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Natural Treatments for Mood Disorders
Natural Treatments for Mood Disorders
Many of our patients want to reduce their use of medications, and move to a more natural regimen, utilizing herbal medicine, dietary supplements, and other traditional or less invasive methods of controlling mood swings and increasing stability. However, we have to recognize that “natural” medicine is still a form of medical treatment, and requires patient participation and discipline just as “modern” medications do. If you have trouble remembering to take your prescribed pills, then remembering to take your supplements will likely be equally difficult, and they will do no good if taken irregularly, or at a lower than recommended level. Although various herbs have been used by humans for millennia as health care, there is very little on most plants ... Read More
Exercise and Depression
Exercise and Depression
Exercise is more than just cardio Moderate exercise is associated with lower rates of depression, longer life and reduced cognitive impairment in a number of recent studies. Evidence is accumulating that exercise is for more than just cardio-vascular health, and confers significant benefits at all stages of life. A 2019 observational study looked at exercise rates correlated with depression rates and found that those who exercised more had less risk of developing depression. This result held even when controlled for genetic markers associated with depression risk. That is, all those who had a high genetic risk for depression were more likely to develop depression, but among that group, those who exercised regularly were less depressed. This result held for people ... Read More
Own Your Courage
Own Your Courage
Living with mental illness or mood disorder day after day can be taxing and tiring. You have to be more disciplined, stronger, more organized and more on top of things than anyone else you know. You are bombarded with advice about dealing with a chronic illness: exercise helps, diet is important, be sure to get enough sleep, but not too much!!! Some days it just seems like there’s too much to take care of and not enough time to just forget it all. You wonder how you can keep going and you look for a miracle cure online. Some days it’s important not to count your blessings, but rather to count your strengths and achievements. People who get out of ... Read More
Bright Light Therapy in Major Depression and Anxiety
Bright Light Therapy in Major Depression and Anxiety
Bright light therapy has been in use for some years for insomnia and seasonal affective disorder, and results in those areas are very promising. Until recently, however, there has not been much data available about the use of bright light therapy for major depression. A recent study, though small, was reported in a presentation at the American Psychological Association’s 2021 annual meeting. In it results showed that bright light therapy, using 7000 lux broad spectrum UV-blocked light in daily exposures of up to 40 minutes, resulted in significantly higher remission rates and significantly lower depression scores in the treatment group. Dorothy Sit, MD, associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, ... Read More
Best Mental Health Apps of 2022
Best Mental Health Apps of 2022
MoodSurfing has been tracking the burgeoning field of mental health apps for several years now, and, while we make no claim of mining the data of the whole field (who has time?), we do keep an eye on sites and media that study available apps and make recommendations. So, with the caveat that we have not done this research ourselves, here is an update from a site called VeryWellMind[dot]com that offers an up-to-date survey and some clear reporting on recent developments in the realm of apps for mental health. Mental health apps are programs that can be accessed by your phone or other mobile device that supply self-help information and exercises, skills training, or other helps such as mood tracking, ... Read More
Inflammation and Depression
Inflammation and Depression
Inflammation in the body may be associated with depression, but until recently, the evidence was confusing. Now, a study has looked at symptoms of depression separately, and has found that certain symptoms associated with depression are also correlated with systemic inflammation. Common symptoms of depression that are classified as physical: “changes in appetite”, “felt everything was an effort”, “loss of energy”, and “sleep problems”; and one cognitive symptom: “little interest in doing things” are associated with systemic inflammation, while other symptoms of depression are not. The results are also consistent with recent findings of a relationship between chronic depression, low level inflammation and the metabolic syndrome, specifically weight gain. The association appears to go both directions. Chronic depression increases the ... Read More

About MoodSurfing

Welcome to MoodSurfing.com, the site that highlights strategies for living creatively with moods and coping with depression. This site is for people with bipolar, depression, cyclothymia, and others who experience powerful moods and want to figure out how to integrate these experiences into successful lives.

Although most of us are mental health clinicians of one kind or another, this site is not about providing people with medical or clinical advice (see below). We hope that we can help you cope with depression, maybe even allow you to live well with moods. 

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We have done a series of interviews with people who have interesting things to say about different aspects of living creatively with moods. You can find those under the heading “Conversations.

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