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Yes, There's A Link Between Hormonal Contraception And Depression

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.28.2016 | Healthy Living

If you’ve been feeling a little bit “off” since you started a new hormonal birth control, don’t dismiss that observation. New long-term resear...

One Small Change Makes Antidepressants Much More Effective

The Huffington Post | Sarah Digiulio | Posted 09.21.2016 | Healthy Living

Depression and sleep have a complicated but close relationship: Studies suggest as many as 75 percent of people with depression also have symptoms of ...

What To Do When You're Depressed... So You Start To Care Again

Wendy Keller | Posted 07.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Wendy Keller

The first time I remember being clinically depressed, I was 11. My family had abruptly moved halfway across the country. I hated my new school, I hate...

Study Defends Antidepressant Use In Pregnancy Despite Birth Defect Risks

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 07.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

While SSRI antidepressants are arguably still the most consumed drug class in the US, sales peaked in 2008 and have declined by four percent every yea...

6 Surprising Ways To Boost The Effectiveness Of Antidepressants | Posted 07.13.2016 | Healthy Living

By: Julia Bowyer Over the past few decades, antidepressant use has risen exponentially. A 2011 report from the National Center for Health Statistics ...

The Perils Of Polypharmacy

Allen Frances | Posted 06.21.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Polypharmacy was once the exception in psychiatry, now it seems to have become the rule. Patients frequently are taking 3,4, even 5 psych meds at one time. And often it's primary care doctors, not psychiatrists, who are doing the prescribing -- usually without adequate training in psychiatry.

Hitting the Button on Depression

Lee Gaitan | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Lee Gaitan

To most teachers the phrase "hit the button" has a very specific meaning, referring to the button in every classroom used to call the office if assist...

8 Surprising Reasons People Are Taking Antidepressants

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living

There's been a lot of concern over the "skyrocketing" use of antidepressants over the last 20 years. Many experts believe that these rising numbers in...

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby (Part 3 of 3): Treating Maternal Depression and Anxiety

Carly Snyder, MD | Posted 04.20.2016 | Parents
Carly Snyder, MD

The gold standard treatment for antenatal depression is psychotherapy either with or without pharmacotherapy (medication), depending on specific symptoms. A typical treatment protocol for Jane (listed alphabetically below) combines these with adjunct and complementary therapies for improved healing.

Relief for Depression: The Key May Be Individualized Help

Alicia Armeli MSEd MSN RDN CHLC | Posted 04.04.2016 | Women
Alicia Armeli MSEd MSN RDN CHLC

With increasing demands at work, family responsibilities, and the expectation of what having it all should look like, statistics show depression affec...

Student Activists on the Brink at Brown

Peter Mandel | Posted 03.30.2016 | College
Peter Mandel

It has finally happened. You are adrift. A raft of badly lashed-together memories and a few fairly buoyant facts: That watercraft is you. But thanks to an article in The Brown Daily Herald, the Ivy League university's student paper, you are listing badly. You are at sea.

The Depressed Entrepreneur

Megan Brame-Finkelstein | Posted 03.11.2016 | Women
Megan Brame-Finkelstein

I don't write this with the hopes of giving you tips on how to overcome depression as a business owner. I write it because I know I'm not the only one who gets this way.

Decision to Medicate for Postpartum Depression a Tough Pill to Swallow

Julie Trites | Posted 02.02.2016 | Parents
Julie Trites

A few weeks before I was due to give birth to my second son, I had the prescription filled. The spot on the stove was intentional. I wanted to see them. I needed to know they were there, patiently waiting for me to decide if and when I needed them. Their mere presence gave me comfort.

Darkness Lifted: Light Therapy for Depression No Longer a Seasonal Thing

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

We take sunlight for granted. In our hubris we produce our own version of light and imagine it an acceptable replacement. Oddly, we have a greater appreciation of plants' need for natural light than our own. Recent research now adds depression to the already lengthy list of illnesses associated with inadequate sunlight.

Psychiatric Medicines Are Not All Good or All Bad

Allen Frances | Posted 01.15.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Far too many people who need drugs don't take them -- either because treatment is unavailable or because they don't realize or accept the fact that they need it. So we are trapped in the cruel, dumb, and sometimes tragic paradox that the wrong people often take meds, while the right ones don't.

Prescription Nation

Annie Negrin MD | Posted 01.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Annie Negrin MD

America is #1 -- that is, in terms of the number of people on prescription medications. We outrank the rest of the word in terms of how many people t...

Coming Off Antidepressants: Slow Dancing With Life

Amanda Redhead | Posted 01.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Amanda Redhead

I have suffered with bouts of depression and anxiety ever since I was a child. I would guess that these seasons of sadness began sometime in grade sch...

3 Things to Stop Telling the Clinically Depressed

20 Beautiful Women | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living
20 Beautiful Women

Having breakfast with Susie gave me a new perspective on those diagnosed with clinical depression. While we wouldn't expect someone suffering from a physical illness to just get over it; we should support and encourage those battling a mental illness the same way.

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Linked To Increased Autism In Kids

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living

Women who take antidepressants during the late stages of pregnancy have an 87 percent increased risk of giving birth to a child who will be diagnosed ...

Take Antidepressants? You May Be Staving Off Dementia

Anna David | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Anna David

When you take an SSRI or mood stabilizer, you encounter plenty of people who say they, too, think they could benefit from something like that but they...

Melancholia, Without the Romance

Tricia McCallum | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

On those gray days when my despair is palpable it seems such a high price. But on my good days, oh, those glorious, delicious, good days, of which there are many, you will quite often catch me singing. Out loud.

How Depression (Nearly) Killed My Sex Life

The Huffington Post | Joann Pan | Posted 11.10.2015 | OWN

I have done battle with depression my whole life. Despair and lethargy have left me hopeless. The first time a doctor suggested medication, she did so...

It's OK

Sara Lindberg | Posted 10.29.2015 | Women
Sara Lindberg

I can still remember standing in that line. The store was busy, lines were long. I kept looking around to see if there was anyone I knew standing close by. Someone that might hear the conversation that was going to take place. My turn was next.

Depression Sucks

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 10.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

I'm hoping what I said got through to him. I'm hoping he makes that phone call soon. I'm hoping he can return to being happy. Today, it's all about hope.

#MedicatedAndMighty: How My Friend's Selfie Has Inspired Thousands, Me Included

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 10.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Sharon Kay Edwards

It takes strength to tell people your weakness. I know that now. Today I went to Erin's page and "liked" her selfie. She is brave to have come out the way she did, and I am so thankful to her for giving me the courage to come out myself.