Tag archives for depression

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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Being Suicidal


A woman talks about her experiences with being suicidal in "You want to die," with the important message that it gets better, and links to get help. She describes several situations with suicidal thoughts, being affected by a parent's suicide plans, and talks about how she made it through and is now thriving. A powerful video with an authentic voice.

Melissa C. Water also has a YouTube channel with with over 10,000 subscribers featuring videos about mental...
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Seasonal Affective Disorder, More Than the Winter Blues


"Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder" is a short video from Toronto's prestigious Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) treatment and research hospital. Dr. Robert Levitan, Research Head in CAMH’s Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, discusses the disorder and its treatments.

As days grow shorter in late fall and early winter, the lack of sunlight leads to changes in the circadian system that can trigger SAD. More common in women than men (up to 80% of sufferers are female), symptoms range...
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Solving Homelessness


The Here At Home web documentary explores the mental health and homelessness research project At Home/Chez Soi. It's a five-site study that has housed about 1000 homeless participants with mental health issues, using the Housing First philosophy of providing services along with immediate housing rather than requiring people to access services before qualifying for housing. People receive rent subsidies or congregate housing along with mental health services delivered by either an outreach Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team or Intensive...
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Hope and Coping on World Suicide Prevention Day




U Can Cope

- An excellent suicide prevention film launched on World Suicide Prevention Day 2012 (September 10) both online and at a special screening in the British House of Parliament, this documentary shines a light on three people who were depressed and suicidal but found hope and support.

By focusing on those who have lived experience of suicidal thoughts, others will be able to see themselves and relate not only...
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