Tag archives for depression

What is Depression? Animation Explains

A short, elegant animated video, What is Depression?, describes the common yet serious condition, and the differences between clinical depression and just feeling sad.

In a short version of a lesson on TedEd (full lesson available here), Helen M Farrell explains symptoms and treatments of depression, and gives tips for how you might help a friend or family member who is suffering from it.

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Maintaining Stability With Bipolar

Bestselling bipolar author Julie Fast is interviewed about maintaining wellness in Tools for Mood Stability.

In this pragmatic, information-packed short segment she explains how she has built up supports around her, and describes strategies she uses every day to manage bipolar symptoms and prevent relapse.

Great video, with very helpful peer knowledge for people with...
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Biomarker Brain Scans for Treatment Types

In a small study from Helen Mayberg and colleagues at Emory University, depressed participants were randomized to either a medication or CBT, and underwent PET scans before treatment.

Then the scans were analyzed to see if they were predictive of treatment response. The goal was to find a biomarker in order to determine in advance who will respond better to which type of treatment.

However, as The Neurocritic points out, often people respond to a combination of both psychotherapy...
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Suicide Safety Plans

Marriage and family therapist Kati Morton describes making a safety plan for suicidal thoughts.

She discusses safety plan templates, making your environment safe, noticing and writing down triggers, creating a support list of social connections, and finally and most importantly turning to mental health professionals.

Suicide hotlines are a recommended resource as well as going to hospitals. When she creates safety plans with clients she personalizes them to an individuals needs as well.

Kati Morton has made dozens of great...
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