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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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Babies Begin Learning to Speak Early in Life, and Other News

October 3, 2014

According to a new study, the process of learning to speak may begin earlier than previously thought. Four-month-old babies who were taught to pay attention to complex audio patterns were able to learn to shift their eyes when a pattern changed slightly. At seven months, brain scans of the same babies showed that they were quicker and better at noticing language-related sounds than babies who weren’t exposed to... Read More

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Transforming Gender Norms to Prevent Violence, and Other News

September 26, 2014

Georgetown University’s Safe Passages study endeavors to understand and root out the causes of gender-based violence. Building upon previous research showing that unequal gender roles contribute to gender-based violence such as rape and domestic abuse, the study offers several suggestions for reducing gender-based violence and undermining gender inequality. The study’s authors emphasize the role of male socialization... Read More


Am I Depressed?

September 26, 2014

Determining whether you meet the criteria for diagnosis of a depressive issue would require a face-to-face session with a mental health provider. However, the “blah” feelings you’re describing and loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities are common symptoms of depression. The good news, though, is that yes, you can regain the feeling of happiness you used to have. Most people go through periods... Read More

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Does Your Mood Change with the Seasons?

September 25, 2014

Fall is finally here, bringing with it cooler nights and darker mornings. Along with the temperature and light changes, many people are also dealing with back-to-school changes for themselves or their children. There are changes in schedules, routines, expectations, and even relationships. Though many people consider spring to be a time of new beginnings, autumn is that for many people. It is a time of reflection on the... Read More

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Can Looking at Facebook Make You Feel Depressed?

September 9, 2014

If you find yourself endlessly scanning Facebook only to feel worse about yourself or your life, you’re not alone. According to a new study published in Computers in Human Behavior, consistent use of Facebook increases users’ risk of depression. Can Facebook Make You Depressed? Researchers studied the mood effects of Facebook in a three-phase study. In the first phase, they analyzed 123 active Facebook users... Read More

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Mental Health First Aid Programs on the Rise, and Other News

August 29, 2014

Whether it’s media coverage of a celebrity battling a mental health challenge, the increasing number of veterans seeking mental health services, or a recent mass shooting, mental health issues are increasingly in the public spotlight. Unfortunately, the steady decline in mental health resources leaves increasing numbers of citizens without much-needed treatment, and crisis intervention falls to those who may be inadequately... Read More

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Let’s Not Forget about Suicide’s Unsuspecting Victims

August 18, 2014

The death of Robin Williams last week shocked many of us. Though I knew he battled addiction over the years, I did not know that he also battled depression. There are many people talking about the experience of struggling with suicidal thoughts and the fight to keep them at bay. However, too often the other victims of suicide are forgotten. These are all of the people who are affected by the death. In the case of Williams,... Read More

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Depression Doesn’t Have to Be a Life (or Death) Sentence

August 15, 2014

To say the loss of Robin Williams to suicide is tragic is a gross understatement. Many of us grew up with Mork & Mindy on television and, over the decades, witnessed the incredibly talented actor and comedian reach new heights in films ranging from Good Morning, Vietnam to Good Will Hunting. For many, there exists a sense of knowing Mr. Williams, almost on a personal level, as if his persona was woven into the very... Read More

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Finding Compassion and Hope after the Loss of Robin Williams

August 14, 2014

Editor’s note: This article contains language that may be offensive to some readers and may be inappropriate for younger audiences. I was 8 years old the first time I remember peeing my pants from uncontrollable laughter. My little brother and I were watching one of our favorite shows, Mork & Mindy. We both peed our pants and soaked the carpet beneath us. Let’s just say that “Shazbot” was not the word... Read More

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Our Favorite Blogs about Postpartum and Maternal Depression

August 14, 2014

In addition to adapting to the brand new experience of parenting, many new parents may also be managing preexisting mental health issues, like depression or bipolar. Others may experience postpartum depression (PPD) after the birth of a child. The American Psychological Association states that postpartum depression affects 9–16% of postpartum women, and women who experienced PPD after the birth of their first child... Read More

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Depression, Mild Cognitive Impairment in Seniors Accelerate Brain Aging

August 13, 2014

Depression affects nearly 20% of Americans over the age of 65. Seniors’ depression symptoms are frequently written off as inevitable reactions to the aging process or the result of steady cognitive decline, limiting their access to help. New research highlights the importance of depression interventions in this group, finding that the combination of mild cognitive impairment and depression can rapidly accelerate... Read More

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