Why do I get slowed down? – The biology of psychomotor retardation in depression
Mental health

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
Depression

“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

Managing the Depression Puzzle, Mental health

Struggling With Depression During the Pandemic?

Pandemic living is tough for a lot of people.  For anyone predisposed to depression, it has the potential to be even harder. Occasionally, depression can be relatively simple to deal with, but unfortunately, that's rarely the case.  For most of us, it's a matter of cobbling together as many strategies as possible to get through… Continue reading Struggling With Depression During the Pandemic?

Depression

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

book cover: Managing the Depression Puzzle by Ashley L. Peterson
Managing the Depression Puzzle, Mental health

Managing the Depression Puzzle is Now Available!

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!

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

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

Should we be looking for a root cause for depression? - graphic of a tree in the shape of a head
Depression

Should We Be Looking for a Root Cause for Depression?

I was recently reading an article on Medium 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, hence this blog post. The problem with reductionism I'm of the perspective that mental illness is complex, and the causes are… Continue reading Should We Be Looking for a Root Cause for Depression?

red jigsaw puzzle with the word depression
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?

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

Book Review: Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me

Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me by journalist Anna Mehler Paperny is both a story of her own 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 quite a number of experts in fields relating… Continue reading Book Review: Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me