A recent article by Huffington Post suggests that people who have depression for a long time may be at increased risk for stroke.
“Researchers found that adults ages 50 and older who had symptoms of depression that lasted more than two years were twice as likely to have a stroke in the following two years, compared with men and women of similar age with no signs of depression. People that underwent treatment for depression still had a 66 percent higher risk of stroke than adults without depression.” Huffington Post, May 2015
Researchers had assumed that once a person’s symptoms of depression lessened, the risk of stroke would also go down. Instead, researchers found that the risk of stroke stayed high for at least two years after a person said his/her depression symptoms had diminished.
Why is this? It could be behavioural. People with depression could be getting less physical activity, might smoke more cigarettes, or consume more alcohol. There could be physical conditions. High blood pressure, diabetes, inflammation, or high cholesterol. It could be genetic. It could also be that the body simply needs time to get back to normal levels after years of stress hormones wrecking havoc.
What can you take from this study? Just because you feel better or believe you are less depressed doesn’t mean you should take your body for granted or that it will get back to how it was before you were depressed. Your body been through a lot. Make sure you get yearly checkups. If you feel there’s something wrong with you, visit a doctor immediately. Don’t put it off. While stroke can be unpredictable, it is also preventable in some cases.
by Emily Matthews
At times life’s path seems filled with things that make the going rough.
We wish there were a smoother road for we feel we’ve had enough.
But if we pause a moment and remember who’s in charge
The hills that loom ahead of us no longer seem so large.
Every rock before us when we know we’re not alone
Becomes not just a stumbling block but one more stepping stone.
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Hope starts with you when dealing with depression. Jasmin Pierre is using her experience with severe depression to give others hope. Jasmin ended up in hospital after self-injuring. While in hospital, Jasmin was told by staff that God saved her for a reason. Jasmin was angry at God for not letting her leave this world. She was hopeless. One night she decided she still wanted to speak to God. Jasmin realized that God was keeping her alive for a reason and that her life does have purpose. Jasmin ended up not being angry with God after that, even though things still felt horrible in her life.
“My name is Jasmin. At the age of 20 I was diagnosed with clinical depression. For almost six years I’ve been battling this illness. The worst of it came in 2014 when I nearly died. My video, Clinical Depression Awareness/Testimony tells how I got through everything and came out even stronger. I want people who are suffering from depression or from life situations in general to know that they can and will come out victorious as long as they have faith in God and faith in themselves. Never ever give up.” ~Jasmin Pierre
Jasmin’s faith in God keeps her moving forward. She believes depression can become an experience where you strengthen your relationship with God. God is helping you even when you don’t believe anyone or anything cares about you. Hope is what comes out of that faith.
“Whatever life situation you are going through, God will get you through it. Have faith in yourself that you can get out of the situation. What’s going on now, is not going to go on forever.”
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Food affects mood. Natural foods are better than junk foods at regulating mood. Some foods are natural anti-depressants because of what they contain. Your everyday food choices can affect your mood. Here’s eight foods that fight depression and anxiety.
- Reduces mood swings, depression, and anxiety.
- Contain high levels of tryptophan, an amino acid crucial for creating serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin lifts mood. Melatonin helps with the sleep cycle, something that’s important for your mental health.
- High levels of B Vitamins regulate mood, combat PMS, and slow the rate of age-related cognitive disorders.
- Whole grains maintain steady blood sugar, keeping you away feeling grumpy and anxious.
- Quinoa, wild and brown rice, millet, barley, buckwheat, rye
- Called the Joy Stimulant. Great for improving mood. Dark chocolate contains serotonin, the feel good hormone. A lot of people self-medicate with chocolate. Women use it to feel better during menstrual cycles.
- Chocolate reduces cortisol, the stress hormone.
- Stimulates production of endorphins which bring on pleasure and a peaceful, calm feeling.
- Contains anti-oxidants which help lower blood pressure.
- In moderate amounts, chocolate also boosts your concentration.
- Reduces stress levels and anxiety with antioxidants.
- Packed with Vitamin C. Vitamin C lowers cortisol.
- Contains high amounts of water. Water is essential for your brain to properly function. Dehydration leads to poor mood and increased anxiety.
- Blueberries reverse age-related memory loss, thanks to abundant antioxidants called flavonoids.
- Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and protein. Great for your nervous system, which in turn can lead to better mood.
- Fights depression by increasing serotonin.
- Walnuts boost your immune system, making you less prone to fatigue.
- Contain melatonin which help with better sleep patterns.
- Dark leafy greens are packed with vitamins and minerals.
- Reduces your cortisol levels to normal.
- High potassium content helps lower high blood pressure. Recommended by doctors for maintaining good blood pressure.
- Boosts cognitive function while reducing anxiety.
- Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which help with depression.
- Wild salmon (not farm salmon) contain the highest levels of Omega-3 among all ocean fish.
- Eating salmon can reduce anxiety, depression, stress, and PMS.
- Contains tryptophan, an amino acid that lowers stress hormones and reduces blood pressure.
- Tryptophan helps make serotonin which regulates mood.
- High source of magnesium which helps lower anxiety by relaxing nerves and muscles.
- Contains zinc which boosts the immune system and is important for a restful sleep.
- Packed with protein, magnesium, B vitamins, zinc, iron, phosphorus.
- Serotonin booster, preventing depression, fatigue and anemia.
- Quinoa is gluten-free, making it a versatile food.