Are you depressed? It may have less to do with your mood than with your pills for birth control, high blood pressure, hair loss or even antibiotics, according to new research.
Societies around the world are suffering epidemics of mental illness because “human beings, the ultrasocial mammals, whose brains are wired to respond to other people, are being peeled apart.”
More than 42,000 Americans killed themselves in 2014, and middle-aged people are leading the trend.
Our forebears were less depressed and anxious than we are today, sociologist Jean Twenge concludes after studying the frequency of symptoms associated with these conditions.
In an open letter to President Obama, the four accuse him of creating and carrying out “one of the most devastating forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.” And for speaking this important truth, they have suffered greatly.
Money is a divide across which many people feel comfortable hurling scorn. But the rich suffer depression and loneliness too -- and for very real reasons, say their psychologists.
A new poll measures contentment around the country and the world.
Britain's new Labour leader, a staunch advocate of mental health programs, has appointed Luciana Berger to the new post in his administration. “We have delivered a unifying, dynamic, inclusive new Shadow Cabinet which for the first time ever has a majority of women,” Corbyn said.
A tendency to get stuck in a pattern of negative thinking is common to the depressed person, writes Guardian opinion editor David Shariatmadari in a long consideration of the affliction. “Any set of thoughts that is repeated builds synaptic pathways,” one neuroscientist explains in the article. “Thoughts that are repeated over and over build structure into the brain and therefore increase their own likelihood.”