Essential Reads

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).

More Posts on Depression

How to Get Out of Your Anxious Mind

Is your mind your worst enemy? These tips can get you on the right side of calm.

Love in Outer Space - Or Just in Your Head?

Water worlds? Kelper 62f? Stanislaw Lew’s sci-fi novel "Solaris" gave them a living angry mind. Tarkovsky’s and Steven Soderbergh’s psychological films saw it differently. Why?

11 Ways to Deal With a Critical Mother

What to do about a critical mother

Using Your Dosha to Heal Depression

We've heard the words, but don't know what they mean or how they can help us. Dosha? Ayurvedic medicine? A psychological look at the benefits of Ayurveda proves promising.

Want to Reduce Your Risk of Depression Naturally? Try This.

New research has pinpointed an easy 30-minute remedy that can reduce your risk of depression and hypertension.

Diet Soft Drinks Linked to Depression

Consumption of sweetened drinks—especially those sweetened with sugar substitutes, like aspartame and sucralose—may be linked to depression.

I Lost My Step-Family and I'm Distressed

Reader: My dad and stepmother split up and I miss my stepbrother.

3 Ways to Balance Your Food and Your Mood

A depressed mood can be the result of many things, but it is often a sign that your basic needs are not being met.

The Surprising Power of Just Giving Up

My last post addressed issues relating to fighting what is. This one links to situations where you can best triumph over difficulties through—paradoxically—surrendering to them.

10 Real Risks of Multitasking, to Mind and Body

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on June 22, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
Multitasking has become such a regular part of our lives that most of us believe we can do it well, and few would imagine it was actually dangerous.

Is Your Brain Inflamed? You Might Need to Know

Inflammation is not just a response to infection. There are signs that it can be a precursor to some common brain disorders, including strokes, depression and Alzheimer's disease.

Do Teens Need Anti-Depressants?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 21, 2016 in Open Gently
Therapists often don't talk about diet and sleep when they treat depressed teens. Or parental habits. They should.

Do You Need Religion for Life Meaning and Purpose?

Do you ever struggle to get up in the morning and go about your day? You might lack a sense of deep meaning and purpose in life. This article can help!

The Flawed Psychological "Truths" of Yesterday

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 20, 2016 in How To Do Life
When expert opinion contravenes your intuition.
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Are Anti-Depressant Tests Worth It?

Get the right test and you'll get the right drug, right?
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Volunteer When Depressed? The Life You Save May Be Your Own

By Susan Noonan MD on June 18, 2016 in View From the Mist
My personal experience of how volunteering helped get me, and now maybe you, through depression.

The Biggest Problem in Therapy

Discover the primary reason therapy interventions fail, and learn how to avoid falling into this trap.

7 Powerful Ways to Live a Highly Compassionate Lifestyle

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 15, 2016 in Feeling It
Despite this age of terror, there is a lot you can do to make a difference - and it doesn't take much.

How We All Contribute to Terrorism

Loss of attachment or emotional bonds gouges holes in the heart that do not remain hollow for very long.

Is It Safe to Take Supplements with Antidepressants?

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on June 12, 2016 in Inner Source
Are natural supplements safe and effective to take while taking antidepressants? A few may be the key to feeling better.

Welcome to Misery!

For much of the past 20 years, psychology has been obsessed with the quest for happiness. Maybe it's time we looked in the other direction.

Three ways depression is connected to food

With depression often comes dissatisfaction with one’s appearance. Food, the fuel our body runs on, plays a key role in this mind-body relationship.

6 Ways to Take the Sting Away from Criticism After Mistakes

Do you squirm when you've made mistakes and now see criticism coming your way? Tighten up with anxiety? Feel tempted to counterpunch? Here's five better post-mistake strategies.

When Parental Choices Have Fatal Consequences

Preventable illnesses among children lead to distress and shame in parents
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Eating Disorder Treatment: In Home Transitional Support

By Greta Gleissner LCSW on June 08, 2016 in Bottom's Up
Transitional eating disorder specialists are meeting clients in their homes, at local restaurants, on college campuses, or just off campus to provide meal support and coaching.
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Better is Not Good Enough: Wellness is the Goal

By Susan Noonan MD on June 08, 2016 in View From the Mist
Getting rid of your depression symptoms alone is not enough to feel well. Read on to see what it means to achieve wellness.

The Protest of "Me Before You"

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D. on June 07, 2016 in Reel Therapy
"Me Before You" seems to be about disability, makes a comment on patient assisted suicide, and shows how depressed characters can dampen entertainment quality in cinema...

Phenomenology as a Treatment for Depression and Anxiety

By Neel Burton M.D. on June 07, 2016 in Hide and Seek
Phenomenology can, quite literally, bring us back to life.

To Live and Die in America

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on June 07, 2016 in Time Out
The suicide rate has risen 24% in the past 15 years. Our national narrative may bear some of the blame.

Exhaustion: A History

By The Book Brigade on June 07, 2016 in The Author Speaks
We may have new ways of expressing exhaustion, but we humans have been complaining about it for a very long times.