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esperanza Magazine for Anxiety & Depression Winter 2018

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
how do you handle down days?

“When I can’t seem to find my way out of a rut, I sit at the piano and play Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata,’” says Robin L. Flanigan (“Hold That Thought”), who is a trained classical pianist as well as an award-winning journalist. “Sometimes I cry, sometimes I don’t. Either way I pour my emotions through my fingers and onto the keys and feel better that I can create something beautiful. Organizing clutter around the house—and purging unnecessary belongings—is another way for me to perk up. It may not make the situation go away, but it gives me a mental boost by helping me feel as if I’m moving forward.” “I try to get out of my head by exercising (usually a high-octane indoor cycle class), phoning a friend, petting my dogs or…

2 min
just hold

DWAYNE JOHNSON, known as The Rock, went from poverty to pro wrestling to Hollywood megastar. He steals the spotlight with his neon smile, charismatic style and “jacked” physique—exuding energetic confidence with every move he makes. And he’s sure not the guy you’d think would have “battled the beast more than once.” But then again, why not? We know depression does not discriminate. This Sexiest Man Alive and highest-paid actor has been crushed by disappointment that left him to “pick myself up off the floor and work very hard to make my way back in life.” He wants you to know that you’re not alone. That you’re not the first and won’t be the last to be hit by depression. And he wants the men who are “[too] prideful to ask for…

4 min
letters to the editor

AGES & STAGES ‘FINDING A WAY FORWARD’ (Fall 2017) was filled with relevant info! Life is about change and transition for everyone! —Robin via hopetocope.com GREAT ARTICLE! I am turning 60 today and can relate to what is said. Having a purpose is huge. Also keeping connected so loneliness doesn’t impact on your emotional well-being. I also exercise, which is really important. —Bruce via hopetocope.com AS A NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) support group leader conducting a Senior Anxiety and Depression Support Group, I was glad and grateful for the insights concerning older citizens. Thank you! —L.R. via hopetocope.com EVERY DAY IS another stage and each must look forward and plan. Sometimes unforeseen events get in the way of these plans. These events are part of life. Knowing that we are all subject…

1 min

OCCUPATION: FORENSIC PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST LOCATION: DENVER, CO DIAGNOSES: MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER, ANXIETY DISORDER, ADDICTION YEAR DIAGNOSED: 2008 • • • • • NICKNAME: Zen Ren. FAVORITE MOVIE: Star Wars, because “the Force” inspired me to journey within and develop a deep understanding of my own chi (life force) and how we truly are connected to one another, as well as the entire universe. WHAT BOOK HAVE YOU GIFTED THE MOST: Chasing the Scream, by Johann Hari. It changes everything that we think we know about addiction and the war on drugs. FAVORITE HOBBIES: Playing bass guitar or drumming. MOST UNUSUAL TALENT: I carve stone boulders into abstract, flowing sculptures. FOR EXERCISE I LIKE TO: Hike in the Rocky Mountains. FAVORITE MEMORY: The first time I summited a 14er (mountain above 14,000 ft.). BIGGEST ADVENTURE I'VE HAD: Spending a summer being a…

6 min
mental health news

China takes steps against stigma January 1, 2018, WENZHOU, China—A sign that long-standing stigma and a lack of treatment options surrounding mental illness in China may be loosening comes as Wenzhou Kangning Hospital Co. Ltd, a chain of psychiatric hospitals, becomes the first mental health business listed in mainland China on the stock market. Family unit helps patients December 14, 2017, BAREILLY, India—People suffering from mental illness fare better when they’re admitted to the 90-bed portion of this city’s mental health hospital because they can stay with their families, officials say. Staying together helps in emotional bonding, and when patients and their kin see other patients recover and leave the hospital, it boosts their confidence. Artivist Fest to focus on mental health December 6, 2017, SINGAPORE—Unsaid, a youth-led arts collective, is organizing Artivist Fest, featuring…

9 min
new research in mental health

Online depression treatment effective but may cost more February 1, 2018, LIMERICK, Ireland—A new study says an online therapy for major depressive disorder is effective but also not cheap. Irish researchers, noting depression is the most prevalent mental disorder with growing costs to society, analyzed dozens of studies published from 2006 to 2016 and found therapist-supported, online cognitive behavioral therapy was equivalent to face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy and superior to ‘treatment-as-usual.’ But the online therapy tended to be more expensive, in the short term, relative to comparator treatments. The authors said more study is needed to support the online treatment as a cost-effective option for depression, considering limited mental healthcare resources. The study, which appeared in the journal Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research, was entitled “Clinical efficacy and economic evaluation of online…