Posts tagged "depression"

Doughnuts Cause Depression

Let me preface this depressing news by saying that I've never felt anything but supreme joy when eating a doughnut. However, according to the British Dietetic Association, doughnuts are dangerous to our mental health: "We tend to crave sugary and fatty foods [like doughnuts] for a quick mood fix, but the sugar crash that follow…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 28, 2011

Sad Keanu: The Book

Kleenex ready? Because it sure looks like Sad Keanu has inspired a book. In April, Keanu Reeves released the book, Ode To Happiness, along with artist Alexandra Grant. Made up of grayscale images and lettering that looks it might have been smeared by tears, each page contains an uplifting thought like, "I draw a hot…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / June 21, 2011

A Test For Depression? Plus, Three Other Unexpected Things You’ll Soon Be Able To Test Yourself For.

In a few years, the following scenario could actually happen. If you've been feeling down, sleepy, and just generally like the color has been zapped out of the world, you can make an appointment with your doctor and say, "Hey doc, can I get a depression test?" Apparently, researchers in Japan on working o…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / May 27, 2011

Girl Talk: Why Do Girls Get Depressed After Losing Their Virginity?

I lost my virginity at age 15, in a double wide trailer. I remember his abs glowing under the black-light and the mood music--a Ginuwine album on repeat. I had snuck out on a snowy school night, holding my shoes in my hand. I felt sort of frozen and surreal, somehow knowing this wa…
By: Rachel White / May 3, 2011

Dear Wendy Updates: “Depressed and Unsure” Responds

It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from "Depressed and Unsure," who, much to her boyfriend's chagrin, had befriended her BFF's ex (and boyfriend'…
By: Wendy Atterberry / April 25, 2011

Girl Talk: Just Call Me Miss Lonely Hearts

Wow, what a crazy past few months. I believe I cared for myself pretty well after my big breakup, which was now almost four months ago. I surrounded myself with my family, which was easy because I moved back in with my parents. I spent a lot of QT with my girl friends.
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 21, 2011

Catherine Zeta-Jones Opens Up About Her Bipolar II Disorder

"This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them. If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help." — Catherine Zeta-Jones opened u…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 20, 2011

Girl Talk: Hello, Anxiety

The past four months of my life were really, really s**tty and hard. I got dumped suddenly by someone with whom I was in love. I moved out of the apartment we shared together and back in with my parents for three months. The Frisky was sold to new owners and we've all…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2011

Do You Ever Get The Bedroom Blues?

Most of us are happy campers after a roll in the hay, but sometimes, not so much. A new study found that more than 30 percent of women have experienced the post-sex blues at some point in their lives and about 10 percent claimed that they have experienced it often. Symptoms may include tearfulness, anxiety,…
By: Ami Angelowicz / April 5, 2011

Girl Talk: And I Thought My Addictions Were Strange…

Thanks to the new TV show, "My Strange Addiction," I have nothing to feel ashamed about. The TLC series, which offers rubbernecking shock value, made my own struggles with addiction seem more commonplace.
By: Dorri Olds / February 7, 2011

Dear Wendy: “My Fiancé Has Cold Feet”

I am in my mid-twenties, currently engaged to and living with a man I love and respect very much. We got engaged after only nine months, and in total, we've only been together for a little over a year. His proposal was a total shock; I was perfectly happy to just be together without rushing…
By: Wendy Atterberry / January 13, 2011

Teen Romance, Even Worse Than You Remember

Turns out you can blame more than just your crappy prom night on that d-bag who broke your heart back in high school! A University Of Maine study has confirmed that the quality of a woman's early romances can be seen as an indicator for depression. If a girl is constantly looking for reassurance i…
By: Simcha / January 11, 2011

Girl Talk: I May Be Single, But I Am Not Alone

I've always been kind of a loner. While I'm silly and funny and irreverent with one or two people, I clam up in social settings and in groups. I think this is why I'm a good interviewer: I focus very intently and intensely on one person. More specifically, I need a lot of time i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 11, 2011

Girl Talk: I’m An Extreme Emotions Junkie

I came to a new understanding about myself recently. At my session last week, after hearing me go on and on about a recent bout of man-related depression, my therapist cut me off with a revelation. "You know what you are?" Dr. A said. "You're an extreme emotions junkie. Some people are adrenaline junkies --…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 10, 2011

Girl Talk: How A Happy Light Saved Me From SAD

After Daylight Saving Time ended in November, the old adage “spring ahead, fall behind” began to ring true. I not only fell behind in projects, socializing, and errands, all I wanted to do was fall asleep. Yoga after work? No energy. Dinner and drinks? No thanks; I’d rather go snooze on my couch. One afternoon,…
By: Rainbow Kirby / January 6, 2011

Girls Who Start Menstruating Early Are More Likely To Suffer From Depression

I got my first period when I was 12 about to turn 13. I, of course, felt like I was the last one. My friends Annie and Sarah both got their periods before me and, I swear, it bonded them in a way that made me insanely jealous. I wanted blood to flow out of…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 5, 2011

Gwyneth Paltrow Opens Up About Postpartum Depression

"[After the birth of her son, Moses,] I felt like a zombie. I couldn't access my heart. I couldn't access my emotions. I couldn't connect.It was terrible, it was the exact opposite of what had happened when Apple was born. With her, I was on cloud nine. I couldn't believe it wasn't the same. I…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 4, 2011

Kirsten Dunst Talks About Depression

"I think most people in their twenties go through some sort of depression. If you’re successful at a young age, no matter the profession, there has to come a time when you reevaluate everything, what it means to you. Is this what I want to do for the rest of my life?" —Kirsten Dunst…
By: Ami Angelowicz / December 8, 2010

20 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

We are less than three weeks away from the shortest day of the year and if you're anything like me, you're starting to feel the effects of the winter blues — or Seasonal Affective Disorder — begin to set in. Sure, we have a little distraction with the holidays, but come January if we haven't…
By: Wendy Atterberry / December 3, 2010

At-Home Electroshock Therapy Sounds Scary

You know what sounds like a terrible idea? At-home electroshock therapy. But according to The Daily Beast, this isn't as terrifying as it sounds. Writer Casey Schwartz decided to test the Fisher Wallace Cranial Stimulator, which claims to target the limbic system and stimulate the release of dopamine and serotonin. The thing looks like a…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / December 3, 2010