When Susan Barden, from Crawley, West Sussex was pregnant, she began to suffer from crippling pre-natal depression. Before she even knew she was pregnant, she had feelings of severe doom and despair. She was moody, grouchy and unhappy. The depression got so bad that she was having suicidal thoughts by week 11 of the pregnancy and by the third month, her doctor prescribed anti-depressants.
Honestly, I had never heard of pre-natal depression but I know all sorts of unexpected things happen when you're pregnant. I am much more familiar with post partum depression. It is believed that pre-natal depression is brought on by a combination of fluctuating hormones and the stress of the life changes ahead. Studies suggest it is actually more prevalent than post partum depression, estimating that one in seven women in the United Kingdom suffers depression while pregnant.
Let's talk about depression, amigas. I'm on a mission to destigmatize mental health issues especially among Latinas where certain issues like depression are dismissed with comments like, its just nervios or it's just a bajón, pray and you'll feel better. As a matter of fact did you know that Latinas experience depression at twice the rate of Latinos and we are also more prone to experiencing depression than African American or Caucasian women?
Depression, clinical depression, is not something to be ignored, nor is it something to be ashamed of. I think the big mistake we make is separating mental health from health in general. The truth is that mental health is simply another aspect of HEALTH in general and if we have diabetes we go see a doctor, if we break our arm, we go see a doctor, SO if we are depressed or have anxiety or any other number of mental health issues, WE SHOULD GO SEE A DOCTOR, not pray about it, not suffer through it and NOT BE ASHAMED of it.
Flaxseed in Latin stands for "most useful", and with the numerous amount of benefits hidden within these tiny little wonders, it doesn't fail to live up to the meaning of its name. Below, you will discover the many different ways flaxseeds can boost your health.
Lynne Lang was an average teenager who loved going to school and being a cheerleader, but when she was 17 years old, she was diagnosed with anorexia. She only weighted 70 pounds and her life was in danger. Hospitalized and hooked to a heart monitor, Lynne wasn't allowed to do anything physical, especially practicing her beloved sport. She thought her life was over. Cheerleading was the motivation Lynne needed to recover, gain weight and get her life back.
Actor and comedian Robin Williams died yesterday from an apparent suicide, leaving many wondering how a man who brought us so much joy could ever feel so depressed and hopeless as to take his own life.
According to Williams' rep, the 63-year-old actor was battling severe depression, a mental illness that has plagued him for much of his career. The Good Will Hunting star was also thought to have suffered with bipolar disorder, and yet many of us fans were none the wiser. But we should have been. Williams opened up about his battle with substance abuse and manic mood swings on several occasions, proving that his sense of humor and celebrity status did not make him immune to mental illness or depression.Continue Reading >
I'll admit, I'm a tad bit obsessed with my hair, like most curly-haired girls are. But not nearly as obsessed as the 26-year-old British woman whose mood depended on how her hair looked. Frances Warren went bonkers thinking that her long blonde hair had turned into a ginger shade. She would call her hairstylist non-stop to come over and fix it. But nothing satisfied her, and the more she obsessed over it, the more anxious she became. Sadly, the story of this woman and her obsession with her hair does not end well...Continue Reading >
Watch out ladies, if you've been feeling seriously depressed lately, it might have nothing to do with your head and all to do with your period. There's a hormonal disorder, known as "menstrual psychosis" which is linked to a woman's monthly hormone levels and apparently can lead to manic depression. The rare condition leaves women with feelings of self-loathing, irrational fear of death, and even thoughts of suicide. But the scary thing is that a ton of women with this are being misdiagnosed!Continue Reading >
I was shocked to recently learn of the horrible effects of slouching and bad posture. Tell me I'm not the only one that grew up with her mother telling her not to slouch. I have reason to believe that my mother didn't like me slouching for aesthetic reasons and how it reflected on her, but it turns out that whatever her motivation: good posture is good for you and bad posture is bad for you.
Keep in mind that proper posture isn't really about standing up straight. The spine is curved so when your body is in proper alignment, your back will form a slight s-shape with a small curve near your neck and one at the lower spine. An s-shape is good, but a c-shape in your back is a sure sign that you are slouching. And the effects are actually pretty scary--I am not kidding you! Check yourself out right now and if you aren't standing or sitting correctly, make sure you do so you can avoid these terrible consequences.Continue Reading >
The recent suicide of country singer Mindy McCready has made me think about how the death of a mother affects her children. Her children no longer have a mother and are left to try to understand and carry on, alone to deal with their loss and grief.
Life can be trying at times. No one is immune from depression or the feeling of being overwhelmed and swallowed up by the circumstances of our lives from time to time. Motherhood, especially in the early years, can be lonely and overwhelming. It's easy to lose sight of yourself and your own hopes and dreams. Motherhood is hard work and it takes everything you have to get through some days.
I have a love/hate relationship with diet soda. I love it because I sometimes need the sweetness of a caffeine boost and I don't want the calories, but I hate it because I know that diet soda isn't much better for me than regular soda since even just drinking ONE diet soda a day can give you a higher risk of heart attack or stroke. Well, now it turns out that there's one other major side effect of saving your calories by drinking diet soda: a new study has found a link between drinking diet soda or diet fruit drinks and an increased risk of depression.Continue Reading >