"Spending too much time in bed without proper care and movement can have several negative effects on physical and mental health," says Dr. Sanam Hafeez, an NYC neuropsychologist and the director of Comprehend the Mind. Mental and physical health risks include depression and anxiety, sleep disorders, muscle weakness, and blood circulation issues. Read more in Healthline.
"What you choose to put into your body will influence how you feel both physically and mentally,” says Leigh Merotto, a registered dietitian in private practice in Toronto. But if you’re feeling down, preparing a meal can feel like a major task. Experts share their best tips for making meal prep easier and choosing foods that will help lift your energy and mood. Read more in Everyday Health.
While not a replacement for standard depression treatments, some studies suggest that acupuncture can help people with the mood disorder feel better. Read more in Everyday Health.
“Summertime can be a time for fun, relaxation, and freedom from school, work, and other obligations. But for those people vulnerable to depression, summertime can feel like too big and too sudden of a change,” explains Karen Lim, MD, who is a psychiatrist with Prairie Health in American Canyon, California, specializing in both general and child and adolescent psychiatry. Read more in Everyday Health.
Nearly 50% of people surveyed by the GeneSight® Mental Health Monitor said they were “very confident” that they could and would recognize the signs of depression in a loved one. But just 1 in 7 people could correctly identify all the possible signs and symptoms of depression. Read more in Goalcast.
Despite your best intentions, telling a family member or friend with depression that ‘things could be so much worse’ isn’t as helpful as you might think. Here’s why, and what experts recommend saying to show support. Read more in Everyday Health.
Can you eat your way to a better mood? Science suggests yes — filling up on certain healthy and delicious foods really may help reduce symptoms of depression. Read more in Everyday Health.
It’s believed that no one single gene causes depression. People inherit a combination of genes from their parents, and certain gene combinations can make it more likely for someone to develop depression. However, some people who develop depression do not have a family history of the mental disorder. Read more in Verywell.
Treatment for depression often includes a combination of prescription medication and psychotherapy. There are some lifestyle changes you can also make to manage depression symptoms. While some treatment methods help only in the short run, some can help you establish coping skills that offer lifelong benefits. Read more in Verywell.
“Emerging research is uncovering the profound influence of our dietary habits on our mental health, particularly pointing to a strong gut-brain connection,” said Kelsey Costa, a registered dietitian and nutrition consultant for the National Coalition on Healthcare. Read more in Healthline.