Depression

The Value of Depression

There is a problem with the conventional wisdom about mental illness. The conventional wisdom is that mental illnesses are caused by chemical imbalances, genetic dynamics and brain abnormalities. That belief encourages people to ignore the meaning of the symptoms and deprives people of an opportunity to learn valuable lessons about themselves, lessons that can help… Read more »

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After the Loss of a Loved One: 3 Tips to Regain Your Gratitude This Thanksgiving

After the loss of a loved one, hosting Thanksgiving dinner may not rank high on your list of priorities. But maintaining routines and traditions are especially important, particularly when children are involved. Keep it together this Thanksgiving by cutting yourself some slack and focusing on the things that are good and bright and humorous about… Read more »

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Effective Methods of Treating Depression

Depression is a serious problem in the United States. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, a major depressive disorder affects about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population over 18 and is the leading cause of disability in the country for those aged 15 to 44. Depression can arise from a combination of… Read more »

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6 Things You Should Know About Depression

October is National Depression Screening Month. One in 10 Americans struggles with depression. A common misconception about depression is that it is something people can just “snap out of.” Unfortunately, for those people who experience major depression disorder, it’s not that simple. While depression can be serious, it is far from hopeless. There are effective… Read more »

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Depression in Mothers

Depression is common among mothers, and many new moms suffer from depression. A 2003 University of Michigan study revealed that one in five women may face depression during pregnancy. Despite the high number of expectant moms struggling with symptoms of depression, few of these women are receiving the help they need. New research from the… Read more »

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5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Why we feel down at the end of the year and what we can do about it. The holidays are painted to be a time of love and cheer, but for many people, the winter months and the close of another year can be tough. The gloomy weather can wear on us. Family visits can… Read more »

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Depression and Anxiety in Student Populations: Interview with Dr. Daniel Zamir

Dr. Daniel Zamir, former Student Counselor at UCLA, addresses the issues of depression and anxiety in the student population.   ADDRESSING DEPRESSION IN THE STUDENT POPULATION The following transcript contains part of an exclusive interview with the Editor of PsychAlive and Dr. Daniel Zamir. Dr. Daniel Zamir: I think it’s really individual to the person… Read more »

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Counseling at UCLA: Interview with Dr. Daniel Zamir

Dr. Daniel Zamir discusses the treatment model offered at the Counseling Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also describes various therapy groups available at UCLA and the importance of students feeling that “You are not the only one.” TREATMENT MODEL OFFERED AT THE UCLA COUNSELING CENTER The following transcript contains part of… Read more »

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When Life Becomes a Death Sentence

My brother now exists only in memory, form and features erased from the physical world. I can hear his staccato laugh, recall his smile and remember the tone and cadence of his voice, but I cannot touch him, squeeze his shoulders or even give him a friendly jab on the arm. I cannot ask him… Read more »

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Adolescent Suicide: Speaking Up for Our Children

Our children need adults and health professionals to step up, evaluate their problems, advocate for them, and provide support so that they can become healthy adults. Suicidal thinking among adolescents, typically known to be vibrant and carefree citizens, is a reality that we adults would rather ignore. However, ignoring the problem only perpetuates lack of… Read more »

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