In celebration of Brain Awareness Week, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Colorado Springs is hosting a free presentation, "Why Exercise? The Science Behind Aerobic Exercise and its Effect on Mental Health and Recovery," by psychiatrist Dr. Brian Bain.The event, held in partnership with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the DBSA offices, 2132 E. Bijou St., Suite 112.Founded in 1994, DBSA serves as a self-help resource, support and outreach hub for people living with mood disorders, their family and friends. In addition to other community programs, the non-profit, all-volunteer organization hosts 11 weekly support group meetings at its offices.Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign aimed at increasing public awareness about the programs and benefits of brain research.For more information, visit dana.org or dbsacoloradosprings.org. … [Read more...] about Learn how exercise affects mental health, recovery at free Brain Awareness Week event
How exercise helps depression
Establish a Primary Care Physician and Schedule an Annual Physical Many people wait to seek medical care until they are sick. However, it’s important to establish a relationship with a primary care physician before illness occurs. Primary care physicians will become an essential part of your health care routine, and will become familiar with your needs, medical history and medication list. A primary care physician provides immediate and routine health care services, as well as preventive and health maintenance services. Through this relationship, patients learn about preventive care, get treated for acute illness quickly and are referred to specialists in a timely manner. The new year is the perfect time to find a primary care provider and schedule your annual physical. Be Mindful of Your Mental Health Mental health is just as important as physical health. Each year, more than 6.8 million adults in the United States suffer from generalized anxiety disorder and more than 16 … [Read more...] about How to help improve your health in 2019
By Amy Dickinson | Tribune Content Agency PUBLISHED: August 14, 2018 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: August 14, 2018 at 7:32 am DEAR AMY: I have a very close friend who is extremely depressed. She is negative about every aspect of her life: marriage, career and self-image. She posts negative memes on Facebook about how ugly she is, how depressed she is and how bad life is. She is on medication and is seeing a licensed therapist. She is also extremely overweight. None of this is helping. She has tried different meds and has seen different therapists. Every time I talk to her she is negative, depressed and complains constantly. I want to help her but I don’t know what else I can offer her. We have been close for many years and she has always been depressed, but it’s far worse now than ever. She has told me numerous times that I don’t fully know what has happened in her past so I will never understand what she is going through, and then she proceeds to put herself down. Her … [Read more...] about Ask Amy: She’s so depressed I’m at a loss about how to help
By Karen D'Souza | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: June 28, 2018 at 7:14 am | UPDATED: June 28, 2018 at 7:15 am Just as suicide rates are spiking and a national conversation has begun on to how to fight depression, a disease that impacts 16 million adults in the U.S., a new study shows that exercise may be a key weapon in the battle. Published in JAMA Psychiatry, this new study shows that exercise combats depression, particularly in middle-age. Led by Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, director of the center for depression research and clinical care at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, the researchers found that being fit can lower the risk of developing depression. Bonus: working out also fights the risk of developing heart disease and dying early. “Depression doesn’t exist in a vacuum,” says Trivedi, senior author of the paper, as Time notes. “Especially for people who are older, depression has a complicated … [Read more...] about Can exercise battle depression?
Ryan Kingsbury admits that he used to be that guy yelling at the TV during a football game, complaining that professional athletes were underperforming or overpaid. But after befriending a few of them and noticing a pattern of anxiety, depression and even suicidal thoughts once they left the game, he became familiar with the lonely corners in which former athletes sometimes find themselves.“It’s much darker and uglier than we as a society want to admit,” Kingsbury says. “We [like to] cheer for them and root for them when they’re on the field — and then we couldn’t give two shits for them when they’re not.”While it’s no secret that a large number of professional athletes consume cannabis, professional leagues such as the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL have sweeping policies against its use, and finding current players willing to open up about it are rare. Kingsbury hopes that A4C can speak for an unrepresented segment of users who fall … [Read more...] about Greener Pastures: How Cannabis Helps Former Athletes Prosper After Sports