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Why There Will Be No Cure for Depression

Jonathan Rottenberg | Posted 02.21.2014 | Science
Jonathan Rottenberg

In an era of tight budgets, supporters of depression research argue that more funding is needed to find a cure. That's logical-sounding but may be totally wrong. Depression's toll has risen even as more research and treatment resources have been poured into combating it.

10 Warning Signs Of Depression (And What To Do About It)

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Amandah Blackwell

Do not allow "shame" to hold you back. You have nothing to be ashamed about. Depression affects millions of people each year and is treatable. But you must be willing to ask and accept help.

How Many More Tragedies Does It Take Before We Stop Turning Our Backs on Mental Illness?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Onset of serious mental illness in late teens and early twenties is very common and often shocking to the families that experience it. The medical community knows this; researchers know this; millions of families know this and yet we wait for the topic to find its time while millions try to cope. Surely we can do better.

Treatment-Resistant Depression: Part Two

David Blistein | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
David Blistein

Six months ago I published a book about depression. In addition to describing my own battles with the beast, I spent a great deal of time explaining in layperson's terms the diagnoses for different mental illnesses as well as the theoretical bases behind prescription drugs, counseling, herbs, supplements, and various "natural" therapies.

Intestinal Flora and Mental health

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

Scientific research, and the wisdom of the ages, suggest that improving the health of your intestinal flora will bring improvements in your overall health and well-being.

America's Mental Hospitals: Where Smoking Buys You Sunshine

Melody Moezzi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Melody Moezzi

While I've never been convicted of a crime, I have spent my fair share of time in private mental hospitals, wherein I've witnessed what may well be our nation's last great bastion of tobacco, tar and nicotine.

A Picture of (Mental) Health

Meredith Perry | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Meredith Perry

Calling all problem solvers: Mental health services are unrecognized and underutilized in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). An open innovation challenge seeks to change this.

DSM-5 Writing Mistakes Will Cause Great Confusion

Allen Frances | Posted 08.11.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

We were told prior to its publication that DSM-5 would be a 'living document' subject to correction. It turns out that this correction needs to begin right now -- DSM-5 in its current form is unacceptably imprecise and cries out for an immediate and thorough re-editing.

Shining a Light of Hope on Depression

Kathryn Goetzke | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Kathryn Goetzke

Depression is treatable, yet less than half of those with depression worldwide are receiving treatment, due in part to the stigma associated with the disease. This misunderstanding about depression is what prevented my father from getting treatment.

Depressed or Demoralized?

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

A full professional workup can help to differentiate demoralization from a major depressive disorder. Troubling moods can arise from a variety of contexts. They may indicate a major mental disorder, but could also represent reactions to life circumstances.

Last Plea To DSM-5: Save Grief From the Drug Companies

Allen Frances | Posted 03.09.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

Making grief a mental disorder will be a bonanza for drug companies, but a disaster for grievers. The decision is also self-destructive for DSM-5 and further undermines the credibility of APA.

The Most Interesting Part of Human Experience

Alda Sigmundsdottir | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Alda Sigmundsdottir

My fascination with the emotional realm began years ago when I fell into a black hole that some people termed "depression."

Depressed Teens Could End Up Earning Less As Adults

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.17.2012 | Business

It's never too early to get help for depression, especially since being depressed during your teen years may end up hurting you professionally later o...

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Receiving Medical Treatment For Mood Disorder

Posted 07.13.2012 | Healthy Living

A mood disorder is the reason behind U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr.'s medical leave of absence, according to news reports. The Democratic Congressman f...

Predicting Treatment Response in Major Depression: The Use of Biosignatures

Maria A. Oquendo, M.D. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Maria A. Oquendo, M.D.

A new national study on "biosignatures" for depression treatment is groundbreaking in its approach and sophistication; it could usher in a new frontier of brain science.

Hopsice: Grief, Depression and the DSM -- Take Two

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 07.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

It is important that we continue to see -- and treat -- bereavement as a universal experience that is an integral part of life.

'The Moment I Knew Was Depressed'

Therese Borchard | Posted 06.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Therese Borchard

There was never a moment when I said to myself, "Self, it's been two months since you haven't been your cheery self, and if the Zoloft ad on TV is any indication of what depression feels like, you are certainly a sad egg who can't -- or doesn't want to -- catch that damn butterfly."

Don't Confuse Grief With Depression

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

Grief is the normal and absolutely unavoidable price we must pay for having the capacity to love -- it is most certainly not a disease.

WATCH: NBA Star Talks About His Battles With Depression

Posted 01.04.2012 | Los Angeles

NBA Laker Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) has depression. In a video released today by mtvU, he talks about his struggles with mental illness ...

Logic, Guns and Mental Illness

Gloria Duffy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gloria Duffy

The logic is absolutely clear -- the more guns in private hands, the more people will be shot and killed each year in the US. The more guns in private hands, the greater the number will be of mentally unstable individuals with guns.

The Struggle to Overcome Depression

Susan Polis Schutz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Polis Schutz

As I look back, I recognize that being able to talk about my depression was almost as agonizing as going through it. Ultimately, though it was therapeutic for me.

Living With Depression, Raising A Family

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lamond Simone

If you're not familiar with depression, if the commercials for Cymbalta aren't enough to give you a general feel, it's like this: walking on the bottom of a murky, dark pond, able to breathe but really just barely.

The Truth About Antidepressants And Psychiatric Treatment Of Depression

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

Standard antidepressant treatment is not always ineffective, however the psychiatric evaluation and treatment of severe depression should extend far beyond the mere prescription of an antidepressant.

The Good News About The 'Bad' News About Antidepressants

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I hope those whose lives are affected by depression will read the forthcoming challenges to Fournier's findings, since the conclusions arrived at by him are debatable.

Let's Not Get Too Depressed About Depression

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

For all its prevalence and impact on our society -- and one in five Americans will have a depression in their lifetimes -- depression just doesn't get the respect it deserves.