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When life seems sideways

What’s wrong? Why so uneasy?

There are moments when you suspect deep down you’re not whole, when you feel you have somehow misplaced a portion of your soul. Nothing is clicking, joy seems a stretch or you’re just going through the motions in a haze of detachment.

And you’re not sure what to do about it or that it is worth the effort to figure out.  For that matter, there is doubt that what you’re experiencing is even abnormal. I’ve experienced that uncertainty.  I’ve also found success in challenging subtle feelings of personal inadequacy and experiencing fresh inspiration, fulfillment and presence. Wholeness comes when I take the time to look honestly at myself, all of me. Hear me out.

The number of Vine loops, Instagram selfies and Facebook missives don’t replace authentic introspection.  Our primal ID is far different than the face at the end of a selfie stick and posts of today’s conquests on a timeline.  Each of us is an intensely complex and uniquely elegant creation.  Read more…

Research into depression points to hope

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Depression is the bane of modern life for many.   Google it and you find depression described as: an inability to construct a future, a disease, not a disease, a choice, not a choice, and anger turned inward.   The aggression, oppression, suppression and repression of a depressed mind can seem unbearable, but hope is on the way.  That’s right…hope.

An estimated 1 in 10 U.S. adults report depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from its debilitating effects.  The World Health Organization reports depression is the leading cause of disability in the world and “a major contributor to the global burden of disease.”

With the number of patients diagnosed with depression increasing almost 20% per year, health care experts are scrambling for new and effective ways to combat the troubling condition.  One recently recognized, prescription-free approach is hope.  Read more…

Worried about worrying? Try prayer.

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“Don’t worry, be happy,” goes the 80’s classic tune.  The advice seems a bit trite these days and downright insincere.  Let’s face it; there is plenty to feel uneasy about.

Approximately 1 in 4 adults suffers from some type of diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, so it’s no wonder that health professionals have made one month a year – this month in 2012 – National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month.

Health professionals are worried about the amount of worrying going on and its impact on health.  Generalized anxiety disorder is the subject of a recent issue of Healthbeat from Harvard Medical School.  They report those experiencing chronic worrying are at greater risk than others for heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

Read more…here.

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