Be warned: Don’t smile if you are depressed!

Funny how a small snippet can trigger off a stream of thought, isn’t it? This morning, as I am oft apt to do, I read the “odd-spot” in The Age newspaper. It read:

Monday November 23, 2009

A Canadian woman on long-term sick leave for major depression says she lost her benefits after her insurance agent found photos of her on Facebook in which she appeared to be having fun, including at a Chippendales bar show and on a holiday.

I sat there and thought to myself, “no – they couldn’t! Not based on one or two smiley photos!?”

See, funny thing is if this was a US incident, I’d be all like “yeah, well, what do you expect from the world’s most corrupted health system?” but it was in Quebec! Continue reading “Be warned: Don’t smile if you are depressed!”

Serotonin, SDS and Mental Illness

The role of serotonin in the body has been studied since 1948, when serotonin was isolated from animal blood serum and its high biological activity was demonstrated. Subsequently, serotonin was detected practically in all animal species (including man), and in many plants. Although serotonin has been the subject of numerous studies, its exact role in the body remains unclear. However, it is thought that Serotonin is a key neurotransmitter in the regulation of diverse functions, including mood, sleep cycles, aggression, body temperature, and appetite.

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Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a normal experience.

Moderate or high levels of anxiety can increase alertness and performance in particular situations.

But, some people experience continuous or recurring anxieties, fears, or episodes of intense panic. So much so, that they feel powerless to manage the symptoms and their lives can become severely affected.

There are generally five major anxiety disorders that are referred to: Continue reading “Anxiety Disorders”

What is clinical depression?

As a matter of course for this site (or the accompanying podcast) to make sense, I suppose it’s prudent to determine what clinical depression is. Yet before that, identify a few misnomers.

Technically, everyone feels a little depressed or down when they get bad news or things just aren’t going right.In some cases, you may also experience lowered self esteem, feel more self-critical, and feel pessimistic about the future. However, if any of these pick up again within two days to two weeks, then you are undergoing a normal response to difficult or sad situations – ‘normal depression’. Continue reading “What is clinical depression?”