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The Tragedy of Permanence -- Depression Myths Can Be Fatal

Patrick Corvington | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick Corvington

Over the past 400 years, we've gone back and forth -- and still, we haven't settled on what is true -- depression is a treatable illness. And, in the absence of this more informed view, we're left asking ourselves, again and again, why kids slip into this tragic permanence.

'Tis the Season (Again): How to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder

John Tsilimparis | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

Seasonal affective disorder or SAD, is a type of depression that literally follows a seasonal pattern. It systematically appears and disappears at the same time each year. The people who are affected by SAD experience depression-like symptoms beginning in the fall which may continue for five to seven months until spring returns and the days become longer again.

Sometimes I Forget I've Been Diagnosed With Depression

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Beth Leipholtz

I can't find much to complain about. Sometimes life is so good that I even forget I suffer from depression -- until it smacks me in the face, all like, "Hey, don't forget about me. I'm still here."

Cognitive Function and Its Impact on Chronic Pain

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

We all know that pain can cause all kinds of issues with our brain function, including making it hard for us to think or behave as we used to behave p...

Down The Rabbit Hole: A Tale Of Suicide And Macaroni

Lianne Bornfeld | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lianne Bornfeld

Maybe it was a miracle. Maybe I'm just remarkably stubborn. But all I can say is before that Tuesday I was depressed, and every day after I was just very sad -- until I wasn't anymore.

Trump l'oeil: The Donald Masquerades as Mental Health Expert

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

President Obama, as I have written before, may possess a naïve, almost absurd, belief that the law and diplomacy can settle everything. But President Obama is not psychotic.

This Powerful PSA Challenges The Stigma That Comes With Suicide

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living

Meet Maximus Thor. He and his father, filmmaker Benny Wonka, have a message for those who are struggling with mental illness: You are brave. And you'r...

On Living With Depression, and the Dangers of Our Culture of Silence

Udoka Okafor | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact
Udoka Okafor

We cannot continue down this path when it comes to understanding and responding to mental illness, depression, and suicide. We have to do better, for the sake of the people suffering from mental illnesses, and for the sake of society, as a whole.

What a Gay Teacher Would Have Meant to Me

Blake O'Bryan Montgomery | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Blake O'Bryan Montgomery

I had no idea what I would be as an adult because I didn't see anybody I could be. What I would have given to hear a high school teacher say, "I'm gay," "I'm a lesbian," "I'm queer;" to tell me that I could grow up to be a person a young man would respect?

Fortune Favors the Bald

Jackie Nguyen | Posted 10.16.2014 | Women
Jackie Nguyen

Despite the pain, there is still so much joy left in me. I know I'll be OK. All of this is new to me. I don't know my next steps just yet, other than allowing myself to feel whatever it is I'm feeling that day. I will continue to write and document my progress and gain more clarity as time passes.

Helping Someone Who Might Be Depressed

S. L. Young | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
S. L. Young

Individuals who might be depressed could use: attention, support, a conversation, an outing, and more. However, something that isn't needed is for someone to say, "It could be much worse," "Some people can't get out of bed," or "People in third world countries don't have clean drinking water."

Do You Think You Are Out of Options for Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.

As a clinical psychiatrist and researcher, my goal is to uncover new treatments for people like John, who have tried standard treatments, but who continue to have severe symptoms. John has tried all of the research studies offered in our research clinic, and those offered in other academic settings in New York City. Now he is my office and at the end of his rope. Could he be a candidate for a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation, also called DBS?

5 Things You Are Doing That Keep You From Feeling You Are Good Enough

Shelley Davidescu | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Shelley Davidescu

One of the foundational principles I use while helping my clients is identifying and owning their feelings of worthiness and being good enough about who they are and what they stand for. It is from this place of self-worth that your internal genius shows up so you can truly offer your gifts to the world.

