Essential Reads

The Problem With Positive Thinking

By Joel Minden, PhD on August 25, 2016 in CBT and Me
Does positive thinking lead to greater happiness? If only it were that simple. When negative thinking gets you down, here’s what to do instead.

Self-Absorption: The Root of All (Psychological) Evil?

If you’ve ever been called self-absorbed, you can be sure you weren’t getting a compliment. So why is it so easy to fall into the pit of obsessive rumination?

Even Sometimes Dads Confer Big Time Benefits on Kids

Having a “boomerang” father shields teen girls from depression.

Increase Funding for Mental Illness Now

The time has come to declare war on mental illness and place a priority on funding innovative neurobiological research for better prevention, diagnosis, and early intervention.

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7 Elements of Wisdom That Can Make You Happier as You Age

By Christopher Bergland on August 29, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research suggests that people tend to become happier as they age. Unfortunately, younger people are less happy than ever. This post offers insights for people of all ages.

Suicide in Cancer Patients

Not surprisingly, suicide is an avenue of escape for more cancer patients than an equal cohort of their healthy counterparts. The cancer team must be alert to subtle warnings.

Move the Body, Lift the Mind

The depression-exercise link.

My Mother Won't Listen to Me

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
What to do when your mom won't talk to you
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How Am I Doing?

Most women never completely outgrow the need for approval from their mothers.

How Happy Are You?

If researchers really wanted to know how happy people are, they’d ask those people’s colleagues, neighbors, and family members, not the people themselves.

International Overdose Awareness Day

By Indra Cidambi, M.D. on August 23, 2016 in Sure Recovery
Knowing the importance of International Overdose Awareness Day.
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Feed Your Body, Feed Your Brain

By Susan Noonan MD on August 20, 2016 in View From the Mist
Maybe “you are what you eat” is not just an old wives tale?
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As Research Advances, Treatment for Depression Gets Better

By Richard Taite on August 19, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
If an individual is open to trying a wide variety of treatments, a new life is more than possible for those held down by depression. There is something that can be done.

Perinatal Difficulties

Perinatal anxiety and depression: Time to bring it out of the shadows.
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Neurofeedback: A Remarkable Counseling Tool

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in Brain Waves
Needs a more regulated brain? Neurofeedback may be the answer.
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Eight Traits of People With Healthy Self-Esteem

Heightened self-esteem comes about by continuing to take those baby steps, then making small decisions and seeing small results.

A Simple Way to Be Happier, Healthier, and More Successful

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Making Change
Inadequate sleep may be undermining you in ways you don’t realize, or don’t take seriously. The solution is simple; if only you’d give it a try.

Evicted and the Meaning of Home

What is the meaning of home and what author Matthew Desmond has to say about it in his new book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.
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My Role Model For Coping With Adversity

By Susan Noonan MD on August 10, 2016 in View From the Mist
I turn to an amazing person for guidance when difficult things happen.

No Shame: Why Michael Phelps Deserved to Carry the U.S. Flag

By Jason Powers M.D. on August 10, 2016 in Beyond Abstinence
Two years ago, the most decorated Olympian of all time was so mired in depression that he thought about killing himself. His comeback on dry land inspires me the most.

Interview About "Your Friend Forever"

Lincoln's friendship with Joshua Speed reveals all kinds of things about his strengths, his struggles, and his character—and the making of greatness.

How Many Fruits and Vegetables to Eat to Boost Your Mood?

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on August 08, 2016 in Urban Survival
New study shows that eight portions of fruit and vegetables boosts your mood as much as getting a job.

Depression and Drugs in Paradise: A Famous Island Suffers

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on August 03, 2016 in Insight Is 20/20
When people think of Martha's Vineyard, they may think of celebrities and presidents who vacation there. The reality: the island suffers from a heroin problem, among others.

My Soul Needs More Than a Sound Bite

By Julie K. Hersh on August 03, 2016 in Struck By Living
A walk in the woods provides a welcome alternative to the news.
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What to Expect From Grief

You're not losing your mind; you're just grieving.

Watching Edie: An Interview With Novelist Camilla Way

Watching Edie, a new novel about friendship, is a psychological thriller.

Cognitive Rigidity: The 8-Ball From Hell

Cognitive Rigidity (difficulty changing mental sets) is a core feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and is commonly associated with a suite of challenging traits.
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Terrorist Assisted Suicide

We need to talk about the difference between terrorism and depression.
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Crushed by Disappointment?

By Susan Noonan MD on August 01, 2016 in View From the Mist
Curled up in a corner, crumbled in defeat? Or able to move on after disappointment?

Older, No Degree, No Job

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 31, 2016 in How To Do Life
Advice for a 65-year-old, tech-light person with depression and no degree.

Surrendering, Giving Up, Resignation, Grief, and Growth

By Susan Rako M.D. on July 31, 2016 in More Light
Are you feeling hopeless about moving your life forward in some direction? Giving up can yield unexpected consequences.

Depression and Friendship

Depression can affect so many aspects of a person’s life, including their friendships.

The Importance of Our Time Perspective

We are all responsible for our actions – and our reactions. But equally important are our inactions, the action we chose not to take...