Why Is There More Depression in the World?


T. M. Luhrmann, a professor of anthropology at Stanford, penned an interesting editorial this week in the The New York Times called “Is the World More Depressed?” She recounts her recent conversation with Indian psychiatrist Rangaswamy Thara, who reported the influx of people seeking help for mental illness and the rise in suicide in the […]

How to Quit Jealousy


When I was 11, I auditioned for a ballet school. Miss Jo, the founder of the program, and of The Dayton Ballet Company, came to the auditions and sat next to my mom. “Your daughter has beautifully arched feet,” she told my mom. “Although we wish all dancers had high arches, it will make it […]

Treating Bipolar Disorder After Childbirth


Pregnant and postpartum women with bipolar disorder more frequently have significant mental health and early mothering challenges than other perinatal women undergoing psychiatric treatment, according to a study in the Journal of Affective Disorders. The findings indicate the importance of properly identifying the disorder and developing specific treatments for women during and after pregnancy, the […]

Is It Guilt or Shame?

Child punishment

I started this column about guilt—why it stalks me. Why, no matter how hard I try to be a good girl, I can’t get rid of the knot in my stomach that says I’ve been busted, just like I was with a bottle of vodka at band camp in high school. However, upon doing a […]

Can’t Decide? Leave It to Fate

praying man

I know better than to say “everything happens for a reason” to the mom who has just learned of her daughter’s Leukemia, or to declare, “It was meant to be” to a girlfriend stuck in an abusive marriage. However, new researched published in “Psychological Science,” a journal of the Association of Psychological Science, suggests that […]