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Giving a Voice to My Depression

Laura Jo | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Laura Jo

I wasn't yet whole. That process would take years. But going home with the hope my future existed was a start.

The New York Times' Irresponsible Look at Antidepressants During Pregnancy

Seleni Institute | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Seleni Institute

Not only did the NYT omit several large, reliable studies on antidepressant use during pregnancy and fail to include views from experts in the field of reproductive mental health, but the tone of the article is demeaning to women facing the difficult choice of taking medication to treat mental illness during pregnancy.

The Face Of Depression

Marcia Kester Doyle | Posted 10.13.2014 | Fifty
Marcia Kester Doyle

Only those who have a personal experience with depression can understand the scope of pain from this form of mental illness. It is a debilitating disease that robs a person of the simplest joys in life. It carves a hole too deep to fill in the hearts of those who wrestle with the inner demons of this acute, medical condition.

Life After Prozac: New Fronts in the Fight Against Depression

Christopher King | Posted 09.17.2014 | Science
Christopher King

The year 1988 saw the U.S. release of the antidepressant Prozac. Within two years, the compound became not only the most prescribed drug in the world ...

Looking Depression In the Face: Botox as Antidepressant

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Recent research suggests that the frown of depression is anything but superficial and should not be taken at face value. Wiping that expression off your face is the latest treatment for depression. And Botox, America's favorite neurotoxin, allows for this therapeutic loss of face.

Considering Antidepressants During Pregnancy? Read This

Seleni Institute | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Seleni Institute

Healthcare professionals must balance the possible risks of a medication against the possible benefit. In a pregnant woman, that requires considering the effect of an untreated mood or psychiatric disorder on a fetus or developing child against the risk of medication-related birth defects or other problems after a child is born.

If Antidepressants Don't Cause Weight Gain, What Does?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 08.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

One hopes that patients who are gaining weight are not ignored their weight gain because a study says that they should not be doing so.

Why Antidepressants Won't Solve the Depression Epidemic

Jonathan Rottenberg | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Rottenberg

We can no longer afford to allow antidepressants to be our sole response to the raging depression epidemic. We must pursue a broader range of solutions.

All Psychiatry Is Personal

David Blistein | Posted 06.18.2014 | Science
David Blistein

Last week I went to a presentation by Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. Having spent a lot of time in the pharmaceutical trenches, I think my perspective on psychiatric meds is a little different from his, but there were two things in particular that impressed me.

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The Unexpected Factor That Could Be Sabotaging Breastfeeding Efforts

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents

New mothers who struggle with depression might feel hesitant to keep taking antidepressant medication while breastfeeding. But new research hints that...

Surprising Signs Of Restless Legs Syndrome

Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D.

Nighttime creepy-crawlies aren't limited to camping or Halloween. For approximately 10 percent of Americans, tingly, itchy sensations -- mostly between the ankle and the knee -- aren't the creeping of spiders or the fluttering of bats, but a neurological disorder called Restless Legs Syndrome, or RLS.

Should Christians Take Medication for Mental Illness?

Perry Noble | Posted 04.29.2014 | Religion
Perry Noble

The church has used "pray and read your Bible more" as a "cure" for anxiety and depression for far too long. And we have placed people who use medication to treat the issue in a category that is way less godly than those who do not use it.

Managing Anxiety by Whatever Means Necessary

Sarah Fader | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Fader

Society, let's stop telling people how to manage their mental illness and instead support them on their journeys to find their way.

These Study Drugs Aren't Just For 'Slackers'

Joyce Chen | Posted 03.05.2014 | Teen
Joyce Chen

The prominence of study drugs has boomed, a phenomenon where the "druggies" are not slackers or social outcasts but the academic elite, the goody-two-shoes classmates.

The Future of Happiness -- Up or Down?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

This model of a kind of happiness that no one can take away from you remains as radical today as it was centuries ago, perhaps more so given the hold that materialism has over us. But appearances are deceiving, I think.

STUDY: Antidepressants Taken During Pregnancy Don't Cause Autism

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

BY GENE EMERY NEW YORK Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:15pm EST (Reuters Health) - Women who take a common type of antidepressant during pregnancy are not ...

The New Psychiatry: Forget Everything You Think You Know About Mental Health

Kelly Brogan, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Brogan, M.D.

Most patients who come to me for treatment of depression and anxiety do so because they want answers.  They want to know WHY they are struggling. The closest they will be offered by their prescribing psychiatrist or primary care doc is some reductionist hand waving about serotonin imbalances. 

No Quick Fix to Fighting Depression Comes Without Long-Term Side Effects

Stuart H. Garber, D.C., Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Stuart H. Garber, D.C., Ph.D.

Many of the symptoms that patients complain about are the side effects caused by the drug that they were incorrectly prescribed in the first place. I want to stress the need that patients must ask questions and be educated.

Treatment-Resistant Depression, Part One

David Blistein | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
David Blistein

Our individuality is our blessing and our -- well, curse is too strong a word, but it can be pretty challenging. And I know full well the overwhelming feelings of desperation and helplessness when you think you've tried everything.

New Research Reveals When Antidepressant Use Spikes

Posted 08.15.2013 | Divorce

According to a new study out of Finland, antidepressant use spikes right before divorce. Researchers looked at data from 304,111 Finnish people be...

Depressed? Treatment Not Working? Be Careful What You Do Next

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

If you are taking an anti-depressant but are still depressed, the ad says, ask your doctor about adding Abilify (originally approved as an anti-psychotic medication). This is, at best, misleading medical advice.

How One CEO Found Success in a Depressed Economy

Elizabeth Denham | Posted 10.05.2013 | Small Business
Elizabeth Denham

By knowing his market, working within his means, being willing to adapt to changing forces in the marketplace, and developing new products himself, Robinson, steadily formulated his plan for success.

Medications and Mental Health - Fifty Shades of Gray

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Kathy Morelli Medications and mental health: an issue with fifty shades of gray. As a therapist, I deal with people's thoughts and feelings about ...

Marijuana Blamed for Dzhokhar's Alleged Boston Bombings

Russ Belville | Posted 06.20.2013 | Crime
Russ Belville

Let's see, there are 26.1 million annual tokers, 17 million monthly tokers, and 2 million daily tokers in America. Two of them are alleged terrorists. That's literally, at best, a one-in-a-million risk.

Things You Want To Know About Psychiatric Medications But Didn't Know Who (Or How) To Ask

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I asked more than a dozen expert psychiatric colleagues, and myself, the questions they most frequently receive about psychiatric medications from people who take them or their families. Here are a dozen of those many questions; the responses are mine.