Category: Depression

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How to Get Motivated When You Are Depressed

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 7, 2022

Finding the motivation to perform even the simplest tasks when you’re depressed can be challenging. However, it’s possible to take some positive, actionable steps to increase motivation even when you’re feeling low. One of the most common symptoms of depression is a lack of drive to accomplish things you know...

Can Depression Cause Memory Loss?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 24, 2022

It’s understandable if people who are struggling with depression ask themselves this question. After all, depression can be disorienting. People often don’t notice their memory skills are affected until after they are diagnosed with depression. Many studies have been conducted on this topic, and the general scientific consensus is that...

Symptoms of Depression

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 18, 2022

It’s a perfectly human experience to feel sad or down at times. But for some people, these feelings go further than everyday sadness. For people who suffer from a depressive disorder, their symptoms severely disrupt their lives. Depression is a lot more serious than sadness, and it requires treatment. When...

What Is Depression?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 14, 2022

Depression is a serious medical illness that requires treatment. We often equate depression to a feeling of sadness, and sadness can be one of its symptoms. However, depression is a lot more severe than everyday sadness, and can debilitate people’s lives when left untreated. The World Health Organization lists depression...

The 10 Most Common Types of Depression

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 7, 2022

Over 280 million people around the world suffer from some type of depression, making it one of the most common mental illnesses in the world. [1] Most people have at least a vague awareness of what depression is. To define it in the most basic sense, depression is a diagnosable...

Anxiety vs Depression: What Is the Difference?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 26, 2022

Approximately 40 million adults in the United States struggle with anxiety, and more than 16 million adults struggle with depression. [1] Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health challenges people in the U.S. (and throughout the world) face. There’s still a lot of confusion surrounding these...

What Are The Causes of Depression

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 25, 2022

Depression, like most mental illnesses, is a complex disease. Many have tried to narrow down the single cause of depression. Some have said it’s a chemical imbalance that causes depression; others say it’s hereditary, and some argue it’s caused by life circumstances. But what research so far has found is...

What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 19, 2022

Have you been asking yourself questions like “I feel sad for no reason?” or “Why am I so tired all the time?” Have these questions started popping up alongside a sudden change in the weather? If you said “yes” to any of the above, a condition known as seasonal affective...

How to Help Someone Who Is Depressed

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  December 9, 2021

Depression is a diagnosable mental health condition. Unfortunately, it's more common than you might expect 一 over a quarter of a billion people worldwide[1] are estimated to suffer from a depressive disorder. Sadly, depression doesn't only affect the person who's diagnosed with it; it's also extremely difficult for friends and...

Reasons To Consider Inpatient Treatment For Depression

By: Karen Fallen-Rhodes, LMHCA  •  September 3, 2021

Why seek treatment for depression and anxiety? And why would anyone seek in-patient treatment? Let’s take these questions one at a time. Why seek treatment at all? This is easy to answer for severe depression that is keeping you out of work, or completely disabling your ability to deal with...

Determinants of Health

By: Dr. Katie Ferree  •  September 3, 2021

Where do you begin to support your mental health when life feels chaotic and overwhelming? Notice I said when and not if, because who doesn’t feel like life is chaotic and overwhelming right now? The Depression and Anxiety World We Live In In our fast-paced, fad-driven, fact-confused world, we’re given...

Interventions for Depression: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

By: Karen Fallen-Rhodes, LMHCA  •  September 3, 2021

I remember my first group breathing exercise. “This will totally relax you,” our instructor promised. “Breathe in deeply….slowly….now hold it. Longer….longer….now breathe out as  S-l-o-o-o-w-l-y as you can….” In my chair, obediently following all the instructions, I was freaking out. Where was the relaxation? I was about to lose my...

The Physical Effects of Anorexia & Bulimia

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 13, 2021

Your body is paying a heavy price for an eating disorder. If you are bulimic and use laxatives or vomiting to purge, your skin is probably quite dry and frequently breaks out in small rashes and pimples. If your salivary glands haven’t yet become enlarged because of your constant vomiting,...

The Whole-Person Approach to Depression Treatment

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 13, 2021

People arrive at the point of depression from many different places, indicating there are a variety of paths to recovery. In short, there is no one answer for depression and no single path to recovery. Just as the reasons for depression are a varied as the individuals who suffer from...

Depression Guide (Downloadable PDF)

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 19, 2021

Here is Dr. Gregory Jantz's FREE Depression Guide. This guide is meant to be informative and provide helpful comments and tips for conversation starters for pastoral staff, counselors, and individuals working with someone struggling with depression. It is not intended to be a substitute for treatment or professional care. If...

CBT For Depression

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 19, 2021

Depression is a common and serious illness that can affect how you feel, think, and act daily. If you or a loved one are suffering from depression, you are not alone. Over 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression each year. But the good news is that depression is treatable with...

The Link Between Eating Disorders and Self-Mutilation

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 11, 2021

According to recent statistics, about 25 percent of people with eating disorders also engage in some form of self-mutilation, self-injury or self-harm. Self-mutilation, also known as self-harm or self-injury, is the act of intentionally harming one’s own body through cutting, burning, hair-pulling or a wide range of behaviors that inflict...

Strengthen Your Willpower by Mindfulness

By: John Williams  •  October 25, 2020

Around New Years, we make a lot of promises to ourselves—less procrastination, more  exercise, less junk food, more study, and so on. Most of these resolutions involve greater will-power and self control, something we always seem to have in short supply. Guess what research shows is the number one most...

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