Depression Essential Reads

A Digital Therapist to Treat Depression?

We’re glimpsing the possibility of face-to-face therapy being replaced by virtual, tech-based modalities.

A Possible New Treatment for Post-Partum Depression

A neuroactive steroid whose levels increase dramatically during pregnancy and then fall rapidly after delivery is reported to be effective in treating post-partum depression.

Cortisol: Harvard Study Finds "Moderate-response" May Be Key

Contrary to popular belief, a new study reports that "too much" or "too little" cortisol both indicate a maladaptive response to stressful experiences.
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Social Signaling

By Thomas Lynch Ph.D. on July 24, 2017 in Radically Open
Chronically depressed? Pay attention to your social signaling.

The Mental Health Crisis is upon the Internet Generation

College-Aged students are undergoing nothing less than an all-out crisis in terms of mental health issues. Perhaps being raised with cell phones is part of the problem. Here's why.

Psychological Gifts You Can Give Yourself Over The Summer

Have you taken full advantage of the summer? Here are a few things to consider to boost your brain.

Stressed or Distressed: Either Way It Matters to Depression

Stressed? Avoid developing depression with these self-care tips.
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Is Authentic Suffering the Missing Link?

Authentic suffering is that which is obscured by what she wants us to know and what she will let us see.

Yoga Can Slow Effects of Stress and Aging, Studies Suggest

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on July 14, 2017 in Urban Survival
New research suggests that doing yoga regularly can help reduce the harmful effects of stress and aging on the body.
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The Crisis of Meaning

Now is the time to address the crisis of meaning in life, work, and society.

How to Know When to Take a Mental Health Day

Taking a day off from work to care for your mental health could be instrumental in helping you feel at your best.

How Animals Heal Us and Teach Us

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Feeling It
Animals and pets can bring tremendous healing benefits to children and adults. They think and feel much in the way we do. Here's why we stand to learn a lot from them..

How to Live Well with Bipolar Disorder

By David Leite on July 11, 2017 in Notes on a Banana
Bipolar disorder can take it toll. These six life strategies can make all the difference.

Why the Five Stages of Grief Are Wrong

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on July 07, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Despite our society’s widespread belief that grief proceeds in five simple stages, research shows that this isn’t the case. So what is true?

Trauma-Informed Care and Why It Matters

Individuals’ coping reactions to trauma remain poorly understood, even by many of the people who are in the best positions to offer support and treatment to victims.

Mnemonic Misery

How negative emotions can improve your memory.

Brain Fertilizer

The genes coding for BDNF are another area where researchers are looking at the pathology behind psychiatric illness, and finding helpful clues to guide clinical treatment.

Four Different Biotypes of Depression

Psychiatry lacks biological tools to assist in diagnosis and treatment. New research on brain network "biotypes" is a major step forward in developing biomarkers for depression.

Maggie's Story: The Many Reasons Why Not

Maggie Nelson wanted desperately to end her life, to end the pain. But she gave hope a chance and found her way to flourishing.

Three Surprising Ways Nature Leads to Success and Joy

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in Feeling It
Green spaces boost happiness, make you smarter and more creative. So many science-backed reasons to go take a hike!

How Do Psychotherapists Think?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Hot Thought
Psychotherapists need complex reasoning to determine how to help the people they treat. Such assessment is not simply matching features, but requires building a causal account.

You Are More Than Your Emotional Pain: You Are a Person

When you are in emotional pain, do your best to resist defining yourself primarily by that pain which you carry within. You are a person of great worth. Try to see this.

Genes, Ions, and Other New Frontiers in Psychiatry

A gene related to ion channels common to many families with mental illness leads us to new discoveries and treatments based on actual brain pathology.

Do You Need Drugs for Your "Chemical Imbalance"?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Research reveals some surprising news about the role of serotonin in depression—and suggests millions of Americans taking drugs for depression would do just as well on placebo.

Death Is Inevitable but Not Inevitably Dreadful

In some circumstances, dying may be less awful than people think.

In Pursuit of Happiness: Why Pain Helps Us Feel Pleasure

By Brock Bastian Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in The Other Side
Is happiness just about the good times? Do painful experiences only make us unhappy? Here is new research on why our painful experiences are in fact necessary for happiness.

The Badass Personalities of People Who Like Being Alone

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Living Single
What are the personality characteristics of people who like spending time alone? What about people who are unafraid to be single? Four studies offer an affirming profile.

Anxiety as Depression Waiting to Happen

Why does anxiety often lead to depression, and even create further anxiety? This article provides an answer, and discusses a key factor in overcoming the comorbidity.

How Maternal Personality Problems Affect Children

How does parental personality dysfunction affect the future mental health of offspring? New research highlights how psychological issues carry over through generations.