Finding the right treatment for depression can be challenging.
Below, you will find a discussion of the available research that
may help you decide on your best treatment options.
When you are depressed, it easy to lose hope and forget that depression is a treatable problem. Finding the best treatment or therapy can help you overcome depression and reclaim your life. Hopefully, the information below on researched and effective treatments for depression will be useful to those of you struggling with depression.
Counseling -Talk Therapy Works
Talk therapy is an extremely effective treatment for depression. Research shows that all forms of psychotherapy work towards reducing depression. It is hard to find one treatment (e.g. cognitive behavioral therapy or interpersonal psychotherapy) that works better than the other- they all seem to be equally effective. What does make a difference in therapy outcomes in decreasing depression are the characteristics of the therapist and the quality of the relationship you build with your therapist.
Characteristics of Helpful (Successful) Therapists
Therapists and counselors that are empathic, caring, affirming, and accepting of their clients and their clients’ problems have substantially more success in treating depression, regardless of the methods they employ. In addition, expertise and competence in the specific treatment area (e.g. depression) is more important than overall therapist experience to the outcome of therapy. Some studies also show that female therapists have higher success rates than male therapists, especially if the patient prefers a female therapist.
The Mind-Boosting Benefits of Motherhood
How Motherhood Can Improve Your Mental Skills, Intelligence,
and Preparedness for the Working World
If you have a baby or small children, you may often feel like you have permanently lost your mind, leaving it behind with your pre-baby self. You may feel forgetful, scattered and like you are barely able to manage mundane activities such as changing diapers, washing baby bottles, and doing laundry. You may sometimes feel like your brain has turned to “mush.” Because you do not feel mentally simulated, you may start doubting yourself, causing your self esteem to plummet.
If you cannot remember to turn on the oven or get milk for your kids, you may wonder how you will ever be able go back to work and manage complex tasks. When this happens, it is easy to feel that you have lost your “smarts;” be insecure about going back to work; and wonder what you will do when your baby gets older.
The break-up of a relationship ranks as one of the most stressful life events- it’s up there with the death of a loved one. After the initial shock, when you may feel like you were just hit by a truck, sadness and loneliness often take over. You may feel “a part of you has died,” and your whole world has fallen apart. The ability to concentrate and get motivated may be hard to come across. You may also find yourself remembering and missing things you used to do with your partner.
How to find middle ground between extreme
work-related stress and self-care during pregnancy
Are you pregnant and always on the go?
Are you still working as much at your office or with your kids and never seem to sit down and catch a breath even though you are pregnant?
More than 2/3 of all pregnant women work, most of them in full-time jobs. 80 percent are still at their jobs the month they give birth.
Since women are most likely working during most of their pregnancy, reducing stress during this time should not be dismissed as an urban myth.
Research shows that a high level of stress in some pregnant women can lead to preterm birth, smaller babies, and potential problems later on.
In order to advance professionally, women sometimes have to prove their commitment to work regardless of being pregnant or having a family. Sometimes there is financial pressure, especially for single mothers, to continue to work until the last day.
When you are feeling down, everything may seem like an uphill battle that you have to face alone. Finding the right therapist to help you with depression might seem overwhelming, even when you know counseling will help you feel better. To overcome chronic stress or depression, you need to have supportive people in your life, including friends, family, and often, an experienced therapist who specializes in women and depression.
Finding the right counselor, who understands and treats chronic stress and depression in women, takes research, time, and knowledge. Choosing the right therapist to help you overcome depression is an important decision, which can make a huge difference in how fast you recover. If you have been struggling for a long time, it might not always be a good idea to choose a therapist based only on your insurance coverage.
Do Children of Older Parents Suffer?
The Hardships and Rewards of Children Born to Older Parents
Increasingly more children are being born to parents in their forties. In my previous article, I addressed the advantages and disadvantages of having children in your 40s. (In case you missed it, you can click here to read it).This article will focus on the experiences of children who have older parents. For many of these children, the emotional texture of their childhoods and their experiences in early adulthood are quite different from those of their peers whose parents are younger.
ARE YOU TOO OLD TO BE A MOM?
The hardships and rewards of having a baby in your 40s
The age of first-time moms in the Western World is increasing. More and more, women delay motherhood, voluntarily as they spend time on their education and carriers, or involuntarily because they do not have a partner or because of infertility problems. In the last decade, the number of women giving birth after the age of 35 and 40 has tripled and quadrupled, respectively. The advances and accessibility of reproductive technologies are partly accountable for this sharp rise in older mothers.
Even though motherhood is as old as the human species, we are breaking new ground socially and personally with first time mothers in their mid to late forties.
If you are wondering whether you are too old to have a baby here are some pros and cons that may help you in making your decision:
How to pay attention to your inner emotional barometer, nurture yourself, and avoid burnout
Do you feel drained at the end of the day to the extent that you feel you have nothing left to give to your family?
Do you find yourself snapping or yelling at your spouse or your child and then feeling awful afterwards?
Think dealing with stress has to be difficult? Think again!
For women, stress can come from a variety of daily experiences, such as: pressure at work, taking care of young children, relationship conflicts, etc. Stress can also come from unexpected events such as a crisis with your child, pregnancy loss, inability to get pregnant, or loss of a loved one.
When the holidays are over, how do you keep the blues away and go back to everyday life?
Here are some ideas.