This one flew over the cuckoo's nest: electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in real life
MH@H Depression

This One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: ECT in Real Life

Ask anyone of a certain age what comes to mind first when they hear the term electroconvulsive therapy (aka ECT, aka electroshock therapy, aka shock therapy), and chances are they will mention the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starring Jack Nicholson. The reality is very different.

Brain stimulation/somatic treatments for depression: ECT, TMS, DBS, tDCS, and VNS
MH@H Depression

Brain Stimulation Treatments for Depression

There are a number of non-medication, non-therapy options for treatment-resistant depression. Somatic treatments involve brain stimulation through the application of energy. ECT and TMS are the most well-known, but there are some more obscure options as well. And then there's cranial electrotherapy, which isn't in the same ballpark at all. So let's dive in! Electroconvulsive… Continue reading Brain Stimulation Treatments for Depression

Treatment-resistant depression and what my meds do still help with - image of pill bottle and depressed person
MH@H Depression

Treatment-Resistant Depression: 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: What My Meds Do Help With

book cover: The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health by Rheeda Walker
MH@H 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

Managing depression: Illness treatment and wellness promotion strategies
Mental Illness Treatment

Mental Illness Treatment vs. Wellness Promotion

One of the things I talk about in my new book Managing the Depression Puzzle is the idea of differentiating between illness treatment strategies and wellness promotion strategies.; I think it's a distinction that applies to mental illness in general. So what's the difference? Illness treatment I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here, but… Continue reading Mental Illness Treatment vs. Wellness Promotion

Supplements for depression that actually work
MH@H Depression

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

clawed hand holding a tablet
MH@H Depression

Calling It Quits Due To Medication 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. Then I got hit by the prednisone bus last week. The prednisone bus It's an experiment that my doctor and I had been mulling over… Continue reading Calling It Quits Due To Medication Side Effects

Potential pieces of the depression puzzle, from Managing the Depression Puzzle: Second Edition by Ashley L. Peterson
MH@H 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. My evolving… Continue reading Managing Mental Illness Requires More Than One Tool

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology

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 and… Continue reading What is… Melancholic Depression

Book cover: How to stop feeling so damn depressed by Jonas A. Horwitz
MH@H Book Reviews, MH@H 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 for men 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 bit unclear. It didn't… Continue reading Book Review: How to Stop Feeling so Damn Depressed