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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.


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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

noThis installment of our "Holiday Stress" 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.

baystate_parent_coverJulie Totten, President & Founder of Families for Depression Awareness was interviewed for an article in December's issue of Bay State Parent. The article, titled "Teenage Moodiness or a Mood Disorder?" covers the signs and symptoms of mood disorders and gives parents some practical advice about helping their teen. Click here to download the full article (PDF).

To read the whole December issue of Bay State Parent, visit

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