Depression Essential Reads

Faded Glory: What Can We Learn From the Formerly Famous?

Celebrities are exceptional individuals. Can we learn from how they cope when their glory fades?

Sneaky SAD

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 Chronotherapy
I thought I was going to skip a year of SAD in November of 2015. I was feeling symptom-free! But I didn't count on a gradual onset, one stealthy symptom at a time.

Baby Blues, Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Psychosis

This public health measure is well meaning. Good enough maternal love ought to be the highest value in our society. In practice this means the destructive use of antidepressants.

Maybe It’s Harder to Kill Yourself Than You Picture

Is thinking about suicide ever therapeutic?

The “Airbag” of Depersonalization: Shield or Disorder?

By Elena Bezzubova on February 09, 2016 The Search for Self
The painful experience of unreality safeguards from a danger.

If Depression Were an Infection

What if depression were an infection? Although most of us focus on the psychological symptoms associated with depression, these physical symptoms are no less real.

Depression in Children

What are the risk factors for childhood depression and how can it be treated?

The Best Kept Secret to Energy Management—Backed by Science

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 Feeling It
Work hard, play hard? Think again, data shows. Why living life in the fast lane can slow you down, and what to do instead.

Why Is Neuroticism So Toxic?

Neuroticism is widely considered the most toxic of the "Big Five" personality traits. Read this blog post for some easy tips on how-to become less neurotic.

Screening for Depression in Pregnancy

New recommendations mean that insurers will be required to screen pregnant and postpartum women for depression.

These U.S. Presidents Suffered from Mental Illness

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 The Squeaky Wheel
How many presidents would you guess had mental illness?

College Athletes May Be More Depressed Than You Think

Similar to the compulsive exerciser whose tireless adherence to fitness most people admire, many college athletes may be struggling beneath a veneer of achievement.

Six Reasons to Give Someone a Second Chance

When people bother you to the point where you’re done and ready to excise them from your life, before you do, consider these 6 reasons to give them a second chance.

Depression Screening - What Should We Do?

The government wants every adult to be screened for depression - then what?

Tweeting, Not Sleeping? Balancing Sleep and Social Media

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 Sleep Newzzz
According to just-released research, time spent on social media may be seriously undermining nightly rest.

The New Demonic Possession

By David Ludden Ph.D. on January 25, 2016 Talking Apes
How we deal with the mentally ill depends what we think caused the disorder.

Depression, Heart Disease and Recovery: Steps for Success

Heart disease and depression go hand in hand--Here is what YOU need to know!

3 Definitive Ways to Beat Winter Blues

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on January 20, 2016 Feeling It
Winter can be a downer. Here are three ways to make the best of it.

Smashing the Neurotransmitter Myth

Serotonin depletion is not the cause of psychiatric conditions. Antidepressants are a significant factor in suicides and mass mass murders.

Psychiatric Medicines Are Not All Good Or All Bad

By Allen J Frances M.D. on January 15, 2016 Saving Normal
Psychiatric meds that are very helpful for clear cut psychiatric disorders usually do more harm than good when used for the everyday difficulties that life throws at us.

Alert or Avert: Evaluating the Suicidal Mass Murderer

A lesson in suicide evaluation for those tasked with welfare checks might avert future acts of self-destructive mass murder.

4 Science-Backed Secrets to Holidays that Really ARE Happy

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on December 21, 2015 Feeling It
Some great research-backed ways for you to make the absolute best of the holidays. Here are 4 ways to ensure they truly ARE happy!

8 Research-Supported Ways to Bust the Winter Blues

Feeling tired, blue, or blah? Try these ideas to regain your enthusiasm.

Laughing at Mental Illness?

Who is making the joke and why? Comedy helps people cope with mental illness.

What Is Happening to Middle-Aged White People in the U.S.?

Previously decreasing mortality rates have reversed for 45- to 54-year-old white men and women in the U.S. due in large part to higher suicide rates and more accidental overdoses.

Comparing Pain, Cognitive, and Salience Accounts of dACC

Is the dACC for pain processes or cognition? The debate continues.

Mental Health and College Students: A Conversation

College mental health is a huge issue. This blog explains what is happening and why.

6 Ways Self-control Can Make You Worse Off

Compulsive people are apt to get just as little long-range pleasure as impulsive ones.

The Real Reason Using Facebook Makes You Feel Bad

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on December 03, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
Why does using Facebook make some people feel bad and what can you do about it? Read on to find out.

You Are Not Your Mental Illness

If there was a bruise on your arm, you wouldn't go around calling yourself a bruise.