Depression and Society

Americans are obsessed with happiness, yet increasingly depressed: Some 15 million Americans battle the disorder, and increasing numbers of them are young people. Attempts to explain the paradox focus on growing pressures on earcly achievement at the expense of free play in childhood, a cultural shift away from direct social contact to electronic connection, a focus on material wealth at the expense of rich experiences and social contact. All are implicated.

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When Someone Refuses Treatment

By Susan Noonan MD on October 25, 2016 in View From the Mist
Do you feel powerless when you see the need and can’t help

Mental Health Support in Humanitarian Settings

Bringing dedicated non-specialists on board can be a feasible and highly effective solution to help alleviate the increased burden of mental illnesses in undersourced settings.

Keeping Life in Perspective

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in Emotional Fitness
I want a low-stress life, and I want to live as fully as possible. I know that keeping things in perspective is a far better way of going on with this (mostly) wonderful journey.

"Help Me Stop Thinking About My Ex Girlfriend"

"She’s all fine and dandy, and I struggle with this every day," Jim said after his girlfriend of several years broke up with him. Read on to find out how people like Jim can cope.
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Can’t Get Started? Can’t Catch Up?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on October 22, 2016 in Off the Couch
Why do we put things off, when it would be so much easier to just go ahead and get them out of the way?

Depression Can Make You Hear Voices

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 21, 2016 in Open Gently
People often hide psychotic symptoms when getting treated for depression. That's a problem, because they need to be evaluated for an anti-psychotic drug or ECT.

How Do I Handle My Father's Mental Ilness?

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
How to handle a father's mental illness

You Have Power Over Your Brain Chemistry

Your brain has an operating system inherited from earlier animals. It rewards you with "happy chemicals" when you step toward meeting needs and alarms you with "unhappy chemicals.

The Golden Years: Traumatic Stress and Aging

By Shaili Jain M.D. on October 20, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
Recently, I spoke with Dr. Joan Cook, clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, about PTSD in older adults.

The Happiness Myth

By Atalanta Beaumont on October 20, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
The achievement of happiness is a myth

Kids Who Cut

American youth are stressed. Non-suicidal self-injury is one response to stress that’s common among adolescents and young adults. To prepare adults, training programs are emerging.
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Self-Injury: 4 Reasons People Cut and What to Do

Far from affecting only the stereotype of the angsty teenage girl with piercings and eyeliner, self-harm affects people of all ages, genders, and walks of life.

A Wine-y Time of Year

Wine is a delicious and pleasing quaff on a fall day, the season of the grape harvest or crush. But what are the health benefits or detriments?

Groundbreaking Study Roots Out Signs of Depression in Brain

By Christopher Bergland on October 18, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
This pioneering discovery could lead to more effective treatments for depression.

Mastering Your Emotions

By L. Kevin Chapman Ph.D. on October 17, 2016 in Evidence Based
The "how to" guide of mastering all of your emotions
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Why I Hate the Phrase “Hang in There”

By Susan Noonan MD on October 15, 2016 in View From the Mist
Avoid this mindless cliché that can have double meaning in depression!

How Standing Up for Yourself Helps You Fight Depression

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in Compassion Matters
To empower ourselves against depression, we have to stand up to our “critical inner voice” and practice self-compassion.
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It's Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month: How to Help Others

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on October 14, 2016 in On Call
Mark Zuckerberg gave us clues about the psychological toll of pregnancy loss. Here's more information about how to help others.
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5 New Humor Exercises to Boost Your Happiness!

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on October 14, 2016 in What Matters Most?
Want to learn about 5 new ways to boost your well-being and your strength of humor?

When the Referral Question Is "Depression and Anxiety"

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on October 14, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
How should we think about a referral for help with "depression and anxiety"?

Major Clinical Depression: A Cause of Inadequate Nutrition?

It is a long established fact that decreased nutrition prevents a speedy recovery from depression.

Antidepressants Are Safe During Pregnancy

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 14, 2016 in Open Gently
It's okay to take antidepressants while pregnant—and essential if you are severely depressed.

Are Antidepressants Dangerous in Breast Milk?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 14, 2016 in Open Gently
Don't leave depression untreated while breastfeeding. Babies fed milk from depessed mothers gain less weight, but not if she takes an anti-depressant.

No, Placebo Response Rates Are Not on the Rise

By Peter D Kramer on October 13, 2016 in In Practice
New research finds that placebo responses are not on the rise in antidepressant trials—a result that suggests the impact of placebo has been exagerated

I Don't Know How to Handle My Complicated Mother

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on October 11, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
How to handle a complicated mother

Tips for Making Friends When You're Depressed

Admittedly, it’s tough to make friends when you’re feeling depressed. Here are some tips that might help

Gaining Happiness by Losing Yourself

By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Sense of Time
A novel scientific perspective on happiness and a potential to treat mental disorders.

Does Preventing Male Baldness Cause Depression?

It reads like a Performance Enhancing Drug exclusion....

8 Postpartum Depression Symptoms You Need to Know

A mother's difficulties don't end after labor, but when are your hardships more than just "baby blues?" Here are some signs of postpartum depression that you need to look out for.

Fast Food Industry Demands ‘Emotional Labour’ from Employees

Cheerful presence can be essential to profitability in the fast-food industry. But emotional labour may be doing more harm than good to employee emotional and mental wellbeing.