Depression 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.

3 Keys To Finding Balance in Motherhood

Motherhood can be an excuse to give up on your dreams. Writer Yuko Grover offers tips to empower yourself and your children.

Why Have We Become So Anxious?

So what is changing in peoples lives to accelerate all this focused and unfocused anxiety? That is the question of the decade.
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7 Reasons Why Breast Cancer Is Better Than Depression

The day after my first chemotherapy treatment, I had an epiphany. I was overcome with relief. I was going to be sick and not feel ashamed.

A New Link Between Depression and Social Media Use

People who use social media more often tend to have higher rates of depression. But which way does the link go?

One Step Closer to a Rapidly Acting Antidepressant?

Ketamine can rapidly reverse depressive symptoms, but it can have serious side effects. A metabolite of ketamine may be as effective and have fewer side effects.

How To Become a Published Author: It's Not What You Think

During that five year period my first book was rejected, I couldn’t walk into a bookstore without getting depressed.

Stop the Presses! Dog Owners Are Happier

A new study reveals the impact dog and cat ownership has on the mental well-being, happiness, and life satisfaction of people.

Happiness for Sad People

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
Modest mitigators of malaise.

A Good Therapist Is Hard to Find

Most therapists aren't providing research-supported treatment. How to spot a good one.

Inside the Mind of the Munich Mass Killer

This kind of conundrum has led some psychiatrists to suggest mass or spree killers suffer from a rare disorder so far unclassified and unknown in the textbooks.

Do You (Figuratively) Lick Your Wounds? Should You?

Metaphorically, for humans the essence of wound-licking involves not a lapping tongue but a rationalizing mind.

Stronger Drugs, Stronger Placebos

By Peter D Kramer on July 19, 2016 in In Practice
New research is elucidating the biological underpinnings of the placebo response. The results might enhance our appreciation of real—inherently effective—medications.

Misdiagnosis of a Behavioral Addiction

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on July 12, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Many people with behavioral addictions have been told that they have a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

The Psychological Pros and Cons of Pokémon Go

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on July 12, 2016 in Urban Survival
Could the new game craze help social anxiety and depression? Catching Pokémon might have more rewards than you think.

A Possible New Class of Antidepressants

Recent advances in knowledge about the generation of new brain cells throughout the lifespan are leading to the development of new drugs to treat neuropsychiatric illnesses.

Why Women Are More Depressed Than Men

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on July 05, 2016 in Pop Psych
To understand why women are more depressed than men, you need to understand the adaptive function of depression

Postpartum Depression Underdiagnosed in Men

New research sheds light on men's experience with postpartum depression

What Is Global Mental Health?

The exciting field of Global Mental Health aims to address the shortage of mental health services in low-resource communities around the world.

Buying Local Food Won't Save the Planet

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on June 23, 2016 in The Human Beast
We are all concerned about the environment and about what life will be like for generations yet unborn. So the idea of local sourcing is becoming very popular.

Your Brain on Folate

The links between folate and depression are complicated, but not beyond understanding.

Is Depression 'Contagious'?

Can exposure to depression cause you to become depressed? The answer might surprise you.

Do Depressed and Anxious People Ruminate and Worry?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 13, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
Research on depression and anxiety has looked at many factors underlying these disorders. One important factor that has emerged in many studies is rumination.

The Big Divide in US Psychiatry

Peter Kramer just brought out a new book, Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants. The book is fluently written, interestingly argued and deserves wide sales.

TMS for Depression Adds to Treatment Options

When psychotherapy and medication are not enough in treating major depression,TMS is an example of a new method that may help.

Cognitive Impairment in Depression

Cognitive symptoms of depression may not respond well to treatment with antidepressant medications.

Giving the Devil His Due

By Peter D Kramer on June 03, 2016 in In Practice
A study showcased as validating psychotherapy shows surprising benefits from medication.