Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Lessons learned from my clinical depression

Five years ago, I woke up on a Saturday after a rough week at work at CTVNews.ca with an absolute splitting pain in my head. In the days to come, I would be diagnosed with clinical depression.

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Sat, January 16 2016 » Main Page, Minutiae » 4 Comments

‘Facebook may host news sites’ content’

Facebook is in discussions with some leading U.S. news properties to start hosting those companies’ content within Facebook itself.

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Mon, March 23 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on ‘Facebook may host news sites’ content’

Anhedonia

Anhedonia is Greek for “without pleasure,” and it’s a component of depression that doesn’t have to co-exist with sadness.

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Sun, August 19 2012 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on Anhedonia

My tussle with severe depression – an update

Back on Feb. 7, I thought I was on enough of an upward track in my recovery from severe depression that I concluded a blog post with some of my summer plans. That turned out to be erroneous. As a result, life hasn’t worked out exactly as anticipated.

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Fri, August 10 2012 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on My tussle with severe depression – an update

Exercise: Does it help depressives recover?

The BBC ran a story headlined Depression: Exercise advice questioned when added to standard treatments, but at least one person says the study on which it was based deserves a more skeptical look.

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Wed, June 20 2012 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Exercise: Does it help depressives recover?

Nature walks may help those with depression

If you’re fighting clinical depression, a walk among the trees tops a stroll along an urban street when it comes to boosting cognitive performance, claims a new study.

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Mon, May 21 2012 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off on Nature walks may help those with depression

What’s new in depression

TVO’s The Agenda had a recent episode on depression with four practitioners holding forth with new thoughts about how to treat this illness. Here are some notes.

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Sun, May 13 2012 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on What’s new in depression

‘How exercise could lead to a better brain’

From the New York Times magazine: The value of mental-training games may be speculative, as Dan Hurley writes in his article on the quest to make ourselves smarter, but there is another, easy-to-achieve, scientifically proven way to make yourself smarter. Go for a walk or a swim. For more than a decade, neuroscientists and physiologists have […]

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Sat, April 21 2012 » Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off on ‘How exercise could lead to a better brain’

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