Essential Reads

Can Your Birthday Predict Your Mental Health?

Surprising findings show a possible link.

Suicide as a Form of Homicide

Multiple characters operate in acts of self-harm.

7 Reasons Why Laziness Is a Myth

... but here's what may really be holding you back.

Inside The Mind of the Mass Killer

Can psychology prevent killers such as Oregon gunman Chris Harper Mercer?

Recent Posts on Depression

Truth, Beauty, and Social Media

How do I know when someone's telling the truth? The posts make me uncomfortable. Sometimes I physically squirm. Sometimes I hold back tears. Sometimes I don’t want to push “Like.”

The M Word

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 Obesely Speaking
If society consistently and frequently lies about women, eventually we will believe the lie even after we are confronted with the truth.

September Is Suicide Prevention Month

A little bit of education can go a long way.

The Self-Loather's Worst Fear: Is Self-Image Set for Life?

A comment on an earlier post on self-loathing prompts a question about how easy (or difficult) it is to change the way we see ourselves.

Seasons Change: Creating a Winter Oasis to Prepare for SAD

By Brad Waters on September 23, 2015 Design Your Path
Creating a winter oasis in your home: A holistic how-to for preparing for and coping with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Should We Beware of Sad Songs?

People expect that sad music will make them feel better by providing catharsis, the opportunity to work through sadness, or the knowledge that other people have also had similar feelings. But does it?

Feeling Guilty?

Guilt can isolate one from friends and family and a healthy social life, trap one’s mind in a never-ending cycle of self-pity and self-punishment, and eventually destroy one’s self esteem. Why are some people not affected by it, whereas others get completely swallowed by this ruinous emotion?

Addressing Sad-Child Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 How To Do Life
How parents might help the many kids who aren't clinically depressed but are sad.

The Finger Trap Mystery: Part 2

Why does moving into trouble get you out of it?

Countering Sad Athlete Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 20, 2015 How To Do Life
Many athletes are plagued by worry.

Thomas Insel Leaves NIMH for Google

At NIMH, Insel brought in a big new program, Research Domain Criteria (RDoC), to investigate the biological underpinnings of psychiatric illness. This was very progressive: moving the field off the dead center of psychotherapy (where the Freudian hand still lay heavy when Insel took over in 2002), and shifting laterally towards science and away from psychopharmacology...

Countertransference: When is yours, mine?

The ache I felt in my chest as Monica recounted the events of that heartrending evening at the hospital was too deep and too personal to ignore.

Our Daughter Has Relationship Problems

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on September 17, 2015 The Teen Doctor
How to help your kids with unhealthy relationships.

How to Help Women With Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

These strategies are essential to treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders such as PPD effectively. They work so well, I'm no longer surprised when a recovering woman prepares to leave treatment and shares that one of them made the biggest difference on her road to wellness.

Jill Janus’ New Beginning

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on September 17, 2015 Brick by Brick
Jill Janus, lead singer of Huntress, shares her battle with mental illness and recovery.

Rehabilitation Benefits Young Offenders

Should youth be put in solitary confinement? The evidence suggests not.

The Truth About "Study 329"

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on September 16, 2015 Side Effects
A major new study about a blockbuster antidepressant.

Top 10 Foods for a Better Mood

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on September 15, 2015 Urban Survival
How can you change your mood through food? Find out about the top ten "brain-healthy" foods to help promote a better mood and reduce depression and anxiety.

The Pain of Job Loss and What You Can Do About It

By Brad Waters on September 15, 2015 Design Your Path
Experiencing a job loss or career transition? Guest author and career expert Randy Wooden discusses the emotional impact.

Your Belief in Porn Addiction Makes Things Worse

By David J Ley Ph.D. on September 15, 2015 Women Who Stray
New research shows that the belief that one is a porn addict causes psychological suffering over time. This is an important wake-up call to the many people who tout the idea that porn is addictive. Their promotion of this concept is akin to those who have exploited people by selling dangerous quack remedies which ultimately caused harm.

When Teen Depression Leads to Suicide

By Elizabeth Wagele on September 15, 2015 The Career Within You
“The only thing we should all fear is depression, a natural killer that we can effectively treat.” —Richard A. Friedman

Campus Mental Health

You think you've got a hangup? You might have unforeseen company.

Death in Yellowstone: Adjusting to the Impermanence of Life

When facing change, we have only two choices regarding how to address them: we can deal with it, or we can mask it and ignore it. One choice is good for us, and the other choice is very bad for us.

How Have Children Been Affected By the Great Recession?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 14, 2015 Media Spotlight
How have economic fears brought on by the Great Recession affected children? As adults lose their jobs and their homes, the emotional impact this has had on their children is just beginning to be understood. A new research study take a comprehensive look at the long-term problems shown by children affected by parental job loss and other financial woes

Reduce Your Stress With The Power of Breath

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on September 14, 2015 Emotional Fitness
You would be surprised at how many people hold their breath when they feel stressed. Feeling tension can create anxiety, and holding your breath is one of the things that can happen when you are nervous. But by not breathing regularly, you cut off the oxygen supply to your brain and body, and you can’t think or respond as well.

Can Coffee Help Anxiety?

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on September 13, 2015 Inner Source
Coffee is a definite "no no" if you suffer anxiety, right? Well, the effect of coffee on anxiety may not be so clear cut.

Why the Colors You See Aren't Always True

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on September 13, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
Sadness and depression have a huge impact on our perceptions of the world around us, including our ability to perceive color. But which color is most affected by our mood?

The Stigma of Mental "Illness" Part 3

By Joseph A Shrand M.D. on September 12, 2015 The I-M Approach
Why do we say someone is mentally ill when they are just doing the best they can? And when we clear someone of psychosis how do we manage their response to the time they lost? Read this final installment of this three-part story to find out.

What’s Wrong with Ekaterina Demidova?

By Peter Toohey on September 12, 2015 Annals of the Emotions
Should you feel proud rather than guilty that you’ve been depressed? Why would anyone be proud of being depressed? There are some positive answers to be found in art. They show depression could mean you’re creative and maybe clever too - but also better connected socially. Depression is a painful condition, but I’m not alone in reckoning that it offers some advantages.

How to Put Painful Experiences Behind You

By Erin Olivo Ph.D. on September 10, 2015 Wise Mind Living
Is a painful experience from the past holding you back? Try these 3 strategies to help heal and move on with your life.