What is the evidence that depression is a medical condition?

We can see differences in the brain of depressed and non-depressed people through special tests. One test used for psychiatry research is the PET study-Positron Emission Tomography. This is a machine that measures body tissue metabolism. All body tissues use glucose,...

What is the nature/nurture theory of depression?

Health professionals used to differentiate between “reactive” and “biological” depressions – the former felt to be due to stress, and the latter, to heredity. There is no longer felt to be a meaningful difference. Trying to separate the two is like trying to...

Suicidal thoughts

Health professionals refer to the wish to be dead as suicidal ideation. Suicidal ideation can be passive or active. Passive suicidal ideation is the desire to die, without any intent to act on it and actually hurt yourself, such as wishing a rock would fall on your...

What is depression?

“William” (fictional) was a 10-year-old boy whose behavior changed over the course of several months. In the previous year, his parents had divorced, he had moved to a new town, and started a new school. He lived with his mother during the week and his father on...

Anxiety in the age of Coronavirus

A little anxiety is good for our civilization.  If our ancestors had been perfectly content we would never have developed tools, medicine, or technology.  We’d just sit outside in the rain until we were eaten by wild animals.  A little worry makes us strive to be...