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What Is… Double Depression

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is double depression, which comes at the suggestion of Meg of Where Good Advice Happens. This post uses a lot of abbreviations, which are summarized down at the bottom of this post. The term double depression is sometimes… Continue reading What Is… Double Depression

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

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

Why do I get so slowed down? The biology of psychomotor slowing in depression

The Biology of Psychomotor Retardation

While psychomotor retardation (slowing of movement and thoughts) has long been recognized as a symptom of depression, I think it's probably not on the average person's radar when they think about depression. The biology of psychomotor retardation is also poorly understood. What psychomotor retardation is Psychomotor retardation (PMR) is most often associated with the melancholic… Continue reading The Biology of Psychomotor Retardation

Depression and irritability - cartoon image of a person getting angry

“You Can Be a Real Bitch” – Depression and Irritability

Irritability can definitely be an issue sometimes because of my depression.  I seem to lose access to all of my more mature self, and revert to what may have worked best when I was five years old.  This can have a major impact on my behaviour, and sometimes I have let fly with yelling, screaming,… Continue reading “You Can Be a Real Bitch” – Depression and Irritability

Compensating for depression brain: routines, to-do lists, and step-by-step task breakdowns

Compensating for Depression Brain

In my depression-free days, my brain felt like a finely tuned machine.  I could handle multiple tasks efficiently and effectively.  I've always been organized, but when I was well it was helpful rather than necessary.  I performed better when I was organized, but it wasn't a crutch. If non-depressed brain was skiing black diamond runs,… Continue reading Compensating for Depression Brain

somatic treatments for depression, including ECT and TMS
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

How depression affects movement: decreased energy, psychomotor retardation, and leaden paralysis

How Depression Affects Movement

Depression is a mental illness that very often has physical effects.  There are several potential ways in which depression affects movement, and this post will explore low energy, psychomotor retardation, and leaden paralysis.  These symptoms can occur in both bipolar and unipolar depression. Low Energy Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of depression. … Continue reading How Depression Affects Movement

Is there a root cause for depression?

Is There a Root Cause for Depression?

I was recently reading an article that argued that to fully treat depression, one must do the inner work to get to the root cause.  That didn't sit particularly well with me, so I thought I'd write about about whether there's even such a thing as a root cause for depression. The problem with reductionism… Continue reading Is There a Root Cause for Depression?

red jigsaw puzzle with the word depression

Depression Without the Depressed Part?

Chances are the first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about depression is depressed mood, right?  But while depressed mood is often a major part of depressive illnesses, sometimes it plays a minor role and other times it's not present at all. Major depressive episode symptoms The symptoms of depression are… Continue reading Depression Without the Depressed Part?