Nerve Stimulation Offers Hope for Severe Depression

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A new study by researchers at Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis offers new insight into why vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is so successful in treating persons with severe depression. VSN involves inserting a device into the upper left area of the chest to stimulate the left vagus nerve, which originates in the brain. […]

Why Spring Depression and Anxiety?

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I’ve always found it curious that more suicides happen in the spring than in any other season. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics, suicide rates are lowest in the winter months and highest in the springtime. What’s so bad about April and May? The sun […]

Music Therapy to Treat Depression

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Tara Parker-Pope writes an interesting piece in the New York Times about using music to treat depression. You can get to the original article by clicking here.   Many people find that music lifts their spirits. Now new research shows that music therapy — either listening to or creating music with a specially trained therapist […]

On Playing With Your Pain

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“To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.” Those words fell out of the mouth of British comic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplain and they frame an appropriate attitude toward depression or any mood disorder. Because if I’ve learned anything in my lifelong recovery from depression and anxiety, […]

Margarita Tartakovsky: Debunking 7 Depression Myths

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Margarita Tartakovsky who pens the lucent and substantive blog, “Weightless,” on PsychCentral has compiled a compelling list of depression myths, and then demystyfies them with impressive research and insight. I encourage you to read her original blog, “Depression Myths and Facts Demystified.” I’ve excerpted five of her seven myths below. Almost 15 million Americans suffer […]

Overcoming Guilt in Depression

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Great new post by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. of Psych Central … “There is a voice that says I’m doing something terribly wrong and that I’m a horrible person,” said Therese Borchard, author of the book Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxietyand Making the Most of Bad Genes. In the book, Borchard lists the many things […]

Depression in Kids: Its Toll and Treatment

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Great article on kids and depressed by Sanjay Gupta at Everyday Health. I was honored to be interviewed for it. Depression is typically diagnosed in adults, but children also struggle with the condition. New research now indicates those depressed children are more likely to be obese, smoke and not engage in physical activity — all […]