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Focusing Too Much on "Me" Can Lead to Depression

Focusing Too Much on "Me" Can Lead to Depression | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
What's the difference between self-awareness and self-indulgence? A new study shows that excessively using words like "I" and "Me" can lead to depression.

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David McGavock's comment, May 8, 2013 9:19 PM
True. Correlation is not causation as they say.
XYEYE's comment, May 8, 2013 11:44 PM
Balance is key!
Gina Stepp's comment, May 9, 2013 12:27 AM
So true. And also a good social support network.
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Inside the Neurotic Mind - Association for Psychological Science

Inside the Neurotic Mind - Association for Psychological Science | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

In the 1990s, David H. Barlow (professor of psychology and psychiatry at Boston University and founder of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders) and colleague Timothy Brown began a closer study of the role neuroticism played in the mood and anxiety disorders found in their patients. What they discovered was that negative affect contributed substantially to all the disorders in the clinic — in particular generalized anxiety disorder and depression. The findings have since been replicated many times, Barlow said.

 

Today it is believed that two other factors play a key role in shaping the neurotic temperament. The first is that people predisposed to this behavior don’t handle intense emotions well. One study conducted a few years ago confirmed that patients in Barlow’s clinic found emotions less acceptable than well-matched participants outside the clinic and typically tried to suppress them.

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Improving memory for specific events can alleviate symptoms of depression

Improving memory for specific events can alleviate symptoms of depression | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Hear the word "party" and memories of the big bash you attended last New Year's may rush to mind. But it's exactly these kinds of memories, embedded in a specific place and time, that people with depression have difficulty recalling.
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» Treating for Depression Can Prevent Teen Drug Abuse - Psych Central News

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Treating adolescents for depression can reduce their chances of abusing drugs later on, new research has found.

[I know, right. But Duh studies are important . . . it's all part of putting the whole puzzle together.]

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Friends Influence Your Perception of Depression - Psych Central News

Friends Influence Your Perception of Depression - Psych Central News | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
People tend to base the severity of their own depression on how depressed their friends and acquaintances feel.
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Evidence shows that anti-depressants likely do more harm than good, researchers find

Evidence shows that anti-depressants likely do more harm than good, researchers find | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Commonly prescribed anti-depressants appear to be doing patients more harm than good, say researchers who have published a paper examining the impact of the medications on the entire body.

 

What the researchers found is that anti-depressants have negative health effects on all processes normally regulated by serotonin.

[Another reason to work hard at building psychological resilience.]


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Consumerism and its antisocial effects can be turned on—or off - Association for Psychological Science

Consumerism and its antisocial effects can be turned on—or off - Association for Psychological Science | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Money doesn’t buy happiness. Neither does materialism: Research shows that people who place a high value on wealth, status, and stuff are more depressed and anxious and less sociable than those who do not. Now new research shows that materialism is not just a personal problem. It’s also environmental.

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Link between fast food and depression confirmed

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A new study shows that eating fast food is linked to a greater risk of suffering from depression. The study demonstrates that those participants who eat the most fast food and commercial baked goods are more likely to be single, less active and have poor dietary habits, which include eating less fruit, nuts, fish, vegetables and olive oil. Smoking and working more than 45 hours per week are other prevalent characteristics of this group.

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Stanford study suggests humans can 'rewire' brains to avoid depression

Stanford study suggests humans can 'rewire' brains to avoid depression | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Stanford psychologists used brain imaging and a video game to help girls teach their brains not to overreact to stress.

The study, which is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, has been under way for less than a year and builds on peer-reviewed experiments examining risk factors for becoming depressed and the family connections of the disease.


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Gina Stepp's comment, March 29, 2012 6:02 PM
The new and interesting thing about this is that they've come up with a video intervention. The rewiring of the brain through positive reframing is a long-practiced part of cognitive behavioral therapy, of course--and there is a large body of research in this area. For some other practical tips on rewiring the brain to avoid depression, a Google Scholar search on building resilience will turn up lots of great studies in this same vein. And some articles like this one: http://www.vision.org/visionmedia/depression-trauma-resilience/5816.aspx
Gina Stepp's comment, March 29, 2012 6:27 PM
More evidence-base for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Alice Ruxton Abler's comment, April 8, 2012 5:48 PM
Many thanks!
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Surprising Rate of Women Have Depression After Childbirth

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One in every seven women have significant depressive symptoms after childbirth, says Northwestern University study.
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World Mental Health Day 2012: Got Resilience?

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Why do some people seem to bounce back from stress while ohers succumb to depression, anxiety or even Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Are some people just better at pulling themselves up by their bootstraps?
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jenscomar's curator insight, June 17, 2013 8:22 PM

It's all summed up in the final paragraph:

"Resilience isn’t something we just “work up” on our own. It is rooted deeply in our first interactions with other human beings—and is watered and fed by the social connections we continue to make throughout our lifespan. Perhaps it’s no accident that we talk about “the milk of human kindness.” After all, just as milk forms the foundation of a baby’s physical health, a parent’s kind and responsive attention forms the foundation of the child’s mental health."

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» Upping Your Vitamin D May Lessen Depression - Psych Central News

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Another reason to let the sunshine in: Three case studies of women with moderate to severe depression showed substantial improvement in their symptoms after they received treatment for a vitamin D...

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» Preemies at Greater Risk for Future Bipolar, Depression, Psychosis - Psych Central News

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Babies born prematurely are at a much greater risk for developing severe mental disorders including psychosis, bipolar disorder and depression, according to a new study.

 

[Yes, researchers have narrowed it down to "brain development" issues. But let's talk attachment here. What's different between preemies and full-term babies? Kept in the hospital versus full-time with moms? I know there isn't much they can do about that at this point, but . . .  something to think about maybe?]

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» Should We Treat Depression Differently for Lefties? - Psych Central News

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New research suggests the way we use our hands may determine how emotions are organized in our brains.
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» Exercise: Improve Your Mood and Help Repair the Effects of Stress

» Exercise:  Improve Your Mood and Help Repair the Effects of Stress | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

What grandmothers, psychologists and friends have always suggested as an antidote for depression is backed by the research: "Exercise, you'll feel better." Getting active provides a distraction, reduces muscle tension, builds brain resources (increases and balances serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, all important neurotransmitters involved in mood), improves resilience by showing you that you can be effective in controlling anxiety, and breaks the feeling of being trapped and immobilized. The effects can be equal or even better than medication.

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Gina Stepp's comment, April 14, 2012 1:51 PM
Building resilience is not just an antidote for depression and anxiety but a preventative for these issues too.
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PTSD, Depression Passed Through Generations, Study Finds

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Researchers at UCLA have identified mutations within three genes that they say may make some people more likely to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.

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Building Resilience in a Turbulent World

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Some people seem to cope naturally with psychological stress and trauma. Tips for building resilence to protect against depression and trauma.

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