• Andrew Solomon on depression and hope

    Andrew Solomon on depression and hope

    By his mid-twenties, Andrew Solomon earned international accolades for his work as a novelist, journalist and historian. At 31 he descended into a major depression. He was helped by a combination of family support, medications and talk therapy. Andrew Solomon : Depression is an illness of loneliness. And the primary experience is the feeling of […]

  • Jon Hamm on his depression earlier in life

    Jon Hamm on his depression earlier in life

    A recent London newspaper article quotes Jon Hamm (TV series ‘Mad Men’ and other movie and tv projects) about his life following the death of his father when he was 20, including his recovery from depression. Hamm said, ‘I very much knew what the idea of permanence was by that point. I dropped out of […]

  • Mariel Hemingway and Barbara Kopple on their documentary Running From Crazy

    Mariel Hemingway and Barbara Kopple on their documentary Running From Crazy

    The documentary film “Running from Crazy” directed by Barbara Kopple, and shown at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, is about the lives of family members of author Ernest Hemingway. Here is more about the film, including comments by actor, author and healthy lifestyle and mental health advocate Mariel Hemingway, and two-time Academy Award-winning director Kopple. […]

  • Therese Borchard and Beyond Blue - Creativity and Mood Disorders

    Therese Borchard and Beyond Blue – Creativity and Mood Disorders

    Therese J. Borchard is the author of the blog “Beyond Blue” on Beliefnet.com, which is featured regularly on The Huffington Post and was voted by PsychCentral.com as one of the top 10 depression blogs. The first of these two videos is from her post Snow Blizzard 2010 and MENTAL HEALTH. She notes, “Here’s the video […]

  • Rethinking Creativity and Depression

    Rethinking Creativity and Depression

    Some five hundred years ago, mood disorders were considered to be based on an imbalance in four body “humors” or  fluids – yellow bile, black bile, blood, and phlegm. Too much black bile was thought to cause ‘melancholy’ and ‘madness.’ [For more, see the Wikipedia page on Melancholia.] In her article “Clinical Depression Then and […]

  • Depression and Creativity

    Depression and Creativity

    Mood disorders often impact creative expression. About one percent of the general population suffer from manic-depression (bipolar disorder) and five percent from major depression during their lifetime. As many as a quarter of American women have a history of depression.  According to an Allhealth site article, “The risk of depression among teen girls is high, […]




Machismo and Melancholy

Machismo and Melancholy

According to The National Institute of Mental Health, in America alone, more than 6 million men have depression each year. Here are some excerpts from a Los Angeles Times article: In May 2003, four-time Superbowl quarterback Terry Bradshaw embarked on a multi-city campaign sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, maker of the antidepressant Paxil, to discuss his own […]

Depressive thinking can accompany being sensitive

Depressive thinking can accompany being sensitive

In her article Growing Up Gifted Is Not Easy, Elaine Aron, PhD talks about depression as a potential aspect of sensitivity. “Early in my research on sensitivity — while I was studying its relationship to introversion and the four Jungian functions of sensing, thinking, feeling, and intuition — I discovered several studies reporting that intuitive […]

Elizabeth Swados on bipolar and burning rubber

Elizabeth Swados on bipolar and burning rubber

Tony-nominated playwright Elizabeth Swados revealed in an O Magazine article [“Bipolar Diaries,” October 2007] that in her work she functioned at a high level, but in private she was in the frantic throes of bipolar disorder. “I was talking as fast as an auctioneer, dashing from one activity to another with such intensity that I […]

Deanne Repich on dealing with anxiety

Deanne Repich on dealing with anxiety

Deanne Repich is the Founder of the National Institute of Anxiety and Stress, Inc. In her article Coming “Out of the Closet” about Your Anxiety, she talks about her experiences with this very common, and self-limiting, mental health challenge. Here are some excerpts: Keeping your anxiety a secret from others can be a huge burden. […]

Tackling Depression Through Diet, Herbal Remedies, Exercise and more

Tackling Depression Through Diet, Herbal Remedies, Exercise and more

Excerpts from the free ebook Tips To Treat Depression Diet Many biochemical theories of depression centre around deficiencies of one nutrient or another, and vitamins and minerals are an obvious first place to look, as we need so many of them – usually in tiny daily amounts, but they are vital. And the truth is, […]

Depression as a message

Depression as a message

In the article The mind, as it evolves by Julia M. Klein, psychiatrist J. Anderson Thomson Jr. talks about treating an 18-year-old college freshman he describes as “intensely depressed, feeling suicidal and doing self-cutting.” The article notes, “He decided that her symptoms might be a way of signaling her unhappiness to people close to her. […]

Finding a method to relieve depression

Finding a method to relieve depression

Gwynne Curry writes about a number of experiences that can encourage depression: I’m a lot like you… I was depressed for a LONG time and I didn’t like it. As a matter of fact I’ve personally experienced 30+ years of chronic depression with at least two episodes of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Here are some […]

An incredible time to be bipolar

An incredible time to be bipolar

Terri Cheney, a former entertainment lawyer, recounts her decades-long struggle with bipolar disorder in her book “Manic: A Memoir.” Hilary MacGregor writes in the Los Angeles Times, “The book is not the first to give an autobiographical account of living bipolar. It joins the ranks of Kay Redfield Jamison‘s “An Unquiet Mind,” Carrie Fisher‘s “Postcards […]

Dealing with depression to access our creativity

Dealing with depression to access our creativity

Musician Shawn Colvin explained on an episode of the Oprah show (Depressed, Mentally Ill and Famous), “Part of the way I’ve dealt with my depressions in the past is I’ve had the ability, if necessary, to just check out. There have been times when I’ve not shown up at work.” In a press release, Colvin […]

Manic Depression and Creativity – A Book Review

Manic Depression and Creativity – A Book Review

From Manic Depression and Creativity – A Book Review, by Paul Bloch, Serendip blog. Manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, is a mental disorder, which is characterized by a cyclic shift in moods between mania and depression. Manic symptoms include hyperactivity, inflated self-esteem, high risk activity, decrease need for sleep, distractibility, and flight of […]

Kirsten Dunst: Dealing With Depression

Kirsten Dunst: Dealing With Depression

“I think most human beings go through some sort of depression in their life. And if they don’t, that’s weird.” Kirsten Dunst From an article by Josh Patner in Flare magazine, which continues: Dunst speaks from experience: In 2008, she checked into a rehab center in Utah to be treated for crippling depression. Things started […]

The Irritable Male Syndrome

The Irritable Male Syndrome

In a Shrink Rap Radio interview, Jed Diamond, Ph.D. talks about his book “The Irritable Male Syndrome: Understanding and Managing the 4 Key Causes of Depression and Aggression.” Here is an excerpt from the transcript: “We used to think that male menopause was metaphorical… a midlife crisis like what women go through. But these hormonally […]