Employee

Employers: Ignoring Employee Depression Will Cost Time & Sales

US employers have been legally responsible for effectively dealing with employee stress via Worker’s Compensation laws and similar legislation for decades. As a 1985 Harvard Business Review article explains, “Managers can no longer choose whether to recognize and deal with the symptoms of stress on the job—it has become a legal obligation. The enormous rise […]

Fade Away

Will My Depression Fade Away if Left Alone?

There are two possible responses to the question “Will my depression fade away if left alone?” They are “Maybe,” plus “There are no guarantees about that.” The uncertainty is explained, somewhat, at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine website, “Clinical depression is a medical illness which affects millions of people each year. Though people […]

Suicide is not the answer

Suicide Isn’t the Answer to Your Depression

More than 44,000 Americans kill themselves each year, according to the American Society for Suicide Prevention. Another 25 failed suicide attempts for every successful suicide are made annually. Do the math: 1,100,000 people per year feel some sort of misery so intensely that they’d prefer death rather than life. Let’s look at some of the […]

Extreme Depression

Quietly Suffering: An Inside Look at Extreme Depression

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) describes the signs and symptoms of depression as: Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood. Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism. Irritability. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness. Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities. Decreased energy or fatigue. Moving or talking more slowly. These features of deep […]

Why You Can't Overcome Your Depression

The Number One Reason Why You Can’t Overcome Your Depression

Considering all the things that a person can regret, can’t avoid, can’t understand or can’t afford, it’s understandable that you feel depressed. You might even be irritated at the title of this article, The Number One Reason Why You Can’t Overcome Your Depression. But if you’re thinking “There are countless reasons for not being able […]

Depression Facts & Myths

Depression: The Major Myths and Facts About It

The American Psychiatric Association defines depression as “a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and […]

Are You Depressed

Hanging on in Quiet Desperation: Are You Depressed or Dysthymic?

Whereas a major depressive episode is an experience that ruptures the fabric of a person’s life, taking them from being okay to a space of dark depression (see my article Am I depressed? What the DSMV Says), there is a much more insidious condition that literally sucks the joy out of life. Dysthymic Disorder (DD), […]

Hate Leads to Depression

Can Hate Really Lead to Depression?

(Editor’s note: This article presents merely an overview of a multi-faceted problem. It is not an exhaustive examination of the complicated issue.) Forensic psychiatrist Dr Keith Ablow’s commentary Inside the Mind of the Facebook Killer explains how and why this case of hatred devolved into deep, deadly depression. The explanation holds no comfort, but it […]