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Volunteer when depressed? The life you save may be your own!

Ugh you say, as you roll your eyes.  Don’t lecture me on what I should do!  But this isn’t a cliché or a holier-than-thou lecture on the benefits of volunteering your time.  It is my own personal experience of how volunteering helped get me, and now maybe you, through depression. How is this possible, you might wonder.  I can barely take care of myself, get off the couch, or think straight.  I couldn’t do something[…]

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Interview with Dr. Louisa Grandin Sylvia

Today’s blog is an interview with Louisa Grandin Sylvia, PhD., clinical psychologist, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Associate Director of Psychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic and Research Program.  She has developed a program called nutrition, exercise and wellness treatment (NEW Tx) that has been helpful to many and is covered in her fabulous new book The Wellness Workbook for Bipolar Disorder: Your Guide to Getting Healthy and Improving Your Mood[…]

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How much exercise is enough, and how can I possibly do it?

When you are depressed it may be overwhelming to hear that the current guidelines for exercise in adults is a minimum of 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week, divided up into 30 minute increments over 5 days.  Aerobic activity is any activity where you are moving your muscles and get out of breath and sweaty.  You know that it is good for your body and brain, and your general overall health.  But how in[…]

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