Browsing All posts tagged under »Depression«

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 […]

Awareness Times Two: Anxiety/Depression and Women’s Health

May 10, 2013 by


If you’re anything like me (and let’s hope for your sakes you’re not), being aware really takes a lot out of you. With ‘aware’ having synonyms like ‘cognizant,’ ‘mindful,’ ‘wide-awake,’ ‘vigilant,’ and ‘wary’ (I took ‘conscious’ alright–I’m pretty sure I’ve got that pegged), expecting me to be ‘aware’ for any length of time seems to […]

Sleep Deprivation and Depression–Everything You Don’t Expect

January 29, 2013 by


ECT, TMS, antidepressants, Ketamine–ever thought you’d heard of just about every way there is to treat depression? Well here’s one I bet you haven’t heard of: Sleep deprivation. That’s right: doctors have found that depriving patients of sleep can ease their symptomatology–and can do so faster than antidepressants. Ann Wirz-Justice, Ph.D, of the Chronobiology and […]

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby–or Have We?

October 10, 2012 by


I like to think that stigma surrounding mental illness has gone the way of the patents on the big blockbuster medications–it’s just expired and other views, less expensive on the psyche, have moved in to fill its place. Celebrities and the otherwise famous ‘come out,’ shattering the illusion of the mentally ill as hapless, disenfranchised, […]

The Decimating Damage of Depression: Vivid Numbers Plus a Visual

August 20, 2012 by


; “I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would be not one cheerful face on earth. Whether I shall ever be better, I cannot tell. I awfully forebode I shall not. To remain as I am is impossible. I must die […]

If the Wife Takes an Antidepressant, is the Husband Protected From Suicide?

July 20, 2012 by


About one in every 10 Americans takes an antidepressant these days. It’s a hip thing to do. A Center for Disease Control and Prevention Data Brief, “Antidepressant Use in Persons Aged 12 and Over: United States, 2005–2008,” shares some interesting statistics about how usage has grown, and who’s leading the charge. For example, Antidepressants were the […]

Depressed Older Cancer Patients–What Prevents Better Care?

June 13, 2012 by


( “From 2010 to 2030, the total projected cancer incidence will increase by approximately 45%, from 1.6 million in 2010 to 2.3 million in 2030. This increase is driven by cancer diagnosed in older adults and minorities. A 67% increase in cancer incidence is anticipated for older adults, compared with an 11% increase for younger […]

The Danger of Doubling: Depression’s Impact on a Cancer Diagnosis

May 28, 2012 by


According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an astounding 1 in 4 cancer patients will experience depression some time throughout the course of their experience. And certain cancers are even harder hit. According to Derek Hopko, Ph.D, associate professor at The University of Tennessee and co-author of A Cancer Patient’s Guide to Overcoming Depression […]

Quiet Doesn’t Come After The Storm: Post-Cancer Depression

March 6, 2012 by


To use, granted, the lower end of the statistical range, at some point in their lives 10% of women and 5% of men, if left to their own devices, will develop depression. But, according to the American Cancer Society, a whopping  25% of cancer survivors will develop the illness. And that doesn’t touch the post-cancer anxiety. Psycho-oncologist Jane […]

Did You Know?: Random Facts About Depression and Bipolar Disorder–REPRISE

February 13, 2012 by


I’m actually ready to publish a series of posts on a topic close to my heart: mediation.  So swing back tomorrow to hear the latest on the alternative to adversarial divorce. But, like Adam Sandler, who was so excited about the mileage he got out of his “Channukah Song” that he just couldn’t quit while […]

Did You Know? Random Facts About Depression and Bipolar Disorder

February 4, 2012 by


Did You Know? Random Facts About Depression and Bipolar Disorder.

Did You Know? Random Facts About Depression and Bipolar Disorder

February 1, 2012 by


Thought you had put in your time, and knew all there was to know about depression and/or bipolar disorder? Think again; there are some truly unusual–and even bizarre–facts you might have missed. DID YOU KNOW. . . . That depression is experienced as anxiety 65 percent of the time? That a study at the University […]


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