Articles containing: depression

What Is An Adjustment Disorder?

October 26, 2017


My friend Samantha called me in a panic.  Her 8-year-old daughter, Lindsey, was struggling with the fact that her parents were getting divorced.  There had been a lot of conflict in the marriage.  Samantha’s ex-husband was an alcoholic and, though he was receiving treatment, he had been frequently unemployed.

Using the Power of Narrative to #StopSuicide

Increasing public awareness of suicide is not an easy task. To truly grapple with the issue, we have to face some difficult and painful feelings. For these reasons, when we at the Clay Center collaborated to tell the true story of a young sophomore at Harvard named Luke, who tragically took his own life, we decided to turn to film.

When Teens Talk Of Suicide: What You Need To Know

Here’s the kind of call we get all too frequently:

Doctor, my son said he just doesn’t care about living anymore. He’s been really upset for a while, and when his girlfriend broke things off, he just shut down.

Needless to say, situations like this are terribly frightening for parents.

“Reasons” To Keep The Conversations Going

Today is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, and one mental health topic that’s been on the mind of many parents, caregivers, clinicians, and educators lately is the Netflix TV series, 13 Reasons Why.

Why Can’t We Budge The Tide Of Teen Depression?

You can also listen to this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, and most podcast apps – just search for “Shrinking It Down.”

When I was a teenager, one of my buddies called me out for my rejection of tobacco.

The College Mental Health Crisis: A Call for Cultural Change – Part 2

This is the second blog post in a two-part series on college mental health in the United States. The first post focused on suicide prevention. The focus of this second post is general college mental health.

A Closer Look at Bulimia Nervosa

For more information about eating disorders and ways you can help make a difference for a young person in your life, or for yourself, please visit the National Eating Disorder Association website. #NEDAwareness


In the United States, there has been a culturally driven obsession with weight loss and body image.

The College Mental Health Crisis: A Call for Cultural Change – Part 1

This is the first blog post in a two-part series on college mental health in the United States. The focus of this first post is college student suicide prevention. The second post focuses on general college mental health.

An Encounter With The Unknown – From A Mother’s Lens

January 10, 2017


This blog post is part of a series entitled Real Lives, Real Stories: Personal Experiences With Mental Illness.

Mental Health Needs Of Teen Moms

We know that adolescents get depression.

We also know that adolescents are a lot more likely to get depressed than pre-adolescents.

And, we know that pregnancy is associated with a higher risk for depression both during the pregnancy itself, and at least three months following.