Do We Effectively Identify and Treat Depression? Think Twice!

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Description: If you had a psychology course containing a section looking at the identification and treatment of depression then you are probably holding some version of the belief that the diagnosis and treatment of depression was a relatively straightforward and consistent matter. With that belief in mind read the article linked below and see if… Read more »

Mind-Body Interconnections: The Adrenal medulla

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Description: You probably heard about the important role that the adrenal medulla plays in our bodies rapid responses to stressful situations, usually referred to as the fight flight response. What you may not be entirely clear on is how that area of the brain gets fired up or more specifically how that part of the… Read more »

Males, Depression and Self-Stigma

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Description: So here’s some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Canadians do not typically stigmatize depression are depressed individuals. The bad news is that males who are depressed or more likely to self-stigmatize or in other words to blame themselves and hold themselves to rather harsh standards in relation to… Read more »

Depresion and Stress among Clinical Psychologists

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Description: Are clinical psychologists significantly less likely to struggle with depression compared to the general population? What would you predict? On the one hand they are more aware of the issues related to depression and may be more inclined to take steps earlier and thus avoid struggling with the disorder on the other hand in… Read more »

Relative Efficacy of CBT versus Drugs for Treating Depression

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Description: If your physician told you that he or she thought you might be depressed and indicated that they could either provide you with antidepressant drugs or refer you for cognitive behaviour therapy which would you pick? Before answering have a look at this article and consider the research it discusses. Source: Talking Therapy as… Read more »

Depression, Symptom Pattern Complexity and Diagnosis

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Description: When clinical psychologists and psychiatrists diagnose depression they do so with reference to a list of diagnostic criteria (essentially a list of symptoms) contained within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, fifth edition. This article describes a research study that examined the pattern of symptoms presented by nearly 3500 depressed patients to see if in… Read more »

Face-to-Face Interaction and Levels of Depression

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Description: Are all social contacts more or less equal in terms of what they do for us? The study described in this article looked at the relationships between the frequency of several types of social contact and symptoms of depression among people over 50 years of age. What do YOU think they found? Source: Today… Read more »

Is Depression Catch-able?

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Description: Ignoring the title of the article this post focuses upon for a second what would be your prediction? Is hanging around with depressed people likely to make you depressed? What about the opposite (hanging around with happy – or at least well-adjusted stable people)? Source: Science Daily: Happiness spreads but depressions doesn’t Date: August… Read more »

Cell Phones and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: CBT To Go

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Description: Can communication mediums such as text messaging be used to increase the effectiveness of treatments for disorders like depression? This article and other sources linked below describes studies that suggest that this may be true. Source: The ShrinkRap: Can your I-Phone prevent a relapse of depression? Date: April 28, 2015 Photo Credit: iSTock Photo:… Read more »

Depression, Bipolar Disorder and “Fuzzy” Thinking

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Description: Feeling like your thinking is less sharp or even describable as “fuzzy’ is a fairly common subjective report offered by people struggling with depression or bipolar disorder. However, there has been debate as to whether such feeling are reflections of actual changes in brain function or related, instead to changes in mood or motivation… Read more »