Tag: Depression

Good God, the Trailer for ‘Toy Story 4’ Is Just Unbelievably Depressing

I can watch the sizzle reel of Big Sad Moments from Pixar movies in my head like I’m seeing them in real time: The beginning sequence in Up, Bing Bong sacrificing himself in Inside Out, the few seconds when Wall-E doesn’t recognize Eva after she rebuilds him, literally the entirety of Coco. I mean, just […]

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Don’t Force Gratitude

In his book What Happy People Know, Dan Baker argues that you can’t be in a state of appreciation and fear, or anxiety, at the same time. He explains: During active appreciation the threatening messages from your amygdala [fear center of the brain] and the anxious instincts of your brainstem are cut off, suddenly and […]

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Podcast: Support Groups for Mental Illness – What are They?

Most people understand how doctors and therapists work, but many people can’t quite wrap their minds around support groups – especially peer-led ones. In this episode, our hosts dissect different types of support groups to make them better understood and more accessible. Listen Now! “[Mental Illness] Support groups are like a buffet — take what […]

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Does Calling Depression an Illness Worsen Stigma?

I plead guilty to expounding on the biochemical vulnerabilities and abnormalities in neural wiring of depression to make the case that it is a legitimate illness alongside lupus, breast cancer, or psoriatic arthritis. I thought I was doing a good thing by quoting experts like Peter Kramer, M.D, who believes that because depression can be […]

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Psychology Around the Net: March 16, 2019

Hello, lovers of all things psychology, psychiatry, and mental health related! Today we’re going to take a look at how vitamins and other supplements don’t ward off depression, why it’s important not to get swept up in “boutique” wellness trends (and what to do instead), the ways in which you can manipulate your brain to […]

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When Faith Alone Can’t Heal Depression

There is no question that religion and spirituality can help pull us out of darkness and provide the hope and inspiration that is needed to persevere through despair. Several studies over the last decade have confirmed the positive role of faith in recovery from depression. How Faith Helps Depression A 2016 study from the University […]

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8 Reasons Why Your Depression May Not Be Getting Better

You’ve been to four psychiatrists and tried over a dozen medication combinations. You still wake up with that dreadful knot in your stomach and wonder if you will ever feel better. Some people enjoy a straight path to remission. They get diagnosed. They get a prescription. They feel better. Others’ road to recovery isn’t so […]

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Podcast: Talking Suicide with a Bipolar and a Schizophrenic

Suicide is something that most people think they understand, but there are many misconceptions about it. We say it’s a serious problem, yet will mention it casually and insensitively in certain settings. In this episode, our hosts openly discuss suicide and their personal stories with trying to end their own lives. “I thought about suicide […]

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Psychology Around the Net: March 9, 2019

Happy Saturday (or whatever day you’re reading this) sweet readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers a personal account of how running helped one author’s anxiety and fear, how green spaces work to boost your well-being and social connections, why “hip” office settings aren’t benefiting employees the way employers would like them to, and […]

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8 Health Risks of Untreated Depression

Medication side-effects can seem unbearable at times: dry mouth, nausea, dizziness, constipation. Certain prescriptions can also increase our risks for developing chronic conditions like thyroid disease and diabetes. Three years ago, I decided that the pills’ side-effects weren’t worth the relief they brought, so I slowly weaned off all my medication. I then plummeted into […]

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What Do I Do When My Antidepressant Stops Working?

Approximately 25 percent of patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) experience a recurrent depressive episode while on an adequate maintenance dose of antidepressant medications, according to a 2014 metanalysis published in Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience. The clinical term for this medication poop-out or antidepressant tolerance is antidepressant treatment (ADT) tachyphylaxis. While psychiatrists and neuroscientists don’t […]

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How Hard Should You Try with Depression?

With depression we are told to “fake it til we make it,” to “act as if,” to go through the motions until we can feel again. But what if doing so sabotages your health? What if you push yourself straight into a wall of debilitating symptoms? Conversely, what if efforts to baby yourself keep you […]

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What to Watch According to How Sad You Are This February

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. It’s mid-February, a time of year when the outside world looks increasingly like a toilet bowl and you feel increasingly like a piece of shit floating helplessly around inside it. Or, at least that’s how I feel on days when I don’t see the sun and I spend […]

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Spravato: New Ketamine Treatment to be Approved by FDA

Last week a committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended in a 14-2 vote that the agency approve the use of a nasal spray form of esketamine (a specific type of ketamine) for the treatment of treatment-resistant depression and certain other types of depression. Treatment-resistant depression is when clinical depression fails to […]

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Psychology Around the Net: February 16, 2019

Are you ready to get all the latest on whether or not talking to bots is good for your mental health, how your occupation can affect how effective your depression treatments are, and the difference between shameful secrets and guilty secrets (and which ones hurt us more)? We hope so, because we have all that […]

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Brand Twitter Is Absurd, and It Will Only Get Worse

Composite by Peter Slattery. Screenshot via SunnyD Tweet. Little Debbie logo via Wikipedia At 9:24 PM, in the middle of Super Bowl LIII, SunnyD tweeted, “I can’t do this anymore.” The cry appeared to be in reference to how insufferably boring the big game was, but responses of faux alarm, many from other major companies, […]

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This Mental Health Podcaster Told Me How to Deal with the Death of My Friend

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. When I ask writer and comedian Mike Brown to offer advice to those fearful of therapy, I hide the fact that I’m actually asking for myself. “These niggas don’t care about you,” he told me as I gagged on laughter. “If Cardi B can go from an exotic […]

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Stop Your Mind from Broadcasting Fake News

We who experience anxiety, depression and self-hatred know fake news better than anyone. At a recent rally in Washington DC, Catholic students from Kentucky’s Covington High School encountered Native American elder Nathan Phillips. Things occurred. Words were said. Spectators captured images. Within minutes, the media went wild. Divergent factions accused each other of bigotry, harassment, […]

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