The Depressive Realism Hypothesis: Yay or Nay?


Are you suffering from depression? You may not be so proud of your melancholy state of being, but there is a bright side to the situation.

If you are constantly looking at the glass as half empty, and wondering what the point of life is, you may be thinking more realistically than those nauseously joyous folks you see skipping around Happy Hour.

It turns out, that depressed people see the world more realistically and may be judging their own performance and the state of reality in a more realistic way.

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Brain and Behavior

The Blue Whale Challenge is Real, Sad, & Frightening

A "game" played on social media called the Blue Whale Challenge tests teenagers' and young adults' ability to follow a set of steps that eventually leads to them dying by suicide. The #bluewhalechallenge has been questioned by some authorities as to whether it really exists, but it's clear that some teens are taking their own lives due to the game.

What is the Blue Whale Challenge and how can you stop your child or teen from taking part in it?

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Is Your Partner Jealous of Your Child?

When you met your partner and fell in love you probably dreamed and eventually planned out a life together. For many this plan included the possibility of children. Fast-forward to having one or more children and all is perfect, right? Maybe not.

Life has a way of taking you through unexpected twists and turns and rarely, if ever, does it turn out the way you anticipated. What if one of those unexpected twists however, is your partner’s jealousy of your children?
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Criminal Justice

Podcast: Who Is Served by Executing the Mentally Ill? A Look at the William Morva Case

In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales examine the case of William Morva, a man convicted of murder who was put to death in July 2017, despite having a diagnosis of severe mental illness. Facts of the case are addressed, and many questions raised. Additionally, our hosts share some statistics about the mentally ill population in the U.S. corrections system, including the percentage of mentally ill in jails and prisons, and look at why their average length of stay is so much longer than that of other inmates. Finally, three other executions are discussed, all of which involved individuals with diagnosed mental illnesses.
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Alternative and Nutritional Supplements

Feeling Frazzled? The Cure Might Be in Your Kitchen

A study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology late last year found that individuals who frequently take a stab at small creative projects, report having a higher state of mental health and functioning. In a more recent study, it was discovered that little bursts of creativity each day can go a long way towards preserving your happiness and satisfaction as you hustle and bustle in your daily life.1

Cooking and baking ranks as one of the most satisfying and creative outlets, even if you have never stepped foot in the kitchen You need not be a baker, or a chef to reap the health benefits listed below. Making something homemade, or even semi-homemade for a friend, family member, or a special someone, can go a long way towards keeping you happy and mentally sound.
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Anxiety and Panic

Free Live Webinar: Overcoming Fear of Flying

Overcoming Fear of Flying will be focused on understanding flying anxiety, as well as learning what it takes to overcome this common phobia. In particular, we will discuss what from our lives contributes to developing and reinforcing this fear. We will also discuss the Balanced Flying Method -- a method our presenter, Nathan Feiles, MSW, LCSW, developed specifically to help people overcome fear of flying. We will learn about this comprehensive approach, why this method is unique and from other treatments, and how it works to transform our internal experience of flying.

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Are You Keeping Busy to Avoid Your Feelings?

Something really upsetting happened yesterday. But you have too much to do to think about it.

In fact, it always seems like you have too much to do. Naturally, you refocus on your to-do list. Maybe you even add another seemingly necessary commitment. After all, that networking event is important.

So is the charity function. So is coaching your friend’s summer soccer league. So is helping to plan your colleague’s retirement party. So is that speaking gig and writing an article for that newsletter. So is baking cookies for your book club. So is working an hour later on most days.

In the midst of all of this, you also decide to start a new project. You’ve been thinking about it for a while, and now seems like a good time.
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How to Make a Decision When You’re Depressed

Paper or plastic?

For here or to go?

Cash or credit?

These are simple questions that most people don’t think twice about. But to a person in the midst of a depressive episode, answering any one of these queries can be utter torture. I've sat there looking at a grocery cashier like a deer in the headlights, tormented by the choice between a paper bag and a plastic bag -- as though the rest of my life depended on the decision between which kind of material would transport my eggs and granola to my car.

The inability to make a decision is one of the most infuriating symptoms of depression.
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Best of Our Blogs

Best of Our Blogs: July 11, 2017

Silence is a powerful tool. But many use it indirectly as a way to avoid pain, conflict and confrontation. When we don't speak up out of fear, we opt out of the things that matter most to us. Things like honesty, intimacy and meaningful relationships.

It's not easy. It can be scary. But taking small steps to sharing how you feel can go a long way in building self-confidence and authenticity.

As you'll read this week, maybe your fear of letting your guard down has to do with being neglected as a child. Maybe it's a practical way to protect yourself against a narcissist. Whenever you choose to stay silent, make sure you're doing it consciously and for good reason.
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The Art of Talking

I met my husband, Steve, in 1994.

We went out to dinner on a blind date. Strangely enough, I had the feeling when I met him that I was going to marry him. We wed three years later. This year we’re celebrating our 20-year wedding anniversary.

Back in 2003, when we were trying to adopt a baby, a social worker told us that we needed to learn how to communicate better with each other. My husband was quiet by nature, and I didn’t want to make him talk if he didn’t want to speak; consequently, a lot went unsaid.
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Marriage and Divorce

The 5 Best Traits to Look for in a Romantic Partner

Decades of research have delved into what key ingredients are necessary for true success in any given long-term relationship, including marriage.

While there is no rhyme and reason to explain such success, it is believed that the following psychological traits can heavily impact the success of a given relationship, thereby cementing it into something solid that has a chance of enduring fruitfully over time.

Take a peek at these five traits that researchers and experts use to predict longevity in relationships, and see where you and your partner may be falling short.
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