A Surprising Risk Factor for Depression

Happy family with little girl
It seemed like a good idea at the time.

The results are in, and they’re sobering: 100% of all people who suffer from depression were once children.

Yes, childhood is the #1 risk factor for depression. Having been a child accounts for more depression than job loss, divorce, prison time and the loss of a loved one combined.

Until now, depression — especially of the mild to moderate variety — was considered mysterious. It was often attributed to unexplained chemical imbalances in the brain. Read More

Is Depression Hiding Your Career Path?

“I’m not really passionate about anything.”

I hear this from my career counseling clients regularly, which doesn’t surprise me since most people I see are at least mildly depressed.

Depression doesn’t “do” passion. You could even say that depression and passion are mortal enemies. They can’t stand to be in the same room together.

Depression — even the common, mild “blahs” — chases passion away.

If you don’t feel passionate about anything, it’s not because you have no talents or interests! Read More

How to Stop Obsessing Over Things You Can’t Control

Obsessing creates a feedback loopWe’ve all heard how bad it is to ruminate — that is, to chew on something troubling, turning it over and over in your mind.

Doing this makes you feel worse instead of better, so according to traditional wisdom, you’re supposed to watch your thoughts.

You’re supposed to just STOP if you find yourself ruminating.

But no one tells you how.

Feels So Bad It’s Good

The reason no one tells you how you’re supposed to stop ruminating is because it’s not clear how to do it besides simply using willpower. Read More