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Depressed? Net-based Treatments Can Help 154

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the online-wellness dept.
Jung and the Restless writes "Researchers at an Australian university have found that regular visits to therapeutic and educational web sites can successfully treat depression. Researchers directed patients to The MoodGYM, a cognitive behavior therapy site, and BluePages, a depression education site. After 12 months, users of both web sites reported improvement, with the educational site working out better than the behavior therapy site. A psychotherapist who did not participate in the study says that the results aren't all that surprising. 'Cognitive behavioral strategies — sometimes in conjunction with medication — are the most effective means of treating depression,' and 'a person who is visiting an educational site like BluePages is taking the necessary steps with her own self-care. That's a key component of successful treatment for depression'"
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  • by Ed Avis (5917) <ed@membled.com> on Friday October 27, 2006 @02:39AM (#16605984) Homepage
    As the article points out, someone who visits any website at all is taking steps to deal with their depression and so you'd expect them to get better. Surely they needed a placebo website, with 'neutral' content, that could act as a control group. They get a little of that by comparing one website against another, but they haven't shown that either is a better choice than just browsing. They could even be a bit worse.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by rev9 (933996)
      If you had RTFA and actually checked the links there, you would have noticed that beside the 'am-I-depressed-tests' there is also a community. Take a look at the blueboard: http://blueboard.anu.edu.au/ [anu.edu.au] In my opinion that's a huge thing for someone who is really depressed and afraid of talking about it with his family/friends.
      • by maxume (22995)
        That's what he meant, but what if just joining any community, depression related or not, is a big step in a person's recovery?
    • by drolli (522659)
      How about comparing the website to untreated depressions? In the region where I live an eduaction campain against depression lowered the suicide rate by 30% in the last 5 years. Whatever one believes if there might be better methods of treating the depression - if the website helps - compared to people which are not treated at all - i think it is a good thing.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 27, 2006 @02:40AM (#16605988)
    I'm one of those depressed people psychologists treat (I've been more than I can remember in the last twenty five years) and while cognitive behavioural therapy is one of the big tools in their arsenal, I'm afraid most of them consider CBT + Antidepressants to be the ONLY tool they'll use. It's done little to help me, yet when I see a psych, it's more laying on thick CBT with another round of antidepressants. My past experience with it is ignored, and they'll go so far as to say I'm clearly getting better despite evidence to the contrary.

    Moving sideways for an analogy, it's like going into hospital with a stab wound and being given aspirin. When that doesn't work, more aspirin is given, and the doc insists it's better, despite nothing healing and the pain being just as bad. 18 months later, when the doc has done nothing more than to give more aspirin, I realise it's another bum move, and I try another doctor. The next doctor says he has just the right treatment... and whips out some aspirin.

    Psych training is pretty damned poor in Australia.
    • by DamnYouIAmALion (530667) on Friday October 27, 2006 @02:58AM (#16606082)

      I had this same problem, the doctors were going the medication route - but I also had anxiety, so giving medication with poor documentation and statistics just made things worse. In the end I managed to spend time with a psychologist (not easy, they're either very expensive or very busy) which helped a great deal - although not until some time after the fact when you process and understand what they're saying.

      They get you only so far - and at that point you'll eventually get the willpower to 'pick yourself up' and start building your life back. It takes time, but it's really worth it.

      - Andy.

      • > I had this same problem, the doctors were going the medication route...

        That's the crux of the problem. I have an excellent psychiatrist who will not prescribe medication unless you are in active psychotherapy with her. After four years, I am at a point where my anxiety is practically cured as long as I stay on my medication, so I only see her a few times a year now. She is actively involved with all of her patients. The problem out there with too many doctors is that they are, what she calls, "Pil
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      The problem is that CBT and medication are the best ways to treat depression. They are both better than "talk" therapy for nearly all patients, though the medication route is a bit problematic - most patients get the best medication for them after trying quite a few different types. So, if one type of drug isn't working, you shouldn't be afraid to try different ones, possibly of a different class.

