Depression and Health

Mental anguish is hard on your health. People suffering from depression have three times the risk of experiencing a cardiac event. In fact, depression affects the entire body. It weakens the immune system, increasing susceptibility to viral infections and, over time, possibly even some kinds of cancer—a strong argument for early treatment of depression. It interferes with sleep, adding to feelings of lethargy, compounding problems of focus and concentraton, and generally undermining health. Those suffering from depression also experience higher rates of diabetes and osteoporosis.

Recent posts on Depression

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Grieving During The Holidays

Is "Happy Holidays" an oxymoron?

Psychotherapy in the Trump Era

The forces shaping our politics are also shaping our therapies.

Nine Ways to Get Emotionally Stronger

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on October 21, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
There may come a time in your life when your emotions have been depleted, and you need to find ways to recharge yourself.

A New Way to Understand the Narcissistic Male

Pathologically narcissistic men often engage in high-risk behavior, aggression, and substance abuse. New research focuses on their feelings of distress and need for treatment.

5 Ways the Change of Seasons Might Affect Your Mental Health

Seasonal changes may impact your mood. What do you need to know and what can you do about it?

Get Your Teen Off the Phone

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 19, 2017 in Open Gently
Therapy, sleep, exercise, and socializing in person may be more likely to help your depressed teen than an antidepressant.

When a Sibling Dies by Suicide

Samantha recounts the grief she experienced after losing her brother to suicide.

St. John's Wort for Depressed Mood?

Considering trying St. John's wort for your problem with depressed mood? Some people respond well, however, research findings are mixed and there are outstanding safety problems.

Why Get Out of Bed?

By Jennifer Haupt on October 16, 2017 in One True Thing
What would happen if I didn’t rip back the sheets, slap one foot on the floor and then the other, and then keep on moving all day long? A meditation on functional depression.

The Real Reason Behind Teen Anxiety and Depression

By Jeffery S. Smith M.D. on October 16, 2017 in Healing and Growing
The real reason for increased anxiety and depression among young people is deeper and bigger than is often recognized.

Yes, I'm an Introvert. No, I'm Not Depressed.

The introvert must be suffering from depression, because why on earth would someone want to stay home when there are parties to attend and fun to be had... right?
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Depression and Dignity

By Susan Noonan MD on October 16, 2017 in View From the Mist
Don’t let depression steal your personal dignity!

Childhood ADHD and Poor Self-Esteem

Does your child with ADHD constantly put himself down? ADHD, anxiety, and negativity commonly go together. As parents, we have to figure out how to battle negative self-talk.

Time to Put Your Childhood Demons Behind You?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on October 15, 2017 in Fixing Families
Everyone has baggage from the past that haunts or handicaps them in some way. The 3 common sources and ways to finally put these demons to rest.

Is Facebook Making You Depressed?

Long a concern of psychologists studying Facebook use, the possibility of users become depressed comes under scrutiny in newly published research.

The Existential Dread of Climate Change

Denying climate change is no solution. But is being fully aware of its consequences making us depressed?

Psilocybin May "Reset" Brain Circuitry of Depressed Patients

By Christopher Bergland on October 13, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Psilocybin may help "kick-start" recovery from treatment-resistant depression by "resetting" neural mechanisms, according to new fMRI brain imaging study.
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Better Sleep with 5-HTP

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Relaxation, a strong bio clock, and better sleep: 5-HTP may help.

A Key Strategy Used to Accept a Mental Health Problem

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Cultural Competence
Lessons from research on resilience among transgender and gender diverse people

The Rise of Uninvited Sexual Images

By Sue Scheff on October 12, 2017 in Shame Nation
Are you receiving unsolicited sexual content? A new survey says unwanted sexual images are becoming the norm among millennials. Protect yourself from sextortion.
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Shutting Down Body Shaming

New steps are being taken to change false, unrealistic body ideals portrayed in the media.

Omega-3s in Mental Health Care: Part 1

Curious about the evidence for omega-3s for depressed mood? Many studies report beneficial effects but more research needs to be done.

How Helping Others Can Relieve Anxiety and Depression

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
A new study shows that thinking of others' well-being may be more beneficial than trying to boost our self-image.

The Black Woman’s Guide to Getting Help for PPD

The hit comedy Black-ish tackles postpartum depression in a mom of color. If you are struggling, here is how to break the "strong black woman" stereotype and get help now.

Friendship at Work Can Be Tricky, But Also Life-Saving

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 10, 2017 in Feeling It
Friendships at work are critical for happiness and success - but you have to manage them with skill

6 Ways to Treat Anxiety and Depression from the Constitution

Identify and include the relevant marginalized parts of the self.

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery and Risk of Suicide

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on October 09, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
More and more research suggests that people who undergo bariatric surgery may be at increased risk of suicide. Why are these risks often neglected?

Why Some People Can't Stop Trolling Monica Lewinsky

By Sue Scheff on October 09, 2017 in Shame Nation
People are harassed online for many reasons, and political reviews are one of them. Will Monica Lewinsky ever stop being trolled online?

Even Happy People Get the Blues

Regardless of what we do, life will at some point bring us losses, disappointments, and instances of physical and emotional pain. Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.

The Role of Anger in Depression

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Compassion Matters
The more we can take our own side and resist the tendency to turn our anger on ourselves, the more we can challenge our depression.