I Choose To Not Be Unhappy

While we cannot choose everything, we do or feel in life, we do need to remind ourselves that we do have the capacity to choose and regulate how we feel from moment to moment more than we might think.  Depression is real, and you cannot simply choose to “no longer be depressed.”  Therapy, medication and …

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Don’t Fall Back this Year

There are no quick fixes to feeling down and just plain “blah” during this time of the year when the weather changes from summer to fall. It somehow seems a drastic change to be able to swim in the ocean one day, and the next day you need to wear a sweater and boots. Seasonal …

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Just not that into it: Coping with depression.

Depression is a fairly common condition but is widely misunderstood and misdiagnosed (or not diagnosed at all). For starters, depression doesn’t always look like the way people may imagine it; slumped on the couch in front of the TV for hours, wearing the same pajamas from last week (unwashed), not answering the phone, and saying …

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Falling into good habits.

With the weather getting chillier and the days getting shorter, the long summer days are feeling more and more behind us. Fall is a beautiful season with its foliage, mild weather, and the positive feelings in the air as the holiday season is just around the corner. The fall season can be an important time …

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Perimenopause.

Perimenopause is a stage of a woman’s life that can start at any age but typically, “starting at age 43 the female brain becomes less sensitive to estrogen, touching off a cascade of symptoms that can vary month to month and year to year, ranging from hot flashes and joint pain to anxiety and depression…For …

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Why I’m not as crazy as I thought.

The following is a blog entry written by a patient at MCFS. Later this week we will post another entry by the same patient, reporting on her progress. This was written in October 2009. For about 14 years now I have been told constantly that things are in my head. Stomach cramps — must be stress, acne — must …

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Desire and depression.

Sometimes, when women come into the center with low desire we talk to them about anti=depressants. The reaction isn’t always good: “You think I’m depressed? I’mhere to talk about my lack of sex drive!” Life situations and hormones can play a role in depression. Serotonin, the hormone normally associated with depression, isn’t the only culprit. …

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