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Has Summer Got You Down? You May Not Be Alone

Video Summer for many is supposed to be carefree and fun with longer days and warm weather, but for some, it’s the complete opposite. “It doesn’t seem natural to be depressed during the summer but it’s a real thing. It’s a real phenomenon,” said Susie Park, associate professor of clinical pharmacy at USC. Park says seasonal […]

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Reverse Sad: Why springtime can be bad for depression sufferers

While the arrival of spring heralds a new lease of life and energy for most people, for those suffering from depression the effect can be drastically different. Harvard psychiatrist John Sharp has done extensive research into the effects that the changing seasons have on our mental health and emotional well-being. In his book, The Emotional […]

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Recognizing and treating seasonal depression and the winter blues

The shorter days and colder weather of winter can make anyone feel down, especially if you live a long way from the equator. The reduced light, warmth, and color of winter can leave you feeling melancholy, irritable, or tired. But if these feelings recur each year, make it tough to function during the winter months, […]

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Push through winter blues to keep fitness plan on track

WEEKEND WORKOUT: Choosing to get fit and healthy is a big step for many people and it is often started with a goal in mind. Goals differ depending on the individual. For some people it can be to get fit and lose weight for health benefits or just to fit into an outfit for a […]

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Feeling the winter blues? Try these feel good tips to see them off

FEELGOOD FOODS There are numerous foods linked with enhancing mood, the most famous, of course being chocolate. Dark chocolate, in particular, is high in the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is one of 10 essential amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. It serves as a precursor for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps the body regulate […]

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