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As part of our recent series on "What to Expect", here is a post on what to expect if you come to counseling for depression. It starts with a letter I wrote recently to the physicians in the area who refer their patients to me, and then at the end of I've added a little… Read More

Most of us have had short periods of time where we've felt depressed. We've felt sad for no particular reason, lost our motivation for doing things we generally enjoy, just felt tired and "heavy". For most of us, this feeling will last just a few hours or maybe for a few days. But for some… Read More

Here is an interesting article on the NAMI website.  If you or someone you know suffers from insomnia, it's important to seek out both a medical evaluation and also therapy to help resolve the problem… Read More

College to Host Suicide Prevention Awareness Event May 7 and 8 The College of the Canyons Health & Wellness Center will host a Suicide Prevention Awareness Event designed to provide students and community members with access to important mental health resources, while bringing attention to the staggering amount of college students who commit suicide each… Read More

Now that daylight savings time is over, it will be getting dark earlier. For some people, less light equals more depression. To read more about SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, take a look at this article in Health.com… Read More

Anyone can struggle with depression. Seniors can be at especial risk, because of the many life changes that go along with advancing age, as well as other factors. Here's a link to a great article with ideas on how to avoid and deal with depression for seniors. Let us know what you think… Read More

Our local paper, the Los Angeles Times, has run several series on summertime "seasonal affective disorder", or SAD. If you live locally, you may think I'm referring to our famous "June gloom", where the thick marine layers comes in and hangs around, for weeks at a time, until summer weather officially kicks in. But summertime… Read More

Here are some tools to fight depression* .  Why the disclaimer below?  Because depression can be  life-threatening, if it is severe.  Even if it's not, if you have been feeling "blue" for two weeks or more, it's time to seek professional help.  But in the meantime, here are some things to try: Consider 3 grams… Read More

This month's issue of Psychology Today has a great article on dealing with depression entitled "Good Morning, Heartache". I think the key take-away concept is that, because depression has a variety of causes even in one individual, the long-term treatment of depression requires a variety of tools. The article describes the need for some combination… Read More