Category: Depression

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OCD and the Seasons - How Seattle’s Dark Winters Could Be Making Your OCD Worse

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  April 4, 2024

Seattle’s winters are known to be dark and rainy. The days are short and gloomy, and many people find their mood negatively impacted. You could even develop depression symptoms that go away when the sun returns in the summer. But did you know the darkness of the winter months could...

The Mental Health Impacts of Chronic Illness

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 29, 2024

If you live with a chronic illness like migraine, diabetes, or heart disease, then life is already hard enough as it is. The physical symptoms of your disease may affect your day-to-day life in a very real way. But what’s not as commonly discussed is the way these chronic illnesses...

Childhood Bullying and Its Long-Term Psychological Effects

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 29, 2024

Did you ever encounter a bully when you were a child? Going through bullying – whether it’s as the victim, an observer, or the bully – seems almost to be a quintessential experience of childhood. Many of us encountered a bully, in some form or another, during childhood. Being bullied...

Job Security and Its Psychological Implications: The Impact on Mental Health

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 15, 2024

Have you ever been laid off from a job or worried you would be? You probably went through a lot of emotions, like fear, anxiety about your financial future, and maybe even feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness. You’re not alone: Almost all of us feel that way when our job...

The Role of Pets in Mental Health Recovery

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 8, 2024

Did you know that interacting with dogs and other animals can have a positive effect on individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health issues? Most people are familiar with seeing-eye dogs or guide dogs, trained to support blind and visually impaired people to go about their day....

Exploring the Mental Health Benefits of Journaling

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 4, 2024

This article details the therapeutic writing process and its effects on self-awareness, stress reduction, and overall well-being. You will discover how to begin a journaling practice with ten therapeutic journaling prompts to try out for yourself. What is journaling? Journaling is writing down your thoughts, feelings, experiences, and reflections in...

The Role of Economic Recession on Public Mental Health: Lessons Learned From Past Crises

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 3, 2024

Around 70% of economists say that an economic recession is in the near future. Some say we’re already seeing the initial effects of this now, with over 150,000 tech workers being laid off in the first half of 2023[1]. Economic recessions are life-altering events for most people. Many of us...

Workplace Burnout and Mental Health

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 19, 2023

This article discusses the impact of chronic work-related stress on mental health, providing strategies for preventing burnout before it happens and coping with burnout when it does. What is burnout? According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), ‘burn-out’ (sic) is defined as follows: Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting...

The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Mental Health

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 19, 2023

Have you ever gone a day or two without much or any sleep? If you have, you probably noticed you didn’t feel like yourself. You may have felt more irritable, sad, stressed, or empty. If you went for an extended period being sleep deprived, you may have even experienced more...

Mindfulness Meditation and its Impact on Depression and Anxiety

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 18, 2023

Has anyone ever told you to “Just breathe” when anxious or upset? Chances are their advice didn’t feel helpful to you at the time. But even though the delivery of the advice may have felt invalidating, research shows there is some scientific truth to this statement. Just breathing has been...

Nutrition and Depression: What’s the Link?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 18, 2023

Have you ever had a craving for sweets when you were sad or binge-eaten processed and salty foods when under a lot of stress? Most of us have – which means we intuitively understand that food and mood are connected. What you may not know is that poor nutrition can...

Understanding the Acceptance Stage of Grief

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 7, 2023

Acceptance is one of the five stages of grief. The five stages of grief is a model also known as the Kübler-Ross model after Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, who coined the phrase in her 1969 book, On Death and Dying[1]. Although the Kübler-Ross model was developed as a way to...

Understanding the Depression Stage of Grief

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 6, 2023

Depression is one of the five stages of grief. The five stages of grief is a model also known as the Kübler-Ross model after Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, who coined the phrase in her 1969 book, On Death and Dying[1]. Although the Kübler-Ross model was developed as a way to...

Worrying About Your Baby: A Guide to Understanding Postpartum Anxiety

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 5, 2023

The first year of your baby’s life is supposed to be pure bliss – right? Although this may be the case for some parents, it may not be the case for all. New parents deal with many stressful things like lack of sleep, financial struggles, loss of identity, etc. Almost...

Crying for No Reason? 10 Possible Causes and How to Manage Them

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 4, 2023

Crying when feeling sad and emotional is a usual human way to express ourselves. But when the tears come out of nowhere, they can be awkward, overwhelming, and embarrassing. So why do we cry for no reason? Is it a sign of depression, anxiety, or stress? Are there other possible...

The Dark Side of Connectivity: Exploring the Relationship Between Social Media Use and Depression in Youth

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  November 29, 2023

Understanding the impact of social media use on depression among young people has become increasingly crucial for both individuals and society as a whole. This article attempts to give you the details to get to grips with a fast-moving area of digital culture. As Gen Z lives and breathes social...

How to Cope With Feeling Emptiness

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 7, 2023

When it comes to painful emotions, we typically think of feelings like grief, anger, loneliness, and shame. What we don’t talk about as often is how painful it can be to feel nothing at all – to feel completely empty. Emptiness is a feeling many people experience, whether it’s short-term...

What is Situational Depression?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 5, 2023

Depression can take many different forms. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) publishes a diagnostic tool known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (or the DSM-V) which is the principal authority for psychiatric diagnoses. Within the DSM-V, depression falls into many categories. Some of these are well...

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