Depression Essential Reads

5 Benefits of Asserting Your Needs—and How to Start Today

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on January 18, 2018 in Think, Act, Be
Responsible assertiveness is a win-win, allowing us to honor not just our own needs but the needs of others.

Why We Need to Address Mean Girl Behavior Early and Often

By Katie Hurley, LCSW on January 16, 2018 in Worry-Free Kids
Do mean girls leaving a lasting impact?
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Five Mistakes People With Depression Make

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on January 09, 2018 in In Practice
Ways people with depression self-sabotage and some highly practical solutions.

How Stigma Kills Doctors

Stigma is driving suicide in some doctors. Fortunately, courageous stories of doctors living with psychiatric illness are unlocking the shame.

Depression and Suicide

By Nancy Rappaport M.D. on January 08, 2018 in We Are Only Human
As students return to schools after the holidays, parents should also have a potentially life-saving talk with their kids to avert a possible tragedy — suicide.

Sad Songs Say So Much...About the Listener

A recent study suggests that a strong emotional response to sad music is associated with high empathy.

Show Your Mind Who's Boss

By Joel Minden, Ph.D. on January 06, 2018 in CBT and Me
Are you tired of being controlled by negative, destructive thoughts? Take charge with these three strategies.

Is Too Much Light Making Us Sick, Sad and Stressed?

Is too much light, not diet, to blame for the rise in obesity, hypertension and Type 2 diabetes?

Top Ten Tips for a Healthier Brain in 2018

By Georgia Ede MD on December 31, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Which dietary changes are really worth making when it comes to brain health? Simple, science-based advice that really works.

Online Programs Confront Suicide in Indigenous Communities

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on December 28, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Can technology alleviate the leading cause of death among indigenous peoples?

Cooling Brain Inflammation Naturally with Food

By Georgia Ede MD on December 27, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Which foods tilt your brain towards inflammation and away from healing?

Why Uniqueness Is Not So Important for the Meaning of Life

Some people mistakenly believe that non-unique lives must be meaningless.

How Helpful Are Interventions for War-Affected Civilians?

A new report casts intriguing light on the impact of mental health interventions for refugees and others affected by war or disaster.

The Neuroscience of Loneliness

By Elena Blanco-Suarez Ph.D. on December 19, 2017 in Brain Chemistry
Can loneliness kill? Science shows us how feeling lonely has a life-saving purpose.

Envy and Your Facebook Feed

By Susan Biali M.D. on December 16, 2017 in Prescriptions for Life
Do you feel envious when scrolling through Facebook? Might others feel envious when looking at what you post? Here's why both matter.

The Monistic Mistake About the Meaning of Life

Some people wrongly hold that in order to have a meaningful life, they must commit to one source of meaningfulness throughout their whole life.

My Adolescent Came Out as Transgender, What's Next?

Wondering if your support of a transgender or nonbinary teen matters? Research says it is lifesaving.

Top 10 Things You May Not Know About the ICD-10

By Jonathan D. Raskin, Ph.D. on December 13, 2017 in Making Meaning
American mental health professionals are often quite unfamiliar with aspects the ICD-10, despite its relevance to their work. Here is some basic information to help them.

Can Ketamine Help Suicidal Children?

By Jack Turban MD MHS on December 12, 2017 in Political Minds
Early research suggests that the psychedelic drug ketamine may help suicidal children, but are there risks?

Exposure to Heat Can Improve Mental Well-Being

Are you dreading being alone this holiday season? Schedule in some hot baths.

Our Youth Deserve Better

By J. Wesley Boyd M.D., Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in Almost Addicted
Transition-age youth (age 18-25) are at high risk for mental health, physical health, and substance use problems, yet they are falling through the cracks due to the lack of service

Advantages of E-Therapy Over Conventional Therapy

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in The Pregnant Pause
The research is growing for the effectiveness of online psychotherapy. Not only is it as effective as conventional, face-to-face therapy, it can be more affordable and accessible.

A Possible New Treatment for Bipolar Depression

A six-week course of bright light therapy administered midday led to substantial improvement in 68 percent of persons with depressive symptoms associated with bipolar disorder.

How Culture Affects Depression

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in Between Cultures
The meaning and symptoms of depression can vary around the world. So can the ways people cope with it.

Maintaining Positivity in Difficult Times

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Boundless
Having a bad day or a bad season? Check out these media links.

Sunlight Is the Best Medicine

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in Chronotherapy
Justice Brandeis remarked, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” It also helps cure people, as first observed in tuberculosis patients. It targets depression, too.

How Dangerous Is a Broken Heart?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Are people dealing with a romantic breakup more prone to depression and suicide? New research examines the short-term dangers of relationship loss.

It Ain't About How Hard You Hit

By Elena Blanco-Suarez Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Brain Chemistry
What is going on in the brain when a fighter gets punched or kicked in the head? Ex-UFC fighter Shannon Gugerty talks about his own experience.

Your Most Powerful Tool Against Postpartum Depression

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in The Pregnant Pause
Getting enough sleep during pregnancy may be your most powerful tool in warding off postpartum depression.

Frazzled: High Anxiety and Low Frustration Tolerance

By Linda Esposito LCSW on November 28, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Are you sick and tired of over-reacting to everything? Get curious about your behavioral patterns and get over your fly-off-the-handle ways.