Depression and Society

Americans are obsessed with happiness, yet increasingly depressed: Some 15 million Americans battle the disorder, and increasing numbers of them are young people. Attempts to explain the paradox focus on growing pressures on earcly achievement at the expense of free play in childhood, a cultural shift away from direct social contact to electronic connection, a focus on material wealth at the expense of rich experiences and social contact. All are implicated.

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How Mother Nature Became My Therapy

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Those Sneaky Spring Holidays

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on April 19, 2017 in Good Mourning
While we often realize that the winter holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukkah can trigger grief, but the many holidays of Spring can take mourners by surprise.
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What Do We Lose From Life When Depression Strikes?

By Susan Noonan MD on April 19, 2017 in View From the Mist
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By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Trauma and Hope
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By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on April 15, 2017 in Life After 50
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How to Understand Depression

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Vehicular Trauma Syndrome

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A new syndrome related to vehicular trauma is identified.

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By Susan Noonan MD on April 10, 2017 in View From the Mist
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World Health Day: Unmasking Male Depression

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on April 07, 2017 in Talking About Men
Surveys indicate that men have low rates of depression. As such, a common impression is that depression is generally a woman's disease. But is it?