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How Stress Can Shape a Life

by John Folk-Williams

The psychologist Richard O’Connor believes that we tell ourselves stories about our lives to control stress. Stress has a way of becoming a chronic condition. It wears down your body and damages your brain, especially when combined with depression. Yet stress is a killer we often crave like a drug. We create stories that help us make sense of an unbalanced life. Stories of Challenge In my work, I often felt … read more →

Life as a 1L can be Depressing

by Katie

Katie has been married to her law student husband for almost four years. She has grown into a more compassionate and well-rounded Certified Health Education Specialist and Mental Health First Aid provider from her experiences with her husband’s mental health issues, and enjoys sharing information with others about health and wellness. Her husband is currently searching for a job. As such, Katie has only given her first name. Last year, … read more →

A Conversation With Psychologist Deborah Serani

by Dan

I’m a psychologist and I practice in New York. I became a psychologist because I had a very bad experience as a young teenager with depression. Unaware of what depression was or how to detect it, I descended into a Major Depressive Episode when I was a 19 year old college student. Hopeless and suicidal, I nearly took my life with a handgun. Luckily, my attempt was interrupted, and swift medical help was sought. I found a psychologist who helped release me from the grip of my unshakable sadness and taught me about the mood disorder called unipolar depression. Not only did psychotherapy save my life, it inspired me to become a student of its practice. read more →

Depression in Men

by Dr. Richard O'Connor, Ph.D.

Editor’s Note:  Richard O’Connor, Ph.D. is the author of two noteworthy books, Undoing Perpetual Stress: The Missing Connection Between Depression, Anxiety, and 21st Century Illness and Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn’t Teach you and Medication Can’t Give You.  He is practicing psychotherapist with offices in New York City and Canaan, Connecticut.  He has suffered from clinical depression and is a member of a depression support group. A man and a woman both stumble … read more →

My Dad

by Lloyd Rosen

The following is a story about having depression and life with a man who would not accept that I had an illness, my dad. I discuss in this story the life I had being my parent’s son, and not recognizing that I might have more of a problem than just the pains of growing up. In the following story I get into the more positive things that my dad and I did once we grew to understand each other and find that we had some things in common. Life with my dad, at times, was a very up and down emotional roller coaster. read more →

Beyond Winning

by Julie Hersh

Editor’s Note: Awarded the Mental Health America Ruth Altschuler Community Advocate Prism Award and selected as one of the 2010 Distinguished Women by Northwood University, Julie Hersh is an outspoken advocate for mental health. She speaks about the “Top Six” things she does to stay well, but encourages us all to develop our own wellness plan. Her Struck by Living blog is featured on the Psychology Today website. In less than a year since release, Struck by … read more →

The Suicide Of A Lawyer With Depression: Ken’s Story

by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

Editor’s Note: Cincinnati, Ohio attorney Tabitha M. Hochscheid, Esq., a partner at the law firm of Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford, LLC. In this moving tribute, she writes about her law partner and dear friend Ken Jameson who committed suicide in May of 2011 after a battle with depression. How well do we know those with whom we spend our work days with? Is it possible to practice with someone and be there friend … read more →

Change Your Crabby Mood: A Kind And Wise Move

by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D.

Editor’s Note: Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and is the author of The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques. An expert on the treatment of anxiety and depression, she also has extensive training and expertise in the neurobiology of psychological disorders. She is co-founder of the Reflex Delay Syndrome (RDS) Research and Training Institutes, founded to promote research and treatment for this disorder affecting academic, social and emotional functioning in … read more →

Why Do Depressed People Lie In Bed? A Surprising Theory

by Jonathan Rottenberg Ph.D

Editor’s Note: Jonathan Rottenberg Ph.D. is a leading researcher in the area of emotion and psychopathology, where he has focused on major depression. He recently edited Emotion and Psychopathology: Bridging Affective and Clinical Science,published by the American Psychological Association. Since receiving his PhD degree from Stanford University, he has been at the University of South Florida, where he is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Mood and Emotion Laboratory. … read more →

Depression: How To Spot It And Deal With It

by Noel McDermott

Editor’s Note: Noel McDermott is a psychotherapist based in the United Kingdom. He has more than fifteen years of experience helping people overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, recovery in addiction and mental illness, loss, loneliness, childhood trauma and abuse. He offers talking oriented methods of psychotherapy and counselling and also non-verbal and creative arts approaches. You can learn more about McDermott on his website. Depression can be very devastating but can respond very … read more →

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