Thoughts

Thoughts

I feel now that I want to die
I sweet know exactly why
I wonder now if I should even try
I want something perfect
I want something I almost had
now that I’ve lost it
I feel nothing but depression and anger
the only thing I wanted
was something I’ll never have
I want to forget
but there no way I can

I thought I was stronger
and thought my pain was over
I don’t know what to do
how to think
to make it all feel better
it’s all for the best

Mindfulness Isn’t a Depression Cure-All

Therese J. Borchard

justraisethebar.comA new study from the University of Oxford finds that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is just as effective as antidepressants for preventing a relapse of depression. In MBCT, a person learns to pay closer attention to the present moment and to let go of the negative thoughts and ruminations that can trigger depression. They also explore a greater awareness of their own body, identifying stress and signs of depression before a crisis hits.

The study is wonderful news because the relapse rate for major depression disorder is as high as 50 percent for persons who have experienced one episode and as high as 80 percent for people who have experienced two episodes of depression. As my psychiatrist said in our last session, it usually takes less medicine to keep someone well than to get someone well. So that means people can wean off antidepressants with a kind of security net under them, without the high…

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For the soul in despair…

The Indian Reverted Muslimah...

There will be times when you will be in two minds,times that you will stagger.

Moments when you sit alone introspecting your choice

Those moments when you shall try to understand what future holds but the view will only be blurry.

You think and strive, hoping things to ease maybe not so scary,

You may heave a sigh, for you know that only He knows what future holds. You will smile at this realisation.

You didn’t even know a year back, that this day you would be sitting here and thinking this.

Everyday unfolds as a new chapter and when you close your eyes everyday, you amaze yourself at your performance for that day.

Good or bad, you survived another day.
Tomorrow can be better In shaa Allah.

Remind yourself that you are not alone. Console yourself for only you can.

These tears that you shed, will be counted.
For…

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Is the Link Between Serotonin and Depression a Myth?

Therese J. Borchard

zoloft adDo you remember the old Zoloft (Sertraline) ad where the sad egg no longer chases the birdy, and whenever he moves, the thick cloud above follows him? Pfizer did a masterful job of taking a very complex phenomenon and simplifying it down to a concept that two-year-olds can understand. In fact, the visual props made such an impact on my husband that he continues to ask me, years after the original commercial, if I am a “sad egg” whenever he senses that I’m experiencing symptoms.

In the late 1980s and 90s, Pfizer wasn’t alone in dumbing down depression to a simple “chemical imbalance,” a shortage of neurotransmitters (messengers between neurons) like serotonin that can be replenished with a class of drugs called serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

According to a report by the National Center for Health Statistics, the rate of antidepressant use in this country among teens and adults increased by…

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Identifying Some Underlying Causes of Depression: An Interview With Integrative Doctor Alan Weiss

Therese J. Borchard

Alan Weiss cropLast year, I was seeing four different doctors: a psychiatrist for my mood disorder; an endocrinologist for my pituitary tumor and thyroid issues; a cardiologist for my aortic valve regurgitation; and a primary care physician for some digestive problems and fungus growth.

I suspected that all of my health problems were connected but most of the doctors were uncomfortable looking beyond their specialties to achieve a systemic, balanced perspective of how the conditions were related. For example, when I asked my endocrinologist about the mood effects of too much prolactin (a hormone produced by the tumor), she told me to ask my psychiatrist. When I asked my primary care physician if my digestive problems could be related to my depression, she looked very confused. I searched for an integrative doctor who could piece together all of my broken parts and help me determine some underlying causes for all of the ailments. After…

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