Tag: stress and depression

3. Foundations of Positivity

As mentioned in Chapter 2, an estimated 40 percent of our ability to maintain happiness, well-being, and optimism is influenced by engaging in activities and training skills that promote happiness.

While we all possess differing levels of ability with regard to these activities and skills, we can get better at them.

From the Editor

Dear Reader,

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.

—Zig Ziglar

Modern life is complicated, and research tells us that stress and depression are on the rise. People are looking for ways to feel happier, healthier, and more fulfilled.

You may be reading this report because you’re feeling stressed,

Study: Depression, Anxiety Are Risk Factors for Physical Health Ailments

Your doctor may check your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and other standard health risk factors at your annual checkup. But if you’re not being asked about your mood, an important predictor of health problems is being overlooked.

In a study published recently in Health Psychology researchers found that depression and anxiety

Common Cold and Flu Prevention: 15 Tips to Keep You Healthy

Common Cold and Flu Prevention: 15 Tips to Keep You Healthy

Every year, millions of Americans are hit by cold, flu, and other respiratory infections. While the common cold will rarely cause serious complications, the flu and other infections—such as Legionnaire’s, pneumococcus, and mycoplasma—can lead to severe and potentially life-threatening complications, especially in the young, the elderly, and the chronically sick.

Taking Aim at Treatment Resistant Depression

As many as half of individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) have treatment resistant depression (TRD). TRD is characterized by a failure to achieve complete remission of depressive symptoms following at least six to eight weeks of treatment with at least one course of antidepressant medications. The plight of these

Nightcaps Make Sleep—and Cognitive Problems—Worse

About 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—and new research suggests that sipping a sedating alcoholic drink before bed isn’t going to help.
A nightcap may make you feel relaxed and drowsy, but it plays havoc with your sleep. It alters

Depression Research Leads to Promising Discoveries

Researchers at MGH and elsewhere are hard at work looking for ways to ease the distress experienced by people with major depressive disorder (MDD), and some are reporting impressive preliminary results. Among their achievements, scientists have created the first blood test that can quickly and accurately diagnose MDD, and discovered

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