Depression in Later Life

When it comes to understanding depression in later life, it’s vital to recognize the myths that surround this serious, but treatable disorder.

Antidepressants and Weight Gain

Weight gain has long been associated with antidepressant medication. Evidence, in fact, suggests that while serotonergic changes from antidepressants aid in reducing depressive symptoms, they actually aggravate weight gain by increasing carbohydrate cravings. The irony is cruel, but the opportunity for healing is compelling. Read more here.

Toys for Depressed Kids

It's that time of year - with the winter holidays rolling round the bend. If you have a child with special needs, especially one who is struggling with depression, finding the right toy can feel daunting. Read on for 8 categories of games that will help your holiday gift giving and create healing experiences too.

Is It Teen Angst or Depression?

Depression is the most common mental illness among adolescents. Research tells us that 11% of teenagers have a diagnosable depressive disorder, but that only 1 in 5 teenagers get the help they need. So, how do parents know if their child is just going through teen angst or dealing with a serious mental illness? Read more here...

Why I Mourn for Robin Williams

When someone like Robin Williams, a beloved icon, dies by suicide, it stuns and confounds. The collective experience is “How could this happen?” The truth is that the general public continues to remain uninformed about mental illness, but those of us who struggle with depression understand.

Genetic Testing for Better Depression Treatment

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.

Mental Illness and Violence: The Real Truth

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.

Children and Antidepressants

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.

7 Big, Stupid, Destructive Lies Depression Tells You

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.

7 Things a Child with Depression Should Know

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.

Why Your Story Matters

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.

Understanding Survivors of Suicide Loss

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.

The Importance of Health Awareness Days

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.

Late in Life Suicide: A Concerning Trend

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.

How to Ask for Help

Some of us find it easy to ask for help from others. But for many, asking for help is NOT an easy thing to do. Do these myths keep you stuck?

Pediatric Depression

Do you know about Pediatric Depression? Learn the facts about how depression can touch the life of babies, preschoolers, young children and adolescents.

The Media's Influence on Suicide

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...

5 Senses and Depression

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.

Broken Heart Syndrome AKA Stress Cardiomyopathy

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

What to Expect in Psychotherapy

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.

New Year Resolutions and Depression

Here are some ways to foster well-being in the New Year while making resolutions - that even if you fail, you win.

How to Keep the YOU in Yuletide

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.

How Gratitude Combats Depression

Studies show that counting your blessings, particularly ones that involve gratitude, increase happiness and decrease levels of depression.

Depression and Natural Disasters: Hurricane Sandy

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.

Why I Feel Sympathy for the Devil

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.

7 Depression Myths

October is National Depression Awareness Month. Read the most common myths surrounding this serious, but treatable disorder.

10 Tips for Making Sense of Evil

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.

Facebook and Depression

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....

Suicide in the NFL

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.

PTSD and Depression

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.

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