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When Depression Becomes Depressing

"I am larger and better than I thought." ~ Walt Whitman

In the movie "All Is Lost" with Robert Redford, the vast expanse of the never-ending sea could serve as a metaphor for stretches of life when there seems to be nothing on the horizon but more depression and inevitable despair. The increasingly futility of his efforts to survive also can be compared to treating depression as a losing battle, considering the over 120 million sufferers worldwide and counting.

In his latest book, Out of the Blue, Bill O’Hanlon makes a valuable contribution to turning that tide. In his opening dedication he writes, “Let me reassure your soul that there is a way out.”
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Women Taking Antidepressants: Improve Sexuality with Exercise


One of the most common complaints related to taking antidepressant medications is their impact on one's sexuality. For the most antidepressants prescribed today, sexual side effects are often significant -- and troubling (in a way quite different than depression is).

I mean, it's one thing to think, "Great, this medication is helping alleviate my depressed mood." But in the next breath, you have to admit, "My sex drive has gone out the window. I just have no interest in sex any more." And let's admit it -- sex is a pretty important component of most people's romantic relationships.

That's why a recently published study may provide some hope.

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Treating Teen Bipolar Disorder with Medication

If your child has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you might have already had a discussion with his or her psychiatrist about medication. However, using psychotropic medication, although growing as a choice for treating psychological disorders, continues to carry a stigma. Often, those who take medication for their mental health are judged or looked down upon.

Despite this, research shows that the combination of medication and individual therapy are quite effective for treating most mood disorders. For bipolar disorder, specifically, medication can manage the wide swing of changing moods from depression to mania. This article will address the various forms of medication that might be used in teen bipolar disorder treatment.

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Latuda: A New Treatment Option for Bipolar Depression

The depressive episodes that accompany bipolar disorder have often perplexed both people who have bipolar disorder and the professionals who want to help treat them. People with ordinary clinical depression -- at one time called unipolar depression -- often have a few treatment options to choose from, usually starting with psychotherapy or antidepressants.

But using antidepressants in the treatment of depression of someone who has bipolar disorder can have unexpected -- and unwanted -- effects. Studies of antidepressant use in bipolar disorder have been decidedly mixed.

So it's always welcome news when a new medication -- or a new use for an existing medication -- has been approved. Such is the case with Latuda (lurasidone).

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Videos: Antidepressants — Not a Quick Fix

In a series of heartfelt videos compiled online by healthtalkonline.org alongside research conducted by the University of Nottingham and Oxford University, 30 individuals share that antidepressant medications are not a ‘quick fix.'

Contrary to popular opinion, neither are they 'happy pills.'

The individuals discuss the impact of depression and antidepressant medications on their lives. They also talk about the emotional difficulties they faced with side effects and finding a prescription that finally helped them manage their depression.

They're worth checking out to hear of people's real-life experiences with one of the most commonly-prescribed classes of medications today.

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When Should You Go to the Hospital for Severe Depression?

Knowing when to commit yourself or a loved one to the hospital to be treated for severe depression can be a very gray area. I wish there were a set of directions much like those when you are in labor: if contractions come within five minutes of each other and last a minute, pack your bags.

Some physicians will make the decision for you, but usually it is up to you. Here are a few guidelines.

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3 Reasons Why Not All Mental Health Professionals are Created Equal

The biggest regret of those who have lived through a depressive or bipolar disorder episode is that they didn’t obtain a rigorous diagnosis and treatment plan early enough.

Lora Inman is one such person, interviewed in my book Back From The Brink. A long-time depression sufferer and passionate mental health advocate, she went for decades without a proper diagnosis or treatment, which prolonged her suffering and made postpartum depression even harder to manage.

Lora’s story perfectly illustrates three very good reasons why you need a trusted mental health professional.

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7 Things a Depressed Parent Can Say to a Child

I’m usually pretty good at hiding my tears from my kids, but lately I’ve been busted a few times because they come so frequently and don’t go away.

How do I respond when my grade-schoolers ask me why I’ve been crying? How do I explain this insidious illness to them?

Two years ago I wrote a children’s book devoted to these questions. It’s called, What Does Depressed Mean? A Guidebook for Children with a Depressed Loved One.

Excerpted from the book, here are seven things that you can say to your child when you’re depressed.

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What One Clinician Learned about Coping with Loss

Clinical psychologist Christina G. Hibbert, PsyD, has experienced many losses in her life. When she was 10, her grandfather died. When she was 18, her 8-year-old sister died of cancer.

She experienced the hardest loss when her closest sister and brother-in-law died just two months apart. He died of skin cancer. She died after drinking and taking too many Tylenol.

Around that time Hibbert also lost her aunt to a rare brain disease. Her husband lost his grandmother, both grandfathers and his dad in the span of two years.

“[I]t has been a lot of death for my family. But loss is about so much more than death.”

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Are You Struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) -- sometimes known as the "winter blues" -- is an “equal-opportunity oppressor,” according to Norman Rosenthal, M.D., in his comprehensive book Winter Blues Survival Guide: A Workbook for Overcoming SAD. This form of clinical depression affects people of all ages -- even kids -- races and ethnic groups.

Fortunately, SAD is highly treatable. One of the keys to managing the disorder is knowing your personal pattern of symptoms. This plays a big role in how you’ll treat your disorder.

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The Biggest Lesson I’ve Learned in Managing My Depression

“Everybody's depression is different,” said David Blistein, a writer in southern Vermont and author of David's Inferno: My Journey through the Dark Wood of Depression.

It is a complex disorder, and healing may come from different sources, he said. But when you’re struggling with an illness, it can help to hear how others have survived and thrived.

That’s why we wanted to know the greatest lessons others have learned about managing their illnesses. Below, individuals share everything from the importance of accepting their depression to understanding its powerful influence to discovering one’s inner strength.

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