Essential Reads

Happy Tea Drinkers?

Tea drinking predicts lower risk of depression

After the Storm

Why do I continue to carry on some of the worst of my depressive symptoms?

April (and May, and Probably June) Is the Cruelest Month

Are your allergies making you depressed?

On Crashing, Burning, and Finding Recovery

Creative people are prone to depression and burnout. Here's how to recover.

Recent Posts on Depression

A Challenge to Mothers Everywhere

There is sometimes an unspoken implication that for a woman to be a good mother, she must cast aside other parts of herself that make her who she is. In reality, the best gift a mother can give her children is to be a happy, fulfilled and whole person, in and of herself.

An Opportunity to Think Upstream

By Paul Gionfriddo on May 09, 2015 in Finding Tim
B4Stage4 changes the equation for people with mental illnesses. It gets us focused on what we can do early, before a crisis occurs, to change trajectories of lives.

Are YOU Your Harshest Critic?

No one is perfect; even the best and brightest make mistakes. Don't dwell on your failures, instead learn from them and move on. Negative self-talk and worrying about what others say can zap the energy you need to become your better you. Silence the inner bully that persistently goads you to hurt and neglect yourself, in the interests of becoming the best you can be.

The Debate Over “Excited Delirium” Heats Up

To be clear, we have known since the early 19th century that there is a form of manic excitement, or “manic delirium,” that may end fatally.

You're NOT Being Irrational!

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 07, 2015 in Ambigamy
Rational means comparing, using ratios. We all do that, but sometimes we compare to the wrong things.

What's the Downside of Self-Soothing?

When you’re feeling stressed, out-of-sorts, or on-edge, you should be able to turn to whatever offers you comfort. Still, some forms of self-soothing are much healthier, safer, and adaptive than others. And regrettably, certain ways of comforting yourself can carry a steep price tag—and in the end be seriously detrimental to both you and your relationships. . . .

On Crashing, Burning, and Finding Recovery

Creative people are prone to depression and burnout. Here's how to recover.

The Opposite of Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: Deborah's Story

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on May 06, 2015 in Chronotherapy
Spring has finally sprung, and now’s a great time to take stock of mistakes that produced the gloomy winter past. Psychologist Elizabeth Saenger tells the story of her co-worker’s descent from the Get-Up-and-Go Olympics to a turtle in molasses. And how she and you can turn this picture around.

Common Anti-Depressants Do Cause Weight Gain

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 06, 2015 in Open Gently
Wellbutrin causes less weight gain than other common anti-depressants.

Who You Calling Phobic?

Fears about unstable ground are real, say researchers. And that's particularly true after a major quake.

How Can We Nurture Our Teens?

What needs to be in place within communities to show teens that they’re not miniature adults, but valued for their stage in life?

10 Notes for Parents of Complex Kids

You thought you were a doer, a go-getter, indefatigable and unsinkable? Think again. And welcome to the club!

Behaviour for Failures

Top behaviours that guarantee misery for yourself and others

6 Ways That Tonight's Dreams Could Change Your Life

Can we benefit from thinking about our dreams? Will attending to our dreams waste our time or, even worse, mislead us into inferences of false meaning?

Brutal Weather, Depressed Mood, What We Can Do About It

Our cruel winter in the Northeast took a greater toll on us than has been recognized. I know it took a toll on me and it took its toll on my patients. I could feel the effects of day after day without sunlight --cold weather, snow, rain and cloudiness --on my mood. Like my patients, I felt slightly depressed; had less energy than usual, and wanted to sleep more.

Is Crying Really Good for You?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 05, 2015 in Open Gently
Weeping may not make you feel better, if you're alone, depressed, or don't get a soothing response.

5 Warning Signs of Mental Health Risk

The American Psychological Association, with help from First Lady Michelle Obama, has launched a campaign to encourage troubled Americans to seek care for mental health problems. What are the warning signs?

Gender Pathology

If we constructed a society in which life’s roles were as bifurcated by ear lobes as they are in our culture by genitals, then the first thing parents and grandparents would want to know at birth would be attached or unattached, not boy or girl.

Journaling Clears Out the Bad, Builds Up the Good

By Jason Powers M.D. on May 03, 2015 in Beyond Abstinence
Multiple studies show that disclosing emotions through journaling is therapeutic, which is why I encourage my patients to write for their own benefit and consumption.

Mechanics of the Placebo Effect

A look at how the placebo effect works

Mental Health Awareness

The month of May celebrates mental health

There's a Hidden Dark Side to Being an Entrepreneur

The hidden secret among many entrepreneurs is the psychological price they pay for their choices. The demands of business ownership may place entrepreneurs at a higher risk of specific mental health problems.

Peak Experiences, Disillusionment, and the Joy of Simplicity

Having a once-in-a-lifetime peak experience can trigger an unexpected sense of disillusionment. What is the antidote for feeling dissatisfied after a peak experience like getting married, graduation, or visiting a dream destination? This blog post offers a few clues.

Why Your Old Friends Are Vital to Your Future

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on April 30, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
Can we predict who might be at risk for becoming lonely later in life?

Happiness With Life 8: Practice Breakthrough, Not Breakdown

In addition to filling your life with pleasurable and happy moments, how you respond to life’s hardships and hassles also goes a long way toward you leading a happy life. Learn how to make lemonade out of lemons by adopting a Breakthrough rather than a Breakdown way of approaching life.

A Social Network for Depression

It's become more common to question the good of technology we use every day. Are we glued to our devices to the detriment of our real-life relationships? Does our scrolling through Facebook help us feel more connected, or feel worse about our own lives?

7 Ways to Heal After a Painful Breakup

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D. on April 29, 2015 in Me Before We
After a stormy relationship, you can think you’re OK, you're feeling stable, but then you plunge right back into confusion, disgust, and fear all over again.

Inner Selves: Calming the Demons

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on April 29, 2015 in Fixing Families
We all have inner voices that criticize or make us anxious or simply make us feel bad, but can control our lives. Some tips for pushing back.

Suicide Alert: The Spring Season Can Be Deadly

Suicide Alert: Springtime can be a deadly season.

Why Loneliness Hurts So Much

Just we feel hunger when we haven't enough food, we feel affection hunger when our needs for connection go unmet. Close relationships aren’t a luxury, but a necessity. The need for social connection is innate, just like the need for food, sleep, and air.