Treatment-resistant depression, and what my meds do help with
Depression

Treatment-Resistant Depression and What My Meds Do Help With

Pretty much the same cocktail of meds I'm on now used to work well, and got me into full remission (i.e. no symptoms at all between episodes). I'm not sure what got me thinking about this recently, but while my depression has become increasingly treatment-resistant overall, my medications are still doing a pretty good job… Continue reading Treatment-Resistant Depression and What My Meds Do Help With

book cover: The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health by Rheeda Walker
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health

To be clear right from the start, as a white chick, I'm not the intended audience of The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health by Rheeda Walker.  It's not that it's not relevant, but the author is clear that I'm not who she's trying to speak to. This books is written by a Black woman… Continue reading Book Review: The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health

list of somatic treatments for depression, taken from Managing the Depression Puzzle
Depression, MH@H Books

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

List of supplements that can help with depression, from Managing the Depression Puzzle by Ashley L. Peterson
Depression, MH@H Books

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

Image by Dawid Cedler from Pixabay I've never been especially prone to side effects from medications.  I'd only ever stopped a medication once before because I couldn't handle dealing with the side effects. The prednisone bus Then I got hit by the prednisone bus last week. It's an experiment that my doctor and I had been mulling over… Continue reading Like Death Warmed Over – Dealing with Side effects

Managing the Depression Puzzle: different pieces of the puzzle that can help with depression
Mental Health, MH@H Books

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

What is... insights into psychology series
What Is... Psychology Series

What is… Melancholic Depression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is melancholic depression (melancholia). The word melancholia comes from the Greek for black bile, part of the ancient four humours medical belief system.  In the 5th century BCE, Hippocrates first identified melancholia as a disease with various mental… Continue reading What is… Melancholic Depression

Book cover: How to stop feeling so damn depressed by Jonas A. Horwitz
Book Reviews, Depression

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

evidence-based treatment
Depression

What the STAR*D Study Means for Depression Treatment

geralt on Pixabay 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… Continue reading What the STAR*D Study Means for Depression Treatment

Book cover: Lost Connections by Johann Hari
Book Reviews, Depression

Book Review: 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: Lost Connections