Eleni Pinnow wrote an obituary after the death of her sister Aletha Meyer Pinnow on February 20. In Eleni’s words, Aletha died “from depression and suicide.” The obituary quickly went viral, because people were touched by Eleni’s message: Aletha was so much more than her pain.
When I was growing up, there was nothing better than when school was canceled for a snow day. It didn’t just mean no school; it was bigger than that. Snow was the universe’s way of saying, “Shhh, no more human activities, no cars, hush now, earth, settle down.” Snow just kindly smothers the world at large, isolating…
The United States Preventative Services Task Force—an influential panel of experts in primary care and preventative medicine—recommended on Tuesday that women should be screened for depression during and after pregnancy, the New York Times reports.
When I told the woman at the hotel check-in desk what I’d come for, I almost whispered it out of shame.
FXX sitcom You’re The Worst has been often celebrated for being the anti-romcom. And while the genre has seeped its way into sitcoms via shows like How I Met Your Mother, New Girl and The Mindy Project, the way Worst acts in opposition to them is much less “anti,” and more about refusing to put a veil over the sheer…
A new report by the New York City Department of Health and the Mayor’s Office says that 1 in 5 New Yorkers have a mental health disorder. I will tell you all about the study as soon as I am finally able to get out of bed.
Upon the publication of Lawrence Otis Graham’s Our Kind of People in 1999, the New York Times asked, “Is There a Black Upper Class?” On the surface, it was a foolhardy question—of course there was, and is, a black upper class—but if you were to peel back its exterior, as Graham did in his book, underneath revealed a…
Being in a romantic relationship when one (or both) of you suffer from depression is a massive challenge. Depression can make your partner seem distant. They may feel like they’re a burden or close themselves off. None of that means your relationship is the problem. You two can tackle this together. Here’s how.
This Father’s Day, as with every Father’s Day, Facebook is going to become a cascade of carefully chosen, lovingly captioned dad photos. Many will be painted over with the static of age. A “dad bod” joke or two will worm its way in. And several posts will inevitably be dedicated to those dads that have passed, who…
One in ten Americans takes an anti-depressant drug like Zoloft or Prozac. These drugs have been shown to work in some patients, but their design is based on a so-called “chemical imbalance” theory of depression that is incomplete, at best.
As if you needed more incentive to have a low-key wedding versus going on the fritz to art-direct the Best Day of Your Life ™, here you go: Brides who view their wedding as the end-all be-all of milestones are often super bummed when the giddiness of the champagne and shrimp puffs wears off.
The name OrgasmQuest sounds more like an adult board game or a point-and-click adventure from the '90s, but for Crista Anne, a sex-blogger and mom living with depression, it's a quest to find herself and her happiness with one self-induced orgasm a day.
Being the boss requires a lot of responsibility and wielding that type of power is definitely a stressful gig, but according to a new study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, women in positions of authority displayed more depressive symptoms than their male counterparts.
Seasonal depression hits for me, like clockwork, the day after Halloween.
It would probably make it easier for you if I could pinpoint when this all started. I wish I could show you the date on a calendar, boldly marked with a red X, or find the place on a map.
This question occurred to Eric Finzi, when he was painting portraits from pictures of French women who were institutionalized in the 19th Century. He wondered if they'd be cured if their faces couldn't register their depressed emotions. Finzi used Botox to test this hypothesis in 2003 and 2006, to astonishing results.
I'm tired. I just spent a week leading a retreat with 22 women, and although I mostly love what I do, I found myself this week understanding, for the first time really, what it means to be emotionally exhausted. I'm awake and filled with gratitude, but I'm drained. How long can one person wear so many hats? Yoga…
Bit of bummer for cat fanciers: After analyzing over a million health records, researchers have found that cat bites are disproportionately correlated with depression. This, right on the heels of the news that your fuzzywuzzykins' teeth are pretty much germ-coated needles.
There's something I've been trying to articulate for a long time. It's a feeling that's been there since I was small, when cognition began, when the depression first started.