It's a SAD Season (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

Not only are many people battling the pressures and emotional challenges of the holidays, a significant number of people are also dealing with another psychological stressor. The days are still getting shorter (have heart, the Winter Solstice is only a few days away on December 21st), and what daylight we do get is often grey [...]

Embracing Your Attitude Problem

I had an interesting experience yesterday that I’d like to share with you, for what it’s worth. As I usually do, I awoke at o-dark-thirty (I’m retired military and yes, we really do use expressions like that all the time,) and I could immediately tell that I was out of sorts. I wasn’t ill or [...]

Treatment Options for Depression: Part 2

Welcome and thanks for coming back for part 2 of our discussion of Treatment Options for Depression. The recent, apparent suicide of Robin Williams has generated a lot of interest and discussion regarding depression and what can be done about it. Yesterday we looked at the current mainstream treatment protocols for depression and today we’ll [...]

Treatment Options for Depression: Part 1

Treatment Options for Depression In light of the apparent suicide of Robin Williams, the media have been devoting a huge amount of space to the issue of suicide and depression. If you have been a follower of my blog, then you know that we've been discussing these issues for the past few years. While a [...]

What is Depression?

Depression: A Primer Thanks for coming back this morning. Yesterday, in light of the Robin Williams tragedy, we looked at some of the warning signs of suicide and some action steps you can take if you’re concerned that someone you know may be thinking of harming themselves. Over the next few days I would like [...]

How Not to Cheer Up a Depressed Person

At some point or other, we will all find ourselves in the position of trying to help a friend or family member who is experiencing a major depressive episode. While most people try to be supportive and offer encouraging advice, a recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology finds that most common [...]

Depression: Treatment and Options (Part One)

Depression: Treatments and Options 1 Welcome back. Yesterday we took a look at depression; what it is, its presentation, symptoms, and the several most common types of depression. Over the next two days I’d like to discuss the most common types of treatment for depression. As we saw yesterday, depression comes in several different varieties, [...]

Depression: A Primer

 Depression: A Primer Depression seems to have become a national epidemic. The media are constantly giving us stories about depression and trying to sell us pills, potions and nostrums to treat it. In fact, if you go turn on your television right now, I’m willing to wager that you won’t be able to go a [...]