book cover: Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me by Anna Mehler Paperny

Book Review: Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me

Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me: Depression in the First Person is written by journalist Anna Mehler Paperny, and is both a story of her own personal experiences of suicidality and an in-depth journalistic exploration of depression and suicide. The author has done her research well.  The book contains information gleaned from interviews with … Continue reading Book Review: Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me

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book cover: Dealing with Depression by Jan Marsh

Book Review: Dealing with Depression

Dealing with Depression: Simple Ways to Get Your Life Back is written by clinical psychologist Jan Marsh.  It offers strategies to be used either alone in milder forms of depression or in conjunction with medication or psychotherapy.  Ideas from several therapeutic approaches are incorporated, including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and compassion focused therapy. … Continue reading Book Review: Dealing with Depression

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Treatment resistant depression: When what’s supposed to work doesn’t

Wouldn't it be nice if the treatment of depression was simple?  Unfortunately, there's nothing simple about depression treatment in the real world  Treatment resistant depression (TRD) refers to illness that hasn't respond to trials of adequate duration and dosage of at least two antidepressants.  The STAR*D research study found that only about 1/3 of people … Continue reading Treatment resistant depression: When what’s supposed to work doesn’t

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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

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