Depression Essential Reads

10 Things to Try When You’re Feeling Lonely

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on December 07, 2016 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Anyone can feel the pain of loneliness. Here are ten ways to ease the pain of loneliness.

3 Things Most People Get Wrong About OCD

By Linda Esposito LCSW on December 06, 2016 in From Anxiety to Zen
The bizarre, random and irrational thoughts and behaviors are not that important when treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Here's what is.

Amish Asthma Rates Offer Clues to Preventing Mental Illness

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New evidence that healthy bodies promote healthy minds

3 Holiday Depression Myths

Winter holidays may coincide with mood disorders, but are they linked to suicide?

Too Much Self-Esteem May Be Keeping Millennials Single

By Caitlin Cantor LCSW, CST on November 29, 2016 in Modern Sex
If you're a Millennial, you may be more skilled at being alone than you are in relationships. Learn the relational skills you missed if you grew up during the self-esteem movement.

Can You Spice Up Your Antidepressant?

Is curcumin the next supplement to take psychiatry by storm? Not yet, but there's some promising data so far.

Face-to-Face Social Participation Nourishes Quality of Life

By Christopher Bergland on November 24, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research suggests that it wouldn't be such a bad idea to practice the core values of Thanksgiving—gratitude and social connectedness—365 days a year.

Taking a Deeper Look at the "Negative Person"

By Carrie Barron M.D. on November 24, 2016 in The Creativity Cure
The person who is labeled "negative" may actually be sad.

Your Brain on Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings transitions can affect our delicate circadian clocks, leading to disruptions in behavior and mood.
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Beware Of The Rush To Label Yourself “Unfixable”

By Susan Noonan MD on November 05, 2016 in View From the Mist
Don’t Get Discouraged And Jump Into The Treatment-Resistant Pool Too Soon
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Seasonal Affective Disorder: What You Need to Know

With the end of Daylight Savings Time, it's a good time to delve into the impact that lack of sunlight can have on mood, sleep and energy.

Effective Up and Down the Line

By Peter D Kramer on November 04, 2016 in In Practice
A recent study finds that antidepressants work across the spectrum of major depression, for patients with severe, moderate, and mild forms of the disorder. Will the press notice?

Helping Your College Student Cope With Psychosis

By Marcia Morris M.D. on October 30, 2016 in College Wellness
Resilience. Hope. Recovery. Remember these words if your child has an episode of psychosis.

Mental Health Support in Humanitarian Settings

Bringing dedicated non-specialists on board can be a feasible and highly effective solution to help alleviate the increased burden of mental illnesses in undersourced settings.

Groundbreaking Study Roots Out Signs of Depression in Brain

By Christopher Bergland on October 18, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
This pioneering discovery could lead to more effective treatments for depression.

No, Placebo Response Rates Are Not on the Rise

By Peter D Kramer on October 13, 2016 in In Practice
New research finds that placebo responses are not on the rise in antidepressant trials—a result that suggests the impact of placebo has been exagerated

Gaining Happiness by Losing Yourself

By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Sense of Time
A novel scientific perspective on happiness and a potential to treat mental disorders.
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8 Postpartum Depression Symptoms You Need to Know

A mother's difficulties don't end after labor, but when are your hardships more than just "baby blues?" Here are some signs of postpartum depression that you need to look out for.

Fast Food Industry Demands ‘Emotional Labour’ from Employees

Cheerful presence can be essential to profitability in the fast-food industry. But emotional labour may be doing more harm than good to employee emotional and mental wellbeing.

Will Ketamine Change Depression Treatment?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 04, 2016 in Open Gently
Ketamine could prevent suicides and give hope to people with untreatable depression.

Three Kinds of Depressive Episodes

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on October 03, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
Once we recognize that depression is a state of behavioral shutdown, we can see that there are depressive reactions, depressive disorders, and depressive diseases.

8 Common Effects of Narcissistic Parenting

By Craig Malkin Ph.D. on September 30, 2016 in Romance Redux
Being raised by a narcissistic parent can have profound and lasting effects.

Bad Moms: Social Stigmas and Postpartum Mental Illness

By Jean Kim M.D. on September 29, 2016 in Culture Shrink
We need to examine how the biological symptoms of postpartum mental illnesses intersect with the high societal expectations regarding the "perfect mother."

Help Your College Student Combat a Major Danger: Depression

By Marcia Morris M.D. on September 25, 2016 in College Wellness
With the right treatment plan, your child can develop the tools to fight her way out of the darkness of depression and into the light of recovery.

Suicide in Children — What Every Parent Must Know

Only about one-third of children or young adolescents who died from suicide told anyone that they intended to kill themselves. Do you know the risk factors?

Diversity and Inclusiveness Is Good For Your Well-being

Being intolerant of people who are different to you may be bad for your well-being; results for 8 different aspects of well-being.

5 Things We Can All Do to Help Stop Suicide

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Compassion Matters
The suicidal state is almost always transient and temporary. If we intervene and get people the help they need, we can help save lives. To do this, we must educate ourselves.

How the Immune System Influences Suicidality

Many biological and environmental factors contribute to suicidal behaviors. Factors that stimulate the brain’s immune responses may increase the risk of suicide.

Therapy Without a Therapist?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Learning and practicing new skills is at the heart of CBT—whether you're working with a therapist or on your own.
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How Drum Circles Can Improve, if Not Cure, Your Depression

Have you ever wondered how people used to treat depression before prescription medications were invented?