      It is true that for a significant minority of sufferers of depression, that even trying both of these treatments
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward
      I have depression too, and I found that meditation (specially shamatha [wikipedia.org] and vipassana [wikipedia.org]) helped me to understand how my mind works, seeing feelings as feelings, mind as mind, mental states as mental states.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      Psych training is pretty damned poor in Australia.

      It's bad everywere. Psychologists are not real mediacal doctors. They are philosophy/humanities students posing as doctors and you're falling for it.

      Modern psychology more closely resembles adherance to Galen's anatomy or the teachings of Aristotle. Theories are basically made up out of thin air by lordly academics, then applied to misforunate real people. Experimental confirmation of these often dubious theories is often nonexistant, and even when performed

      • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 27, 2006 @04:53AM (#16606550)
        Have to disagree with you there OMF. I thought the same things for half my life until in my 20s I started getting serious
        depressions. I still get them, but by god I know enough about psychology, psychiatry and medication now. There is quackery
        on all sides of mental health. You think anybody actually understands the mechanism of antidepressants? Only in a fuzzy
        and ad hoc experimental way, the biochemistry is bewildering. Most doctors and even some specialists haven't a clue. What is
        scary is the way they are often puppets of the drug companies pushing their latest "cures". The DSM guide is practically
        a crock of shite, and all the pros know it is deep in their hearts, but it's the best tool they have and the only
        picture of mental dysfunction available as a common reference. Most psychs get the diagnosis wrong for the first
        few times, they are too pressured to jump to a conclusion, always get a second and third opinion. The only thing that actually
        worked for me was one on one talk therapy, but in most juristictions it's too expensive or simply unavailable on national
        health insurance programmes. Funny thing is I studied cognitive science for many years, but that was formal schemas, predicate
        logic and Boltzmann machines which obviously had no bearing my own problems. It made interesting conversation with psychologists
        though, to be able to correct them when they are getting too fuzzy and explain how neural networks actually function.
        Upshot of all is that I still get depressed, less often and less severe, but I manage it, anticipate it and accept it better now.
        The best pieces of wisdom I received are roughly as follows, so this might save some of you some money :) .....

        1) Most the causes *are* deeply rooted in childhood formative experiences and you need to remember your life context
        and reinterpret your emotions in that light. Until you do you have no idea what crazy buttons the world is pushing for you.
        I think of them as hidden methods in my brain object that get called by backdoor sploits ;)

        2) Intelligence works against you. How many blissfully thick people do you know who suffer? Remember that line from the wife of
        John Nash in Beautiful Mind - you can't use your mind to fix your mind when the tool itself is broken. By sheer force of will you
        can sometimes bootstrap yourself back, but external input is a vital part of an expedient recovery.

        3) Depression is a sane reaction to an insane environment. The world is barking insane. It's full of other stupid, lazy, damaged
        people (increasing the ones running the show). There is war, misery, death, pointless waste, arrogance, fear, greed... our modern
        Western existence is practically designed to send smart people insane. All the things that offer security and continuity in
        modern life, the church, the state, employment - those are all fucked, they are crumbling away as we speak.
        Most people use two coping mechanisms, denial and distraction. If you can't engage in either of these two self comforting drugs
        then you have only one option left, change your environment. Throw out your television. Stop reading the FUD stories on /. designed
        to provoke insecurity and outrage. Build new friendships and visit new places etc.

        4) Acceptance. Get used to the idea that you have a lifelong incurable disease. Understand how it affects your capabilities and
        dreams and learn to recognise the signs of the highs and lows. Make hay while the sun shines high and prepare for the winters.

        5) Talk to your partner, family and friends. Part of the disease is isolation and trying to fight it on your own. It takes many years
        to work out that friends *don't know* you are depressed when you don't call for 4 months because you are up every night hacking away
        because it's the only thing that stops you going mental. Tell them and explain your situation and needs. Most will stick by you
        and the ones who won't were never your real friends anyway.
        • by Satorian (902590)
          One of the best posts I've read on /. yet. Sounds a bit like the depressive side of an asymmetric bipolar disorder though (which makes more people kill themselves than "normal" one-sided depression).

