Essential Reads

What if Your Wife Has Postpartum Depression?

How to know if your spouse needs help and help her get it

Obsess Much? Here’s Why

The Evolutionary Psychology of Rumination

Can a Building Make You Sad?

New tools can help us to understand the emotional impact of buildings.

Recent Posts on Depression

What to Do When Life Hurts

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on August 18, 2015 in Making Change
Adversity can cut deep, like a psychic dagger. The pain is real, and the psychic scar can last a lifetime. While you probably wouldn’t choose adversity, you can choose how to respond to it. You can choose to listen to what it has to teach and to be better in some way for the lessons it offers.

Grief Out Of Order: Apocalyptic Loss and "The Walking Dead"

"The Walking Dead" demonstrates how stages of grief follow no universal order. Before we discover how new characters on "Fear the Walking Dead" respond to the zombie apocalyse, look back at how one of the original program's characters faced loss and bereavement. What do these reactions mean for ongoing survival in a complicated world? What might Kübler-Ross say?

Countering "I'm Bitter" Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 17, 2015 in How To Do Life
When life has beaten you down, you can be embittered. Here's possible help.

Beware the Witch-hunt: Depression, Pilots and Air Crashes

Should pilots undertake regular psychological assessment? And how to make it accurate and reliable?

Can Twitter Predict Who Will Develop Postpartum Depression?

Research shows that artificial intelligence can monitor a woman's Twitter feed during pregnancy and predict with 80% accuracy whether she will go on to develop postpartum depression.

Inside the Mind of the Pilot who Flies to Crash

While the German co-pilot’s motives remain mysterious, clues as to his psychology are being dissected, including the suggestions reported in the media that he appears to have flown fewer hours than would be expected given the career stage reached, plus he seems to have taken a mysterious break of several months in the middle of his training.

The Psychology of Regret

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on August 14, 2015 in A Sideways View
There is nothing like shortage of time to concentrate the mind. Those who have looked back in their final months of life and written about things have a lot to teach us.

Suicide: It’s Time to Break Taboos

The suicide taboo, which has deep roots in our culture, has concealed a sad reality: that it can affect anyone at any time of life, regardless of socioeconomic status, age, race, gender or religion.

AA Saved My Life and I Get Why You Hate It

By Anna David on August 13, 2015 in After Party Chat
I thought the only way to tackle alcoholism was through AA. I was wrong. But so are those who stake entire careers on railing against the program.

Bicycle Days

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 13, 2015 in Talking Apes
We, as a society, have convinced ourselves that we have to ride a motorized vehicle everywhere we go. Even when walking or biking would be faster, we tell ourselves that driving is safer. Yet our love affair with cars—as well as our dread of physical exertion—underlies our national epidemic of obesity and depression.

Countering Sad Business Owner Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 13, 2015 in How To Do Life
Small business owners don't have it easy. Perhaps these ideas will help.

Countering Sad Artist Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 12, 2015 in How To Do Life
Artistic people have reason for malaise but there are solutions.

Complicated Grief and the Inner Clock

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on August 11, 2015 in Chronotherapy
For some bereaved individuals, grief turns from an emotion into an illness that can last months or years—and causes neurological changes that can be detected on an MRI. Find out more about complicated grief and the effects it can have on your sleep and circadian rhythms.

When Life Turns To Sh*t - Look For The Pony

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on August 11, 2015 in Emotional Fitness
One of the most powerful positions you can take in life is to know that if you were to lose everything, you could find success once again. I pray that you never have to go through anything so difficult, but if you do, you can trust that you have the inner strength and confidence to make your world whole again.

Countering Sad Millennial Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 11, 2015 in How To Do Life
20-somethings face challenges but there's hope.

Exercise Your Way Out of Anxiety and Depression?

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on August 10, 2015 in Inner Source
When the stress hormones surge, learn how exercise can help you deal.

What Robin Williams’ Suicide Can Teach Us About Depression

By Erin Olivo Ph.D. on August 10, 2015 in Wise Mind Living
80% of people suffering from depression don’t receive treatment due to these myths.

Too Much Tragedy Making You “Heartworn”—Weary of Compassion?

Sad and tragic headlines assault us daily. How do we keep our compassion safe from fatigue?

Longing for Mania

Why do patients with bipolar depression so often go off their meds?

Think You Can Do This On Your Own?

Asking for help means taking a risk that the person you talk to knows what to do and will act accordingly.

Countering Sad Politically Incorrect Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 10, 2015 in How To Do Life
Being out of step with the times can be dispiriting and tough to cure.

Sad Lawyer Syndrome and How to Prevail

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 08, 2015 in How To Do Life
A docket of solutions for our many unhappy attorneys.

Wealthy-But-Sad Syndrome and Ways to Address It

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 07, 2015 in How To Do Life
Surprisingly often, a side effect of wealth is sadness. There are solutions.

A Mother Battles Suicide

By Martha Manning on August 06, 2015 in Living With Depression
In the midst of a suicidal depression, a psychologist is coaxed back to life in a way she never imagined.

PTSD – Can These Two Little-Known Treatments Help?

Learn about the two little-known treatments that can help with your PTSD

What Do You Look Like When You’re Bored?

By Peter Toohey on August 06, 2015 in Annals of the Emotions
What does it look like to be bored, to be melancholy or depressed, or even just to be thinking? In photography, in art, and in real-life there are often striking similarities. There's usually a head-on-the-hand. But there are some differences and that's what I'll try to show you here. See if you can spot them at the next meeting you attend.

Treating Sad Counselor Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 06, 2015 in How To Do Life
It's not easy being a therapist, counselor, or coach. These ideas may help.

Is it the Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

It's natural to wonder if what you are feeling may be a symptom of something more serious. And considering 20 percent of women do experience postpartum depression or anxiety, it's also important to know when to seek professional help to feel better.

Mood Disorders and Creativity

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on August 05, 2015 in Why We Worry
There is an enduring belief that creativity in the arts is associated with psychological disturbance and even “madness”

Sad Teacher Syndrome and How to Remediate It

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 05, 2015 in How To Do Life
Teachers have ever greater reasons for dissatisfaction. But it's remediable.