Depression Essential Reads

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.

8 Ways CBT Can Improve Your Relationship

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on March 06, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Cognitive behavioral therapy can help your relationship in many ways—even when the treatment isn't specifically about your relationship. Find out how to start using CBT today.

The College Mental Health Crisis: Focus on Overall Wellbeing

Let’s look at some scary facts about mental health on our campuses...

Brain Size in Bipolar Disorder

New study on how the hippocampus is diminished in size with bipolar disorder.

Suicidal Behavior in Young People With Bipolar Disorder

Brain abnormalities and suicidality in bipolar disordered young.
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The College Mental Health Crisis: Focus on Suicide

College is often said to be among the best times of our lives. Yet today college students are seriously stressed and have few mental health resources. Suicide is a serious risk.

Neglecting Mental Health in Cancer Treatment

Do your doctors check up on your mental health? This is why they should.
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Do You Contribute to Your Own Depression?

By Gerry Heisler Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Relationship Boot Camp
How many of these seven depression-generating factors apply to you?
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Six Reasons Why Individuals Choose Suicide

Have you been affected by a suicide this year?

New Research Finds Mindfulness Reduces Worry

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on February 09, 2017 in Urban Survival
What mindfulness exercise helps with persistent worry and negative thoughts? Research suggest you try this technique to reduce how much you worry.

Telomere Length and Depression

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on February 05, 2017 in Inner Source
What can old shoelaces teach us about genetics and staving off depression?

Is Hope Good or Bad?

By Neel Burton M.D. on February 04, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Hope, said Aristotle, is the dream of a waking man.

Letting Go of Unattainable Goals Has Psychological Perks

By Christopher Bergland on February 03, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new game-changing study identifies an unexpected silver lining of depression: People with depression can let go of unattainable goals more quickly, which has psychological perks.

Good Posture May Ease Symptoms of Depression

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on January 30, 2017 in Minding the Body
People with depression often slouch, their droopy shoulders mirroring their down mood. Sitting up straighter may give a boost to their mood and energy level, a new study shows.

5 Myths About Refugees

If we really want to help refugees succeed, here are five myths we need to get beyond.

The Lysergic Acid ‘Solution’ for Depression?

Can microdosing acid (LSD) help a variety of serious mental and addictive disorders?

How to Avoid Depression Induced by Social Media

A review of the research finds certain social media behaviors lead to depression.

New Research Shows Depression Linked with Inflammation

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on January 08, 2017 in Urban Survival
New research supports growing evidence that depression is associated with increased inflammation. Find out 5 ways you can work to reduce inflammation in your body.

The Neurobiology of Music-Induced Pleasure

By Christopher Bergland on January 08, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Neuroscientists have pinpointed the neural correlates associated with enjoying music. They also identified why some of us derive more pleasure from listening to music than others.

Are Psychopaths Happy?

By Mark Holder, Ph.D. on January 07, 2017 in The Happiness Doctor
Psychopaths tend to get what they want and feel no remorse. However, they have superficial relationships characterized by lies and manipulation. So are they happy?

Do People Really Change?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on January 06, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Personality characteristics like emotional stability and extraversion are by definition hard to change. Which traits are more responsive to therapy than we might have thought?
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C'mon, Do Postpartum Women Really Need Therapy?

Connecting with a therapist who knows what is going on with you right now provides clarification and essential reassurance

What's Gut Got to Do With It? Bacteria, Weight, & Health

By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH on January 03, 2017 in The Integrationist
Your collective 40 trillion gut bacteria account for much of what makes you you. Overweight, depressed, or having trouble thinking clearly? Here's what you can do about it.

Love Me, Love Me Not

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on January 03, 2017 in Life After 50
Are you constantly angry at your boyfriend because he doesn't call you or contact you after you've spent a romantic evening or weekend together?

Mental Meteorology & Mindfulness

Long past the time for problem solving or learning from experience, rumination and other patterns may amplify stress. Thinking can be the problem, not the solution sometimes.