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esperanza Magazine for Anxiety & Depression Spring 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

Here’s to “Bevvy,” the fan-favorite matriarch from ABC’s hit sitcom The Goldbergs. Played by the master of comedy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, she’s an ’80s superhero mom who is loving, smothering and intent on getting her own way to fix her kids’ lives. Of course, in real life, McLendon-Covey knows that problems take time to solve. The goal is always to find the best solution, not the perfect one. And that is just how McLendon-Covey has managed her depression, by staying “on top of it,” not denying that it’s there. In our cover story “Make ’em Laugh,” we learn that McLendon-Covey experienced depression and anxiety in her youth and that back then, instead of getting help, her family’s solution was to “pray things away”—to which McLendon-Covey is adamant, “That doesn’t work. You have…

6 min
letters to the editor

EVERYDAY BLUES THANK YOU for the article (“Demystifying Dysthymia,” Winter 2019); I found it very helpful. I know I have felt blue for extended periods of time but did not fit into the category of major depression. I think dysthymia often goes under the radar. It has taken me many years to realize that psychological pain is like any other kind of pain. You shouldn’t have to suffer from it. FromBoston via hopetocope.com “I AM TRYING TO INSTITUTE ALMOST ALL OF THE TECHNIQUES, THERAPY ... DESCRIBED IN THIS ARTICLE.” DYSTHYMIA WREAKS HAVOC with self-esteem. Being around people who speak about being “excited” for an upcoming event, or who describe an outing as being “fun” while I’m totally unable to relate, makes me feel “different” and “deficient.” It’s as if those good feelings are missing…

1 min

CHILDHOOD HERO: Roberto Clemente Walker, right fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He cared about his people and visited the sick as a leisure activity. #1 PLACE TO TRAVEL: Yellowstone National Park. FAVORITE DESTRESSING ACTIVITY: I like to match up records on Ancestry.com to my family file. I am the descendant of ten Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots. FIRST JOB: I was a clerk at Baskin-Robbins. FAVORITE QUOTE: “God must like ordinary people. He made so many of us.” Attributed to Abraham Lincoln. TREASURED CHILDHOOD POSSESSION: A letter from my uncle William West, a US Army military intelligence staff member, typed a couple months before he passed away. In it, he tried to explain the roots and origin of our West family in the American colonies. FAVORITE FOOD: Seafood in general. PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT: As a young man of…

1 min
quick picks

Swedish foundation honors Avicii March 26, 2019, STOCKHOLM, Sweden—The family of Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ Avicii, whose real name was Tim Bergling, launched a foundation in his memory that will initially focus on helping organizations and people in the field of suicide prevention and mental illness. Bergling died a year ago at age 28, and police said there was no evidence of foul play. Substance abuse impacting Kenya March 18, 2019, MURANG’A, Kenya—A sharp rise in the number of young people being admitted to the county hospital is causing alarm, with a psychiatrist who works there saying substance abuse is a contributor. Many of those being admitted are in critical stages, the psychiatrist said. Malta youth urged to seek help March 12, 2019, SANTA VENERA, Malta—The Richmond Foundation, which offers a variety of mental health…

5 min
mental health news

Lengthy waits for mental health appointments on Long Island April 4, 2019, STONY BROOK, NY—Some Long Islanders are having to wait months for an appointment with a mental health professional and often have to pay out of pocket because of a shortage of professionals and the fact that many psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists don’t take insurance, Newsday’s David Reich-Hale reports. Insurance payments for patient visits to those health providers are far too low and are much less than reimbursements made to other medical specialities, say representatives at Long Island’s biggest health systems. That means psychiatrists will often only agree to treat patients who pay directly, which can mean paying hundreds of dollars for a 45-minute session, said Reich-Hale. He quoted Dr. Kristie Golden, associate director of operations at Stony Brook Medicine, as saying the…

8 min
new research in mental health

Mothers’ depression reduces key protein levels in babies May 31, 2019, ADANA, Turkey—The presence of major depression in pregnant women appears to negatively affect levels of the protein brain-derived neurotrophic factor in their babies, a new study suggests. Turkish researchers looked at levels of the protein, which plays an important role in the survival and growth of neurons, and in neural plasticity, which is essential for learning and memory, in pregnant women with and without major depression. The concentrations of the protein in the babies born to mothers with major depression were significantly lower than those born to mothers without depression, the authors said. The study, which is published online ahead of its publication date on a summarized basis and which will appear in the journal Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience, is entitled “Effect of…