Category Archives: depression

Miss Representation

Gratuitous cute baby picture of my niece, who will grow up to be a woman before we know it! I see a lot of women in therapy.  Most of them come to me with ideas about their bodies, minds, personalities, or other various features that are not true.  I usually begin with a discussion of […]

Antidepressant Medication

A fascinating discussion among physicians on the efficacy of antidepressant drugs – to take or not to take medication for depression.  Watch the 60-minutes piece and read Dr. Amos’s response. http://jajsamos.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/black-and-white-thinking-in-living-color-the-placebo-antidepressant-controversy/

Humor and Happiness

Humor and Happiness by Dr. Jim Amos.  A good read and a medical perspective on the importance of laughter and humor.

Happiness

Who has it?  What is it?  How do we get it? Happiness is subjective for everyone, but happiness must be defined by every person in order to be palpable.  How does one achieve a goal without measurable tasks?  It seems impossible to seek happiness but not know what must be done daily to have it. […]

Happy New Year/National Hangover Day!

I joke, but it must be true! Hangovers can be particularly brutal because they can come with so much mental, physical, and emotional turmoil.  Most commonly, those who suffer from severe symptoms find that their hangovers come with lots of anxiety.  People feel badly about themselves, ashamed of their behavior, and generally feel negatively about […]

Depression’s Best Friend Anxiety

Depression and anxiety go hand in hand. In fact, I’m convinced that it is nearly impossible to have one without the other. It is the way that they manifest that throws people off. For example, a woman says, “I feel depressed and can’t get out of bed. Then my husband comes home and I just […]