After the suicides of two very talented and seemingly happy lawyers in South Florida, the Cuban American Bar Association invited Dallas based lawyer David Cuban (the younger brother of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban) to talk about his personal struggles with suicidal depression and addiction. This Miami Herald article looks through the prism of Cubans personal struggle to examine some of the major problems affecting the legal profession. Read the full article here.
Given existing antidepressants don’t work for many people, the excitement surrounding the development of a new class of treatments from recreational drugs such as magic mushrooms is understandable. But there are strong reasons to doubt they will have the kind of impact hoped for. Instead, this article in New Science illustrates that we are more likely to be seeing the latest episode in a long-running saga of repeated disappointment. Read the full article here.
There are a number of ways to treat depression, some tried and true – psychotherapy, antidepressants and exercise – and some, depending on whom you ask, ranging from the sublime to the (seemingly) ridiculous. US News & World Report details seven unusual treatment options that you may have heard about, with a short discussion on their merits – or lack thereof. Read about them here.
If you go to Amazon.com and search for “depression,” you’ll be presented with more than 50,700 choices in the book category alone (as of late August). For someone looking to learn more about the disease, that number in itself can be a bit, well, depressing.
From The New Yorker Magazine, a great set of illustration and wonderfully capture the world of living with depression and anxiety. Read the article.
From The New York Times, Abby Wilkerson writes: “The new class I was teaching — “Composing Disability: Crip Ecologies” — was one of several first-year writing seminars offered at George Washington University. Given the focus, it was likely to be a challenge for at least some of the students. And it was presenting a particular challenge to me. Even before the class began, I was anxious. I have depression, and I wondered: Should I acknowledge it in the class? Would the students benefit if I did? I wanted to be sure I knew what I was doing, for everyone’s sake, before taking the leap. But I was not at all certain. The idea of disclosing in the classroom made me feel conflicted and vulnerable.” Read the rest of the story.
A new multinational study involving researchers from the United States and Denmark revealed last week that daylight saving time clock changes have another potential disadvantage to them, and a serious one at that. Based on their findings, shifting to standard time leads to an uptick in depression cases in the fall. Read the News.
In tea and coffee, caffeine is often part of a daily ritual that helps people through the day. The medical world is divided, however, when it comes to the benefits and risks of caffeine. Its impact on mental health is hotly debated. Many believe that caffeine can relieve depression, while others warn it can make it worse. This article will seek to look at both sides of the debate while also looking at the effects of other foods on depression. Read the News.
From National Public Radio, a story about how the crash into the mountainside by a Germanwings pilot who suffered from depression has made it much harder on those who suffer for it to disclose it at work. Read the News