Monthly Archives: November 2011

Does Midlife Feel Like “The Long Slide Home?” Here’s Why

By Douglas LaBier, Ph.D.   That’s how a man in his 50s described his life to me not long ago: “It’s my long slide home.”  He was feeling morose, anticipating the long holiday period from Thanksgiving through the New Year and what he knew it would arouse in him.  I often see the “holiday blues” […]

Stan Collymore talking about his personal experiences of depression

Stan Collymore talking about his personal experiences of depression Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) It’s 4:48am in the morning(Sat 26th Nov 2011),and i’m wide awake. I decided to tweet my own personal experience of my latest bout of Depression yesterday,and firstly wanted to thank the hundreds of messages from friends,journalists,mental health workers,doctors,and sufferers,as well as well wishers.It’s […]

What Is Bipolar Disorder?

What Is Bipolar Disorder?   Terence A. Ketter, MD Bipolar Disorders Clinic, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California Diagnostic Features of Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder shares symptoms of depression with unipolar depressive disorder, but is defined by episodes of mania or hypomania. Depression can include affective symptoms such […]

Don’t Let Stress Spoil Your Fun This Holiday Season

Don’t Let Stress Spoil Your Fun This Holiday Season       Fall offers a host of fun festivities For people prone to anxiety, the holiday season may be stressful as well as exciting. While some people find Halloween thrilling, others may find it overstimulating. The subjective feelings of stress may interfere with the ability […]

Veterans Mental Health Care Emphasizes Recovery and Return to Full and Meaningful Lives

Veterans Mental Health Care Emphasizes Recovery and Return to Full and Meaningful Lives Six Questions for VA’s Chief Consultant of Mental Health Services      Veterans Day on Nov. 11 offered an opportunity to illuminate how the science of psychology is helping service members adjust to life at home after the trauma of war. Psychologist […]

Broken Sleep May Be Natural Sleep

Broken Sleep May Be Natural Sleep   Dr Brown is clinical professor of psychiatry at Brown Medical School, Providence, RI, and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, and a practicing psychiatrist. Once again your patient, an accountant and tax specialist, is complaining about his sleep. More nights than not he awakens at about 2 am. […]

Imaging Technique IDs Plaques, Tangles in Brains of Severely Depressed Older Adults

 Imaging Technique IDs Plaques, Tangles in Brains of Severely Depressed Older Adults Study provides more evidence linking depression to possible dementia later in life Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the elderly, but little is known about the underlying biology of its development in older adults.

Helping Others Helps Teens Stay on the Road to Addiction Recovery

Helping Others Helps Teens Stay on the Road to Addiction Recovery A new study of teens undergoing substance abuse treatment finds helping others helps the adolescent helper by reducing cravings for alcohol and drugs, a major precipitator of relapse. These novel findings stem from the “Helping Others” study (http://helpingotherslivesober.org) led by Maria Pagano, PhD, associate […]

Practical Applications of New Research in Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a leading cause of disability worldwide,1 and the lifetime prevalence of this condition is about 1% in community populations.2 This activity presents highlights from 4 presentations given at the 2011 International Conference on Bipolar Disorder (ICBD), a conference dedicated to sharing research results and clinical experience to help clinicians improve the lives […]

Activity: The Antidote to Depression

Activity: The Antidote to Depression Most individuals who suffer from depression believe, “Once I feel better, I’ll start calling friends again/making dinner plans/playing golf/planning a vacation/etc., but right now, I just don’t have the will.” Most of these people are not aware of the research, conducted in numerous Cognitive Behavior Therapy studies, that has consistently […]

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