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Jan Wong’s memoir of workplace depression now out

Former Globe and Mail journalist Jan Wong has self-published a book about her descent into, and recovery from, severe depression. It will have a priority place on my personal reading list. You can hear Wong talk about her book on May 7 at 7 p.m. at the North York Central Library.

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Sat, May 5 2012 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Jan Wong’s memoir of workplace depression now out

Post-Prozac Nation

Mungo was kind enough to send me a link to Post-Prozac Nation: The science and history of treating depression, a New York Times Magazine article. Here’s a tiny sample to whet your interest: Is the “serotonin hypothesis” of depression really dead? Have we spent nearly 40 years heading down one path only to find ourselves […]

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Thu, April 19 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Post-Prozac Nation

Prominent broadcasters and depression

Mike Wallace, who died Sunday, and Shelagh Rogers share something besides career paths. Both suffered from depression.

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Mon, April 9 2012 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Prominent broadcasters and depression

Dear anonymous critic

In response to my post, My tussle with severe depression — the story so far, someone went so far as to create a one-post, one-topic blog – Dear Bill Doskoch.

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Thu, March 15 2012 » Main Page, Minutiae » 2 Comments

Depression semantics

“I’m so depressed!” Oh really?

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Mon, February 27 2012 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on Depression semantics

Depression and hyper-connected brain regions

From the Daily Beast: “A new study reveals that people suffering from depression are characterized by an extreme synchronicity of brain regions that could indicate stymied, inflexible brains.”

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Wed, February 22 2012 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Depression and hyper-connected brain regions

Dysthymia

Oh boy. I found out today there may be something else wrong with me! If you’ve been following my blog recently, you know I’ve been on about my bout with severe depression. What is this other condition, as identified in a independent medical evaluation? Dysthymia.

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Wed, February 15 2012 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Dysthymia

What journalists can learn from Whitney Houston’s death

Former Birmingham, Ala. TV anchor Roy Hobbs, arrested in April 2010 for drug possession, offers some personal perspective on Whitney Houston and the twin devils of depression and addiction.

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Tue, February 14 2012 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Media » Comments Off on What journalists can learn from Whitney Houston’s death

Can yoga help relieve depression?

CAMH has recently done some work in evaluating the efficacy of yoga in relieving the symptoms of depression. The Toronto Star ran a first-person account from Elizabeth Warkentin.

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Fri, February 10 2012 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Can yoga help relieve depression?

My tussle with severe depression – The story so far

When I woke up on the morning of Jan. 15, 2011, I felt like someone had beaten my head with a pipe overnight. Either that, or they had driven a nail into my skull about two inches up from my hairline on the centre line – then wiggled it to maximize the pain. I initially […]

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Tue, February 7 2012 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Minutiae » 13 Comments