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I Haven't Been This Despairing of Humanity Since About an Hour Ago

James Napoli | Posted 03.19.2015 | Comedy
James Napoli

Before I knew it, the news was on again and I was gulping down scandal and man's inhumanity to man like they were energy drinks that would get me through a week of long-haul trucking.

Economic Growth Is Great... Except When It Isn't

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Nick Seneca Jankel

Far from unmitigated benefit, growth often causes and exacerbates serious mental, physical and environmental problems. Research shows that as wealth increases, so does obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression.

Feeling Like Time Is Slowly Dragging By Could Be A Sign Of Depression

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living

Time may fly when you're having fun, but it can feel as though it's screeching to a halt when you're depressed. People with depression actually pe...

Conversations Over a Child's Grave

Sam Fiorella | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Sam Fiorella

From first kiss to first break up, college application to job interview, we parents tend to plan for every situation, every conversation we'll have with our kids -- except for one.

Do Our Illnesses Define Us?

Risa Sugarman | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Risa Sugarman

For now, depression is still a part of who I am. I am not ashamed of this and while I do not welcome it, I cannot pretend that it is not there. Maybe the phrase should be adjusted for meaning. Instead of, I am not my illness, perhaps it should be, there is more to me than my illness.

I Shouldn't Need Meds For Depression

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Rodman PhD

My viewpoint is this: it makes you stronger, not weaker, to open your mind fully to the idea of meds (and therapy, for that matter).  It makes you a better parent if you have the insight and self-awareness to say, "I am not the parent I want to be.  Maybe nothing will change this, but I am going to try.

3 Lies We Tell Ourselves When It Comes To Multitasking

meQuilibrium | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living

Multitasking doesn't give you or me a leg up on anything. But only when we can shift our cultural perception of productivity to focused over fast, we won't be able to do or think or even fully live the way we most wish we could.

Letter To Myself The Day Before My Near-Suicide: Written A Year Later

S. L. Young | Posted 03.13.2015 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

With reservations, you'll listen to your brother's messages before you reluctantly decide to return his calls. In the next few minutes, your brother will remind you that your current state is just a moment, which you need to get through to have a chance to survive. Minute by minute and hour by hour, you'll get stronger. You still aren't sure if you want to live, but you'll begin to consider things beyond this moment.

Lessons in Self-Care

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Even though my book was doing well and I was experiencing new heights in my career, I was confused about why I felt so stuck -- why new ideas for fiction no longer flowed as easily as they had done before. I felt like a hamster in a wheel, and this is why I started reconsidering my priorities.

The Surprising Impact Social Interaction Has On Longevity

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.12.2015 | Fifty

These days, thanks to cell phones and computers, it's easier than you'd think to spend a day without speaking to a soul other than Siri or the pizza d...

From the Third Metric Straight to the Heart

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum

Add a quick jog around the block, a bowl of oatmeal or a square of dark chocolate, and something you love to do, and you've taken a major leap towards a healthier heart. You've reduced your risk in a big way. Have a little faith in the goodness and power of your own life, and then get out there and live it.

Depression Plus Stress May Raise Heart Health Risks

Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living

By Don Rauf Depression and stress can damage heart health. Put both conditions together, and it may cause a double-whammy that amplifies heart ri...

The Weirdo Hero: Filmmaker Creates a Movie to Show What Depression Feels Like and to Inspire Those Who Suffer to Seek Help

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
Christy Heitger-Ewing

Last summer when Robin Williams took his life, it invited public conversation about depression and suicide -- topics that generally are considered tab...

Depression Isn't Just A Health Crisis, It's An Economic Disaster

The Daily Beast | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living

Depression costs the United States $44 billion in lost wages every year, but it’s still not enough to change the perception of the disease....

I Started Starving Myself When I Was 7

Ravishly | Posted 03.10.2015 | Women

At age 7, I began counting calories and lost seven pounds. I remember that number, because I had apparently done better than my grandmother, who had also recently gone on a diet.

This Is What Teen Depression Looks Like

Elise Jamison | Posted 03.09.2015 | Teen
Elise Jamison

You know what I see when I picture depression? A blonde, blue-eyed teenage girl. She gets awesome grades, loves to paint, go to football games, drink Starbucks, Instagram and giggle with her friends.

Change: It Can Happen if You're Willing to Let It

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 05.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Dean Dauphinais

As my readers and friends have no doubt heard me say before, I look back not to see how bad things were, but to see how far we've come. This mornin...

Ghandi's Advice for Dissolving Divorce Depression

Gemini Adams | Posted 05.06.2015 | Divorce
Gemini Adams

Everyone says divorce is just 'like' a death. But, divorce isn't really 'like' a death. It is a death. A death of shared dreams. A death of your former Self. A death of 'home.'

The Politics of Suicide and Depression

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Bruce E. Levine

These recent SAMHSA survey results provide a golden opportunity for a scientific and societal shift to reconsider what about American society and culture is resulting in emotional suffering and self-destructive behaviors, especially for certain groups.

Is Bipolar Disorder Really the Cause of Your Mood Swings?

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

I believe the public has a major misconception regarding which symptoms are consistent with bipolar disorder and which are not. It is evident when pat...

Get Out of Yourself

Wendy Lustbader | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy Lustbader

One of the chief cruelties of depression is how it encloses us in a dark tunnel, a space that doesn't extend beyond the borders of ourselves, our thwa...

A Case for Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Risa Sugarman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Risa Sugarman

For me, the benefits of ECT have greatly outweighed my initial fears. I never imagined the positive results I would have in response to this treatment.

Failure to Launch Syndrome: What You Need to Know to Help Your Dependent Adult Child

Michael Ascher, M.D. | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Ascher, M.D.

Persistence, the development of resiliency, introspection and self-understanding, and appropriate family support are the key to moving an adolescent into true adulthood.

New York Incarnation: 2015

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 04.28.2015 | New York
Danielle Wolffe

New Yorkers may seem disconnected. In actuality, though, it takes amazing stores of inner fortitude to exist in these self-contained worlds. People are accustomed to themselves and each other on levels people living far apart just aren't. They cannot isolate or hide from each other here.

The 'In' and 'On' of Family Caregiving

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 04.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

A saying I often repeat is, "If you don't know where you're going, you'll never know when you get there." So here are my ABCs to help you find and implement a family caregiver path that works for you.