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July/August 2018

July/August 2018
We may look back on June 2018 as a tide-turning moment in public awareness of severe depression for reasons virtually all of us hate. In this issue, we illuminate the dark, often terrifying inner world of depression, and explore the widespread yet little-understood phenomenon of recurrent depression.
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In the Shadow of Depression

How Can We Manage to Stay Well?

July/August 2018
Most clinicians know that if a person has suffered one bout of serious depression, he or she is much more vulnerable to another one. But most therapists still don’t address a vital question with their clients—how can they stay well once their most recent bout of misery has ended and they’ve left therapy?
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A Journey Through Fire

Surviving When Your Self Is in Ashes

July/August 2018
At its worst, depression extinguishes your inner pilot light, depriving you of the substrate that makes you feel real. Sufferers complain of living in a fog, unable to think, remember, or focus. The qualities that constitute “you” become peripheral. The password has changed, and access is denied.

The New Psychiatry

The Rise of Natural Mental Health

July/August 2018
Increasingly, psychiatrists are recognizing that offering medications as the primary treatment of depression for years and years is simply not working. Instead, there’s a growing movement toward using more holistic approaches based on the belief that body and mind can heal themselves if given the time and space to do so.
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In Consultation

Seven Myths about Meditation: A one-size approach doesn’t fit all

March/April 2015
Seven myths about meditation for clinicians to ponder.

Editor's Note

Depression, the most important public health issue in the world.

November/December 2014

Do therapists have a responsibility to educate people about society's role in generating unprecedented levels of depression?

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Cure or Control?

Depression as a Chronic Condition

November/December 2014
Evidence continues to accumulate that many people with depression suffer bouts of it all their lives, even after a good response to therapy. So what if we give up the idea of cure and opt for the idea of management?

The Book We Love to Hate

Why DSM-5 Makes Nobody Happy

March/April 2014
From small insignificant beginnings in 1952, when almost nobody read it, DSM has become a kind of sacred literary monster. Today, it’s the most detested and certainly the most debated mental health classification scheme ever devised.
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As the Twig Is Bent

Understanding the Health Implications of Early Life Trauma

September/October 2010
While it's common knowledge that childhood trauma can have far-reaching consequences for adult mental health, its impact on adult physical health is less obvious. Now a new study demonstrates an astonishing correlation between childhood maltreatment and a vast range of later-life illnesses.

Being There

The Dalai Lama Gets Buddhism and Neuroscience to Go Face to Face

January/February 2006
In Washington, D.C., this fall, the Dalai Lama brought together a distinguished group of contemplatives and world-class scientists to explore the links between stress, health, and meditation. The result was a sometimes laborious, sometimes luminous conversation that suggested that spirituality and science may not be so irreconcilable after all.
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