Flourishing Despite Anxiety & Depression

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Why You Should Take Any Advice About Foods That Reduce Anxiety And Depression With A Grain Of Salt

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | June 18, 2022 |

Foods you eat play a role in overall well-being. No newsflash there! But does what you eat affect mental health? And if so, how? Common beliefs certainly suggest a link between nutrition and mental health. But, there’s actually little scientific evidence for nutritional advice on mental health issues. That’s why you should take any advice…

How Effective Are Anti-Anxiety and Depression Meds?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | May 5, 2022 |

There’s a decision that millions of people have to make at a time when they have the greatest difficulty making decisions. The decision is more complicated than pondering how effective anti-anxiety and depression meds are. When anxiety and/or depression begins to slowly, pervasively suffocate the “life out of life,” people have to choose. Do I…

Ask The Psychologist: Can Depression And Anxiety Cause Memory Loss?

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | April 7, 2022 |

Mind and behavior Psychology may be the scientific study of the mind and behavior, but not to the exclusion of the physical seat of the mind, the brain. The interplay between physical and non-physical is as central to research and treatment as it is to everyday life. Within the seemingly isolated topics of depression, anxiety,…

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13 Best Emotional Support Dog Breeds For Anxiety And Depression

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | March 20, 2022 |

You swear you can’t live without him. And he is faithfully sworn to your happiness. He doesn’t check a damn thing off your honey-do list, and you couldn’t care less. You’re happy to swap poop-scooping and fur on…well, everything…for the unconditional love and uncomplicated companionship. You may even have one of the best emotional support…

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How To Know When You Need Counseling For Depression And Anxiety

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | January 1, 2022 |

Feeling overwhelmed by life – unable to keep up, let alone meet society’s expectations for spirited ambition and perpetual “on-ness” – can be maddening, deflating, isolating. And, if you find yourself paralyzed by anxiety or slowly sinking under the weight of depression, you may begin to feel downright hopeless. You may be tempted to tough…

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7 Physical Effects Of Anxiety And Depression

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 14, 2021 |

What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas; but, when it comes to anxiety and depression, there are no “secrets.” Despite their mental origins, they have far-reaching effects on the body. The physical effects of anxiety and depression provide strong evidence that your mind and body are always in communication with one another. (It may…

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What To Do When You Can’t Work Due To Anxiety And Depression

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | December 11, 2021 |

It’s a noble aspiration – a Scarlett O’Hara, “As God is my witness!,” fist-raised-to-Heaven determination – this whole notion of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.” “Push on!” “Get over it!” “Do whatever it takes!” And on and on the merciless cheerleading goes. But what happens when you can’t work due to anxiety and depression?…

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How To Know When It’s Time To Talk With Your Doctor About Medication To Treat Anxiety And Depression

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | October 23, 2021 |

How do you know when it’s time to talk with your doctor about medication to treat anxiety and depression? First things first. To treat something, it’s helpful to know what the “something” is and if it has a name. So let’s first define anxiety and depression. After that we’ll address talking with your doctor about…

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4 Things To Know About How Stress Can Cause Eating Disorders And Depression

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | October 3, 2021 |

One reason stress gets a bad rap is that it can trigger physical and mental health problems, including eating disorders and depression. Knowing how stress can “cause” eating disorders and depression may help prevent you or someone you love from suffering. To be clear, stress is not always a bad thing. Think about all those…

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4 Tips For Managing Depression And Anxiety You Can Use For A Flare Up

By Dr. Elayne Daniels | September 13, 2021 |

Never in the history of managing depression and anxiety has anyone benefitted from being told to “just snap out of it” or “just relax!” Depression and anxiety can spiral to the point where they feel unbearable. To expect a person to be able to “snap out of it” is not realistic. And it’s certainly not…

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