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.

Recent Posts on Depression

Can Celebrity Suicides Lead to Copycat Deaths?

New research explores the cognitive roots of suicide contagion.

Depression Is a Drag

When depression is a drag, do not expect to move all at once. These kinds of slow and steady steps will strengthen your mood, your body and your mental energy to move forward.

A Human Face on Survival Guilt

Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Here is the story of Sande Boritz Berger's discovery of family history.

Have We Learned to Ignore Emotional Abuse?

Emotional abuse is like the parable—pervasive, self-perpetuating, and so common that everyone can relate to it. In fact, that’s part of the problem: it is so common.

5 Reasons Your Partner Is Emotionally Distant and the Fixes

Do you feel disconnected from your spouse or partner? Do they avoid intimacy? Are they acting distant and disengaged? Here's what might be going on and what you can do to fix it.

Mindfulness and Depression

Patients receiving MBCT had a significantly reduced risk of depressive relapse within a 60-week follow-up period compared with those who received usual care.

7 Steps Toward Resiliency

There is nothing remarkable about motherhood and anxiety other than to say that it is expected and rather unexceptional.

The Rut Checklist

By Tania Luna on May 01, 2016 Surprise!
Can you tell if you or someone close to you is stuck in a rut?

The Case for Supplements in Treating Depression

For decades, psychiatrists have tried to improve the treatment of major depressive disorders. There is compelling evidence supplements could play a role in this treatment.

Bipolar Treatment Is More Than Just Tools To Lower Intensity

By Tom Wootton on April 30, 2016 Bipolar Advantage
The brakes-only solutions that are the current standard of care traps everyone in the driveway for the rest of their lives where they live in fear for the next time the brakes fail

How Could 60 Seconds of Intense Exercise Change Your Life?

Do you feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to exercise regularly? If so, a new study reports that you can reap the benefits of a longer workout in just 60 seconds.

Grace Joubarne on Emotional Freedom

The future of mental health interview series continues with Grace Joubarne on emotional freedom.

What You Need To Know About The Genetics of Mental Disorders

By Allen J Frances M.D. on April 30, 2016 Saving Normal
The genetics revolution is one of mankind's greatest intellectual achievements- but so far has contributed nothing to patient care and the ridiculous complexity of brain function.

5 Ways to Rid Yourself of Junk Emotions

If we thought about our emotions as products we consume, just as we do food, how would this change our life and our health?

Why Shouldn't We Mourn Prince?

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on April 28, 2016 The New You
Why do people mourn Prince?

Caution! Using Self-Labels Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

By Susan Noonan MD on April 28, 2016 View From the Mist
Labels that we put on ourselves are often not accurate and can be harmful to our mental health.

When Depression Visits and Stays

What happens when depression comes and it seems that there is nothing you can do to make it leave? Here is a personal experience of dealing with an unwanted guest – Mr. D.

Why I Didn’t Want Prince’s Death to Be Suicide

Whenever a public figure dies by suicide—truly, whenever anyone dies by suicide—the first question is “Why?” And that’s the least important question to answer.

How Do I Motivate My Teenage Son?

How to motivate your teen

The Curse of Apathy: Sources and Solutions

What causes the feeling of non-feeling?

Depressed Psychologists

A noble profession with few rewards

Not All Sadness Is the Same

What can we learn about well-being from older adults? They may not feel so bad about themselves when experiencing sadness or loneliness.

When You’re Chronically Ill: “Giving Up” Versus “Giving In”

Giving up can make you feel like a failure, as if you’re mentally weak and undisciplined By contrast, giving in is a type of surrender. I think of it as sweet surrender.

Depression Is a Risk for Alzheimer’s: We Need to Know Why.

There is now consensus that depression is a risk for later Alzheimer's disease. But depression is not a single disorder; are there recognizable sub-types that are the real risk?

The Power of a Promise

Getting locked up set me free to imagine a life beyond the confines of the isolation cell and the limitations of my illness.

Sobering News on Suicide

The Internet has not lived up to its promise as a suicide prevention tool

David Walker on Indigenous Peoples and Western Mental Health

The future of mental health interview series continues with David Walker on indigenous peoples and western mental health

Teen Suicide: Parents Guard Your Daughters

The newest suicide rates are just out and the results suggest that an epidemic of suicide among the nation’s young teenage girls is in course.

Doctor Who Therapy: Can TV's Time Lord Teach Compassion?

Superhero Therapy author describes an empirical study testing whether Doctor Who could teach children learn about compassion or help them with depression and socializing.

Identifying With the “No-Self”

We suffer because we identify with ourselves.