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 not as commonly used as medications or therapy, but they do have a role to play, particularly when it comes to treatment-resistant … Continue reading Somatic Treatments for Depression
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
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 … Continue reading Like Death Warmed Over – Dealing with Side effects
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
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
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!
I'm almost ready to release my third book, which is not something I would have ever imagined myself saying. It's called Managing the Depression Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together, and it provides a comprehensive, holistic look at how to manage illnesses with a depressive component. Not surprisingly, I don't mean holistic in a woo-woo sense; … Continue reading I Have a New Book Coming Out!
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
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
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
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
Around 5 weeks ago, I blogged about deciding to get Botox injections in my forehead to hopefully help in the management of my depression. I got the first injections at that time, and then got round two a couple of weeks later, for a total dose of 29 units, which was the amount used in the … Continue reading Botox update
This post breaks down what I take to manage my depression - it's a long list, but it's a tough illness.