Essential Reads

7 Ways to Mitigate Self-Doubt

Release negative thinking and live to your fullest potential.

What Not to Say to a Depressed Person

Depression isn’t just a matter of moral weakness or willpower

Embracing Hardship, a Surprising Secret to Happiness

We try to avoid pain and difficulty. Research shows that embracing it will help.

How to Stop Re-Creating Your Past and Finally Break Free

Learn 3-steps to change the expectations you have that are keeping you trapped.

Recent Posts on Depression

7 Things I Love About Women With Postpartum Depression

When we can harness that arousal, we can guide her toward support resources that she is unable to utilize distress is high.

How a Sense of Purpose Can Help You Live Longer

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 06, 2015 in Media Spotlight
Recognizing what you want out of life and having a plan to achieve it is an important part of emotional well-being at any point in our lives. Still, a new research study published in the journal Development Psychology demonstrates that having a purpose in life is especially important in successful aging, both as a way of managing stress and preventing depression.

Psychiatric Drugs Are False Prophets With Big Profits

The underling theory of somatic psychiatry is that the source of human struggle is considered to be the brain itself, rather than the person. Treatments that follow from this simplistic, mechanistic, and reductionist notion have been to act directly on the brain, always with violating and destructive outcomes. This is now the tenet of the American Psychiatric Society.

New York Times Best Seller Hoping to Bring More Awareness

By Judy L. Mandel on July 04, 2015 in Replacement Child
NY Times Best Seller Hoping to Bring More Awareness to Replacement Children

Depression Army™ Strong

I’m telling you that if I was able to talk about my depression, you can talk about yours. It feels good to finally drop the mask

Out of the Darkness Walk II

Crossing the finish line, I had but one wish – that people with serious mental illness would be treated with respect and given the compassionate care Dorothea Dix and President Kennedy envisioned so that far fewer people would take their own lives in the coming year.

How Does Your Circadian Clock Keep Track of the Seasons?

Until now, the specific neurobiology of how our circadian clocks keep track of the seasons has been a mystery. Recently, researchers identified how circadian rhythms synchronize with the seasons. These findings could lead to new treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and insomnia.

7 Ways to Mitigate Self-Doubt

Are you struggling with self-confidence? Learn how to overcome negative thinking and live to your fullest potential. Here are seven tips to mitigate self-doubt and create a new path to renewed confidence.

What Not to Say to a Depressed Person

By Jean Kim M.D. on July 01, 2015 in Culture Shrink
What isn’t helpful and remains a huge hurdle for the lay public to understand about depression is that it isn’t just a matter of moral failure or weakness or lack of willpower. The following comments are worth avoiding when talking to people you know going through a depressive episode:

Postpartum Depression: Whose Problem Is It?

When a medical condition intersects with several areas of specialization, the focus becomes diluted, thereby making it impossible for it to be given full attention from any one of the multidisciplinary areas of study or practice.

The Deep Dark Hole of Depression

Depression is scary to some and familiar to others. But everyone knows how easy it can be to fall into the depression hole. What we all need to realize though is that regardless of whether we fall in the trap or not, we don't have to live there. We don't have to make a home there. This article distinguishes between living in depression and acknowledging that it's there.

Embracing Hardship, a Surprising Secret to Happiness

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 29, 2015 in Feeling It
We try to avoid pain and difficulty. Research shows that embracing it will help.

When The Apple Falls Close to the Tree

In many cases, children with clinically significant psychiatric symptoms have a parent or other family member(s) with the same, often undiagnosed, issues.

How to Stop Re-Creating Your Past and Finally Break Free

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on June 28, 2015 in Living Forward
If no matter how hard you try you keep ending up in the same place, it may be that you don’t realize you are creating your life by recreating the past over and over again because the brain works on the principle of anticipation. Learn how to break free of the cycle that is keeping you trapped.

Marvel Comics' Daredevil Shows the Experience of Depression

Once again, the creators behind Marvel Comics' "Daredevil" masterfully use the comics form to illustrate psychological maladies, this time the depression suffered by the title character, Matt Murdock aka Daredevil.

6 Signs You Might Want to Call a Therapist

Depressive thinking can inhibit help-seeking behaviors.

Overcoming Garden Variety Moodiness

If you tend to moodiness and would like an approach that is "psychology" or "psychiatry light," give this a try.

If You've Been Down, Up Your Health Game to Avoid Stroke

By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 26, 2015 in Open Gently
After a depression, you're still at risk for stroke. The best solution is to exercise.

An Honest, Heartfelt Portrayal of Bipolar Disorder

Hollywood depictions of mental illness usually are far off the mark. In Infinitely Polar Bear, Mark Ruffalo gives a rich, three dimensional, and deeply sympathetic performance as the bipolar father of two young girls.

Coping with Loneliness: Finding Your Way Out of the Dark

Loneliness can be so agonizing that it often presses us to seek a quick remedy, something to numb the pain. Here are a few suggestions to help you make your way back out of the darkness without introducing new regrets.

Inside Out: A Psychologist's Take

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on June 25, 2015 in Reel Therapy
Why is the new animated film "Inside Out" so popular? It might have something to do with how the characters, which are a young girl's emotional states, are actually so much more....

Taboo of Male Rape Keeps Victims Silent

The stigmatization of male rape victims is harsh, such that survivors may not identify as victims, or realize that they have experienced a sexual assault.

Does Love Change Your Brain?

Falling in love may be more than just an emotional experience; it might alter your brain chemistry.

Reflections on Pixar's "Inside-Out" and the Neglect of Shame

Distinguishing whether you are depressed because you have experienced a prolonged state of sadness, or because you have experienced a prolonged state of shame, is critically important.

Trends in Youth Psychiatric Treatment: The Plot Thickens

A major new study looks at changes in the rates of child psychiatric disorders and their treatment. Its combination of both good and bad news will be a challenge to the cherry pickers on both sides of the psychiatry debate.

Therapy That Makes Life Worth Living

There is no magic pill for mental health, nor a quick fix for years of ingrained thoughts and behaviors.

Releasing Constipated Grief

By Kimberly Key on June 23, 2015 in Counseling Keys
Chronic complaining is one of the many side effects of constipated grief. Sometimes people have cumulative grief from traumas and losses that have piled up. They are deep storehouses of pain that the person hasn’t been able to fully process or release, so they get clogged up.

The Rocky Transition to Parenthood

Unrealistic expectations fuel our difficulties in the early days of parenthood.

The Secret to a Fulfilling Life Is Not What You Might Think

The secret to a fulfilling life is not what you might think.