ZINIO logo

esperanza Magazine for Anxiety & Depression Winter 2020

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
bring back your joy

One more email, phone call, drop-off, pickup, event, one more thing to do, to fix. And the list goes on and on. Before you know it, you’re hyper-focused on getting things done, addicted to action, and constantly feeling overwhelmed. Life is unbalanced—and you’re burned out. While stress is about “too much” (too many pressures that demand too much of you physically and mentally), burnout is about “lack” (feeling empty and mentally exhausted, devoid of motivation and beyond caring). When our lives are in a chronic state of stress, we arrive at burnout with severe consequences, like depression. In our cover story, “From Burnout to Balance,” we look at what Tom Alcock, PsyD calls our “tired soul.” More than a vacation, what we really need is to interrupt our constant hustle by deleting…

7 min
letters to the editor

SIMPLY SELENA IT WAS WITH both empathy and admiration that I read “Selena Gomez and the Simple Life” (Fall 2019). This really brings the reality that we all have our personal challenges and journeys, no matter who we are. Her use of Instagram as a tool to portray herself as exactly who she is was inspiring, and I believe it serves her well. This article was extremely helpful in providing immediate solutions to use on our own individual road map to a simple life. Her courage under the scrutiny of the media is incredible; she has maintained poise and grace in extremely difficult circumstances. Thank you for bringing her important message to your readers—a very well-written story with a happy ending. —Sherry B. KINGMAN, AL • I GREW UP watching Selena, and this…

1 min

AGE: 38 LOCATION: OHIO OCCUPATION: ANIMAL CARETAKER DIAGNOSES: MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER (1993), GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER (2007) • • • BEST WAY TO UNWIND: Being with my rescue dog, Eddie. HARDEST OBSTACLE I’VE OVERCOME: Forgiving myself for past mistakes. IF I HAD A SUPERPOWER: I’d be able to fly, free as a bird. TOP OF MY PLAYLIST: Linkin Park and Pearl Jam. SILLY HABIT: Jif Reduced Fat Peanut Butter —I eat it almost every day! BEST WELLNESS STRATEGIES: Self-care. And scented candles and face masks. GREATEST LESSON: Understanding my limits and triggers. TOP OF MY BUCKET LIST: Marrying my true love—in Hawaii on Veteran’s Day last year! SURPRISING TIDBIT: I once had a pet chicken named Peepers. FAVORITE MOVIE: The War. My tears fell like madness the first time I watched it. MY HERO: My husband, who was in the army, takes time to read my…

5 min
mental health headlines

UK Football promotes mental health January 3, 2020, LONDON, United Kingdom—All 32 England Football Association (FA) Cup third-round ties from January 3 to 6 were to be delayed one minute as part of a campaign designed to promote mental health. The ‘Take a Minute’ initiative is a partnership with Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters program and FA’s Heads Up Campaign. • Kashmir crackdown spurs PTSD December 23, 2019, SRINAGAR, India—A mental health crisis in India’s Kashmir is looming as already high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder are worsened by an ongoing military clampdown in the disputed area bordering India and Pakistan, with troop levels boosted in the already heavily militarized region. • Nigeria struggles with depression December 14, 2019, LAGOS, Nigeria—This country, the seventh largest in the world, is struggling with Africa’s highest caseload of depression…

8 min
research in mental health

Positive self-attitude helps depression February 1, 2020, MONTREAL, QC—People with depression who talk about themselves in a more positive way appear to be more likely to see symptom improvement, a new study suggests. Canadian researchers, noting self-criticism, a sense of inadequacy and low self-worth has been linked to the severity and recurrence of major depression, analyzed studies and found that patients tended to use friendlier and less critical self-statements at the end of treatment. The study also found reduced self-criticism was associated with better treatment outcomes, and longer-term improvement was linked to friendlier and more accepting self-referential treatment. The study, which appeared in the journal Psychotherapy Research, was entitled “Changes in depressed patientsʼ self-statements.” • Therapy helpful for PTSD in inmates February 1, 2020, FLINT, MI—Interpersonal psychotherapy may help reduce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms among incarcerated…

3 min
the dizzying freedom of choice

It’s the first day of my stay-at-home vacation, and I’m free to do whatever I want. This is great. No alarm clock, deadlines, or barrage of emails for the next ten days. I can sleep in, indulge my passion for birdwatching, and catch up on my reading. Of course, I’ll also attend to the chores I’ve been putting off: the leaky faucet, oil changes, and the mess of brush left over from the last winter storm. Most important is to just relax. For weeks, I’ve been looking forward to this morning when I would roll out of bed, pull on some comfortable sweats, and decide what to do based on pure whimsy. Now that it’s here, my only question is, where to start? I can’t decide what to do first. And so it…