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Can Probiotics Protect Against Depression and Negativity?

April 17, 2015

Probiotics, which promise to boost “good” bacteria, have exploded into the world of healthy living in recent years. The body is home to colonies of millions of bacteria that help you digest food, fight infections, and even help you grow. Probiotics may also improve mental health. A small study published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity has found that people who take probiotics tend to ruminate less on negative feelings. Probiotics... Read More

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Does Depression Play a Role in Violent Behavior?

April 3, 2015

Although recent developments in the investigation into the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 reveal that copilot Andreas Lubitz had recently researched suicide methods and the security of cockpit doors, making it appear as though he deliberately crashed the plane in a suicide attempt, many unanswered questions remain regarding his motivations for bringing down a plane full of passengers. The media have latched onto Lubitz’s... Read More

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Parenting While Depressed: 10 Things to Remember

March 25, 2015

Parenting is difficult enough when you feel fantastic, but when you’re struggling with depression, it can seem downright impossible. It need not be so, though. Experiencing depression doesn’t mean you can’t be an incredible, loving, smart, and effective parent. In fact, in some ways it can make you a better parent. Because of your depression, you may be extra sensitive to your children’s moods and needs.... Read More

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How Does Mass Surveillance Affect Our Health? And Other News

March 20, 2015

It’s been more than a decade since the Patriot Act increased concerns about the government spying on its citizens, and nearly two years since Edward Snowden revealed that many of those concerns are valid. Now, a survey by Amnesty International of 15,000 people in 13 countries suggests that mass surveillance may be affecting our health. Only 26% of respondents believed the government should be able to spy on its... Read More

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Good Mood Foods to Help Fight Depression, Stress, and More

March 20, 2015

Stress, depression, and anxiety are complex experiences caused by a variety of factors, including lifestyle, brain chemistry, a history of trauma, and health. Research increasingly points to the role nutrition plays in sound emotional health. While eating a bowl of soy beans and loading up on eggs won’t cure depression, it can certainly help. By pairing the right diet with healthy therapy and—if necessary—medication,... Read More


How Can I Avoid Being Dragged Down by a Depressing World?

March 6, 2015

Let me start off by saying, I hear you! I actually recently noticed that watching too much news was getting me down a bit, too. I cut back and shifted my focus to other, more uplifting things and I feel some relief. That may or may not work for you. It seems like you are haunted by this on a deeper level and feel a strong sense of duty to be well informed about the world around you. I wonder if at least part of the answer... Read More

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Kids Get Depressed, Too: 8 Signs of Depression in Teens

March 2, 2015

As parents, the one thing we want to do is protect our children. We baby-proof our houses, snap our kids in car seats, and give them helmets to wear while riding their bikes. As they age, though, we find that protecting them from everything becomes impossible. No matter the level of care we show our children, parents generally cannot protect against mental health issues such as depression. Depression affects about 11%... Read More

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Good Mood Foods Infographic GoodTherapy.org

March 1, 2015

Share this Image On Your Site <p><strong>Please include attribution to GoodTherapy.org with this graphic.</strong><a href=’http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/good-mood-foods-to-help-fight-depression-stress-and-more/good-mood-foods-infographic’><img src=’http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/good-food-moods-01.5.jpg’ alt=’Good Mood Foods Infographic’... Read More

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Is the Science Behind Some Antidepressants Backward?

February 23, 2015

Antidepressants rank third among the most common prescriptions, with 23% of middle-aged women and 14% of non-Hispanic white people taking the drugs. For many people who have struggled with depression, antidepressants are life-savers. For others, antidepressants don’t offer much relief, leading to a seemingly endless search for the right drug. According to the authors of a paper published in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral... Read More

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5 Tips for Helping a Depressed Friend or Loved One

February 23, 2015

When someone is depressed, he or she may struggle to communicate with those closest to him or her. It can be confusing and at times frustrating, too, to love someone with depression. It’s not always easy to help and give what is needed. Sadly, the reaction of many people is to say simplistic and dismissive things like, “Just pray more,” or, “You just need to think yourself into a better place.” Suggestions and... Read More

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Dealing with Depression in the Midst of Chronic Illness

February 3, 2015

The diagnosis of a chronic illness can alter a person’s life in more ways than one. It can cause changes in physical abilities, nutrition, sleep habits, and routines. Chronic illness can add doctor appointments, new medications, and treatments. It might also involve pain and fatigue, which makes the burden even more cumbersome. It should come as no surprise, then, that up to one-third of people with chronic illness... Read More

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Writing Your Way to Well-Being, and Other News

January 23, 2015

The healing power of the pen is increasingly playing a role in therapy, support groups, and psychiatric hospitals. A number of studies, for instance, have found that writing can help improve symptoms of depression. The New York Times recently highlighted a number of studies suggesting that the healing powers of writing cannot be overestimated. In one study, for instance, African-American students who had trouble adjusting... Read More


Childhood Trauma Left Me Feeling Worthless and Depressed

January 23, 2015

Thank you for your question. Boy, oh boy were you put through the wringer. My heart ached to read of your experiences. I suppose the short version of my answer would be to see a therapist soon as you can, if only for the reason that you mention suicidality from your teens and depression today. This is not to be alarmist, but depression is something you don’t want to go unaddressed for long, more a sign of trauma than... Read More

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With Depression, the Wounds You Can’t See Cut the Deepest

January 20, 2015

I recently spent four days in the hospital recovering from surgery. I have a pretty large incision that’s visibly healing well. But the cut is not where the greatest damage is. Most of what was cut and stitched and cauterized is completely beneath the surface. They’re my invisible wounds. And when my doctor forbids me from lifting things, it’s not the visible cut she’s worried about—it’s the internal damage. The... Read More

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