10 Summer Depression Busters

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There are four distinct types of people when it comes to weather and mood, according to a study published in Emotion in 2011. Summer Lovers (better mood with warmer and sunnier weather) Unaffected (weak associations between weather and mood) Summer Haters (worse mood with warmer and sunnier weather) Rain Haters (particularly bad mood on rainy days) Although my mood […]

Do You Want to Participate in a Depression, Bipolar Disorder, or Pregnancy Research Study?

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While I was at the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Research and Education Symposium, I spoke with some of the researchers currently conducting studies for: major depression, bipolar disorder, and pregnancy. Here are more details and contact information if you are interested in participating. Being part of a study is a wonderful way of contributing toward better […]

I’m Depressed, Not Dangerous

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I am reposting this blog because I continue to be irritated by the inaccurate association between mental illness and violence. Every time there is a tragedy like the Germanwings crash in which the murderer is suspected of (or is documented with) mental problems, my job as a health advocate who tries to educate the public […]

Why You Shouldn’t Stop Playing

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In recent months, physical, playful activity has been the only way out of painful ruminations for me, providing a temporary respite from debilitating depression. Its transformative power is surprising to me for its ability to help me manage my emotions. Evolutionary biologist and animal behavioral specialist Marc Bekoff, PhD, once said that “play is training for the unexpected.” And […]

Mission: Joy

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“Joy does not simply happen to us,” wrote spiritual author Henri Nouwen. “We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” I find choosing joy and trying to experience joy to be among the most difficult tasks when you are depressed. And yet it is critical to try to reconnect with those persons, places, […]