Seasonal affective disorder (depression/bipolar with seasonal features)
Insights into Psychology Series, MH@H Depression

What Is… Seasonal Affective Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week's term is seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a subtype of depression or bipolar with symptoms that occur based on a seasonal pattern. It was first described in 1984 as the result of an American study of mostly… Continue reading What Is… Seasonal Affective Disorder

The many faces of depression - watercolour images of eyes
MH@H Depression

The Many Faces of Depression

Depression – it's one word to describe so many different things. The many faces of depression means that no one person's experience can ever capture what depression is. It's a simple word for a complex illness, so let's chat a bit about what that complexity can look like. Major depressive episode symptoms The list of… Continue reading The Many Faces of Depression

Cutting through the serotonin hypothesis confusion - graphic of a serotonergic neuron
MH@H Depression

Clearing Up the Serotonin Hypothesis/Depression Confusion

Some people write off antidepressants as being useless because the serotonin hypothesis was wrong, while others insist they need antidepressants because they don't have enough serotonin. There's a lot of confusion about what the serotonin hypothesis was and what it meant, so this post will try to clear up some of that. A bit of… Continue reading Clearing Up the Serotonin Hypothesis/Depression Confusion

Depression gets physical: Speech impairment in psychomotor retardation
MH@H Depression

Speech Impairment and Psychomotor Retardation in Depression

Psychomotor retardation (PMR) is a set of symptoms involving the slowing of movement and thoughts. One aspect of motor activity that's affected is speech, which is what this post will focus on. This interests me because PMR is the most treatment-resistant aspect of my depression, and speech impairment has had a significant impact on my… Continue reading Speech Impairment and Psychomotor Retardation in Depression

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

Somatic Treatments for Depression

There are a number of non-medication, non-therapy options for treatment-resistant depression. Somatic treatments involve stimulating the brain 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!… Continue reading Somatic Treatments for Depression

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology Series, MH@H Depression

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. This post uses a lot of abbreviations, which are summarized down at the bottom of this post. The term double depression is sometimes used to describe the state when two types of depression (major depressive… Continue reading What Is… Double 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

MH@H book review: The ACT Workbook for Depression & Shame
MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: The ACT Workbook for Depression & Shame

The ACT Workbook for Depression & Shame is written by psychologists Matthew W. McKay, Michael Jason Greenberg, and Patrick J. Fanning. It's based on acceptance and commitment therapy and focused on addressing the defectiveness schema in depression. The book begins and ends with a series of several self-assessment questionnaires to let you see how much… Continue reading Book Review: The ACT Workbook for Depression & Shame

My depression's cooling relationship with social media - graphic of ice cubes with social media logos
MH@H Depression

My Depression’s Cooling Relationship with Social Media

I've never been a big social media person. Before I started blogging, I briefly had a Facebook account, but that didn't last long. Once I started blogging in 2017, I started using social media more, but that's contracted, in part because of depression, and in part because of COVID. When I started this blog, I… Continue reading My Depression’s Cooling Relationship with Social Media