Here is a link to an excellent summary for the average person, very understandable, of current info about how to tell if you are depressed, or “in a slump.” It also provides info about things you can do (supported by research) to feel better.
From NPR.org, an excellent summary of research on stressed people (caregivers for loved ones with dementia) that identifies ways to cope that make a difference, and are do-able. Take a moment to identify one positive event each day. Tell someone about the positive event or share it on social media. This can help you savor the moment a little longer. Start a daily gratitude journal. Aim to find little things you’re grateful for, such as a good cup of coffee, a pretty sunrise or nice weather. Identify a personal strength and reflect on how you’ve used this strength today or
“How to Be Happy” describes research done by behavioral (psychological) scientists who study what helps people to be happy. They find that happiness does just come on it’s own, and there are some things that people can do to increase their happiness – or least the chances of being happier. Of course, there are some things that reduce changes of happiness, too. The article discusses three categories of happiness resources: mind, body and environmental changes.
My Escape From Anxiety was published by the Wall Street Journal on 4-28-17. No matter what you think of the WJS’s politics, they provide superb, non-partisan coverage of health, science and technology, and this article Accessing this article may require a WSJ subscription. This article describes the author’s problems with pretty severe anxiety, which may sound familiar to many therapist, her struggles to get and accurate diagnosis, the limited benefits that she obtained from medication, and her eventual progress with a combination of medication and therapy. She provides current statistics about the number of people who suffer from treatment- resistant
MHConcierge.com recently stumbled across two interesting websites that provide a wide range of resources for people interested in improving their mental health. See Optimize with Brian Johnson and Open Forest. Both sites offer a wide variety of information about both specific mental health problems and general resources for improving, or even “optimizing” a person’s mental health functioning.