Depression Essential Reads

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Suicide Is a Scary Word

Passive thoughts of suicide should alert every therapist to the possibility that darkness is looming.
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Six Important Truths about Depression

What not to say to someone with depression.

Are Therapists Just Rent-a-Friends?

If you had real friends, some people say, you wouldn’t need a therapist. Is psychotherapy really just a substitute for friendship or is there more to it?

Is Depression Apart from Grief or a Part of Grief?

The title above alludes to a really tricky question. And a complicated one, too. For the answer to this two-part inquiry is, well, “Yes” and “Yes.”

The "Furry Test Tubes" of Obesity Research

Mice are the most common animals now used in obesity research.They have many advantages for scientists who work with them but are far from perfect as a model for human beings.

How a Suicide Attempt Can Affect the Brain

Following a failed suicide attempt, acute CO poisoning causes serious mental health problems due to the death of neurons in vulnerable brain regions.

Is Mental Illness Real?

Some say calling psychological difficulties "illnesses" takes away people’s responsibility for their actions; others argue that mental disorders are as real as physical diseases.

Helping Other People With Their Problems Helps You Too

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 03, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
When you experience sadness, anxiety, or depression, it is helpful to reach out to other people for help. Why does this help?

I Thought I Was Damaged Goods!

Why don't many patients treat what they can? Why don't some doctors notice that patients feel hopeless when they shouldn't and guilty when they are aren't?

Can You Be Depressed Without Knowing It? I Was

It can be surprisingly easy to overlook our own depression — even for those of us who treat it all the time.

What Do Refugees Leave Behind?

Here's what we need to understand about loss and grief among people displaced by war.
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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
Grieve the losses you experience with depression and you will be better able to move on.

How to Understand Depression

Although Dr. Sapolsky argues depression "screams biology", the fact is it "screams psychology" far louder.

Vehicular Trauma Syndrome

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on April 14, 2017 in The New Normal
A new syndrome related to vehicular trauma is identified.

Is Yoga an Effective Antidepressant?

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on April 14, 2017 in Minding the Body
Yoga contains at least four “active ingredients” that could help it work as an antidepressant, says yoga researcher and integrative psychiatrist Dr. Sudha Prathikanti.

Yoga Could Help Relieve Depression, Study Suggests

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on April 13, 2017 in Urban Survival
New research finds promising results for yoga in the treatment of depression.

Problem or Condition?

Psychotherapy and counseling are more effective endeavors when someone is actively engaged in the process, believing that change, where possible, is the objective.
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Mental Health in the Workplace

Think employee recognition doesn't matter? Think again.

Amp Up Your Parenting Power Through Fitness

Being a good parent is hard. Exercise can make you an even better one.

The Relationship Between Depression and Excessive Sleepiness

A recent study casts doubt on the assumed relationship.

The Use of Ketamine as an Antidepressant

Little is known about the effectiveness or safety of repeated use of ketamine in treating depression. Recent recommendations urge caution.

Yes, You Can Have Depression and Still Be Mentally Strong

Just like someone with diabetes can be physically strong, someone with depression can still be mentally strong.

Lived Expertise and Suicide Prevention

A lesson of the lived experience movement is that it takes those who've experienced suicide risk to break down stigma and change perceptions and policies related to mental health.

Music as a Shoulder to Cry On

Sad music seems to accommodate emotional healing by allowing people to safely get in touch with negative emotions that might otherwise be repressed.

How "Daily Uplifts" Can Counter Depression

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
When we're depressed we tend to think that nothing will lift our mood. Results from a new study suggest otherwise.

Is Mental Illness the Rule Rather Than the Exception?

We hear all the time that 1 in 5 people struggle with a psychiatric disorder. New research now suggests that we have it backwards.

When Meditation Is Not Enough

Strategies for bringing mindfulness into everyday life.

Mistakes Don't Have to Be Setbacks: 3 Ways to Be Resilient

It’s never pleasant to make mistakes but they don't have to ruin your life. New research on resilience shows 3 ways to keep little things that go wrong from becoming a big deal.

A Dietary Treatment for Depression

In a world first, Australian researchers have used a dietary change to successfully treat depression.

3 Steps to Happiness

The secret to happiness in three simple steps.