Essential Reads

Looking to Our Past: Escapism or Exploration?

Nostalgia can promote healthy coping during difficult times.

Coffee Talk

With lips full of passion…And coffee in bed ~Squeeze (Black Coffee in Bed, 1982)

6 Little Known Factors That Can Affect Depression

What you don't know might prolong the pain.

How Depression Prepared Me For A Death In The Family

Understanding depression turned the experience from a burden to an asset.

Recent Posts on Depression

How Seasonal Affective Disorder Can Endanger Your Health

By Michael Terman Ph.D. on November 10, 2015 Chronotherapy
You may think of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as a mere nuisance, but sometimes it is much more — even dangerous. Whether minor or life threatening, what tools can help you (or a friend) tailor a natural solution to your needs?

Secret Problems Take a Toll

By Nancy Berns Ph.D. on November 10, 2015 Freedom to Grieve
Is this you sometimes? You hold it all together until the last person is out of the house and then you break down crying. Life is too hard. You think, “How can everyone else be doing so well but I am failing? What is wrong with me?”

Psychiatry’s Med Check: Is 15 Minutes Enough?

Goodbye 50 minute therapy visits, the new mode of treatment by psychiatrists are short medication-focused appointments. Here are some ideas to work with and hopefully change the status quo.

Why Is Happiness So Hard? 10 Reasons, 10 Solutions

Are you confused about happiness? Learn what to do, and what to leave behind in your quest to feel better.

Honoring Fallen Comrades of War in Indochina

By Eric Newhouse on November 09, 2015 Invisible Wounds
Stuart Allen Beckley, a retired lieutenant colonel, restored his own sense of honor by honoring comrades in arms who died in Indochina. His monument on a remote ridgetop in in Colorado, was largely unknown until a group of bikers found it recently and posted this image on YouTube.

Dirty Secrets of Health Care, Part II: Preauthorization

For some, waste and obstruction are highly profitable.

Robin Williams Was Driven to Suicide by Dementia

By Temma Ehrenfeld on November 07, 2015 Open Gently
The beloved comic died of a disease that possibly could have been managed.

Are You Treating a Postpartum Woman in Distress?

With weariness at the center of this undertaking, she musters enough strength to go through the motions while she braces herself in the face of crushed expectations and unforgiving symptoms.

What's in Elizabeth Gilbert's Happiness Jar?

By Jennifer Haupt on November 06, 2015 One True Thing
My happiness jar isn’t a chronicle of achievements or victories, but a collection of small, everyday marvels.

Surviving Motherhood

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 06, 2015 Media Spotlight
Emotional support from the other people in their lives is often critical in helping mothers cope. This can be especially important for mothers facing special challenges such as being single parents, having children with special needs, or even coping with issues such as postpartum depression. Such support can help mothers maintain their psychological well-being

How Your Flaky Friend May Have Gotten That Way

By Kira Asatryan on November 05, 2015 The Art of Closeness
Can flaking on social engagements indicate a deeper issue? Yes. Learn the signs.

Why Are So Many Middle-Aged White Americans Dying Young?

Why are so many middle-aged white Americans self-destructing?

Is Holiday Stress Creeping Up on You?

Holiday stress can make the holidays seem like torture rather than pleasure. Use integrative therapies and mindful activities to reduce the stress that holidays can bring.

Married to a Man With Asperger’s Syndrome?

By Eva A. Mendes LMHC on November 04, 2015 The Heart of Autism
Being in a relationship with an undiagnosed Asperger or autistic husband can be challenging in some marriages. The wife can sometimes experience mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, Affective Deprivation Disorder, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of their husband's low emotional reciprocity, communication struggles and anger issues.

How to Strengthen Your Brain's Happiness Circuitry

By Alex Korb Ph.D. on November 04, 2015 PreFrontal Nudity
I used to think that being happier was all about teaching yourself to think more positively. But often the most powerful path to increasing happiness is to strengthen the right brain circuits by using these five simple neuroscience tips.

Ridding Happiness Contaminants 3: Self-Damning Depression

Anybody who has ever experienced depression knows how painful it is. But, except in rare circumstances, nobody needs to be or stay depressed. Learn how to rid one of the two major forms of depression – Self-Damning Depression.

When Is Depression Not Depression? Part 1

I have been talking with people lately who are suffering with symptoms they call depression, yet I am hearing something else. Something they don’t want to talk about mostly: loss and grief, discouragement and disappointment. These are all different from each other and different from depression.

How Common Is Suicide?

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 03, 2015 Hide and Seek
Suicide remains one of the biggest killers for men under the age of 50.

Mental Health Issues and College-Age Millennials

Are you a stressed-out college kid? Here are a few suggestions to calm your anxious mind.

Will a Low Carb Diet Deepen Your Winter Blues?

Carbs aren't the fattening poison some insist that they are. They're actually a mood enhancing, appetite satiating wonder of nutrition.

A Curious Case of Depression

A young adult male comes in reporting weight loss, fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating, and depression so severe he's requesting "shock therapy." Where does one begin with such difficult cases?

The You Can Recover Project

The You Can Recover Project’s mission is to give HOPE to people struggling with mental health issues around the world, and inspire them with personal insights on how to recover and rebuild a healthy, meaningful, productive life.

7 Ways to Make Your Happiness Last

The ability to hang on to good feelings is an important aid to our emotional well-being, but it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Those struggling with depression, for example, find that surges of pleasure fade like shooting stars instead of providing a lasting glow.

How Not to Tell Your Story

Anyone can put up a slide deck full of statistics, but what truly resonates and makes an impact on individuals, organizations, and systems is often a very well-told personal story. Stories, not stats, motivate change.

Not Everything Happens for a Reason

Loss, suffering, hurt, trauma, these are not things we “get over,” they are things we learn to put into perspective and that become a part of who we are becoming.

More Than a Chemical Imbalance

To treat depression as the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain — and to try to fix the problem with medication — is naive, misleading and possibly even dangerous. This is not to say that brain chemistry isn't involved in depression. But it’s certainly not the only factor.

Top Apps for Your Mental Health

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 27, 2015 How To Do Life
SmartPhone apps and YouTube channels that can help you with anxiety, habit formation, depression, addiction, OCD, even suicide.

Sunday Syndrome: Mourning the Weekend That Got Away

Sunday Syndrome is the term used to describe the psychological distress we experience as we see the tail end of the weekend disappearing as the dawn of a new workweek creeps up that much closer.

Play as Antidote to Depression and Anxiety? Yes, Really!

A recent party invitation sparks interest in researching the tremendous benefit of spontaneous and unstructured play in treating human ills.