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It's Chemical

If there's a conversation killer in depression support groups its when someone says, "Its Chemical". What they mean is that their condition is genetically and biologically caused and there's nothing that they can do. Hope goes out the window. While it's true genetics play a role in susceptibility to mental illness, it's not the whole story. Genetic research tells us that our genes interact with our experience and express themselves differently for different people at different times. Go to National Institute for Mental Health for more information. Hope is always within your reach!
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How to Overcome Exercise Issues

Exercise is important for our general health and it also part of effective strategy for dealing with depression. For depression, exercise can release "feel good" endorphins, increase the blood supply to your brain and give you a feeling of self-mastery. If you get some of your exercise outdoors you can have the added benefit of getting exposure to energizing sunlight.

In our recent poll on exercise obstacles we heard that a lack of energy was the most frequent issue - cited by 31% of respondents. Nineteen percent said that "it's too hard to do anything on a regular basis" and 15% cited physical limitations. All of these reasons might be rooted in thinking distortions about exercise. For example we might think that we can’t exercise because if we expand any of the very small amount of energy we have we will be even more lethargic. Or we may imagine that there is no form of exercise that we can do that would be worthwhile at our diminished energy level.   Read More »
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