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    Harmony Spirituality Inspiration Motivation Religion Faith Spirituality Blog Forum Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Members Community Blog Forum Associations Write to Us SoundOFF Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscriptions Renewal Subscriptions Gift Subscriptions Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Subscribe Home Blog Posts and Articles by esperanza Magazine esperanza Magazine Top bp Magazine Articles by esperanza Magazine Depression What breed is your black dog By esperanza Magazine May 6 2015 5 00 am Science is working to figure out the whys and wherefores of your depression By Elizabeth Forbes esperanza editor There s no such thing as Read more Back Chat with Mariel Hemingway By esperanza Magazine May 4 2015 3 00 am The actress mental health advocate has a new memoir on overcoming her troubled childhood in a famously troubled family In reaction to her famous family s Read more Blog Posts and Articles by esperanza Magazine Depression What breed is your black dog By esperanza Magazine May 6 2015 5 00 am Science is working to figure out the whys and wherefores of your depression By Elizabeth Forbes esperanza editor There s no such thing as Read more Back Chat with Mariel Hemingway By esperanza Magazine May 4 2015 3 00 am The actress mental health advocate has a new memoir on overcoming her troubled childhood in a famously troubled family In reaction to her famous family s Read more CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with

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  • Depression: What breed is your black dog? | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    some depressions may essentially be a symptom of underlying inflammation which would explain why people with depression have higher rates of cardiac disease and diabetes are prone to gastrointestinal complaints and frequently have co occurring anxiety Recent studies provide support for this view When researchers from Emory University looked at how people with treatment resistant depression responded to an anti inflammatory medication they found individuals with elevated levels of C reactive protein improved and those with more normal levels did not Uher led another study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry in December 2014 comparing reactions to two antidepressants In this case blood levels of CRP roughly predicted who is more likely to respond to Drug A than to Drug B he notes SETTING A COURSE The ability to predict an individual s likely response to a medication by measuring a biomarker levels of some substance in the blood or activity in the brain forms the basis of personalized medicine It s very advanced in areas like cancer where you can get a piece of the tumor and measure different enzymes and decide how aggressive it is and what kinds of treatment will block the pathologic process Fawcett says People are just starting to talk about it in psychiatry Heather Flynn the clinical psychologist from Florida State University College of Medicine notes that there are some useful starting points even in the absence of reliable biomarkers If a close relative has depression what medications worked for them If this is not a first episode for the patient what worked well in the past Above all what are the most troubling symptoms The most important thing at this stage is understanding the person s particular symptom profile and making sure the treatments are affecting those symptoms she says Some people might get better if you target their sleep whereas other people you might have to target their sense of worth If the primary symptom doesn t improve she adds the depression is likely to not get better overall Given that different depressions may spring from different roots it s not surprising that medication alone may not be enough to sustain recovery Flynn says neuroimaging studies have shown that medication and psychotherapy affect different parts of the brain If somebody has recurrent depression which is more than two episodes the best treatment option is a combination of medication and psychotherapy That s one of the most robust findings we have for chronic depression Flynn says DOSE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY Mark Kopta PhD a psychology professor at the University of Evansville in Indiana has spent years looking at the equivalent of personalized medicine for psychotherapy Researchers in this field talk about dose response relationship what level of therapy will produce the best results how long on average before improvements should be seen and what patient characteristics make a difference in those results In one of his early studies published in 1994 Kopta and colleagues looked at outcomes for 90 symptoms and the probability of improving across sessions predicting the number of sessions it takes a patient to get well based on their symptoms Some of their findings Angry depression was much more difficult to treat than non angry depression It takes a lot more sessions Acute symptoms like extreme crying or panic tend to be easier to treat There s some indication that depression that lasts for years has different causes and may respond to different treatments In fact a long term study launched by the U S National Institute of Mental Health found that the presence of irritability and anger may mark a distinct subtype of major depressive disorder There are treatment choices among psychotherapies just as there are among antidepressants cognitive behavioral therapy CBT and mindfulness based CBT dialectical behavior therapy solution focused therapy positive psychology techniques narrative therapy psychoanalysis and other psychodynamic therapies that probe the past for insight Many therapists don t stick with one pure approach but mix and match The 1994 study included both past oriented and skills oriented therapy approaches Kopta says regardless of the theoretical basis there are essential elements common to any type of successful counseling One is a plausible interpretation of the problem whether it s the way your parents raised you or some other factor Another is corrective experiences You go out in life and you try things Third is cognitive modification You practice a change in your thinking And do it with an accepting empathic therapist In his own practice Kopta says his treatment approach might differ based on whether someone has a pessimistic outlook that contributes to chronic depression or whether there s been a life event such as a divorce job loss or death Although the distinction has not proved useful in prescribing medication it can dictate what kind of problem solving skills cognitive recalibration and lifestyle changes will promote recovery For people with depression and for the professionals who want to help them that s really what it boils down to Figuring out which treatment will provide the most relief in the shortest amount of time Kopta is also executive director of a nonprofit research group that channeled two decades of findings into a computerized assessment tool which is being used by the U S Department of Defense In addition to producing a graphic behavioral health profile weighing psychiatric symptoms the CelestHealth System tries to predict how well the individual will respond to talk therapy Some people might get better if you target their sleep whereas other people you might have to target their sense of worth A therapeutic bond scale indicates how the client therapist relationship will influence progress The psychotherapy readiness scale gauges the likelihood of success based on factors like how far back the psychological issues date whether the person thinks counseling will be helpful and the level of belief that it s possible to eventually overcome your problems and have a satisfying life Many scientists hope to do something similar for pharma cotherapy by

