I Lead Inspirational Retreats… And I'm Struggling With Depression

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… » 4/15/14 3:00pm 4/15/14 3:00pm

This webcomic captures the day-to-day horrors of living with depression

Depression can be a difficult illness to understand if you've never experienced it, and depressive episodes can be incredibly isolating experiences. But the webcomic Depression Comix offers a peek into the depressed mind while helping a lot of depressed folks feel less alone. » 1/08/14 9:00pm 1/08/14 9:00pm

Life Hacks for The Depressed Amongst Us

Depression bites. The things that feed it, are often caused by it (I'm talking about a living area that's a fucking disaster to be specific). And a lot of the hints and tips people have for organizing and cleaning and so on are designed by and for people who aren't dealing with the added burden of mental illness. But… » 1/06/14 10:05pm 1/06/14 10:05pm

Well, This Is Sad: More Children Are Suffering From Depression

Back when I was in middle school, it usually took a day or two for rumors to fully circulate the school and threaten a child's reputation. By the time it was all said and done, a new target was usually honed in on and it was time to torment someone else. By contrast, kids today have it rough — rumors fly around… » 9/30/13 9:00pm 9/30/13 9:00pm

Dominus Vobiscum: Belief in God May Lead to More Treatable Depression

Suffering from depression? You might want to break out your Quran, your Torah, your Bible or whatever it is that gets you feeling spiritual, not because there's a God out there who can fix your problems, but because of a new study by the Harvard Medical School that shows people with a stronger belief in God have an… » 4/26/13 1:45pm 4/26/13 1:45pm

Ladies Be Moody: The Sad Sack Women of Anti-Depressant Commercials

Oh, Sepia Toned Lady Who Is Too Depressed to Look Out the Window! Ever since pharmaceutical companies got the go-ahead to market medication directly to consumers, she's been an advertising powerhouse. Sometimes she doesn't want to go camping. Sometimes she doesn't want to cook eggs. She never wants to play with the… » 3/21/13 3:20pm 3/21/13 3:20pm

Irritable and Exhausted? That's Just Motherhood. Or Do You Need Meds?

Back in the 1960s and '70s, the phrase "mother's little helper" was used for psychopharmacological drugs — barbiturates, usually; tranquilizers and sedatives prescribed to unhappy women. Today, the drugs have changed, but the issues remain the same, and one in every 10 Americans reports being depressed. And when… » 2/18/13 5:15pm 2/18/13 5:15pm

Depressed? Try Drinking Less Soda and More Coffee (Or, You Know,…

New research suggests that high consumption of soda and juice correlates with an increased risk of depression among adults—and those who drank diet versions of the same beverages were even more depressed. Adults who consume large amounts of coffee, however, are at a slightly decreased risk. Isn't that just sodapressing » 1/09/13 7:10pm 1/09/13 7:10pm

Your Little Brother Isn't Just a Maximum Dweebazoid—He Might Have Also…

I didn't grow up with siblings anywhere near my age, so I have no idea what it feels like to have some dickhead who looks like you constantly slamming doors and touching your stuff. (Or, conversely, to be that dickhead. Or both. Whatever.) And I was always jealous of people who did—like, maybe if I'd grown up with… » 12/21/12 9:50am 12/21/12 9:50am

It Might Be Harder to Recognize Signs of Depression in Men

A recent study by the Department of Psychology at the University of Westminster in London has found that depression, though significantly more common in women, is much more difficult to recognize in men. Researchers presented a sample group (1,218 UK adults) with the following vignette that, in non clinical terms,… » 11/15/12 6:00pm 11/15/12 6:00pm

New Concerns Raised Over Pregnant Women Taking Anti-Depressants

After years of conflicting studies regarding the dangers of prescribing selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to pregnant women, experts are now warning against the complications that the class of anti-depressant can cause during pregnancy, like premature birth and pre-eclampsia (both of which can be fatal).… » 10/25/12 11:10am 10/25/12 11:10am