Personalized medicine is no longer science fiction. It's here, right now, and available, but you're likely to have to educate your doctor about it. Read more to learn how genetic testing can help your depression treatment. Read More
The link of mass shooting and mental illness makes news again. While evidenced based research shows us that many who commit violent acts DO indeed have mental illness, there is more to this diagnostic picture. Read More
When your child is diagnosed with depression, talk therapy is generally the first recommended treatment. There are times, though, when psychotherapy may not be enough to reduce your child's depressive symptoms. If medication is being considered in your child's treatment plan, there are 5 things you need to know. Read More
Depression is a beast. It’s an illness so insidious that sometimes you don’t realize the scope of its life-threatening power until you’re drowning under its wave. Here are but a few of the big, stupid, destructive lies depression tells you. Read More
Living with a chronic illness like depression isn't easy. And for kids, the challenge of moving through sadness, negativity and hopelessness is even harder. The importance of teaching children how to use tips and techniques to manage their disorder is vital. Read more here to learn what things your child should know. Read More
The power of telling your story allows you to transform the foreign into the familiar—making the unspeakable speakable. Your narrative and yours alone, can bring you awareness and closure. It is one of the best ways to heal from trauma. Read More
When someone dies by suicide, research shows that at least 6 people are intimately traumatized by the death. Those who are directly affected include immediate family members, relatives, neighbors, friends, fellow students and/or co-workers. And because 90% of people who die by suicide have a psychological disorder, mental health clinicians are also included as a survivors. Read More
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is a public health campaign to help educate about the truths and myths surrounding mental illness, what the warning signs of suicide are and how the cruel sting of stigma keeps many from getting treatment that can be life changing - and how to find free screenings. Read More
Studies are showing a staggering 49% rise in emergency room visits for suicide attempts by women ages 50 and older. Learn about this trend and read more about the tips that can be used to help identify risks. Read More
The way media reports suicide can do one of two things. They can unwittingly create a contagious trend or can educate and help others receive treatment. Research has shown that how suicide is reported makes all the difference. Read more to discover how... Read More
Depression is an experience of depletion. You’re worn down, hollowed out, devoid of enthusiasm or vitality. Your senses are dull, perhaps to the point of taking in very little around you. But did you know that you can instantly change your neurochemistry but just feeding your 5 senses? Here are some quick tips to help you improve your mood.
Valentine’s Day is not always a candy coated day of love and romance. For many who've lost a loved one, suffered a break up or are on the brink of separation or divorce, this day is anything but sweet. Learning about Broken Heart Syndrome can help you heal from your love trauma and make it through emotional calendar events like Read More
There are many forms of talk therapy, each with the same goal of reducing symptoms and develop well-being. Before you start your journey of self-awareness, there are some fundamentals you need to know.
The holiday season is not just a time for merry making, good will and celebrating with loved ones. For some, it's the loneliest time of the year. For others, a worsening of depressive symptoms occurs. Here are tips to help move through the holidays when you live with depression. Read More
Natural disasters cause significant loss and damage emotionally as well as physically. If you're someone living with depression, learn what Disaster Reactions are so you can help minimize their effect on your mood state. Read More
When gun violence strikes and mental illness cross paths, I prepare myself for what comes next, for it’s not the temperature the collective majority will be feeling. It’s not a fevered pitch for gun control, the death penalty, for laws to be changed or names to be blamed. I feel empathy for the gunman. Read More
Trauma is an unexpected, derailing experience. For those who are in direct line of it, it crushes the mind, body and soul. For those of us who witness it, we reel in waves of horror – helpless and saddened by it all. Read more about how to move through the recent Colorado shooting tragedy. Read More
Facebook is the millennium’s new water cooler. Though virtual in its design, it serves as a way for us to catch up on the latest trends, share milestones, learn about juicy gossip, or live vicariously through the experience of others. Is this social media a good thing to use if you're depressed? Research says, it depends. Read more.... Read More
The recent suicide of NFL linebacker Junior Seau brings light to the serious consequences of brain injury and mental well-being. Seau’s death is NOT just an alert to those in the NFL, but to every single parent that has a child playing contact sports.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious anxiety disorder that results after a significant traumatic event. Depression can coincide with PTSD, making recovery all the more difficult. Read more on how to deal with trauma and learn tips from my interview with PTSD specialist, Michele Rosenthal. Read More
Living with a chronic condition, like depression, requires you to focus on creating balance and well-being on a daily basis. For those who are separated, divorced or sharing custody of a child, the struggles of co-parenting can produce enormous stressors. Read on for the Do's and Dont's for better co-parenting. Read More
The cutting, carving and scratching involved in self-injury is an attempt to control overwhelming emotions, feelings of helplessness, and for some is a way to manage anger or shame. Read more about Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI) and learn how to offset this behavioral style of coping. Read More
Valentine's Day is not always a candy-coated day of love and romance. For many who've lost a loved one, suffered a break up or are on the brink of separation or divorce, this day is anything but sweet. Learning about Broken Heart Syndrome can help you heal from your love trauma and make it through emotional calendar events like this. Read More
Discontinuation Syndrome with SSRI medications differs from the classical withdrawal syndrome associated with CNS depressant drugs. Learn what to look for and how to come safely off your medication with these tips. Read More