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  • Soothe Stress — The Comfort and Joy of Baking | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    is always wanting to bake So now if she is feeling it she ll bake something delish Kind of a win win here at home If only I could get her to cook for dinner RELATED ARTICLES Managing Depression and Living Well February 10 2016 11 01 am Through Veterans own voices Veterans have the chance to hear from trusted and credible sources other Veterans like themselves In this video hear Veterans share their Appreciating the Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma Experienced by Therapists February 2 2016 12 35 am The long row of 80 motorcycle police officers in a two wide formation was followed by a black hearse and a black limousine We passed them Douglas M Duncan The Politician s Courageous Depression Disclosure February 1 2016 2 52 pm In his 24 year career in public office including three terms as the top elected official in Maryland s most populous county DOUGLAS M DUNCAN became a Andrew Solomon Reflects on Resilience February 1 2016 2 03 pm In Andrew Solomon s award winning memoir The Noonday Demon he explored depression recovery and resilience through his experiences and a larger scientific and cultural lens CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be a mom with depression What is hardest for you What helps you cope CLICK HERE TO ANSWER CURRENT RESEARCH Shake It Off Not So Easy for People with Depression New Brain Research Suggests 2 27 2015 Harsh winter brings some psychological benefits says UB researcher 2 24 2015 Study Linking Suicidal Behavior Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts 2 24 2015 Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy 11 20 2014 A New Test Measures Analytical Thinking Linked to Depression Fueling the Idea That Depression May Be a Form of Adaptation 11 19 2014 CONNECT esperanza s Hope Write a Letter to the Editor SoundOFF Forum Home About Us My Account Checkout Professional Writers Advertising Contact Us Partners Portal Cart Subscribe Back to Top Copyright 2015 Hope to Cope All Rights Reserved Newsletter Signup esperanza Magazine s e newsletter offers the latest research news healthy

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  • Soothe Stress — The Comfort and Joy of Baking | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    Baking is magic she says You take standard uninteresting ingredients flour eggs and sugar mix them together and out of the oven comes a delicious cake You feel like a child again You ve just performed a magic trick For those who are concerned about overindulging when they bake Blair recommends baking for other people and doing so out of love rather than obligation Jane stumbled upon baking as a stress reliever during a difficult time a few years ago Faced with emotional and physical challenges she started baking And baking and baking and baking 2 She baked for herself She baked for her family She baked for friends and acquaintances and strangers Whenever she felt stressed or anxious she walked to the kitchen to calm herself down and reclaim some joy I could focus on measuring a cup of sugar and half a cup of butter she recalls When it was done I was so proud of myself Look what I did She has since connected with a broader community of fellow bakers mostly women through a movement called the Depressed Cake Shop The Cake Shops are pop up bakeries that have occurred all over the world including Montreal Scotland India and in various cities around the United States Novices and professionals alike bake desserts with brightly colored insides and gray outsides which they sell to raise money for mental health organizations Jane has made electric blue cloud shaped marshmallows covered with gray chocolate Gray macaroons with a sour orange filling Whiskey pecan sad faced shortbread sandwiches filled with chocolate and caramel Cupcakes with gray vanilla icing and lemon curd filling Bakers have artistic spirits Jane said Openheartedness and sadness comes along with that Turning that sadness or anxiety into something you are proud of or makes you happy is a miraculous thing Valerie Van Galder who leads the Depressed Cake Shop effort in Los Angeles said she turned to baking after she left her full time job at a movie studio to care for father Looking for a way to relieve some of her caregiver stress she decided to learn how to make and decorate cake pops I find myself naturally baking in stressful situations says Van Galder who finds it soothing to engage in mundane tasks like measuring flour Absorbing myself in baking and decorating quiets my mind Only a handful of studies have examined the baking stress connection One 2004 study in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy concluded that participation in baking classes gave inpatients at mental health clinics new skills more confidence a sense of connectedness with others and a feeling of success Ingrid Söchting PhD RPsych director of the psychology clinic of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver mentions a Canadian study published this summer that found performing acts of kindness delivering freshly baked cookies to a friend perhaps reduced levels of social anxiety Söchting sometimes recommends baking as a way to help people who are experiencing low motivation and lack of