As a Patient and Caregiver, Larry Knows How Much Support Helps

Nancy Brown | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Having lost my father and grandfather to heart disease, I should've been more aware of my own heart health. I shouldn't have smoked three packs a day for 18 years. Just because I played a lot of tennis and "looked healthy," I shouldn't have believed that proved I was healthy.

My Battle With Depression And Anxiety

Marisa Lancione | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Lancione

Living with a chronic mental illness often feels like waiting for the other shoe to drop. I've been struggling for a while, but I'm finally coming around to admitting it. Despite seeing therapists on and off for nearly 10 years, I still find it hard to communicate how I feel. But even more difficult is being honest with myself about how I am feeling.

What You Should Know About Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 10.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Victor Schwartz

Environmental factors such as stress, sleep disruption, and drug or alcohol use may also trigger manic-depressive episodes, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important -- proper nutrition and sleep, handling stress, finding a support network and psychotherapy can all help manage bipolar disorder.

Exercising Public Policy: Promoting Physical Activity in the Fight Against Depression

Joe S. Moore | Posted 10.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Joe S. Moore

A staggering one in 10 Americans suffer from depression. Exercise is one of the most pragmatic, cost-effective, and potentially accessible tools we have for helping to combat it.

The Life-Changing Possibilities Of A Mental Health Check-Up

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.10.2014 | Healthy Living

There's a good chance you went to your doctor for a physical check-up in the last year or two. But when was the last time you got a check-up for your ...

Burning the Candle at Both Ends? Take Time to Recharge This Fall

Mary Pritchard | Posted 10.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

My blood work showed that my cortisol level was too low. That only happens for one of two reasons: 1) You are the most relaxed person on earth -- clearly not me. 2) You've burned the candle at both ends for so long that you blew through your stress hormones -- bingo!

Mindful Happiness: 10 Remedies For Subtle Incessant Dissatisfaction

Ira Israel | Posted 10.09.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Ira Israel

Pursuing happiness actually causes misery. The irony is that if you want to be happy you need to release your desire to be happy -- for desire is the root of all suffering, according to the Buddha, and happiness -- when it occurs -- is actually a by-product and not a direct result of particular actions.

Practical Strategies for Parenting a Suicidal Teen

Michelle LeRoy, PhD, LP | Posted 10.09.2014 | Parents
Michelle LeRoy, PhD, LP

Thoughts of suicide, or "suicidal ideation," are relatively common among teenagers and young adults. A whopping 12.1 percent of American teenagers seriously consider attempting suicide in their lifetime, and approximately 2 million teens in the United States go on to attempt suicide each year.

The Prozac Experiment

Emily Ballard | Posted 10.09.2014 | Women
Emily Ballard

I've been worried that I won't be able to write anymore if I'm medicated. That the fire that propels me will be extinguished -- though it's worth remembering that the fire has also had a tendency to engulf me. I've worried that I'll become a numbed-out version of myself, that my good will be as dull as my bad.

Lindsay Holmes

This Little Mental Health Screening Could Have A Big Impact When It Comes To Depression

HuffingtonPost.com | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.16.2014 | Healthy Living

Stress, sadness and overwhelming situations are a natural part of life -- but knowing the difference between what's a transient episode and what may b...

All About That Bass -- Or Is It?

Shannon Cutts | Posted 10.08.2014 | Women
Shannon Cutts

I just don't quite get what so many feminists and bloggers and all-purpose haters are so up in arms about. So Meghan says she isn't a feminist. Does a person have to be a feminist in order to write and sing about her perspective of body love?

The Legacy and Tragedy of the Life of Dr. Sophia Yin

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 10.06.2014 | Green
Anna Jane Grossman

On Sunday, Sept. 28, Dr. Sophia Yin, one of the world's most respected and important veterinary behaviorists, committed suicide. She was 48. Dr. Yin was a pioneer in the field of force-free, positive-reinforcement dog training. It would be hard to understate her contribution to the world of humane pet care.