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 […]

Depression After the Spotlight


For most of my life I aspired to do one thing: write and publish my memoir. I had spent more than 15 years networking among editors and literary agents to make this happen. I invested more than a few hours designing a publicity campaign comprised of the media connections that I had virtually stalked over […]

Perimenopause and Depression


Research suggests, especially in women with a history of depression or a susceptibility of mood disorder, that reproduction-related hormonal changes in women raise the risk of depressive episodes. A few recent studies have concentrated on the perimenopausal period (when women experience skipped and irregular periods), in particular, and found that women in the menopausal transition […]

5 Symptoms of Depression in Men


Although depression affects approximately 6 million men in the U.S., many of them don’t get the care they need because their symptoms differ from the classic depression symptoms of women’s. Furthermore, men feel shame admitting certain symptoms because depression, in general, is regarded as a women’s illness. What does depression look like in men? Here […]