Time is the Greatest Luxury: Don’t Let Seasonal Affective Disorder Steal It

“Winter is coming!” This Game of Thrones line sets the perfect tone for how Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is presented in late autumn. As people brace themselves for the winter months, writers show up in droves to discuss SAD and to arm readers with knowledge that may help them fight off its devastating blow.

Here’s the deal, though. Discussing SAD in late autumn isn’t nearly as impactful as discussing it when people are suffering through it. Although autumn articles on SAD may help people avoid it or deal with it to a lesser degree, the autumn months are overshadowed with pumpkin carving, hayrides, and apple bobbing and then, people fly right into counting blessings around the Thanksgiving table and decorating their Christmas tree, present planning, and sugar cookie extravaganzas. To put it simply, people often push off less than pretty articles when their world feels beautiful and right.

Now, when SAD is in full swing and people often need distractions the most, the onslaught of traditions, celebrations, and memory-making moments that define autumn and the starting line of winter have skidded to a halt. The jack-o-lanterns’ faces caved in on themselves. The Thanksgiving turkey is demolished.

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Drugs, Fear, & Your Christmas Card List ~ There’s Hope for Those Who Suffer

Runny Nose
Vomiting
Chills
Rapid heartbeat
Anxiety & Depression
Disorientation
Excessive sweating

Watery eyes
Nausea
Muscle aches
Increased blood pressure
Irritability
Insomnia & Fatigue
Panic Attacks

Fever
Headaches
Diarrhea
Agitation
Depression
Body aches
Cravings

This is the abbreviated menu for the withdrawal symptoms associated with Kratom, Morphine, Codeine, Benzo, and Valium, among other pharmaceuticals. According to rehabs.com, “the symptoms of drug withdrawal are perhaps the worst part of the vicious cycle.

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Perfectionism: Battering Minds, Marriages, & Millenials for Decades ~ It’s Time to Let Scars Show and Missteps Lead the Way

GoodTherapy defines perfectionism as “the need to be or appear to be perfect, or even to believe that it’s possible to achieve perfection.” Medical News Today warns about socially prescribed perfectionism, which is when “individuals believe their social context is excessively demanding, that others judge them harshly, and that they must display perfection to secure approval.” Research links perfectionism to anxiety, depression, suicide (especially among college students), risk of bipolar disorder, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and among other things,

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The Question We Ask But Aren’t Ready to Field: How are you?

The bedroom door creaks open, reminding Ava her mom is listening.

“Sweetheart,” mom says, “what’s wrong?”

“Nothing,” her ten-year-old, Ava, says through a forced smile as she walks across her room to hug her mom. “Everything is great. Can we go make pancakes?”

Ava loves her mom. For as long as Ava can remember, her mom has bent over backward to provide everything she needs. From staying up late sewing patches on her jeans to making sure every peanut butter sandwich in her lunch box is crustless and heart-shaped,

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The Difference Between Mood & Food is One Letter

One year ago, September 2018, a mother said, “I know it’s hard, Maddie”, slid a Hershey’s chocolate under her daughter’s bedroom door, and finished with “… but I promise it’s going to get better.” Cue Maddie gently opening her door, holding her mother’s gaze, smiling, and joining her mother for presumably more chocolate.

The Hershey Company is clever. They recognize the intensity of the mood-food connection. Romantic comedies recognize it, too. The leading lady reaches for a spoon and tub of ice cream when her heart aches greatest,

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July 25 is Self Care Day

What is self care?

You might have heard the term “self-care” thrown around a lot lately. For some of you it’s a normal and everyday part of your vocabulary and daily routine. For others it might sound wishy washy, selfish, and a waste of time. 

At Truehope we believe self care is an essential part of a holistic approach to maintaining our physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Self care is choosing to do the hard thing that’s good for you, rather than taking the easy option that isn’t.

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This diet may reduce depression and distress

In May 2019, the peer-reviewed journal Journal of Affective Disorders published a study in which researchers from Canada and Iran reported a link between diet and mental health.

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This diet may improve cognition

In December 2013, researchers in Spain published a study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, showing a connection between diet and cognition.

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Eating this food may increase your Alzheimers risk

In March 2019, researchers in China published a study in The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, showing a connection between diet and cognitive function.

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Mediterranean diet connected to lower depression risk

In March 2019, researchers in Canada and Iran published a study in the Qom University of Medical Sciences Journal, showing a connection between what we eat and our mental health.

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