Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Good News vs. Bad News? Research Says Take the "Bad" First

When you have a choice of taking good news or bad news, research says to grab the bad news first. 

When both good and bad things happen, taking the hit of the painful "bad" first so you can recover from it and grabbing the pleasure of the "happy" afterwards, leads to greater happiness. The process here is about getting comfort after a painful event. So taking the bad first, then savoring the good thereafter leads to better well-being.
Studies in happiness then suggest to get connected to others to fend of sadness. Happy people stay resilient by creating meaningful connections with others, like meeting up with a close friend or talking with a cherished loved one after a bad experience. Depressed individuals, however, tend to use positive monetary events like shopping or gambling as buffers against negative events, rather than social ones, which aren't as effective at combating feelings of sadness. 

So, the take away here is:

1) Bad news first
2) Good news second
3) Remedy the bad with social connections. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Healthline's Tattoo's Inspired By Depression

Healthline is looking for submissions of tattoos related to depression to add to their compilation as seen here from last year.  If you have a tattoo related to depression or know of someone who does, they would love to hear your story.

To share your story behind your depression tattoo:

1) Email Healthline at  mailto:nominations@healthline.com with the subject line "My Depression Tattoo" 

2) Be sure to include: a photo of your tattoo, a short description of why you got it or why you love it, and your name.

Remember, depression is a serious but treatable disorder. Let's help reduce stigma by talking more about it.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Depression in Later Life: A Book Giveaway

To celebrate the launching of my latest book, "Depression in Later Life: An Essential Guide," I'm giving away one hardcover copy at Goodreads.  Enter now.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Depression in Later Life by Deborah Serani

Depression in Later Life

by Deborah Serani

Giveaway ends June 17, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Thursday, May 12, 2016

What If You Knew Depression as a Doctor and as a Patient

Very proud to share my TEDX talk at Adelphi University, April 5, 2016 titled:

"What If You Knew Depression as a Doctor and as a Patient"

Sunday, May 01, 2016

May is Mental Health Month

Created in the 1950s, May is Mental Health Month is a month long education campaign to educate the general public about mental health, mental wellness and the ways they can keep their minds healthy.

This campaign was started by Mental Health America and supported by many other grassroots organizations and professional associations to help the 1 in 4 adults who live with mental illness in a given year - and to educate loved ones and the general public about this serious, but treatable set of disorders. 

This year's 2016 theme is "How does it feel to live with a mental illness?" 


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. 
Every day, the millions people living with autism and their families face unique and daunting challenges that many of us will never fully appreciate. During National Autism Awareness Month, we renew our commitment to better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and improve the lives of individuals living with it.
A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified with ASD. This latest estimate makes it clear that autism affects the lives of millions of Americans – our friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members.
ASD is a developmental disability characterized, in varying degrees, by persistent difficulties in social communication and restrictive and repetitive behaviors, interests, or activities. We know that early screening and intervention at younger ages helps children get the most effective treatments earlier in life.