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Psychologists' Study Says Docs Not Helping Us to Cope with Stress PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2013

Stressed_manThe American Psychological Association's Stress in America™ survey released this month indicated that stress levels in the American adult population continue to creep upward and two-thirds of people say they are not doing a good job of managing their stress. As we discuss in our Coping with Stress and Depression webinar, unmanaged stress can lead to anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, the majority of people surveyed (53 percent) report that they are getting little or no stress management support from their health care providers.

The DSM-5: Changes to Diagnostic Criteria for Major Depression and Bereavement PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 January 2013

DSMThere has been much to-do about the newest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), the book used by the majority of clinicians to recognize and diagnose mental disorders. The latest edition will be published in May. The proposed changes have stirred up quite a bit of controversy. One of the many revisions found in the DSM-5 is the change to the diagnostic criteria for major depression.


Encouraging News About Your Mental Health Care PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 January 2013

Wellness_guide_coverWith news of another shooting in Texas, there will be continued debate on gun control. We want to make sure that you are aware that President Obama's "Now is the Time" Plan (released last week) covers more than gun control. The Plan includes substantial recommendations to improve mental health services that will help all of us. 

Families for Depression Awareness named "Top 10" Depression Resource in 2012! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 January 2013


Families for Depression Awareness is thrilled to announce that we have been named as a top ten online depression resource by!

Internet Activist Aaron Swartz's Suicide Prompts Tech Community to Talk About Depression PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 January 2013

SwartzThe January 11th suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz has attracted international attention and intensified the spotlight already focused on mental health awareness. Swartz’s death has sparked countless blogs and op-articles detailing his numerous contributions to the tech world while contemplating the factors that lead to his death.

New Mentor Program for Youth with Mental Illness in their Families PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 January 2013

CFCS-LogoOur friends at the Cambridge Family & Children's Service are launching a program to pair local youth who have a relative with a mental illness with an adult mentor with similiar life experiences. This Cambridge-based program is accepting new mentors and mentees, so read on for more information and consider getting involved!

Dr. Carol Glod on Teen Depression PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 January 2013

expert_profile_glodDr. Carol Glod, a member of our Advisory Board and Director of Nursing Research at McLean Hospital, conducts studies on adolescent depression and its possible treatments. We asked her to share some insights with us about how common teen depression is, what it looks like, and what parents can do. 

Holiday Stress: Some Final Thoughts PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 December 2012
gingerbread_menFor the past several weeks we have posted blogs giving you suggestions about how to keep a handle on the stress that comes with the holiday season. This is our final blog of the "Holiday Stress" series, and we hope you have found it helpful. These final three points are particularly relevant as family members start to arrive, and all of your activities and hardwork come to fruition.
Holiday Stress: Self Care PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 December 2012

scalp_massageOne of the most important things to remember during the holiday season is to take care of yourself. Self-care is critically important all year round, but particularly when you are under a lot of stress. These three tips are to help you manage your stress by taking care of your self. When you're feeling relaxed and well, you'll enjoy the holiday so much more!

Holiday Stress: Communication and Frustration PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
noPart 4 of our "Holiday Stress" blog series focuses on how to manage your stress when things start to go wrong. The two seemingly simple ideas below can be difficult to master, but once you successfully implement them, you may find that the hiccups in your carefully laid plans seem smaller and easier to overcome.
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