Managing the Depression Puzzle, Mental health

Struggling With Depression During the Pandemic?

Pandemic living is tough for a lot of people.  For anyone predisposed to depression, it has the potential to be even harder. Occasionally, depression can be relatively simple to deal with, but unfortunately, that's rarely the case.  For most of us, it's a matter of cobbling together as many strategies as possible to get through… Continue reading Struggling With Depression During the Pandemic?

Managing the Depression Puzzle, Mental health

Somatic Treatments for Depression

One of the chapters in my new book Managing the Depression Puzzle is focused on somatic treatments for depression, which involve the application of energy to the brain.  These types of treatment are used less commonly than medications or therapy, but they do have a role to play, particularly when it comes to treatment-resistant depression.… Continue reading Somatic Treatments for Depression

Managing the Depression Puzzle, Mental health

Supplements for Depression that Actually Work

Some people claim that vitamins and minerals can cure serious mental illness.  That's not what I'm talking about here.  While in general, there's not a ton of research funding for supplements and herbal products, there are a number of supplements that do have some research evidence to support their effectiveness in depression. For people with… Continue reading Supplements for Depression that Actually Work

Mental health

Like Death Warmed Over – Dealing with Side effects

I've never been especially prone to side effects from medications.  I'd only ever stopped a medication once before due to side effects. Then I got hit by the prednisone bus last week. It's an experiment that my doctor and I had been mulling over for a while.  I've had elevated levels of inflammatory marker in… Continue reading Like Death Warmed Over – Dealing with Side effects

Managing the Depression Puzzle, Mental health

Managing Mental Illness Requires More Than One Tool

It would be nice if treating mental illness was as simple as popping a pill and carrying on with life.  But of course life (and mental illness) doesn't work that way.  Managing a chronic mental illness means drawing on multiple different tools and trying to build up the toolbox as much as possible. Earlier in… Continue reading Managing Mental Illness Requires More Than One Tool

Book reviews, Managing the Depression Puzzle

Managing The Depression Puzzle By Ashley L. Peterson (A Mini-Review) — Mentally Ill In America

Here is a mini-review of Chapter One of “Managing The Depression Puzzle” by Ashley L. Peterson. This is Ashley’s third book on mental illness (with this book focusing on various types of depression, and the ways in which we treat the condition). Her writing style is conducive with someone who understands the subject matter, based […]… Continue reading Managing The Depression Puzzle By Ashley L. Peterson (A Mini-Review) — Mentally Ill In America

Managing the Depression Puzzle, Mental health

Managing the Depression Puzzle is now available!

My new baby is now out in the world!  Managing the Depression Puzzle takes a holistic view of how to deal with depression – holistic in the sense that it covers a whole whack of things.  The idea is to give you a bunch of different pieces that you can pick from to put together… Continue reading Managing the Depression Puzzle is now available!

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Working On Us – Week #6 – Depression

This is week #6 of the Working On Us mental health prompts over at Beckie's Mental Mess.  Have a look at her post for the guidelines on how to participate.  This week's topic is depression. Prompt #1 Questions: There are so many varieties of depression out there, such as Bipolar Depression, and (SAD) Seasonal Affective… Continue reading Working On Us – Week #6 – Depression

Book cover: How to stop feeling so damn depressed by Jonas A. Horwitz
Book reviews, Mental health

Book review: How to Stop Feeling so Damn Depressed

How to Stop Feeling so Damn Depressed: The No BS Guide for Men by psychologist Jonas A. Horwitz is a how-to guide that aims to tell men how to take on depression and win. The author explains that this book is for men with severe depression.  I found the use of the term "severe" a… Continue reading Book review: How to Stop Feeling so Damn Depressed

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Mental health

What the STAR*D study means for depression treatment

The Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D) trial studied 2876 people with major depressive disorder to evaluate their response to depression treatment in a real-world setting.  Unlike the randomized controlled trials that are often used to evaluate a drug's efficacy, there were few exclusion criteria, the patient and their physician knew which drug they… Continue reading What the STAR*D study means for depression treatment