The Do's and Don'ts of Talking with a Child about Death

Though it's an inevitable part of life, talking about death to children is hard to do. Here are some do's and don'ts to help the grieving process.

Depression and Big Elections

Many people can get Election Stress at this time of year. If you live with depression, you're at a higher risk to have a relapse when national stressors are front and center.

Is It Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum Depression can occur four weeks after birth and up to one year post delivery. Learn more about this serious, but treatable mood disorder.

What Everyone Needs to Know about Geriatric Depression

Depression is not a normal part of aging. Read more to learn the symptoms of geriatric depression and how to get proper treatment.

10 Tips When Beginning Medication

As someone who knows what it's like to take medication personally, and recommend it professionally, here are the Top 10 Tips for getting the most out of your antidepressants.

The Importance of Purpose

When you have depression, target-specific rather than generalized goals are key for reducing symptoms.

Differences Between Early-Onset vs. Late-Onset Depression

Generally, depression is split into two categories: Early-Onset and Late-Onset. Read more to learn about their distinct symptoms.

Depression and Mother's Day

Living with depression can make Mother's Day challenging.

What Can I Do to Help Someone With Depression?

One of the questions I'm often asked is, "What Can I Do To Help Someone With Depression?" The answer: there are many things you can do to help. 

Coloring Books: The Expressive Art Form Reborn for Adults

Adult coloring books can help reduce anxiety, depression and stress. Read more here to learn about this growing trend

Depression and Diagnostic Overshadowing

Diagnostic overshadowing is defined as a process where health professionals wrongly presume that physical symptoms presenting are a consequence of their patient’s depression. Learn more about this form of stigma and find tips for handling this common bias by reading more here.

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 six people are intimately traumatized by the death.

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

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