          Anyway, good post.
        • by maxume (22995)
          The point more or less, is that the training a psychologist receives isn't all that important compared to their personal insight. The training gives them a vocabulary they can use to talk to other psychologists, but it doesn't increase their insight a whole lot.
        • by gad_zuki! (70830)
          Thank you for your insightful post. Unlike the grandparent you understand that all medicine is flawed and that current methods have done a hell of a lot more good than bad. Its a pretty recent idea that mental illness is an illness (as opposed to 'he just needs a kick in the pants') and that people should be able to live a life full of positive aspects.

          I do disagree about your disdain for the western system. For the most part its a class-free system which does rewards smarts and hard work. Im more than
        • Fight the world's problems and you'll have ups and downs, but the downs will be good honest pain as opposed to depression. And you'll be getting your daily input from better-than-average people.

          (Acknowledging that if you can initiate a project like that you're already out of the worst stages of depression).
        • by kruhft (323362)

          4) Acceptance. Get used to the idea that you have a lifelong incurable disease. Understand how it affects your capabilities and
          dreams and learn to recognise the signs of the highs and lows. Make hay while the sun shines high and prepare for the winters.

          This is important. Just acceptance of what you have (or more importantly, what you have been given) is essential to dealing. Taking a 'disorder' and using for good turns that disorder into a benefit; you just have to figure out how to, and sometimes that's p

        • Thanks for posting "Depression is a sane reaction to an insane environment etc", Dude.

          I've printed those two paragraphs out and stuck them on my fridge :)
      • by vishbar (862440)
        Okay....sit down, Mr. Cruise.
      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by Shinglor (714132)

        Psychologists are not real mediacal[sic] doctors.

        That's true, a psychologist with a medical degree would be called a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist is able to prescribe medications as well as using psychotherapy and counselling.

      • by blinder (153117) *
        i do have to agree with this some what. i started seeing a therapist just over a year ago, and the first thing i decided was that i didn't want to see a psychologist or an analyst, i wanted to see someone who has had medical training. that's why i chose to see a psychiatric nurse [wikipedia.org]. she is fully trained on cbt, but also has had a pretty extensive medical training (and can even prescribe medications), but we don't go down that route (she is *not* just another pill pusher).

        i think that's important here. before
      • by krusader (7504)
        You, sir, are an ignorant jackass.

        Psychologists are not medical doctors, and therefore cannot prescribe medications.

        Psychiatrists, however, are medical doctors, thereby rendering your argument null.

        Any freshman who took Psych 101 could tell you this. You claim that the entire field of psychology is hocus pocus magic and psychologists/psychiatrists are no more qualified to help you that Miss Cleo, but you clearly haven't read a damn thing on the field. Next time, try doing some research on a subject instea
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by kayditty (641006)
      I really don't think CBT [wikipedia.org] is the best solution for depression.
    • by Colin Smith (2679) on Friday October 27, 2006 @03:59AM (#16606358)
      Increases serotonin levels, and for guys testosterone completely naturally. You start to look good and feel good about yourself. There are a bunch of other beneficial side effects. It seems that the human body is designed to be physically stressed on a regular basis.

       
      • by robocord (15497)
        I get really tired of hearing this story. There are some of us in the world who don't get *any* buzz from any amount of exercise. Unsurprisingly, we tend to have depressive tendencies. I spoke with my doctor about it, and she believes it has something to do with serotonin re-uptake mechanisms not working the same in everybody. I exercise quite a bit. I average well over a hundred miles a week on the bike. I never get a mood lift from exercise. If I miss a week or two, then go back to it, there's no c
        • by jafac (1449)
          There are some of us in the world who don't get *any* buzz from any amount of exercise.

