Essential Reads

Groundbreaking Study Roots Out Signs of Depression in Brain

By Christopher Bergland on October 18, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
This pioneering discovery could lead to more effective treatments for depression.

No, Placebo Response Rates Are Not on the Rise

By Peter D Kramer on October 13, 2016 in In Practice
New research finds that placebo responses are not on the rise in antidepressant trials—a result that suggests the impact of placebo has been exagerated

Gaining Happiness by Losing Yourself

By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Sense of Time
A novel scientific perspective on happiness and a potential to treat mental disorders.

8 Postpartum Depression Symptoms You Need to Know

A mother's difficulties don't end after labor, but when are your hardships more than just "baby blues?" Here are some signs of postpartum depression that you need to look out for.

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9 Ways Motherhood Can Break Your Spirit

Longing for previous, worry-free days where spontaneity and carefree enjoyment was plentiful feels utterly incompatible with how your life feels right now.

Coping Guidelines for All of Us

In the last few months our nation has witnessed a surge in violent acts of intolerance. Are we suffering from secondary PTSD?

The Golden Years...Not So Golden.

By Ana Nogales on September 28, 2016 in Family Secrets
Think of the last day of your life. How will you feel to reflect on your journey?

The Bacteria That Mold Your Brain

By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Brain Babble
New research shows that the microbiome plays a huge role in our behavior. Can changing our diet become a new health treatment?

5 Ways Pole Dancing Can Improve Your Life

By Caitlin Cantor LCSW, CST on September 27, 2016 in Modern Sex
Pole dancing can help you celebrate your body just as you are right now. Give your inner critic a day off!

Recovery Is Not Immune From the Effects of Trauma

My work as a clinical psychologist has led me to understand that trauma may account for the lions’ share of recoverable substance abuse and behavioral health disorders.

Are We Inherently Playful?

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 27, 2016 in On Having Fun
Depression is what happens when we want to play, but can't.

12 Tips to Remedy Seasonal Depression

By Judy Carter on September 26, 2016 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
As fall comes, so do the fall blues. Maybe that's why they picked September as National Suicide Prevention Month. Here are 12 tips on how to ward off seasonal depression.

Protesting Against Big Pharma Is One Thing

The new drugs, on the whole, have been a blessing, and it is unnerving to see the whole psychopharmacological enterprise now trashed in an indiscriminate manner.

You Must Use Drugs!

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on September 24, 2016 in The Power of Rest
These days, health insurance companies are pushing the use of drugs.

Darkness in the Morning, Depression in the Afternoon

It is a warmer than usual autumn, but nevertheless the diminished light of winter will soon arrive. Here are some ideas to stay ahead of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

"Daddy, Can I Die and Make the Pain Stop?"

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on September 22, 2016 in The Older Dad
Some young children think about suicide, but adults often never hear the cry for help.

Why Doctors See Antidepressant Effects That Researchers Miss

By Peter D Kramer on September 22, 2016 in In Practice
Trust drug trials and mistrust clinical observation? Sometimes doctors know best—while researchers are blind to factors that help depressed patients recover.

Can a Dog Really Suffer From Depression?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 21, 2016 in Canine Corner
One of the breakthroughs in veterinary medicine has been the recognition that dogs and humans may have similar psychological problems and can be treated the same way.
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Infertility and Miscarriage: Emerging From the Shadows

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on September 21, 2016 in On Call
Open, compassionate discussion of reproductive failure is necessary in order to combat the social stigma that surrounds it.

When Social Media Sparks Depression

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Media Spotlight
A new study highlights the psychological risks associated with the online harassment that can often occur on social medial sites such as Facebook.
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Overcoming Excuses for Not Taking Care of Your Brain

By Susan Noonan MD on September 20, 2016 in View From the Mist
Sometimes it’s easier to believe the faulty logic of these thoughts – don’t!

Why You Can’t Walk Away

By Linda Esposito LCSW on September 19, 2016 in From Anxiety to Zen
Do you control, nurture, and protect your partner? It might be time to let go.
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Here’s Why Your Brain Makes Quitting Drugs/Alcohol So Hard

By Richard Taite on September 16, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
There’s little more tempting than a quick and easy solution to our problems.

When Does the Bullying Stop?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Media Spotlight
What are the long-term consequences of being bullied as a child? being a victim can be more far-reaching than you might think.

Fascinating Evidence Shows How Melatonin Can Help With GERD

By Lucy O'Donnell on September 15, 2016 in Cancer Is a Teacher
Are you suffering from a multitude of gastrointestinal problems. Look at the findings that suggest melatonin, aside from its other benefits, may greatly help.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

By Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. on September 15, 2016 in Brain and Behavior
There are many misconceptions about bipolar disorder, a lifelong disorder characterized by episodes of often persistent, highs, and often persistent, lows.

Why Is It So Hard to Lose Weight After Antidepressants?

You needed the help of medication. You gained weight. You don't need the medication anymore, so why are you still chubby?

Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma & Perinatal PTSD, Part 3

By Shaili Jain M.D. on September 14, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
I recently spoke with Dr. Rebecca Moore to understand more about Birth Trauma and PTSD.

Can Confiding in Your Dog Improve Your Mental Health?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 14, 2016 in Canine Corner
New data shows that people confide in their dog during times of adversity, but only about certain specific emotions

Shift the Sadness of Losing Summer

Our brain brain is good at scanning for negatives, but you can wire yourself to focus on positives.

The Pleasures and Perils of Writing a Revealing Memoir

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in Creating in Flow
A memoir can be written by anyone, yet the best ones are authored by those who have learned to dig deep and write what others might fear to.

Three Core Tenets at the Heart of Suicide Prevention

By Christopher Bergland on September 11, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
National Suicide Prevention Week is September 5-11, 2016. The International Association for Suicide Prevention has pinpointed three core tenets at the heart of suicide prevention.

Negative Emotions? Mindfulness Meditation Is the Answer

By Itai Ivtzan Ph.D. on September 10, 2016 in Mindfulness for Wellbeing
Would you like to deal with negative emotions in a healthy way? Here is the best method to do that.

Recent Findings From the CDC on Gay Youth Are Flawed

A flawed study from the CDC could potentially harm sexual-minority youth.