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Depression: Is Critical Thinking Part of the Cure?

by Dan

One of the most well-known strategies for dealing with depression is the use of the class of medications know as SSRI’s. For many people, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and the like have been incredibly helpful in dealing with depression. Given this, why would a philosopher such as myself have something to say about depression?  One reason is that there is another resource which may be helpful in dealing with depression, perhaps … read more →

Six Truths About Depression

by Dan

A common misconception about depression is that it is something people can just “snap out of.” Unfortunately, for those people who experience major depression disorder, it’s not that simple. While depression can be serious, it is far from hopeless. There are effective treatments and actions people can take to overcome this disorder. There are certain truths about depression that are important to understand; as we target this debilitating disorder that … read more →

The Scientific Reasons Why You’re Feeling Depressed

by Dan

Are you waking up just feeling “blah”?  Like you don’t want to do anything except lie like a couch potato and watch TV, and even that is unsatisfying?  You not only feel low energy, but kind of miserable.  Perhaps you’re mad at yourself for not getting the house cleaned or not getting your work done and papers filed. Perhaps you’re feeling a bit lonely, left out by friends or unsupported … read more →

The 7 Reasons Why Depression Is More Common In Women

by Dan

In recent decades depression has become increasingly common in industrialized countries such as the US and the UK, and is often referred to by physicians as ‘the common cold of psychiatry’. Figures for the lifetime prevalence of depression vary according to the criteria used to define depression. Using DSM-IV’s criteria for ‘major depressive disorder’, which are similar to the ICD-10 criteria for ‘moderate depression’, the lifetime prevalence of depression is … read more →

Be Mindful This Autumn

by Dan

Autumn is the season we associate with harvest and abundance. It is also a time we connect with nature’s waning energy as it prunes and cultivates. This year, autumn began in the Northern Hemisphere on September 22. Where my family and I live in the Berkshire Mountains, mornings open with a chill in the air and the crackle of dry leaves scattered on the ground. Afternoons are warm early in … read more →

Regain Motivation With A Depression Action Plan

by Dan
action plan pic

Everyone feels down at some point in their lives. But if you have major depression (also called major depressive disorder), you likely feel depressed every day for most of the day, especially in the morning. You might wake up and have no energy to get out of bed. And even when you do get up, deciding what to do first can feel like a mountainous task. At those times of … read more →

Listening to Depression

by Dan
carol andreinne

Those of us who suffer from depression tend to think of this state of mind (and being) as an obstacle to moving forward.  Is there a useful purpose to be found when we are depressed? Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D., thinks so.  Her book, Listening to Depression, is full of stories and examples of showing that depression is not only not a mistake, but can yield powerful messages that unlock our life … read more →

One Attorney’s Journey Back From Depression

by Dan

I have been a civil litigation attorney for 26 years. I am married with two children. For a number of years I had been struggling with depression, although never formally diagnosed. Over time I began to isolate and my ability to function at work diminished significantly. I tried very hard to hide my insides and simply put on a happy, easy-going facade. Sharing my feelings was simply not something I … read more →

The Dark Side of Antidepressants

by Dan
Richard O'Connor

As I’ve intimated, drug industry research on the newer antidepressants has been manipulated to maximize positive results and minimize the downside. Here’s one example: the original research that got FDA approval and set off the craze for these drugs had very low standards, which were not revealed to the public. They were generally two- or three-month trials, very short over the lifetime course of depression, and the definition of cure … read more →

The Psychology of Scarcity: Learn to Avoid the Deprivation Thinking Trap

by Dan

When we experience emotional deprivation in childhood, this feeling of not being important or lovable enough can persist into adulthood as a “deprivation mindset.”  We may never feel as if we have enough of the things we need.  This sense of insecurity can harm our close relationships. We may expect our loved ones to let us down, never express our needs directly or choose romantic partners who are avoidant of … read more →

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