          Thank you for your response to yet another appeal from the self-righteous neo-Calvinist fitness police, who believe that all personal problems can be solved for all people if they just sweat and suffer enough.
        • What seems to be most effective against depression is full body exercise - basically weightlifing, especially squats and deadlifts. The generic advice of "exercise" isn't good enough for all.
        • by curunir (98273) *
          He also doesn't take into account that some exercises can actually be detrimental to depressive people. Exercises that cause the body to produce adrenaline can actually make someone's depression worse. When the body releases adrenaline it also releases cortisol. While the adrenaline levels subside shortly after you finish exercising, cortisol levels take far longer to normalize. While the causes of depression aren't fully understood, there have been studies that have shown a connection between cronicall
      • by jafac (1449)
        I can tell you that my knees, hips, and shoulders sure as hell were not designed to be physically stressed on a regular basis - given the amount of inflammation they undergo in response to even mundane amounts of exertion. Don't get me wrong - I do low-impact stuff (believe it or not, mountain biking qualifies). But running is right out. For me, anyway.
      • by Ozan (176854)
        Exercise can indeed help with depression, but not in the way you were describing. Leave the serotonin manipulation to the drugs, that is what they are there for.

        Exercise, like many other activities, provides the depressed with certain tasks that can be acomplished without the danger of falling into typical behaviors of depressed, like excessive ruminating or procrastination. Furthermore, the patient has a feedback from his activity, when he realises how his stamina and strength improves, especially in the f
    • Have you tried electroconvulsive therapy [google.co.uk] yet?

      Lithium may also work, but from my experance they try to avoid giving you lithium so there's probably something bad about it that they don't put on the leaflet.
    • I forgot to mention Ketamine, you'll have a way cool trip and then feel like your having the best time of your life. Ketamine works like an SSRI but blocks a different group of neuro thingies, so the effect is over a few hours and not over a few weeks like traditional SSRIs.
      • Ketamine (Score:3, Informative)

        by bri2000 (931484)
        I would second that and a recent study seems to confirm it (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5253800.stm [bbc.co.uk])

        In my own experience and I recently suffered a very serious depressive episode which resulted in my being absent from work for two months. It went on, seemingly endlessly, with the pills I was presecribed and the counselling making no noticable difference. Until a friend of mine, who had seen the above mentioned study, offered me a line of k. I had only ever taken k once before, about 4 years previous

      • by Hatta (162192) on Friday October 27, 2006 @03:58PM (#16615282) Journal
        Ketamine works like an SSRI but blocks a different group of neuro thingies

        Please don't spread misinformation like that. The action of ketamine is entirely unlike that of SSRIs. Sure they both inhibit some proteins in neurons but hell, if that's your criteria for "works like" you could say aspirin "works like" SSRIs. Your statement is so vague as to be misleading. SSRIs block the reuptake of neurotransmitters presynaptically so that there is more neurotransmitter available to cause a post-synaptic response. Ketamine blocks the postsynaptic NMDA receptor, inhibiting a post-synaptic response. SSRIs work on the serotonin system, ketamine on the glutamate system.

        The antidepressant response to ketamine is a truely novel phenomenon. I suspect it has some similarities to the response to electroconvulsive therapy, since many of the same players (NMDA receptor, CaMKII) are involved in each.

        In other news involving novel theraputic uses of recreational drugs, MDMA seems to help treat parkinsons symptoms. Check it out at the New Scientist [newscientist.com]. Maybe we can get Michael J. Fox to come out in favor of medicinal MDMA?
        • by alienmole (15522)
          In other news involving novel theraputic uses of recreational drugs, MDMA seems to help treat parkinsons symptoms. Check it out at the New Scientist. Maybe we can get Michael J. Fox to come out in favor of medicinal MDMA?
          Finally, a political position from Michael J. Fox that Rush Limbaugh can really get behind!
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Kokuyo (549451)
      You know, IANAD (doctor) and I'm only telling you this from personal experience so this does not have to apply to you at all but when I was depressed (I had been in a phase of depression for about 3 years straight at that point and it was constantly getting worse) and went to a psych he said I needed to get more sunlight and he gave me Ritalin.

