Category Archives: Depression

VICE on Music, Mental Health, and All the Ways They Come Together

Music can have a massive impact on our mental state. Like many people, I keep playlists of music for specific purposes: music that helps me focus when I write, music that lets me get into character for Dungeons & Dragons sessions, music for when I want to relax, and music for when I need an […]

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Ketamine: Depression’s New Wonder Drug?

Ketamine is nothing if not controversial. Because its dissociative and anesthetic properties make it popular as both a recreational drug and as a weapon for human trafficking and sexual assault, the United Nations is considering a global ban. Many countries have already aggressively restricted it, including Russia. At the same time, it is the safest, […]

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Sometimes Depression Feels Like Being Underwater

http://better-drawn.tumblr.com/post/91250751481/by-neil-slorance Comic artist Neil Slorance shares a vision of depression that’s much gentler than most. You can see more of his comics here, including this reminder of why we should take a break every once in a while.

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First Wave of CareKit Apps Includes a Way to Track Your Antidepressant Use

Apple’s CareKit was announced last month as a framework to help developers design apps for people who want to better understand and manage their own health, and who want to share health data with their family members or physicians. Yesterday, the first four CareKit-enhanced apps arrived. They include apps that will help users manage diabetes, […]

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The Videoblogs Opens a Mental Health Video Competition for Young Filmmakers

We know many of our supporters have important mental health stories to tell. If you can tell yours on video, you may want to take a look at The Videoblogs Dialogue. The Videoblogs is an upcoming independent film about depression, anxiety, and the impact of sharing our stories. The Videoblogs Dialogue is an accompanying video […]

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Comedian Takes Apart the Mental Illness/Creativity Connection

Creativity doesn’t come from depression or other mental health issues, and it isn’t killed by antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication. That doesn’t stop people from making those claims–for some reason, we love to romanticize the suffering of artists. Comedian Jacqueline Novak, author of How to Weep In Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression from One Who Knows […]

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Must Watch: Depression-Proof Studio Culture: A How-To For Mental Wellness, GDC 2016

Full disclosure: we’re a little biased about this one. Our co-founder Russ Pitts spoke at GDC 2016 last month, sharing his insights and advice about mental health and game development. At a time when crunch is once again on everyone’s minds, Russ laid out a plan for building a studio culture that encourages employees to […]

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Depression Quest and Actual Sunlight Bring Up Questions Without Easy Answers

The last time I dealt with as-yet untreated depression, Depression Quest resonated with me to the point that I forced myself to get out of the house and get help. That’s not an exaggeration. I was playing the game, clicking through to get the protagonist to the healthiest possible ending, when I asked myself why […]

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This Photographer Shares the Virtues and Vices that Helped Her Through Bipolar II Disorder

A photo posted by dejah (@greeneuphorias) on Jan 27, 2016 at 9:49am PST When you deal with mental health issues in the long-term, it’s often necessary to find ways to cope when times get particularly tough. In the best cases, we find healthy pursuits like exercise, creative expression, meditation and other activities with therapeutic benefits. […]

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All About Antidepressants

By Lida Turner, MD It’s common for people to have questions or concerns about medications for mental illnesses, or even to mistrust them. But medications are a valuable form of treatment for many people. The World Health Organization names depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide, and antidepressants make up a large portion of […]

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