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Category: Depression

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression? Yes and No

December 14, 2014

Depression can make people feel like a dark cloud hovers over them, while the sun shines brightly on the rest of the world. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, major depression affects approximately 14.8 million American adults each year, and as many as 1 in 33 children and 1 in 8 adolescents experiences clinical depression. When people feel like they don’t have the strength to pull themselves... Read More

 
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Mindfulness Training as Effective as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

December 1, 2014

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has long been regarded as the gold standard for gaining quick relief from the despair depression brings. According to a new Swedish study, though, mindfulness-based group treatment could be just as effective at combating depression as individual CBT. Mindfulness for Depression Researchers evaluated a total of 215 people with depression at 16 health care centers in Skane, Sweden. After... Read More

 
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Adam Lanza’s Mental Health Care Inadequate, and Other News

November 28, 2014

When Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the tragedy sparked a national discussion about mental health. According to a new report issued by the Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate, Adam Lanza’s mental health problems were left entirely untreated in the years leading up to the shooting. The report argues that Lanza’s mother, who was... Read More

 
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#WinterWellness Twitter Chat Scheduled for December 11

November 26, 2014

GoodTherapy.org will be hosting a Twitter chat for the second time on December 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pacific. The theme of the December 11 discussion will be mental health concerns that accompany the holiday season, and we will be tweeting with the hashtag #WinterWellness. All are welcome to join! Follow us on Twitter @good_therapy and use #WinterWellness to watch the discussion and add your thoughts. We will be asking... Read More

 
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Stigma: Come at Me, If You Can!

November 23, 2014

Mental illness stigma is out of control. In past years we have been to Iraq; businesses have been bailed out; crazy oil spills have destroyed underwater life; people are just now waking up to climate change … and we have yet to really discuss mental illnesses or mental health on a broad scale. It’s the saying that everyone knows, but no one wants to admit: out of sight, out of mind. Is this really true, though? How... Read More

 
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If You Want to Manage Your Pain, Manage Your Thoughts

November 19, 2014

For people challenged with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other invisible issues, managing pain is a priority. Issues such as these generally do not have outward indicators, such as the use of a wheelchair or bandages. They present with symptoms of widespread musculoskeletal pain, problems with sleep, fatigue, weakness, and memory or mood issues. Although science hasn’t uncovered every link between chronic... Read More

 
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Can Depression Be Cured without Medication?

November 17, 2014

“Can I recover from depression without antidepressants?” This is a question that many people ask me. They search the web, talk to their doctors, and seek alternative treatments, hoping that they can recover “on their own.” The answer to this question is both simple and very complicated. It often depends on the severity and persistence of depressive symptoms. Few people, in my experience, recover spontaneously... Read More

 
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Video: ‘Kitten Therapy’ Is Heartwarming, Cute, and Effective

November 11, 2014

If you’ve ever tried to escape the misery of a stressful day by looking at photos of adorable animals, you’re not just procrastinating. In fact, animals offer myriad mental health benefits, so those hilarious photos of ironic cats and clueless dogs you love searching for just might be part of the recipe for a happier life. To demonstrate the stress-relieving effects of interacting with an animal, SoulPancake developed the... Read More

 
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How Jealousy and Depression Led Me to Spy on My Husband

November 9, 2014

The matter of trust is always a burning issue, especially nowadays when technology has taken over the bigger part of our lives. With the development of social media, we forgot how to talk to each other, and replaced our real life communication with calls, chats, and videos. We think we have the company of friends and lovers, but when the Internet goes dark, we face the terrifying reality—our virtual worlds are just... Read More

 
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Our Favorite Depression Blogs from Around the Web

October 31, 2014

While stigma still surrounds nearly every mental health issue imaginable, some are plagued more than others. Depression continues to be one of the least discussed mental health issues, though it is possibly the most commonly experienced. Not all causes of depression are apparent or even existent; it can start to affect the brain chemistry of anyone at any time, and many people are often unaware that it has become an issue. Because... Read More

 
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Potential Cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder Revealed

October 30, 2014

As the warm weather and long days of summer steadily give way to the long, cold nights of fall and winter, many people find themselves falling into depression. About 5% of the population experiences seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that coincides with seasonal changes. Mental health professionals have long struggled to understand the condition, which is most common during the winter months when... Read More

 
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Brilliance Darkened: Have We Learned from Robin Williams?

October 24, 2014

The world recently lost a brilliant entertainer. A family lost someone they loved and cherished. A lot has been said and written about the tragic death of Robin Williams. In the days following his death, there was speculation about his sobriety and talk about his struggle with depression. It was revealed that he was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. People struggled to make sense of something that will probably... Read More

 

Is It Possible to Become Dependent on Therapy? I’m Not Rich!

October 17, 2014

Thanks for the letter and your thoughtful questions. I am very pleased that you reached out, seeking advice on what to do. You ask if it’s possible to become dependent on therapy, and as much as I would like to offer a simple answer, the honest answer is much more complex. Many people come to rely on the insight of their therapist and the relationship they foster in the safe confines of the therapy room. However, it... Read More

 

It Took a Mere 35 Minutes to Diagnose Me with Bipolar!

October 10, 2014

I am assuming that you consulted with either a psychiatrist or psychologist, someone who is licensed to prescribe drugs and has training in the treatment of mental health issues. MDs of all specialties are licensed to prescribe drugs of all kinds; I suggest strongly that you consult a psychiatrist who has a special understanding of both the diagnosis and the treatment of bipolar. I also hope that you scheduled a follow-up... Read More

 
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