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Top Ten Depression Blogs 2010

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
Best of the Web - Depression Blogs 2010

The good (and bad) news about blogging about depression in 2010 is that there’s less of it. Bloggers who were solely devoted to writing personal posts about depression, psychic pain, melancholy and stress in their lives found themselves, for whatever reasons, with less to say on traditional blogs.

But depression hasn’t vanished, and neither has blogging, so where’s it all going? Twitter, drop boxes, text, media, and mobile — watch for blogging to evolve across platforms. And there are professionals sharing tips, artists gathering, and advocates to support each other. Although it may seem a quiet time, under the surface it’s changing.

Blogs most likely to be triggering if you’re in a fragile state are marked with a (T). So, without further adieu, here are the picks for our favorite places we found depression blogged about in 2010…

A Psychopath’s Brain on fMRI

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

A Psychopath's Brain on fMRIOur newest blogger, Dr. Kelly McAleer, has an interesting two-part post about the use of fMRI imaging technologies to try and detect psychopathology in criminals:

In my last post, I discussed how Dr. Kent Kiehl, a neuroscientist, is using fMRI technology to detect brain abnormalities in people with psychopathy. His participants are prison inmates who score high on the PCL-R, a psychodiagnostic measure used to assess psychopathy. Once he determines that the participant is, in fact, a psychopath based on their PCL-R score, he takes scans of their brains using an fMRI to determine if there are brain differences between psychopathic participants and normal controls. He has found defects in the paralimbic system that he believes relate to psychopathy.

Interestingly, Dr. Kiehl’s research is being used by perpetrators to avoid prison or to reduce sentencing. One such case has plagued the Chicago area for over two decades. Brian Dugan, a 52-year-old man with a 13-year crime spree, including murders, rapes, arson, and burglaries, spanning the 1970s and 80s finally went to trial for his crimes in late 2009. For those interested in death penalty laws, this case has a lot of history, and contributed to the moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois due to the wrongful conviction of three men for one of the murders (Jeanine Nicarico) that Dugan committed.

More Top Ten Online Psychology Experiments

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

More Top Ten Online Psychology ExperimentsAfter the publication of our 2008 top ten online psychology experiments list — which detailed the best psychological science research projects seeking online participants — we’re back with a follow-up.

At any given time, hundreds of online psychology experiments are going on. They are a great, cost-efficient method to gather experimental data from the multitudes of people online. These experiments can be fun to try, but also provide researchers with valuable data that future research may be based upon. Here are all-new experiments as well as a couple of classics:

Mental Health Year in Review: 2009

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

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Year in Review: Your Picks

Friday, November 20th, 2009

It’s that time of the year again, when we pull together our top picks for mental health and psychology stories in the news in the …

Top Ten Bipolar Blogs 2009

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Every year the entrants for the Best of the Web awards multiply. In 2009, veterans stood tough as new kids dazzled. It was difficult to …

Encephalon 73 with Videos at Channel N

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Every month, there’s a thing like Grand Rounds (which focuses more on health and medicine blog posts) that highlights some of the most interesting brain …

Top Ten Psych Tweeps

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Microblogging service Twitter is maximizing in popularity. Though there are naysayers who don’t understand the medium and …

Online Mental Health Journalism Awards: 2009

Monday, June 15th, 2009

As we noted here, Mental Health America recently announced the winners of the “2009 Media Awards” that recognize excellence in mental health journalism. Sadly, …

Top Ten Depression Blogs 2008

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Just in time for the holidays, we present to you our Top Ten Depression Blogs for 2008. What qualifies me to evaluate blogs? As an …

Mental Health Year in Review: 2008

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Year in Review: 2008
As another year comes to a close, it’s time to review what made the biggest news in 2008 in …

Congratulations to Katherine Stone, Postpartum Progress

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Katherine Stone
We’d like to take a moment to congratulate our occasional contributor, Katherine Stone, author of the fantastic blog, Postpartum …

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