Mini Musing: Exercise, Second-hand Smoke, Antidepressants

This is more of a mini musing than a blog. It appeals to me just now to frame these 3 quick facts as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. 1 The Good: exercise in any form can improve your mental health. Whatever you are able to do helps, even if it is only a…… Continue reading Mini Musing: Exercise, Second-hand Smoke, Antidepressants

Soothe your Soul: Pet a Soft Purring Cat or Take a Brisk Walk with a Dog.

There have been many articles written on the ways animals can help people with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. There is even a Human Animal Bond Research Institute! Check out the research summaries they have on mental health and trauma/PTSD. My first awareness of the importance of pets to mental health came in…… Continue reading Soothe your Soul: Pet a Soft Purring Cat or Take a Brisk Walk with a Dog.

It’s Your Uterus? Women’s Mental Health

I’m going to try to stay calm and reasoned with this topic, but I can’t promise it won’t spill over into a full on rant. I’ve looked at several academic journal articles over the past few days and the interplay between gender and mental health is complex. The way this complexity is presented on some…… Continue reading It’s Your Uterus? Women’s Mental Health

Guest Blog: My Sister’s Depression Story

My younger sister shared her story in a comment to my blog post Women Are Twice as Likely as Men to Experience Anxiety and Depression. I’m One of Them. and I asked to post it as a guest blog. I hope it will be the first of many from my talented sibling. Tara, you are an…… Continue reading Guest Blog: My Sister’s Depression Story

Women Are Twice as Likely as Men to Experience Anxiety and Depression. I’m One of Them.

As I approach my 50th birthday, some things that seemed to matter a lot when I was younger, matter less. Others more. What people think of me is beginning to matter less. Being genuine and living with integrity more. I want to be more open, which as a classic introvert, is challenging for me. I…… Continue reading Women Are Twice as Likely as Men to Experience Anxiety and Depression. I’m One of Them.