The Ins and Outs of Taking Antidepressants.

Finding the Right Depression Medication

Although there is no cure for depression, there are ways to manage the symptoms and antidepressants are often one of the first steps. However, finding the right medication can be difficult for some as there are a lot of factors.

Are Antidepressants Right for You?

If antidepressants are something that you’re considering you should have an in-depth conversation with your doctor, as depression medication isn’t right for everyone. If you’ve tried alternative therapies and haven’t had much success, antidepressants may the right option; they could be enough to give you a boost back into your normal lifestyle and routine.

Sometimes an antidepressant can have the opposite effect and could actually make the depression worse. When starting a new medication, or increasing a dose, it’s important to closely monitor your mood and behavior to ensure that you aren’t having an adverse reaction to that particular antidepressant.

If you feel that the side effects are overwhelming, are having panic attacks, anxiety, or suffering from insomnia then talk to your doctor about switching to a different medication. If you find yourself having suicidal thoughts or feelings of self-harm, contact your physician or therapist immediately.


The Rhythm Of Our Breathing Influences Our Brain Function And Behavior.

The Rhythm Of Our Breathing Influences Our Brain Function And Behavior

Breathing is not just for consuming oxygen; it’s also related to brain function and behavior. Northwestern Medicine scientists have found for the first time ever that the rhythm of breathing causes electrical activity in the human mind that boosts emotional judgments and memory recall. These influences on behavior are based on whether you inhale or exhale and whether you breathe through the mouth or the nose. In the research, each person was able to identify a fearful face faster if they saw the face while breathing in compared to breathing out. Additionally, individuals were more likely to recall an object if they encountered it on the inhaled breath than on the exhaled one. Interestingly, the effect vanished if breathing was through the mouth. Read more at

Today is World Mental Health Day.

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With much of our adult lives spent at work, our overall mental and physical well-being depends on workplace environments. Today is World Mental Health Day focusing on mental health in the workplace. Check out APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program for resources and evidence-based research on maintaining mental health in the workplace.  Read more at

Dependent Personality Disorder: 8 symptoms of DPD.

Dependent Personality Disorder can happen to anyone, but is most common in young adults. Stay informed with these 8 symptoms of DPD. Have you ever wondered why a close friend or family member seemed so concerned with the opinions, attitudes or outlooks of someone close to them, such as a parent or partner? It’s possible this person was struggling with dependent personality disorder, or DPD, which if commonly described as a disorder in which someone becomes obsessed with making someone else happy, possibly to their own detriment. Dependent personality disorder can be found in just about anyone — though it most often emerges in young adults, it can occur at any age and tends to affect men and women equally. It can be quite problematic, however, as it can lead an individual to make decisions that benefit others while negatively affecting their own physical or mental well-being. That’s why it’s important to know the symptoms of DPD. Read more at

6 Symptoms of Melancholic Depression.

Once seen as a mental illness all its own, melancholic depression is now considered a subtype of major depressive disorder (MDD), according to Melancholic depression can severely impact a person’s personal and work life, it adds. There are symptoms that melancholic depression can have in common with MDD, as well as some that give it a specific classification. The source notes that since the American Psychiatric Association (APA) doesn’t officially recognize melancholic depression on its own anymore, your doctor may diagnose you with “major depressive disorder with melancholic features”. Here are six of the telltale signs…Read more at

Shock and Trauma: Hurricane Victims and Disaster Mental Health.

There’s this thing called “retraumatizing trauma victims”.

Each tweet = retraumatizing.

Only thing they should be hearing are positive affirmations, safety, compassion, reassurances. That is it. Nothing else.

Especially from visible and vocal political leaders. All of them.

Trauma victims are still in survival mode, they haven’t even gone into recovery mode yet.

They are still in shock and have not properly processed their trauma yet.

Still traumatized, every single victim including the Gov. down to the last mountain peasant.

All are victims of trauma right now.

Unconscionable to be tweeting or posting, much less saying, anything less than supporting comments to and about all victims. No controversy, no politics, no antagonism, no hostility, etc.

That only causes more trauma to an entire country of trauma victims, in the Puerto Rico disaster. In general for all victims of disaster, whether manmade or natural.

Everyone, including our political leaders, please consult the professional mental health community for guidance on how to appropriately and safely respond to trauma victims, all of them, including Mayors, Governors, etc, their families, friends, and communities.

Their families on the mainland of Puerto Rico USA are dealing with vicarious trauma and each time a tweet, controversial comment or disparaging comment goes out, we too feel the repetition of it.

In service,

Counselor Xiomara A. Soa