Migraines - link to developing depression

Research from a study in Canada shows that participants with migraines are 80% more likely than people without the headaches to develop depression. Read here

Depression sypmptoms could be caused thyroid malfunction

Interesting feature, which links in with Steve's experience below. New York Times

Under-active thyroid can cause depression symptoms

Steve Bishop shared his experience with me in this video interview

Alpha-Stim can be helpful in the treatment of depression, anxiety and insomnia

The Alpha-Stim is a small device that looks like an MP3 player that you can use yourself to help heal depression, anxiety and insomnia. Check out this feature in TheTelegraph

There is also an Alpha-Stim specifically designed for pain relief. See this feature in The Daily Mail

Depressed women at increased risk for stroke.

Interesting feature. Can't help feeling that talking therapies could be a good preventative measure. http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2011/08/22/hlsc0826.htm

Depression has a physical effect too.

This is an encouraging article. It's good to see the recognition that depression has such a physical impact too, because that often gets forgotten. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/9434620.stm

Spring doesn't appeal to everyone!

I love the Spring, but I've known several people who prefer grey, rainy days, to the extent that they become quite depressed through the Spring and Summer. The heat of summer can really exacerbate feelings of anxiety for some people too. Here's a feature that explains: http://source.southuniversity.edu/spring-can-bring-showers-of-depression-35284.aspx

Men encouraged to talk about depression.

Interviewed on BBC 3 counties radio yesterday, I was asked if men experience guilt. Of course they do - they just don't always talk about it. Many men don't talk about how they feel very much at all, let alone feel able to admit they may be depressed. The following feature is truly inspiring. It is about a man who is going to cycle across America in the hope that he can engage everyone he meets in a discussion about the perils of depression in males. Well worth a read: http://www.startribune.com/local/117556093.html

Why pills are likely to be first resort for treating depression in the North of England.

But hypnotherapy works well for many people, without any side effects - as does the widely researched Alpha-Stim. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/mar/04/depression-why-pills-first-resort

Cell phones used to treat depression?

Now here's something to think about... http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2011/02/23/could-cell-phones-be-used-to-treat-depression/?mod=google_news_blog

Possible undiagnosed bipolar disorder.

Alarming to discover that 20% of adults could be receiving the wrong treatment. Find out more in this feature: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/738143

Yoga for all sorts of health issues:

This is an interesting article about how different types of yoga have different health benefits, including the relief of stress, depression and anxiety: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/fitness/articles/2010/09/24/benefits-of-yoga-how-different-types-affect-health.html?PageNr=2


Did you know that there is supposed to be at least one phobia for every letter of the alphabet? So if you experience any kind of a phobia, it may not be as unusual as you think!

Dads and depression:

Fathers get depressed when they have children too, and it's good that this is being recognised: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/sep/06/men-suffer-postnatal-depression-research

Women, depression and infant mortality:

We recognise post-natal depression, but what about the effects of depression and anxiety before the birth of a baby? This study raises interesting points, and highlights the need for preventative care. http://blogs.babble.com/strollerderby/2010/08/31/depression-and-anxiety-can-lead-to-infant-mortality/

Doctors can be depressed too.

ANYBODY can experience depression and anxiety, and the following article highlights why it's important to seek help. http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/depression-common-among-doctors-20100831-14bzc.html

Are you a self-bully?

Do you mentally beat yourself up, and think/talk about yourself in a negative way? The following article has some useful tips to help you to squash the bully within: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-montero/beating-yourself-up-learn_b_690039.html

Depression in toddlers:

It would be great to recognise the signs so early and prevent depression becoming an issue later in life. Here is an interesting article in the New York Times, which is certainly food for thought: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/29/magazine/29preschool-t.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

Yoga may protect the brain from depression

A study in America shows how yoga can help to prevent depression and anxiety. Three sessions a week may be sufficient, boosting levels of a chemical in the brain which is essential for a sound and relaxed mind. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7956508/Yoga-protects-the-brain-from-depression.html

Skin conditions linked to depression and anxiety

Reasearch now shows that those who have psoriasis have an increased risk of depression or anxiety. Useful to have some research, although complimentary therapists have known for years that irritating skin conditions usually improve once the anxiety or depression is treated. http://sify.com/news/skin-condition-linked-to-depression-anxiety-and-suicidal-feelings-news-others-kirnklchace.html

Are you a perfectionist?

Do you put yourself under immense pressure to make sure something is as perfect as possible? Are you really troubled when things don’t meet your very high standards? WHY? Why is that so important to you?

Past research has shown that most people don’t trust perfection anyway, if indeed there is such a thing. So how about giving yourself a break. Decide to do your best, but only what you can in the time available - and then leave it at that. You’ll save yourself a whole lot of stress and bother. You might find the following an interesting read: http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/articles/personalityandindividuality/perfectionism.shtml

Tough to live through - but it may make you stronger

Thought-provoking feature In the Guardian by Mark Rice-Oxley.He writes about his own experience of depression. It's inspirational! http://gu.com/p/2tm88/tw