There is an aisle at Whole Foods that has lots of natural remedies for stress, insomnia and anxiety. Clients often come to the mental health clinic where I work and ask about L-Trytophan or Calms Forte for sleep problems plus other items they see at the health food stores. Be aware that if you are taking a prescription antidepressant medication, it is important to ask your physician about any supplements you may wish to add. In addition, if you are taking medication for high blood pressure or a health condition, discuss any interactions with alternative approaches with your doctor. One thing also to be aware of with L-Tryptophan is that it’s an amino acid and if you have a tendency to get cold sores, it is a good idea to also increase L-Lysine when you take it to keep the amino acids balanced.(This is also a good idea in case you love peanut butter too as the L-Arginine content can cause an amino acids imbalance). (more…)
Challenging – and busting – these myths and misconceptions is crucial if a person is to develop real insight into their depression – and be empowered to take action to recover.
We’ve all heard some of the untrue, and often hurtful beliefs around depression. As a helping professional, I’ve had many a person tell me they often believe some of these myths. Because myths can be powerful and misconceptions can be disempowering, it’s important to challenge their perceived veracity. As we know, if something is said for long enough, it tends to take on the status of a truism, even when it’s not true. (more…)
Are problems less intense during the summer? Because a lot of people look forward to the summer and feel a sense of disappointment that it’s not necessarily changing their mood, I wanted to discuss this. First of all, I just set up a facebook page that has quotes and inspiration for staying balanced so please feel free to like it and make comments here. I think there is a lighter sense when the weather is warm and one can enjoy outdoor exercise in through jogging or swimming plus get to parks. However, this initial mood change can wear off after a few weeks and then some of the chronic problems surface once again. Insecurities, caring about others’ opinions and other longstanding issues can persist without breaking through to the root of the problem. (more…)