Essential Reads

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 in 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?

By Christopher Bergland on February 03, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
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.

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Music’s Power Explained

As it turns out, the emotions evoked by music don’t just feel good — they’re healthy for you, too. Music has the ability to reduce anxiety, fight depression and boost immunity.

Day 2: Dan Stradford on Safe Harbor and Mental Health Change

The future of mental health interview series continues with an interview with Dan Stradford, founder of Safe Harbor.

7 Simple Yoga Tips for Better Sleep

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on January 19, 2016 Urban Survival
More than 55% of people who do yoga get better sleep. Find out how you can use yoga to get better rest.

Why I Won't Be Showing My Children Sad Movies This Year

Why not take our kids to a matinee where they (and we) can inhabit a fantasy world? It seemed like a good idea to me...until I saw that it wasn’t.

Childhood Poverty Can Damage Brain Connectivity and Function

A new study reports that altered brain connectivity in poor children increases their risk of depression. 1 in 5 American children are currently living in poverty. This is a crisis.

What Doctors Are Getting All Wrong

Postpartum women in distress are extraordinarily good at pretending everything is fine.

5 Brain-Smart Resolutions

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on January 14, 2016 Obesely Speaking
Preventing no pain no gain from turning into no pickles no onions.

Is Bipolar Still In Disorder Really The Best We Can Do?

By Tom Wootton on January 14, 2016 Bipolar Advantage
Allowing such statements to go unchallenged not only harms the person saying them but also stigmatizes others into believing that the best we can do is to continue to suffer.

When a Loved One Attempts Suicide

Learning to forgive oneself after a loved one's suicide attempt is essential.

Student Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Struggling with bureaucratic barriers at university mental health services.

Interminable Terminal Insomnia, Part II

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on January 10, 2016 Chronotherapy
How does a clinical social worker proficient in sleep hygiene cope with persistent terminal insomnia? Abigail concludes her exploration of treatment for her holdout symptom of SAD.

Saffron for Emotional Health

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on January 10, 2016 Inner Source
Want a way to spice up your mood? Solid research is suggesting you may want to add saffron on your psychoemotional as well as culinary spice rack.

How to Tell if You’re Stressed or Depressed

By Erin Olivo Ph.D. on January 08, 2016 Wise Mind Living
Can stress lead to depression? Find out how to tell the difference between them.

Interminable Terminal Insomnia

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on January 08, 2016 Chronotherapy
How does a clinical social worker proficient in sleep hygiene cope with persistent terminal insomnia? Abigail details her struggle with her least favorite symptom of SAD.

Optimism: How to Live Longer and Be Happier

Could an optimistic approach extend your life and make you happier?

3 Ways Parenthood Makes You More Mindful (and Healthy)

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on January 07, 2016 Feeling It
Being a parent can be extremely hard, yet research shows it can make you more mindful, happy and healthy in the long run.

10 Reasons Why Some People Are So Vulnerable to Depression

Why do some people experience depression following stressful life events? The answer lies in their way of thinking and attitudes.

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Light Therapy

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on January 07, 2016 Urban Survival
Is your light box working for your winter blues? If not, this might be why.

Can Compulsive Internet Use Affect Adolescent Mental Health?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on January 06, 2016 Media Spotlight
Research suggests that becoming addicted to the Internet is an "equal opportunity problem" that can strike all adolescents regardless of sex or family background.

Jo McFarlane, Survivor!

Jo's story and her poetry reveal the essential spiritual truth that, however dark and difficult life becomes, hope for a future of love and joy is never to be denied.

The Problem With Stepfamilies

What to do about a tenuous relationship with a stepmother?

Exciting New Breakthrough in Mental Health

The new year offers more hope than ever for treatment of mental disorders.

5 Ways to Honor Sadness Instead of Distracting From It

While no one wants to focus solely on being sad, angry, or scared, making space for negative feelings (as well as the positive ones) can be a powerful tool for healing.

Postpartum Women and Therapy?

Mothers who trust the natural flow of life expect this passage to develop naturally, but instead, are be left feeling cheated, enraged and essentially misunderstood.

The Missing Piece in the Treatment of Bipolar Depression

Importance of lessening the downward pull of emotionally painful issues in relation to bipolar depression

How Much Guilt Is Enough?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on January 01, 2016 Off the Couch
As the New Year approached, Dan*, a college professor in his early thirties, told me that he was feeling so guilty about all of the things he had failed to do this year.

Depressed and Looking Forward to the End of the World?

Good natured and bad tempered depressives, going to the movies with Lars von Trier, centaur planets, Saturn, being anxious, and the end of the world.

What to Do When You Can't Stop Thinking About It

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on December 30, 2015 Living Forward
Negative rumination robs you of your present moment well-being and over time can lead to serious problems like depression or anxiety. Here's what you can do to regain control.

Regaining Balance in 2016

A simple structured approach to finding your center in 2016.

Sometimes He Doesn't Want Sex--and You Do

By Temma Ehrenfeld on December 30, 2015 Open Gently
Men can lose interest in sex, too. The prime suspects are work issues, depression, or medical problems.