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Losing Faith, Finding Hope: A Journey With Depression

by Dan

Monica A. Coleman, Ph.D. is an AME minister, seminary professor and author of the book Not Alone: Reflections on Faith in Depression.  She blogs on faith and depression at Many people describe depression as a kind of intense grief. It is a deep sadness. It’s like heartbreak, agony and despair all at once. I think depression is worse than grief. Grief usually has an identifiable cause. There are stages. … read more →

Living a Passionate Life: An Interview with Gregg Levoy

by Dan

Why did you write your newest book, Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion? Because it was a natural evolution from the book that preceded it, Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life, and because I’m just fascinated by how people manage to hold on to their vitality and life force against all the downward-pulling forces of life and culture. In the Introduction to Vital Signs, you write that … read more →

Biology of the Binge: The Biochemical Link Between Depression and Food

by Dan

Many of us have experienced the instantaneous connection between food and mood. We may find ourselves crunching nervously through bags of potato chips when under pressure for example, or slurping down containers of cool and silky chocolate ice cream in distracted attempts to soothe our sadnesses. However, while an occasional hankering for sweet or starchy “comfort foods” is both normal and expected, for some, the link between negative feelings and … read more →

Worry and Anxiety in Depression: Anxiety May Try to Help, But Then it Hurts: What Should You Do?

by Dan

Anxiety is a normal human feeling. Anxiety is what you feel when you are faced with uncertainty. When you do not know what is going on or what you should do about it, you react with a feeling of anxiety. What makes anxiety pass? Resolving the ambiguity. Figuring it out. What’s happening or what to do about it. Then the feeling is gone, and you are relieved. You may still … read more →

Depression: Is Critical Thinking Part of the Cure?

by Dan

One of the most well-known strategies for dealing with depression is the use of the class of medications know as SSRI’s. For many people, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and the like have been incredibly helpful in dealing with depression. Given this, why would a philosopher such as myself have something to say about depression?  One reason is that there is another resource which may be helpful in dealing with depression, perhaps … read more →

Six Truths About Depression

by Dan

A common misconception about depression is that it is something people can just “snap out of.” Unfortunately, for those people who experience major depression disorder, it’s not that simple. While depression can be serious, it is far from hopeless. There are effective treatments and actions people can take to overcome this disorder. There are certain truths about depression that are important to understand; as we target this debilitating disorder that … read more →

The Scientific Reasons Why You’re Feeling Depressed

by Dan

Are you waking up just feeling “blah”?  Like you don’t want to do anything except lie like a couch potato and watch TV, and even that is unsatisfying?  You not only feel low energy, but kind of miserable.  Perhaps you’re mad at yourself for not getting the house cleaned or not getting your work done and papers filed. Perhaps you’re feeling a bit lonely, left out by friends or unsupported … read more →

The 7 Reasons Why Depression Is More Common In Women

by Dan

In recent decades depression has become increasingly common in industrialized countries such as the US and the UK, and is often referred to by physicians as ‘the common cold of psychiatry’. Figures for the lifetime prevalence of depression vary according to the criteria used to define depression. Using DSM-IV’s criteria for ‘major depressive disorder’, which are similar to the ICD-10 criteria for ‘moderate depression’, the lifetime prevalence of depression is … read more →

Be Mindful This Autumn

by Dan

Autumn is the season we associate with harvest and abundance. It is also a time we connect with nature’s waning energy as it prunes and cultivates. This year, autumn began in the Northern Hemisphere on September 22. Where my family and I live in the Berkshire Mountains, mornings open with a chill in the air and the crackle of dry leaves scattered on the ground. Afternoons are warm early in … read more →

Regain Motivation With A Depression Action Plan

by Dan
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Everyone feels down at some point in their lives. But if you have major depression (also called major depressive disorder), you likely feel depressed every day for most of the day, especially in the morning. You might wake up and have no energy to get out of bed. And even when you do get up, deciding what to do first can feel like a mountainous task. At those times of … read more →

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