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  • Jocelyn Wiener | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    Loss or Gain Talk Therapy Relationships Personal Relationships and Anxiety Depression Caregivers Children Dating Family Forgiveness Friends Marriage Parenting School Education Spouse Partners Stigma Hope Celebrities Hope Essays Hope Harmony Spirituality Inspiration Motivation Religion Faith Spirituality Blog Forum Log In Forum Home Topics Discussions Members Community Blog Forum Associations Write to Us SoundOFF Magazine Current Issue Archived Issues Customer Service Print Digital Subscriptions Renewal Subscriptions Gift Subscriptions Buy Past Issues Frequently Asked Questions Digital Subscriber Access Subscribe Home Blog Posts and Articles by Jocelyn Wiener Jocelyn Wiener Jocelyn Wiener writes regularly about health and mental health for major newspapers around California while managing a household in Oakland Top bp Magazine Articles by Jocelyn Wiener Soothe Stress The Comfort and Joy of Baking By Jocelyn Wiener November 9 2015 1 44 pm The hands on acts of baking can eases depression calms anxiety and relieves stress By Jocelyn Wiener My 3 year old daughter sits at our kitchen Read more Blog Posts and Articles by Jocelyn Wiener Soothe Stress The Comfort and Joy of Baking By Jocelyn Wiener November 9 2015 1 44 pm The hands on acts of baking can eases depression calms anxiety and relieves stress By Jocelyn Wiener My 3 year old daughter sits at our kitchen Read more CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK

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  • Soothe Stress — The Comfort and Joy of Baking | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    a way to relieve some of her caregiver stress she decided to learn how to make and decorate cake pops I find myself naturally baking in stressful situations says Van Galder who finds it soothing to engage in mundane tasks like measuring flour Absorbing myself in baking and decorating quiets my mind Only a handful of studies have examined the baking stress connection One 2004 study in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy concluded that participation in baking classes gave inpatients at mental health clinics new skills more confidence a sense of connectedness with others and a feeling of success Ingrid Söchting PhD RPsych director of the psychology clinic of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver mentions a Canadian study published this summer that found performing acts of kindness delivering freshly baked cookies to a friend perhaps reduced levels of social anxiety Söchting sometimes recommends baking as a way to help people who are experiencing low motivation and lack of energy Recalling activities that had been enjoyable in the past can jump start their interest Getting them to remember that they once enjoyed baking can be powerful she says Baking also lends itself to chunking breaking an overall goal into manageable steps For example producing a dozen muffins can be set up as a series of small tasks choose a recipe buy the ingredients get out a muffin tin mix the dry ingredients then complete the recipe when the time is right Söchting adds that baking can provide a valuable opportunity to practice mindfulness the go to remedy for stress circling thoughts and a host of other maladies of modern life There s a lot to be gained from baking in terms of slowing things down having that presence of something that is immediate and right in front of you she says Howard E A Tinsley PhD professor emeritus at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale has studied the psychosocial benefits of a hundred leisure activities ranging from watching baseball to collecting coins He says baking falls into a group of creative activities that require little physical exertion but can provide an interesting challenge Of course he notes baking isn t the answer for everyone s stress According to his research one of the most across the board relaxing activities is one most doctors are unlikely to prescribe Our society doesn t allow you to say to people if you re stressed go watch television he says Leslie Haasch who runs a website called Stress Baking from her home in Hudson Massachusetts says some friends tell her baking to relieve stress sounds like a nightmare to them They would much rather go running for an hour she says I just think it s really funny how people have just totally different outlets for relieving stress and how radically different they can be I m just glad that I found mine After a tough day at work Haasch a full time project manager for an IT corporation hurries straight to the

