Vegetarians have greater propensity for depression

A recent study in the US has showed that vegan or vegetarian men have greater propensity for depression than those that eat meat. The study enrolled over 9600 men in the National Health Institutes (NIH) in the US, and showed that men that claimed to be vegetarian or vegan had higher scores in a depression […]

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One hour of exercise a week can prevent depression

Good news! A recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry has revealed that regular exercise (as little as one hour a week, any intensity) can prevent development of depression! The results from the study show that even small amounts of exercise can protect against depression, with mental health benefits seen regardless of age or gender. […]

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World Mental Health Day 2017

Today we celebrate the world mental health day. The World Health Organization (WHO) has established for this year the theme “Mental health in the workplace”. Society nowadays still doesn’t fully understand the importance of Mental Health. People still suffer from social stigma associated to diseases such as Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, amongst others. Some […]

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Depression Let’s Talk – a WHO campaign to raise awareness on Depression

  According to the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, over 300 million people live with depression, the main cause of health issues and inability to work worldwide. The WHO organization launched last october a depression awareness campaign (Depression Let’sTalk), to remind people of the lack of support there is for people with mental health disorders, […]

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How does music affect your mood?

To celebrate the International Music Day, which was yesterday, October 1st, I would like to talk a bit about how music affects our mood. Have you ever felt the power of music? If you are given to technologies you probably have on your hand, right now, a smartphone, filled with your favorite songs that you […]

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Exercise shown to be an effective strategy to cope with depression

There are several studies that suggest exercise to be an effective strategy to cope with depression. Why? Exercise has been consistently shown to be associated with improved physical health, life satisfaction, cognitive functioning, and psychological well-being. On the other hand, lack of exercise seems to be associated with development of psychological disorders. Depression is one of the most […]

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Mediterranean Diet found to be effective against Depression!

I was reading about eating healthy and how it interlinked with depression, and found out about this awesome clinical trial that showed that the Mediterranean diet is effective in decreasing depression symptoms! Yey! It doesn’t really come as a shock to me, as I personally have experienced the power of healthy eating has had in my […]

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Fernando Pessoa, and our own different personalities

Yesterday I was walking around downtown Lisbon, and I came across this famous statue of one of the greatest authors/poets in Portugal. His name is Fernando Pessoa. He used to write at a local coffee shop called “Brasileirinha”. And so, as a tourist attraction, after his passing, they put a statue of him sitting down […]

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“Breakthru” from depression!

So last Saturday we were travelling from the Algarve back to Lisbon were we live. And we were listening to this song from Queen that I had never heard of, but my husband absolutely LOVES! – Breakthru, from Queen , you should have seen him playing his air guitar! The song is absolutely amazing, it has […]

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Depression… I went through it too

Depression is a disease that affects millions worldwide. I never thought I would be one of them… until I was. I am a corporate professional. I work in the pharmaceutical industry. In my early years I worked with a drug that also got the indication for depression, so I should know better right? But last […]

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