Essential Reads

Withdrawal and Inactivity Feed Depression

If you're depressed, you need to fight the urge to avoid friends and sit around.

What Helicopter Parents Need to Know

Nurturing college students for success, not dependency

Why Lisa Lampanelli is a ‘Spiritual Gangster’

Comedian's Service To Others Is A Path To Self-Esteem

Nature Calms the Mind—Even in Photos

The benefit may be greatest for worriers.

Recent Posts on Depression

Psychotherapy vs. Medications: The Verdict Is In

Both psychiatrists and psychologists devote their careers to helping people with mental health issues. As promising as neuroscience may be for helping researchers find clues to the brain, the real key to treatment lies in therapy, not drugs. Your best bet is to explore all options when you or your loved ones seek help.

The Psychology of Box Set Binging

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 21, 2015 in In Excess
Recent media stories have reported on the alleged negative effects of box-set bingeing (‘Watching TV box-set marathons is warning sign you're lonely and depressed - and will also make you fat’). But what do we know about box-set bingeing psychologically and is it really bad for our health?

The Narcissism Test

By Craig Malkin PhD on July 21, 2015 in Romance Redux
The Narcissism Test -- What's Your Score?

5 Ceremonies of Healing

Simple ceremonies that you create and enact can help you heal emotionally and maintain your mental health.

Dying From Pain Relief

By Mark Borigini M.D. on July 19, 2015 in Overcoming Pain
That is, when it comes to depression, NSAIDs might not be helpful, their mechanism of action is not yet fully explained, and, really, most would agree that being diagnosed with a heart attack or stroke would most likely not result in less depression in an already depressed individual.

Learning From the Inside Out

Learning from the inside out centers around the role of emotion in shaping our lives. Disney’s new film, Inside Out, presents current thinking in neuroscience in a format that allows animated characters to teach us how to live life.

Anger Problems

It is nearly impossible to understand other people's perspectives when angry or resentful. You're bound to oversimplify and see only the negative aspects of something.

17 Minutes a Day?

How many minutes is too many minutes to spend focused on your cellphone?

Can You Be Too Fat to Lose Weight?

When an unfortunate hopelessness grips the morbidly obese

Is Fame Really Worth Risking Mental Health?

I would not have predicted the stranglehold it Reality TV would come to have on “entertainment” today. It wasn’t a bad notion to use TV to shed light on the human condition. However, as a PsyD and LCSW, I know that whenever human beings are pitted against each other in a public forum, it triggers instincts and unpredictable behavior in them.

A Life Interrupted: The Tim Bransfield Story

In the summer of 2002, Tim Bransfield had it all. Then Tim crashed his mother’s car head-on into a tree at eighty miles per hour, and, as he says in his book, “everything went dark.”

Suicide: From Darkness to Light

Odds are you or someone you know has been affected directly or indirectly by suicide. If you know someone who lives in the darkness, or if you are personally struggling to find the light, don't give up hope. No matter how dark life may seem there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

F%$& Shame, TEDx and Mental Health

By Adi Jaffe Ph.D. on July 13, 2015 in All About Addiction
Many of us don't give the proper weight to the use of mental health labels. As this talk shows, diagnostic labels can actually impact the way in which labeled individuals perform. If nothing else, this fact should make us more wary of using these labels as everyday placeholders to describe those around us. We may just be sentencing them to meeting our low expectations.

Keep in Step: The Complexity of Stepfamilies

Lynne works with the underlying complexity of her stepfamily to create strong family bonds.

Rich Kids

Research has found that privileged kids are, as a whole, more self-centered, depressed, and self-destructive. They're more narcissistic, but struggle to develop a sense of self.

A Very Dark and Sad Day for Psychology

Many people trust psychologists with their emotional, behavioral, educational and relational health and well-being. They must be confident that psychologists always do the right thing and follow their ethical principles without exception. It may take some time for psychology to rebuild some of that trust after the release of the Hoffman Report on torture.

Despite an Ocean of Medication Teenage Suicides Soar

Many observers are inclined to see a causal link here: the flood tide of medications may be causing teen suicides. I’m not so sure. What we’re seeing is probably not a paradoxical effect of medication but the undertreatment of depression.

Brain Scan Predicts Best Treatment Approach for Depression

To be ill with depression any longer than necessary can be perilous. As a neuroscientist, I’m devoted to finding better, safer treatments for patients with mood disorders and other mental illness.

For Depression: Mindfulness Therapy Works as Well as Drugs

Mindfulness therapy may offer you relief—without any unwanted side effects.

The Healing Power of Pets

Abby helped Amanda through anxiety and depression. Abby is a cat.

Living With a Resentful or Angry Partner

The biggest challenge of living with a resentful or angry person is to keep from becoming one yourself. The high contagion and reactivity of resentment and anger are likely to make you into someone you are not.

My Daughter Paid Her Boyfriend To Be With Her

What To Do When Someone You Love Is In A Dreadful Relationship

6 Family Friendly Ways to Help Kids Grieve After Pet Loss

"Young members of the family often experience the death of a pet as their first exposure to grief."

The Criminal's Highs and Lows: Not a "Mood Disorder"

Do not confuse thinking errors with an "Axis 1" mental illness

Depression: Here's One Forgotten Approach

The use of character strengths is not a cure for depression. It is an important adjunct. In fact, it's an often forgotten aspect of depression therapies. This is surprising because it couldn't be easier for people with depression or their therapists to integrate strengths into treatment. Here's how...

Shame and Depression

Low on energy = low on activity. That is a sure fire path to feeling blue. How does a person deal with what seems like an inevitable failure of motivation and activity?

Sadness or Depression

Depression has been getting more and more media attention, especially when it is mentioned by extremely well-known people who have experienced it. This is the case of a very popular Brazilian preacher, the Catholic priest Marcelo Rossi, who, in his most recent book, "Philia," publicly declared that he suffered from this mental disorder.

7 Things I Love About Women With Postpartum Depression

When we can harness that arousal, we can guide her toward support resources that she is unable to utilize distress is high.

How a Sense of Purpose Can Help You Live Longer

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 06, 2015 in Media Spotlight
Recognizing what you want out of life and having a plan to achieve it is an important part of emotional well-being at any point in our lives. Still, a new research study published in the journal Development Psychology demonstrates that having a purpose in life is especially important in successful aging, both as a way of managing stress and preventing depression.

Psychiatric Drugs Are False Prophets With Big Profits

The underling theory of somatic psychiatry is that the source of human struggle is considered to be the brain itself, rather than the person. Treatments that follow from this simplistic, mechanistic, and reductionist notion have been to act directly on the brain, always with violating and destructive outcomes. This is now the tenet of the American Psychiatric Society.