Category: Diagnosis & Treatment

9 Serious Concerns about Depression Screening for Youth

Why we owe it to our youth to take a critical look at the new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics You might expect that when the American Academy of Pediatrics announced their recommendations for universal depression screening for youth, everyone who works in the mental health field rejoiced. I have to admit, when […]

5 Perspectives On Teen Depression: A Clinician’s Story

Depression can be an isolating illness. Despite progress in knowledge, stigma reduction, and treatment options, it is not uncommon for someone struggling with depression—or that person’s family and friends—to feel alone. The goal of this blog series is to break through that isolation and connect the various people who play a role in any person’s […]

5 Perspectives On Teen Depression: A Young Man’s Story

Depression can be an isolating illness. Despite progress in knowledge, stigma reduction, and treatment options, it is not uncommon for someone struggling with depression—or that person’s family and friends—to feel alone. The goal of this blog series is to break through that isolation and connect the various people who play a role in any person’s […]

Antidepressants and Your DNA

When diagnosed with depression, talk therapy is the first recommended form of treatment. If symptoms are severe and present even after a few months of therapy, medication is then added to the treatment plan. Taking an antidepressant is a lot like filling your car with motor oil – you hope that some of the oil […]

Here Comes the Sun

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Light Therapy? The winter months are full of beautiful things that many of us in colder regions look forward to – the first snowfall, skiing, hot chocolate and cozy log fires. But, what we gain in winter nostalgia, we lose in sunlight, and what we often don’t recognize […]