Depression Essential Reads

Stop the Presses! Dog Owners Are Happier

New data looks at the impact that dog or 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 moroseness.

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.
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Mental Health for the Rest of Us

In an effort to decrease stigma, we’ve expanded the way we talk about mental illness.

Reducing the Pain

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on May 29, 2016 in Tried and True
When rotten happenings occur such as tragic events, not getting what we want or getting what we don't want: we can choose to make effort to minimize our suffering and maximize joy.

Favorable Trajectories

By Peter D Kramer on May 27, 2016 in In Practice
How distinctive are antidepressants? Answers from research that looks at progress made by individual patients.

Using Brain Scans to Diagnose Mental Disorders

Some clinics are using brain imaging (especially SPECT) for diagnosing psychological conditions like ADHD and depression, but there's little science to support this use.

Is Joy Communal?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on May 18, 2016 in The Human Beast
The epidemic of depression that emerged with urbanization in the US is often attributed to loneliness in large cities. Perhaps it is also due to less opportunities to express joy.

Black Women and Postpartum Depression

Black women face a formidable stereotype when it comes to mental health: the myth of the black "superwoman." Here's how to break through it and feel better.

Is Heat an Antidepressant?

Before psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, there was a third therapeutic tradition in psychiatry--and it involved heat. And it was very successful.

Moby and Existentialism: It's All in the Family

For Moby, acceptance of the absurdity of life is what helps him to recognize that he may never fully understand certain ontological questions regarding the nature of our existence.

5 Better Ways to Deal With Disappointment

After suffering a disappointment, it's important to let go of negative feelings. What's the best way to do this?

At What Age Are You Most Likely to Feel Lonely?

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on May 10, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
Many people associate being lonely with being old. However, a new study finds many of assumptions about loneliness are wrong.