Browsing All Posts filed under »Depression«

Crisis on Campus: the Untold Story of Student Suicides {infographic}

November 18, 2013 by


Much as we’d like to avoid the topic completely, it is hard not to come to terms with suicide.  It is particularly difficult to miss, since 30,000 Americans die from suicide every year, twice as many who die due to HIV/AIDS. Although I’ve written before that elderly white males are the highest risk group for suicide in […]

Mental Health Wellness Week, November 10-16, 2013: Just the Facts, Ma’am.

November 11, 2013 by


So I’m running on the “better late than never” slogan here, I realize–I hope you’ll indulge me. Unlike most of the Awareness Months, Weeks, or Days I cover, Mental Health Awareness Week is a grassroots public education campaign–it wasn’t designated by the Senate, it isn’t supported by an organization that’s been around since the time […]

Why You Should Care: October 6-12 is Mental Illness Awareness Week + Oct 10 is National Depression Screening Day

October 7, 2013 by


I know, I know. Another Awareness week.  These things can get old fast. But behind each Awareness Day, Week or Month that we cover is an intricate tale of unmanaged suffering too painful to overlook. You might think mental illness (MI) affects only a small few–but you’d be thinking wrong. According to Kessler et al […]

After bunny massage and cocaine in birds comes a brain scan: Differentiating unipolar and bipolar depression

September 30, 2013 by


I don’t always trust the way the government uses its funds to research on health. If you ask me why all that negativity, I turn to you: Do these  studies look like good ways of using around a couple hundred thousand dollars of government money to you? Consider the National Institute of Mental Health’s study, “Octodon […]

National Suicide Prevention Week, September 8-14, 2013

September 6, 2013 by


On Sunday begins the 39th Annual National Suicide Prevention Week, which encompasses  World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th. The American Association of Suicidology is behind the week, and I just love their mission statement, with absolutely no messing around: “The goal of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is to understand and prevent suicide.”  There you have it. […]

Preparing for ECT: You CAN make a difference

August 25, 2013 by


Preparing for ECT: You can make a difference Lest you try to discount my advice by thinking, “Wait a minute, that can’t happen to me. That gal’s off the charts!” I acknowledge–fully–that in the field of mental health I’ve spent much time as an outlier (although outliers, remember, are often stories of success–in other circumstances, I […]

One Big Not-So-Happy Family: Major Psychiatric Disorders Share a Common Genetic Link

August 14, 2013 by


I’m a recipient of a Google Alert on Bipolar Disorder.  This just means that Google automatically notifies me when there’s new news (as opposed to the old kind, I guess) on the web on BD. It can be from news sources, blogs, videos—you name it. Some days, 5 out of 6 of the news stories […]

The Psychology of Disappointment

July 25, 2013 by


If report cards and parent reports are to be believed, I’ve been a “hard worker” and “overachiever,” within a short time from exiting the womb. I think I sucked my thumb harder than most. I share this fascinating piece of information with you so that you understand how lucky my lucky break really is. As […]

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July 15, 2013 by


Yup it’s still Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. In fact, I stand corrected. It is the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. And I have a sneaking suspicion that you’ve forgotten that–that to you it’s Cord Blood Awareness Blog Month, or International Group B Strep Awareness Month–or even Eye Injury Prevention Month–but within […]

July is the (don’t hold your breath) Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July 11, 2013 by


Giving the lie to the common assertion that Congress accomplishes nothing, in the 110th Congress, in 2007, Rep. Albert Wynn, a Democrat from Maryland who represented the 4th district from 1993 to 2008, brought to the floor a bill for which he would soon have many co-sponsors, and which he would succeed in passing in 2008, […]

Third Time’s a Charm: Latuda Approved for Bipolar Depression

July 2, 2013 by


Having bipolar disorder isn’t exactly a kick. Now that it’s all the trend for famous people to have it, perhaps sufferers feel a bit better–but so often the names call up a manic hilarity. Think Jim Carey or Rowan Atkinson or Hugh Laurie or Robin Williams.  Seems time spent in the disorder is time spent […]

Nothing new under the sun: Little new among psych meds in decades, Part II: The antipsychotics

June 26, 2013 by


“The data are in, and it is clear that . . .a[n] experiment has failed: despite decades of research and billions of dollars invested, not a single mechanistically novel drug has reached the psychiatric market in more than 30 years.” – H. Christian Fibiger, Ph.D., Vice President and Global Therapeutic Area Head for Neuroscience Research […]


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