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esperanza Magazine for Anxiety & Depression Winter 2019

esperanza “hope” for depression is an award-winning consumer magazine that serves to empower people living with anxiety and depression. esperanza is packed with inspirational in-depth features on celebrities and “everyday heroes”, as well as, articles on cutting-edge issues for people striving towards their own recovery. Visit esperanza’s growing community:  hopetocope.com

United States
Kelbrish Publishing Inc.
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
when 'everyday gray' seems normal

It’s like there’s a cloud of sadness following you around—with no sunshine in the forecast. Just a persistent, gloomy, ‘everyday gray’ low mood, low energy, loss of interest ... ‘empty’ feeling. This hard-to-detect, long-lasting, ‘mild’ depression is so constant, so insidious, you get used to it—it seems normal—so you don’t seek treatment, settle for a life less lived and suffer the consequences. It’s called DYSTHYMIA (dis-THY-mee-uh), from the Greek roots dys (“ill”) and thymia (“mind” or “emotions”). And our cover story, “Demystifying Dysthymia,” reveals the latest approaches to help and hope for this serious yet often overlooked diagnosis. Is your gut to blame for your mood? That’s what cutting-edge research is looking at. It’s long been known that serotonin has a central role in anxiety and depression, but the new player…

6 min
letters to the editor

MAYIM BIALIK SHINES APPARENTLY YOU CAN “Ask Amy” anything! (“Ask Amy: Mayim Bialik Tells All,” Fall 2018.) Ms. Bialik battles her symptoms with peer support and a higher power, two perfect antidotes that seem to work in her favor, giving her the strength and passion to help others through her educational books and public acknowledgment of her depression. Grace S. TUCSON, AZ I LOVED that Mayim Bialik said that “mental illness does not discriminate.” I am a licensed practicing social worker who has worked with adults for many years. I really did not understand [depression] until I experienced a life-altering clinical depression myself after the death of my husband. I never thought this would happen to me. I learned to understand my own history of undiagnosed anxiety as a child [and] learned that…

1 min

HOBBIES: Carpentry, playing guitar, and watching movies. GREATEST CHALLENGE I'VE OVERCOME: When I was 19, I broke my neck and it wasn’t clear whether I would walk again. Overcoming that moment and getting on with my life was a challenge. TOP OF MY PLAYLIST: Anything from Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue period in the early ’70s. BEST LESSON I'VE LEARNED: You’re responsible for your reaction to whatever happens to you in life. FAVORITE MOVIE: Hot Rod (2007). It has low brow, middle school humor that is so good it’s practically highbrow. IF I HAD A MAGIC WAND: I wouldn’t know when to stop. TO DESTRESS: I talk to my wife, go to a movie or get something done around our old house. FAVORITE BOOK: The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler. Those stories could be taking place today. MOST…

1 min
quick picks

Specialist teams in U.K. schools December 21, 2018, GLOUCESTER, United Kingdom—Gloucestershire county is joining areas across England by receiving millions of dollars in government funding to establish specialist mental health support teams in schools amid a growing mental health crisis among young people. It comes after a national study revealed increasing rates of mental disorders among youth. OCD common in Singapore December 11, 2018, SINGAPORE—A nationwide survey found obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most common mental health conditions in this city state, second only to depressive disorder and alcohol abuse. Associate professor Mythily Subramaniam said it is a very neglected disorder in Singapore. West Bank's depression high December 10, 2018, RAMALLAH, West Bank —The occupied West Bank has one of the highest rates of depressive behavior in the Middle East and North Africa,…

4 min
mental health news

Miss Iowa spreads message of mental health awareness January 2, 2019, DES MOINES, IA—Miss Iowa 2018 Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw is touring schools across the state to spread a hopeful message of mental health awareness, WHO TV’s Maria Lisignoli reports. Hughes-Shaw, who the television station said struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts when she was 17, is visiting middle school and high school students to promote traits such as confidence, speaking out, trying new things and having self-respect. “I’m really just giving children life lessons … the first lesson being love yourself,” she said in an interview on the television station. Hughes-Shaw said mental health awareness is important among young people because suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10- to 24-year-olds in Iowa and Illinois. Colorado mental health ‘crisis’ needs addressing January 1, 2019, COLORADO…

8 min
new research in mental health

Self-blame plus substance use may increase symptoms February 1, 2019, KENT, OH—People with depression who routinely think they’re to blame for negative events in their lives may be at risk of worsening their symptoms, a new study suggests. American researchers looked at the impact of so-called ‘internal attribution,’ combined with a tendency to use drugs or alcohol to cope, to see its impact on depression, sadness, hostility and negative mood over a three-week period. The study found substance use to cope predicted increases in depression among people with high-level self-blame. Sadness was also highest among people with high internal attribution bias coupled with greater coping via substance use. A modest upward trend in hostility was also seen. The authors said depressed people who habitually perceive themselves as being responsible or blameworthy for negative life…