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  • Shyness & Social Anxiety Solutions — Join the Party! | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    probably labeled as weird even though I am more regulated now I will try some of the techniques listed as I am quite isolated and depressed I do like to socialize and it may helped with my depression I have been off work sick for five months this time and numerous times since my diagnosis in 2007 Interesting article Nick Stokes December 22 2015 Nice article People that have mental issues have different problems socializing These pieces of advice just might help them RELATED ARTICLES Andrew Solomon Reflects on Resilience February 1 2016 2 03 pm In Andrew Solomon s award winning memoir The Noonday Demon he explored depression recovery and resilience through his experiences and a larger scientific and cultural lens Moms Parenting Depression February 1 2016 1 44 pm When a mother has depression the whole family feels it These coping strategies can help mom dad and the kids weather the added stress Pain in Body Pain in Mind February 1 2016 1 28 pm When depression travels with a chronic medical condition like diabetes heart disease or lupus it s important to double down on all your coping strategies Stress Relief Knit Away Your Worries February 1 2016 1 17 pm Knitting has fans of all ages and both sexes who will tell you that the handicraft calms the mind and helps with stress relief CURRENT ISSUE Recent Issues November 1 2015 2 07 pm Fall 2015 GLENNON DOYLE MELTON Truth warrior In her Momastery blog her popular speaking tours and her book Carry On Warrior Glennon Doyle Melton shows it s OK Read more August 1 2015 2 07 pm Summer 2015 LEE WOODRUFF STRESS TEST After a family crisis left Lee Woodruff with symptoms of depression and anxiety she found the courage to reach out for Read more May 5 2015 9 31 am Spring 2015 DEPRESSION WHAT BREED IS YOUR BLACK DOG The unwelcome pup looks different for everyone and your particular form of depression can make a difference in choosing Read more February 1 2015 2 12 pm Winter 2015 TAKE THIS TO THE BANK Stressing out about finances These strategies can help you take control of your wallet and your worries by Kelly James Enger Read more SoundOFF MOMS DEPRESSION What is it like to be a mom with depression What is hardest for you What helps you cope CLICK HERE TO ANSWER CURRENT RESEARCH Shake It Off Not So Easy for People with Depression New Brain Research Suggests 2 27 2015 Harsh winter brings some psychological benefits says UB researcher 2 24 2015 Study Linking Suicidal Behavior Psychotic Experiences May Yield Strategies to Help Prevent Suicide Attempts 2 24 2015 Suicide Risk Falls Substantially After Talk Therapy 11 20 2014 A New Test Measures Analytical Thinking Linked to Depression Fueling the Idea That Depression May Be a Form of Adaptation 11 19 2014 CONNECT esperanza s Hope Write a Letter to the Editor SoundOFF Forum Home About Us My Account Checkout

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  • Shyness & Social Anxiety Solutions — Join the Party! | Esperanza - Hope To Cope
    more present you can be the more natural your small talk will become Matthew says that in high school he would adapt his personality to try to get people to like him Now the 25 year old asks himself Do I connect with this person Am I drawn to this person Do we have anything in common He s become more comfortable talking about the types of things that genuinely interest him manga card games video games because he s gotten to a place where it doesn t matter how they perceive me he says Before I secretly wanted their approval Now I don t need it REDEFINING SUCCESS Gazipura likens social confidence to a muscle that needs to be strengthened over time You must work out by taking healthy risks and testing out your negative predictions until you change your perception of yourself and others he explains Start with smaller challenges and gradually move up your fear hierarchy Say you ve set your sights on the company picnic next summer Ease in Katoa recommends by saying hi to a colleague in another cubicle Then try chitchatting with a colleague in the lunchroom Test out your fears and observe how they respond Are they giving you strange looks and backing away slowly If not you re probably doing fine The important thing is to see it as a process not a one time make or break event An unsatisfactory experience doesn t mean you re hopelessly broken or have some big fundamental flaw Gazipura advises Jonathan Berent LCSW author of Beyond Shyness How to Conquer Social Anxieties says that many people with social fears are also perfectionists striving to be extra good at everything to compensate for feelings of inadequacy While aiming high isn t a bad thing Berent says perfectionists can become discouraged if they re not James Bond the first time out Adjust your expectations Realize you don t have to be the suavest person at the soiree Social success can look different for different people If you re an introvert who prefers depth to breadth it can mean having a few long meaningful conversations Matthew knows he s not the life of the party type but I can carry on stimulating conversations one on one Finding that allows him to leave a party fulfilled Social success might mean giving yourself permission to leave early if a social event is simply not working for you When Areesah left her last work potluck after 10 minutes she counted that as a triumph In those 10 minutes I conquered a mountain she says That s enough It s inevitable that some interactions will go better than others It helps to recognize that all conversations have a life cycle says Antony Conversations with strangers don t stay interesting forever he says Furthermore it s impossible for you to be interesting to every person And if your worst fears are realized no one talks to you your skirt gets caught in your

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