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esperanza Magazine for Anxiety & Depression Fall 2017

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

1 min
what advice has been helpful to you?

Robin L. Flanigan, whose story “Sideline Coach” has advice for how to be supportive when someone is depressed, shared something very personal: “I had to weather a very difficult patch when my husband and I separated. We since have reconciled, but it was a time when I didn’t want anyone telling me I was better off without him, or that things would work themselves out. What I appreciated were simple words: ‘I’m sorry you have to go through this.’ ‘I know this is hard.’ Honest words that didn’t try to sugarcoat a crushing situation.” Stephanie Stephens (“Finding a Way Forward”) favors a tough-love approach. Her go-to mantra: “‘Get a grip.’ I know it seems harsh, but it reminds me we are all responsible for our thoughts and our actions. I may…

2 min
charting a new course

I shipped my youngest off to college this fall, so our feature “Finding a Way Forward” really struck a chord. The story looks at stages in life when it’s common to feel “stuck and stranded,” in the words of psychologist Erika Martinez, PsyD. As mental health experts attest, these times of transition—finding your feet as an independent adult, adjusting to the proverbial empty nest, mapping your role in later life—can be marked by emotional distress. On the other hand, there’s a reason for the saying, “Life’s problems are opportunities in disguise.” Yes, our house feels lonelier. Yes, I’m somewhat adrift now that I’m not shaping my schedule around my son’s needs. As the experts in our story advise, it’s time to buckle down, consult my inmost heart, and figure out what’s…

6 min
letters to the editor

ANXIETY ANTIDOTES I LIKE THE mindfulness section of the article “Overcoming Anxiety” (Summer 2017). I practice mindfulness to quell my anxiety by journaling. Simply writing things down helps me let go of what’s bothering me. —Raymond via hopetocope.com THANKS TO Robin L. Flanigan for the great article on anxiety! I especially found value in the way you explained the behavioral exposure part—when the SUDS (Subjective Units of Distress Scale) level is somewhat manageable, and the person with anxiety needs to work on staying in the situation until the anxiety levels go down. The fears can be debilitating, especially if we allow them to take over and we avoid the situations we fear. I have worked very hard to move past my own battle with social anxiety disorder and am now helping to…

1 min

AGE: 25 LOCATION: PORTLAND, ME | SANTA CRUZ, CA OCCUPATION: MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER DIAGNOSES: GENERAL ANXIETY DISORDER; SITUATIONAL DEPRESSION YEAR DIAGNOSED: 2003; 2013 * * * * * FAVORITE HOBBIES: Traveling, hiking, camping, boating, skiing. Mostly activities that involve being outside, active in nature! MOST TREASURED ITEM: My passport! IT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU TO KNOW:I lived in a treehouse for a year. BIGGEST ADVENTURE:Camping off-grid in bear country of Glacier National Park. BIGGEST CHALLENGE I'VE OVERCOME: Being viciously assaulted in 2013 by a stranger as I was walking home from work one night. GREATEST LESSON: Live your life as if tomorrow isn’t promised. And to never take what you have for granted. MOST VALUABLE COPING STRATEGY: Embracing the emotions, but believing and trusting I am a strong woman no matter the circumstances. PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT: Completing my collegiate field hockey career and graduating from college. FRIENDS…

5 min
mental health headlines

Irish campaign encourages discussion October 9, 2017, DUBLIN, Ireland—Embarrassment is a major factor in preventing people from discussing mental health problems, while support from a loved one was the main instigator for such conversations, according to an Irish survey released as part of the new Time to Talk campaign. Burden on South African economy October 8, 2017, CAPETOWN, South Africa—Depression costs South Africa nearly 6 percent of the country’s GDP due to work absences and impaired productivity, according to a study from the London School of Economics. Both individuals and employers need to take helpful steps, psychiatrist Sebolelo Seape told news site fin24. Egypt tackles stigma around therapy September 27, 2017, CAIRO, Egypt—Egypt’s health ministry launched a campaign to combat stigma around psychotherapy and raise awareness of mental health services. Those with psychiatric problems are…

8 min
new research in mental health

Depression raises risks in heart disease November 1, 2017, HERLEV, Denmark —Depressive symptoms may put people with coronary heart disease at further risk for an acute cardiac event, a new study suggests. Danish researchers looked at 350 people with coronary heart disease, characterized by plaque buildup in the heart arteries. They found a correlation between depressive symptoms and both a high percentage of body fat and high levels of triglycerides. Those conditions contribute to hardening or thickening of the artery walls, which increases the risk of stroke and heart attack. In addition, lower scores for psychological well-being and higher scores for chronic stress were associated with a high percentage of body fat and low levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL), the “good” form of cholesterol. The study, which appeared in the Scandinavian Journal of Clinical…