Depression: What Are Common Types and How Do They Differ?

Depression: What Are Common Types and How Do They Differ?

Depression can have a big impact on how you think, feel, and behave. Generally, most people think about depression either as something they can handle on their own or something they need help with.

Keep in mind, not all depression is the same. People handle certain types differently and some symptoms are more severe than others. Whatever type of depression you’re going through, though, it’s easy to feel hopeless and not know what to expect or where to turn.

Being able to hone in on specific symptoms can give you more answers about what you might be going through. And understanding the different types of depression and their signs can make it easier to find the right treatment.

Let’s learn more about some of the most common types of depression.

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Battling Depression? – 5 Morning Habits to Supercharge Your Day

Battling Depression? – 5 Morning Habits to Supercharge Your Day

Depression is a nasty condition that can infiltrate your entire life.

Not only that, feelings frequently accompanying depression can start as soon as you open your eyes. Haunting you until your head hits the pillow later that night, depression can rue the day.

The good news is that you do have influence over how your day plays out—whether you’re battling depression or not.

As you may know, your morning routine largely impacts the rest of your day, setting the tone. So here are five morning habits to start today. Embracing these changes can help you to ward off depression and supercharge your day.

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Perfectionism and Anxiety: Learn How to Relax and Ease Your Worries!

Perfectionism and Anxiety: Learn How to Relax and Ease Your Worries!

It’s easy to joke around about perfectionism or having high standards. But, for some people, the desire to be a “perfect” person can lead to anxiety, panic, and depression.

Perfectionism is a type of personality trait that can really be damaging when it gets out of control. Not only do you feel the need to be flawless in all you do, but it leads to an additional need for others to accept you.

In some cases, perfectionism isn’t a bad thing. People who have this trait are often very driven and motivated. They have a deep desire to succeed.

Unfortunately, there’s a downside to this character trait, too. When unchallenged, perfectionism and anxiety often go hand-in-hand.

Thankfully, you can learn to relax and still do your best while easing your worries.

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Exercise for Anxiety: How Physical Activity Promotes Anxiety Relief

Exercise for Anxiety: How Physical Activity Promotes Anxiety Relief

If someone advised you to exercise for anxiety relief, would you take it as a candy-coated hint to workout?

After all, getting into shape is the new cool trend.

Here’s the thing about using exercise for anxiety relief—there’s actually a science to it.

Maybe getting into shape should be on your to-do list. It should be on mine, too. But not just to make friends with the scale. More than anything, it helps to relieve anxiety symptoms like shakiness, muscle tension, and shortness of breath, to name a few.

Exercise can even help you to react differently to anxiety. Here’s how it works.

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Struggling with Self-Esteem and Body Image Issues? – 5 Powerful Self-Care Tips

Struggling with Self-Esteem and Body Image Issues? – 5 Powerful Self-Care Tips

For some, looking into the mirror is an unpleasant experience.

Perhaps an inadequate reflection stares back at you when you look in your mirror at home.

Struggling with body image issues has a way of getting you down. Not only can you feel your self-esteem plummet but all those tiny imperfections you see often become insurmountable.

Despite appearing externally healthy to others, you may feel like a huge spotlight is shining on things you’d love to change about yourself. In fact, at times, you are likely overwhelmed with the feeling of never being enough.

When body image issues overwhelm you, here are a few tips on how taking care of yourself will keep your self-esteem from taking a nose dive.

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Looking for Anxiety Relief? – 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting an Anti-Anxiety Medication

Looking for Anxiety Relief? – 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting an Anti-Anxiety Medication

Jumping headfirst into an unknown body of water seems a little extreme,  right?

And you’re right. It is extreme.

Even more so, it’s unhealthy. You have no idea what to expect when you hit the water. Something surprising might be in there turning the calm-looking water into an unexpected challenge.

Looking for anxiety relief, many people dive in headfirst when it comes to taking anti-anxiety medication. But, sadly, like the diving scenario, that approach is extreme and unhealthy.

It’s important to cover your bases before opting for medication!

Here are 10 questions to start you out on the right foot.

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PTSD and Its Unique Challenges for Military Families

PTSD and Its Unique Challenges for Military Families

Imagine feeling extreme distress when…

…you’re suddenly confronted with a combat scene as you’re watching a show.

…you find yourself in a crowd at a grocery store, an amusement park, or a party with friends and family.

…you hear the sound of firecrackers going off during a holiday celebration.

…you’re in unfamiliar surroundings with a lack of open areas.

Imagine the hypervigilance, the panic, your shallow breath, and beads of sweat forming on your forehead. You turn everywhere, check everything and everyone… until you see an obscure figure in the crowd or on the roof of a building.

Imagine yourself diving to the ground, trying to find cover… only to suddenly realize, you’re not in combat anymore. Nobody is shooting at you. Nobody is threatening your life.

The war is over! But only on the outside.

Inside, you carry deep scars that never seem to heal.

That is what it feels like to be a combat veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). That is the legacy of an increasing number of soldiers.

But they are not the only ones that suffer. Their dependents (military families) are impacted as well.

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Feel Like Your World Is Closing in on You? – 5 Powerful Tips to Stop an Anxiety Attack

Feel Like Your World Is Closing in on You? – 5 Powerful Tips to Stop an Anxiety Attack

The pounding in your chest, shallow breathing, racing heartbeat—it all happens so quickly.

Before you know it, you’re facing a full-blown anxiety attack.

But, what if you could stop an anxiety attack before it ever happened?

The good news is that there are proven methods to actually stop an anxiety attack in its tracks.

One of the biggest keys to managing anxiety is understanding what it actually does to your body. Understanding this is like gaining an inside peek at your enemies battle plans.

Here are five helpful ways to use that insight to combat anxiety.

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Tips to Beat the Summer Blues-Avoid Depression and Stress

Tips to Beat the Summer Blues-Avoid Depression and Stress

With winter a distant memory, the approaching summer should be a breath of fresh air – a relaxing time to enjoy family fun and outdoor activities. But juggling the kids, schedule changes, social events and work while enduring hot, humid temperatures isn’t always fun, and you’re not alone if you’re experiencing a bout of the summer time blues.

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