Depression in the Pandemic Workplace: What Can We Do?

Depression in the Pandemic Workplace: What Can We Do?

Depression in the Pandemic Workplace: What Can We Do?

By Bob VandePol, MSW   The pandemic and all the ensuing uncertainty and disruption in our lives, communities and globally has fueled a surge of individuals reporting depression symptoms. Some surveys report as many as three times more than in…

Reducing Mental Illness Stigma Encourages People to Seek Help

Reducing Mental Illness Stigma Encourages People to Seek Help
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Pandemic life has been stressful, and none of us would be surprised to hear that mental illnesses—such as anxiety, depression and others—are being reported at significantly higher rates for all ages. Alarmingly, reports...

Tips for Talking to Someone About Self-Harm

Tips for Talking to Someone About Self-Harm

March 1 is Self Injury Awareness Day … The stigma surrounding self-harm behavior can make it very challenging to seek and find help. But there is hope for those who struggle!

How Cancer Can Affect Mental Health

How Cancer Can Affect Mental Health
Cancer can affect your mental health - according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the link between physical and mental health is two-fold. Not only are patients with a serious physical illness more likely to develop depression, but...

Mind/Body Health: How Heart Health is Connected to Mental Health

Mind/Body Health: How Heart Health is Connected to Mental Health

You might think heart disease is linked only with physical activities — a lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking and excessive drinking. While these habits do heighten the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems,…

How Psychologists Can Help with Managing Heart Disease

How Psychologists Can Help with Managing Heart Disease

According to the American Heart Association 33 percent of heart attack patients develop some degree of depression. Symptoms of depression like fatigue and feelings of worthlessness can cause people to ignore their treatment and engage in unhealthy behaviors such as overeating or refusing to take medications. Studies show treating depression makes it easier for people with heart disease to follow long-term treatment plans and make appropriate changes to their lifestyle.

Tips for Managing Depression During the 2020 COVID Holiday Season

Tips for Managing Depression During the 2020 COVID Holiday Season

The holiday season can be emotionally taxing, especially for those who struggle with depression. This year’s COVID pandemic has made the 2020 holiday season particularly difficult. Many of us are grieving over traditions which won’t happen this year. Maybe we…

A Conversation About Depression

A Conversation About Depression

Van Andel Institute hosted “A Conversation About Depression — Hosted by Carol Van Andel.” The fully virtual event discussed the biological underpinnings of depression and explored how a better understanding of the disorder can be translated into improved diagnostics and treatments. The panel included Pine Rest’s Dr. Eric Achtyes and Dr. Mark Eastburg. Link to full video.

How to Count Your Blessings When You’re Feeling Depressed

How to Count Your Blessings When You’re Feeling Depressed

“What if I just don’t have any blessings to count this holiday season?” Thanksgiving and the holiday season that follows represents an opportunity to count our blessings and have an attitude of gratitude. But for people experiencing difficult life circumstances…

Why Men Do Depression Differently

Why Men Do Depression Differently

Why DO men do depression differently? Traditional male roles are less traditional than ever before, yet males still tend to exude values of self-reliance, willpower, control and stoicism. All are of little use or consolation when it comes to overcoming…