Depression

Is Depression Anger Turned Inward?

My last hospitalization for depression happened after a suicide attempt. My primary nurse kept asked me what I was angry about, saying that I must have been angry about something to have tried to kill myself. She seemed rather annoyed when I assured her that no, I wasn't angry, and anger had nothing to do… Continue reading Is Depression Anger Turned Inward?

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Mental health

Is There Ever Only One Explanation for A Mental Illness?

A little while back, Kacha of Food.for.Thoughts posted a very cute animated video called 7 Reasons to Love Someone Who's Depressed.  Some of the reasons were that people with depression are more understanding and more honest.  While the messaging is quite positive, it got me thinking about how there are various ideas floating around out… Continue reading Is There Ever Only One Explanation for A Mental Illness?

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings by Randolph Nesse book cover
Book reviews

Book review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry by Dr. Randolph M. Nesse digs into the science of evolution to understand why mental illness persists.  He explains that while the illnesses themselves are not evolutionary adaptations, our vulnerabilities to these illnesses may actually have evolutionary purposes. He takes the rather refreshing approach of… Continue reading Book review: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

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What is... psychology series

What Is… a Diathesis-Stress Model?

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is diathesis-stress model. Okay this week's term may sound a bit obscure, but bear with me, because it's actually quite relevant.  It's a model that is used to explain the course of a mental disorder based on the… Continue reading What Is… a Diathesis-Stress Model?

Book cover: Lost Connections by Johann Hari
Book reviews, Mental health

Book review/rant: Lost Connections

In Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions, Johann Hari takes a stand against the idea of biological causation of depression and anxiety.  I expected going in that this book would annoy me, but at times it was just plain ridiculousness. To start off, let me tell you the… Continue reading Book review/rant: Lost Connections

Mental health

Is Oversimplification of Mental Illness Useful?

We've all heard of the "chemical imbalance" explanation for mental illness.  This terminology has served a purpose in making the argument that mental illness is actually an illness.  However, it is a gross simplification of mental illness in terms of what's actually going on in the brain.  Lately, I've read criticism of the chemical imbalance… Continue reading Is Oversimplification of Mental Illness Useful?