Essential Reads

Ice Cream Shops Can Fight Youth Suicide, Too

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in Nurturing Resilience
We need ways to talk about suicide year round if prevention campaigns are going to work. Corporate partners can help.

The Shape of Bipolarity

By Russ Federman Ph.D., A.B.P.P. on February 17, 2018 in Bipolar You
Much of what is communicated about bipolar disorder doesn’t come close to conveying its complexities or subtleties.

Do Psychiatric Service Dogs Really Help Veterans with PTSD?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Animals and Us
A new study by researchers at Purdue University offers the first empirical evidence that veterans with PTSD benefit from having a psychiatric service dog.

Radical Changes in Psychiatric Diagnosis Are on the Horizon

Psychiatric diagnosis is still in the 20th century, but rapidly evolving tools leverage machine-learning and "big data" to begin to sketch out future advances.

More Posts on Depression

Staying Mentally Fit

By Jeff Corbin, MD MPH on February 20, 2018 in Rethinking Normal
Are you feeling better but not well? Mental fitness can help!
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Authoritarian Parent, Childhood (and Adult) Depression

Growing up with an authoritarian parent (or authoritarian grandparent, sibling, etc.) can cause childhood depression--and lifelong depression, too.

Going for Gold

The perfect recipe for stress, depression, and suicide
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Medication Is Not the End-All Be-All for Distress

Here's how to get the right help for your anxiety and depression.
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Facing the Pain of Child Abuse

It can be difficult to allow yourself to experience the pain of childhood abuse but having self-compassion can help.

Three Simple Ways to Enhance Mental Health Resilience

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Talking About Men
Research indicates that resilience is not a fixed attribute, but can be cultivated through simple self-initiated activities.

Mental Illness Didn't Make Him Do It

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, tragedy, it's natural to search for answers. Mental illness isn't one of them.

What Makes Us Think Such Negative Things About Ourselves?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in Think, Act, Be
Tired of always beating up on yourself? Identify the core beliefs that drive self-loathing, and work toward making friends with yourself starting today.

No Time for Sleep

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in The Pregnant Pause
With a countdown of less than 9 months (depending on when pregnancy is detected!), many pregnant women give sleep a low priority, thinking that they’ll catch up while they’re “off”

What Political System Rules Your Psyche?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on February 13, 2018 in Feeling Our Way
Since we are not unitary selves, but an assortment of response repertoires, emotions, and goals, we need some system of government to secure the blessings of liberty.

The Truth Shall Set You Free...

By Russell Grieger Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in Happiness on Purpose
Panic attacks are painful, scary and unnecessary. In this blog, find out the cause and cure of all panic attacks.
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Authoritarian Wounding as a Feminist Issue

Authoritarians, both male and female, are anti-female. Is it just that girls and women are easy prey? Or is more going on here?
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Defeating Depression, Evading Anxiety

By Elizabeth Young on February 11, 2018 in Adaptations
He died suddenly, and the trauma of finding him dead hit me pretty hard.

Eight Ways to Counteract a Dreary Day

Do you know how to change your brain to brighten up a bleak day?

Facebook's Changes Could Be Bad for Your Mental Health

Facebook is making some changes in 2018 and studies show the changes to user's news feeds could be bad for their psychological well-being.

A Sound Argument

A stressful environment can break your heart

Spending Valentine’s Day as a Non-Tethered Woman? Be Kind!

Oh what a tangled, lonely web we weave when we beat ourselves up or berate ourselves over what we don't have.
“Mania and Melancholia”/ Wellcome Library, London/CC BY 4.0

Has Medicine Lost Its Mind?

By Robert C. Smith M.D. on February 07, 2018 in Patient Zero
Your physician is not trained to treat your mental health problems, but the psychiatrist shortage is severe.

Caring Universities

Mental disorders are increasing at colleges worldwide.

Neuron Activity May Reveal Susceptibility to Depression

By Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. on February 05, 2018 in Brain and Behavior
The response to chronic stress isn't good

Helping Your Child After a Psychiatric Hospitalization

By Marcia Morris M.D. on February 04, 2018 in College Wellness
What should you do if your college student is in a psychiatric hospital? You can be a tremendous source of support for your child during this stressful time.

5 Reasons We Should Take Pet Loss Seriously

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on February 04, 2018 in The Squeaky Wheel
There are reasons why losing a pet causes such intense grief.

5 Myths About Depression We Need to Shut Down Immediately

Here's why being clinically depressed requires no justification.

When Depression Might Be a Good Thing

There’s evidence cancer patients have a silent early indicator of depression.

Living Through Fear and Anxiety

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on February 01, 2018 in Emotional Fitness
These teachings are not meant to train us to change after hearing the words but are rather a guide to what would be ideal.

When She Looks in a Mirror

By Susan Rako M.D. on February 01, 2018 in More Light
Who is the person looking back?

The Rapidly Emerging Psychiatric Fragility of Today’s Youth

A focus on building resiliency and developing stress management skills among youth are critical to avoid turning our institutions of higher education into psychiatric facilities.
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Is Empathy Our Most Dangerous and Self-Indulgent Emotion?

You can harness empathy for good or evil and it carries with it a slight tinge of entertainment or even voyeurism. Shouldn't we cultivate compassion instead?

Recent Art Therapy Research: Measuring Mood, Pain and Brain

Does art therapy change your mood and perception of pain? And does art making differ from other "hands-on" tasks? Here are two studies that shed some light on these questions.

#BellLetsTalk: What Keeps Pregnant Women from Talking

By Dawn Kingston Ph.D. on January 31, 2018 in The Pregnant Pause
She wanted to tell someone. Anyone. But telling came at a big price. The should have’s. The should do’s. The you should not’s. And she just couldn’t face it.