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
How exercise helps depression
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
Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print Exercise is a natural activity that helps our bodies stay healthy and function well. Lack of exercise is a major cause of obesity, diabetes, and heart diseases. Today, many of us do not get enough exercise and we eat too much, increasing our chances of being diagnosed with these diseases. Youjie Zhang is a Ph.D. student in the Molecular Medicine track in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences Biomedical Science Program. SPECIAL TO THE BLADE/Abdulsahib Albehadili Enlarge | Buy This Image Exercise can be prescribed by your doctor, along with drugs for treating many diseases such as heart disease. However, people with low-exercise capacity are limited in the amount of exercise they are able to do. Scientific measurements can be done in the clinic to determine your capacity for exercise, which is controlled by … [Read more...] about How exercise, genes, and bacteria are linked
Erin Brodwin, provided by Published 10:00 am, Thursday, January 25, 2018 Jane Rahman/Flickr Woebot is a free therapy chatbot that launched as a stand-alone app in January. Alison Darcy, a clinical psychologist at Stanford University, created it. Woebot uses one of the most well-researched approaches to treating depression, cognitive behavioral therapy, to deliver scripted responses to users. It's part of a growing trend of incorporating smartphone apps into therapy. The message I couldn't ignore appeared around 6pm. I was on the bus. Instinctively, I cupped a hand around my phone and stole a furtive glance at the newest blue bubble on the screen. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing SAPD: Man catches 2 suspect breaking into car on West Side, opens fire Caleb Downs Kawhi Leonard's Relationship with Spurs Is Just Fine, According to His Uncle Sports Illustrated Shots fired call near Alamo Heights prompts large police presence Fares Sabawi UTEP … [Read more...] about A Stanford researcher is pioneering a dramatic shift in how we treat depression — and you can try her new app right now