In a recent article by Treva Lind in Spokane's The Spokesmen Review, former NFL Quarterback Mark Rypien opens up about his struggle with depression, the benefits he experienced with TMS therapy, and the need in our society to increase dialogue of mental health awareness.
Many feelings flood over you when you hear the words, "You're pregnant". If you've been there you know. Men, sorry, you're on the outside looking in to a large degree. You're participants, but let's be serious, the moms-to-be bear the brunt and joy of the experience...or is it all joyful?
Don’t you wish you could start the New Year with a clean slate?
While we have a tendency to make resolutions to change behaviors and such, many around us will carry some of the old into the new year. I am speaking now of depression -- a heaviness and darkness that can create a dark place for many. While depression can be an issue any time of year, between the end of November and through the Christmas season depression seems to have a stronger effect on many of us. Why? Here are just some of the reasons:
- Lack of fulfillment
- Unrealistic/ high expectations
- Anger over the (excessive) commercialization of Christmas
- Excessive focus on gift giving and getting
- Excessive self-reflection on the inadequacies of life
- Loneliness at Christmas due to loss of loved ones, or perhaps their job
- Excessive stress, including financial stress that carries forward
- Inability to be with one’s family and friends during this time of the year.