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Friday, December 27th, 2013 | Adversity, Depression

Coining Depression, Cashing Recovery

Money struggles, debt, unemployment—these can plunge you lower than the subterranean homesick economy of 2008. Many studies have shown the strong links between job loss, fiscal stresses and rates of […]

Thursday, December 19th, 2013 | Adversity, Depression, Psychotherapy

Silver Linings Playbook, Film Criticism and Willpower

In his smug, dyspeptic review of David O. Russell’s movie Silver Linings Playbook, New Yorker film critic Richard Brody huffs that “without a word of religion in the script, [the […]

Friday, December 13th, 2013 | Adversity, Depression

Depression’s Adaptive Payoffs

This NYT story describes the strange case of Ashlyn Blocker, whose rare condition, congenital analgesia, prevents her from feeling physical pain. Stirring noodles, she drops a spoon into boiling water […]

Friday, December 6th, 2013 | Adversity, Depression

How Gratitude Gives Depression the Bum’s Rush

To someone who’s depressed, gratitude is a tough sell. How do you manage to feel grateful for anything if you’d rather just swap it all for oblivion? Depressed thinking traffics […]

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