case, should be immediately treated.

Cyclothemia- It is characterized by a similarity with Manic or Bipolar depression wherein the individual suffering from this mental illness may occasionally suffer from severe changes in one’s moods.

Seasonal Affecting Disorder-It is characterized by falling in a rut only during a specific season. More people actually suffer during the Winter and Fall seasons.

People tend not to recognize depression even if it is right before their eyes. Never overlook the various symptoms, depressed individuals exhibit, e.g., uncharacteristic behavior such as sudden loss of interest in one’s hobbies, too much or too little sleep, suddenly becoming anti-social, talks a lot about being a worthless person or even death. In case of these symptoms, immediate treatment is absolutely essential. Depression should not be something that people fear and try to sweep under the carpet; instead, people should just start taking charge of their lives and actually face this illness head on and fight it. Life is too beautiful a gift to waste and if someone spends the majority of his or her life just moping around about every single little thing then what kind of life would that be? Depression may not kill one’s body but it will certainly kill one’s spirit if you’ll let it. Don’t be a victim.

Here’s How You Can Get Your Life Back

I read about somebody who was suffering from depression. But through a single stroke of luck, he found the way back. And I promise you, no matter how you feel right now and no matter how long you’ve suffered; you can get your life back and enjoy happiness again. What’s more, you can do it without suffering the side effects of antidepressants and once you’ve beaten stress, depression and anxiety, you’ll have beaten them FOREVER!

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With more menopausal women seeking natural therapies to ease symptoms, a new study has found that simply adding a brisk walking routine can reduce a variety of psychological symptoms such as anxiety, stress and depression. The research is published in the January issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

“With the aging population, physical activity represents one way for women to stay mentally healthy. Physical activity can help throughout the menopausal transition and afterwards,” said Temple University public health researcher Deborah Nelson, Ph.D, the study’s lead author.

From 1996 to 1997, 380 women living in Philadelphia were recruited and they have been followed for more than eight years. The women reported their physical activity level and menopausal symptoms including stress, anxiety, depression and hot flashes.

The average age at the beginning of the study was 42 –years –old; 49 percent were African American, 58 percent reported more than a high school education, and 38 percent smoked cigarettes.

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“We recruited African-American and Caucasian women living in Philadelphia for this study to better represent the large population of urban women. These results can be generalizable to both urban Caucasian and African-American women, groups of women that have been under-represented in previous studies,” Nelson said.

In the category of stress, researchers found that high levels of physical activity were the most beneficial to postmenopausal women and African-American women. They reported lower levels of perceived stress than those who did not exercise. This top-tier group walked at a moderate pace (4 miles per hour) for an hour and a half at least five times a week.

While the study found mental benefits of exercise, it did not show that exercise reduced physical symptoms such as hot flashes.

“Physical symptoms like hot flashes will go away when you reach menopause, but mental health is something women still need to think about post-menopause,” Nelson said.

The middle tier walked five times a week for 40 minutes. The bottom group — considered the non-exercisers — walked for 15 minutes about five times a week.

By design, all of the women were pre-menopausal at baseline. Eight years after enrollment, 20 percent of the women were menopausal with an additional 18 percent classified in the late transitional phase.

“In the urban setting, these women walked outside on city blocks or in shopping malls. Groups could organize to take walks after dinner. It didn’t require going to the gym,” Nelson said. “You don’t have to run 20 miles a week to reap the benefits of exercise. If you stick to a moderate-paced walking schedule, it can keep your body mass index down and lower the risk of stress, anxiety and depression,” she added.

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5 Must-Know Facts About Teenage Depression

It’s real. It’s common. And it can get better. Cristen highlights five important facts to help teens and parents understand how teenage depression works.

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Depression Counseling is one of the common services preferred by the people. There are several ways in treating depression, like depression counseling, keeping healthy eating habit, and exercise. Depression Counseling is one of the effective treatments of depressive condition on top of medications, together with the other options; your recovery is just around the corner. Depressive patients who find it hard to shake away the uncontrollable symptoms of many types of depression usually attend depression counseling. Although, depression counseling of those who suffer can be as varied as the symptoms themselves.

Christian counseling is based on performance based spirituality as per the theories. With counseling services gaining popularity, people are asking about what these are & how they can get the best out of them. The Christian counseling is known for delivering emotional comfort, peace and wholeness in individuals life via counseling sessions. So, even if you are suffering from mental impasses, then also with proper counseling you can easily get relieved via proper Christian Counseling Services.

The Christian counseling services are divided into two parts: – In-Office Counseling & On-Line Counseling or E-Counseling. In-Office Counseling means, the agencies is going to provide counseling service within the office settings & the individuals, adolescents, couples, and families suffering from problems have to present in-person for the session. And, On-Line Counseling or E-Counseling refers to the counseling services which are conducted over internet via webcam video sessions, live chat sessions, and/or a private telephone call session within the system.

The professionals working as Christian Counselors consist of Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nurse Case Managers, Community Outreach Workers and/or Medical Social Workers. Normally counseling services includes Christian Marriage Counseling, Individual Counseling, Couples Counseling, and Family Counseling. And depending on the nature of the problem, the counseling sessions are scheduled. The Christian counseling provides emotional guidance and support to all individuals with understanding and kindness. They are dedicated in providing proper solution with encouragement and educating each individual to believe & understand the promises of Christ.

The Christian Counseling entails various types of counseling services as per the type of problem like Depression counseling, Sadness counseling, Grief and Loss counseling, Anxiety and Stress counseling are most common counseling reason. But when talking about the extreme situation where counseling is a must like Emotional Intimacy, Self-esteem and Self-worth Issues, Trauma and much more, the requirement of proper Christian counselors is extremely necessary.

The goal of counseling agencies is to help people by healing and helping them to grow as they negotiate the challenges encountered in life. Need less to say that god Christian counselors can look for the blocks that stand in the way of a new life & help in removing them.

Moreover, these days Online Christian Counseling services are also gaining popularity among the US people. Problem of daily routine, messy life style & constant loneliness are the main issues in them & Christian counseling services take good care of such problems with complete efficiency. The Christian counselors not only assist in problems related to mental or physical health but they also help in arguments and anger management & career counseling.

The Christian counseling services not only offers an emotional touch, but also supports the individual with a lenient approach of sympathy and care. These days, there are large number of online Christian counseling services available in world, but acquiring the proper counseling services is still a touch goal. Some Christian counseling agencies offers counseling services at an affordable price tag while maintaining quality of care at Par.

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Dr. Vanessa Lee – Christian Counselor at JC Christian Counseling, holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Christian Counseling from Newburgh Theological Seminary. Dr. Lee is specialized in Depression Counseling, Anxiety Counseling, Marriage Counseling and other counseling services.