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People who are depressed can't just "snap out of it." Depression is illness that at least 17 million Americans experience each year.

There are many factors that contribute to depression, including genes, family history, and brain chemistry. Researchers continue to explore its precise causes, and they are finding mounting evidence that certain changes in the brain may enter into the complex mix of what causes depression. What is conclusively known is that depression is not a moral or emotional failing. It is a treatable illness.

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Relationships and Research

In 2010, it is important to be explicit about relationships.


Avoiding Antidepressants That Might Make You Feel Worse

There is an important distinction between feeling sad and experiencing depression.


Evangelical Pessimism

There is a natural tendency in all of us to want to be validated.

Let’s make 2010 the year for emotional health

A few years ago, I visited an Ivy League school to learn about recent discoveries in the fields of science and medicine.


Sadness and Depression

Sadness is one of the cardinal negative emotions.

Our Emotional Lives

As we consider our emotional lives, it is a real challenge to try to understand what we mean when we talk about emotions.

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