Building Resilience Can Reduce Risks of Developing Depression

HeartMath® Suggest Free Resources in Light of Depression Awareness Month

Current research is shedding new light on the biological connection between stress and depression. Despite advancements in the understanding of stress and depression, one in ten Americans still meet the criteria for depression and only half of depressed individuals seek treatment according to surveys by the Center for Disease Control and the National Institute of Mental Health.

For nearly twenty years HeartMath® ( has been researching the physiology of stress and wellness, and HeartMath stress experts believe that chronic stress is a likely cause behind the increase in those experiencing depression. In light of Depression Awareness Month, HeartMath is offering resources for stress and depression that can work with a doctors’ suggested treatment plan.

Depression has many possible causes including genetics, brain chemicals and life situations, which can all cause stress. Chronic stressful life situations can increase the risk of developing depression if individuals are not coping with stress well. While many are over-stressed these days, the personal remedies to relieve stress don’t seem to be working as well as they used to. HeartMath stress experts say this is because today’s stress is different.

After nearly twenty years researching the physiology of stress and wellness, and watching stress levels grow each year, HeartMath experts say that the majority of us are resigned to stress as an unwanted but inescapable way of life. Until recently, stress was considered an issue only after a major life crisis. However, for many people, today’s stress is not about just the single incident type of stress that naturally follows trauma. Today many people are coping with several major stress incidents at once such as illnesses, financial strains and in some cases job and home losses.

Addressing the issues of stress and depression, HeartMath offers a free downloadable webinar on their website called “Overcoming Feelings of Sadness and Depression” (
The webinar is led by Deborah Rozman, a behavioral psychologist with more than thirty-years’ experience and a recognized expert in human emotions. It offers suggestions and methods to build more emotional resilience through pending feelings of sadness and depression.

When our resilience factor is low we lack motivation and the ability to experience reward or pleasure. Stress experts agree that knowing where stress is stemming from and how much it’s impacting you is an important step in transforming it. HeartMath developed a comprehensive and accurate stress and well-being survey at Their Stress & Well-Being Survey™ is also a free service that people can take advantage of.

The workplace is a common petri dish for breeding chronic levels of stress. HeartMath organizational programs have proven to measurably and immediately re-train the human stress response to a healthier, more productive function. Their corporate wellness programs have shown that on average their organizational clients have seen 60% reduction in depression and over 40% reduction in anxiety in a six to nine week period based on pre and post testing with over 3000 individuals.

Rozman is also the co-author along with HeartMath founder Doc Childre, of the book, “Transforming Depression: The HeartMath® Solution to Feeling Overwhelmed, Sad, and Stressed.” The book uses HeartMath’s scientifically developed techniques to help individuals tap into new resources of energy, positivity and find new ways to connect with people. Research from HeartMath shows these techniques can help individuals shift from negative to positive emotions.

“Millions of people are experiencing a kind of low-grade depression due to constant feelings of overwhelm and anxiety,” said Rozman. “Low-level depression is not something you can just pull yourself out of with positive thinking. These mental and emotional attitudes – along with their accompanying biochemical and neurological imbalances – take time to build up. It will also take some time to bring them back to balance, but it doesn’t have to take as long as it might feel.”

“That’s the hope of the tools and techniques presented in the book, Transforming Depression. Scientific research along with a new understanding of how emotional energy works shows you that you can transform depression.”

HeartMath stress experts believe that to make progress in reducing stress the individual has to play an active part in it and emotional self-maintenance is an important part of the process. With self-compassion and patience, they say we can emerge from the depths of challenging times, especially if we connect with the strength that comes from truly putting your heart into the intention to move forward. HeartMath’s mission is to provide tools and a step-by-step understanding of how to regain balance, hope and inner peace.

Transforming Depression: The HeartMath® Solution to Feeling Overwhelmed, Sad, and Stressed is available on For more information about HeartMath visit

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About HeartMath®:
The HeartMath System was created by Doc Childre. HeartMath LLC, a cutting-edge performance company, provides a range of unique services, products and technologies to improve health and well-being, while dramatically reducing stress. HeartMath clinical studies have demonstrated the critical link between emotions, heart function and cognitive performance. HeartMath studies have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as American Journal of Cardiology, Stress Medicine, Preventive Cardiology and Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Their organizational clients include Stanford Business School, Stanford Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine and Kaiser Permanente, as well as dozens of school systems and thousands of health professionals around the world. HeartMath’s award-winning emWave Technologies include the emWave Personal Stress Reliever and the emWave PC Stress Relief System. The emWave Personal Stress Reliever recently won the Last Gadget Standing People’s Choice Award at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show, and Today’s Caregiver magazine’s Caregiver Friendly Award®.

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