On Monday a friend asked me how my weekend had been. The truth was that I had been depressed for most of the weekend: So the weekend seemed long, empty, and dark. When I began describing my weekend in terms that reflected how bad it felt, I found that my sadness deepened. Note to self: telling stories about sadness can sometimes make it worse! What are you telling yourself today that might be making you sad, lowering your energy, etc?
By India Court MacWeeney
Medicating Depression – A Tricky Business at Best
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Last week, at a meeting of mental health professionals, the speaker, a M.D. who is an expert on stress and anxiety said in part that prescriptions for mood disorders were done on the basis of an "educated guess".
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