      Didn't help much. The Ritalin made the few good times exceptionally great but the many bad times... My then girlfriend and now wife describes it in such a way that I'
    • by jimmichie (993747)
      I've been through the same thing here in the UK. Mental health care is pretty damned poor everywhere simply because to give effective treatment you need to have either experienced the condition yourself or have an incredible amount of empathy with your patient - without that understanding the only care a doctor can give is to follow a procedure in a book.

      Rather than gripe though, here's something useful. From my experience and from talking to others, the best way to fight depression is to exercise. I have
    • My past experience with it is ignored, and they'll go so far as to say I'm clearly getting better despite evidence to the contrary.

      Actually, they are trying the new "placebo effect" method of psychological therapy. They give you a sugar pill and keep telling you "you're getting better!" until you believe it yourself.

      Actually, your post basically says "depression treatment sucks--it's so depressing!" I find that to be a pretty damned funny statement. Thanks :-)

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by cervo (626632)
      At least you got CBT. My doctor insisted on only antidepressants, and even at that, he couldn't really be bothered to supervise or keep track of me. 2 Months and a few sample packs of Zoloft and then Wellbutrin later I stopped taking them and feel about the same. But from what I gather my doctor isn't the only pill pusher. The only odd thing is he never diagnosed me with depression...just sort of pushed the pills on me.
  • Interweb (Score:5, Funny)

    by Wellington Grey (942717) on Friday October 27, 2006 @02:45AM (#16606008) Homepage Journal
    But what if it's spending so much time on the internet that makes me depressed?

    -Grey [wellingtongrey.net]
    • by rishistar (662278)
      My internet problems more of an addiction than depression.
    • by rf0 (159958)
      It depends if you spend all day reading the troll comments or looking at porn.
      • by jafac (1449)
        Comments are just another form of porn.

        At least the end product doesn't require a tissue though.
    • Solution: Internet Troubadors.

      These people would go out to parks and other gathering places, and read out the messages of the Internet to passers-by. People who found the information timely and useful would make small donations of cash, livestock, or wenches.

      That way, everyone would be able to learn from the mighty Internet, without sitting in front of their computers all day.
      • by spun (1352)
        I find your ideas about donated wenches intriguing and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
  • by DamnYouIAmALion (530667) on Friday October 27, 2006 @02:51AM (#16606044)

    I used to have depression, and have only recently (this month) gone back to work. I think these sites are interesting, but use them as an 'extra' to getting proper help. Go and see your doctor, they'll help identify what the best course of action is, and go from there.

    Of course, realising that you are depressed isn't easy and realising you need help is even harder. Actually going and getting help is the hardest of all, but you'll never be so glad when you finally do. And remember, your friends and family are there to help too - don't feel embarrassed asking for their help, everyone needs help at sometime in their life

    - Andy.

    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by noigmn (929935)
      One thing I'd note is that thinking you need someone to help you is acknowledging depression, thinking in the end it will be someone else but yourself is perpetuating it.
    • by Tony Hoyle (11698)
      Heh. My wife just went to the doctor yesterday with anxiety symptoms (tiredness, shaking, etc.), and was told to visit the site in the article!

      So as far as the doctor is concerned that site *is* proper help.

      Kinda funny to see it on slashdot the next day...
  • Now that would surely make the world a better place.
  • Cute overload. [cuteoverload.com]

    Works for me.
    • by uhfdude (862689)
      Cute Overload has some cute pictures but the inane, baby-talk descriptions and comments make me want to choke somebody - preferable the people who write that stuff. On the plus side, I find that depression can be temporarily alleviated by strong emotions such as rage. Urge to kill... rising. Urge to kill self, fading, fading, gone.
  • by 56ker (566853) on Friday October 27, 2006 @03:02AM (#16606110) Homepage Journal
    I think a psychotherapist would have a field day with slashdot users. Either that or they'd end up needing therapy themselves. ;)
  • by Joebert (946227) on Friday October 27, 2006 @03:06AM (#16606128) Homepage
    Cutting back on masturbating cured me of depression, though, now I have anger management issues.
    • by bky1701 (979071)
      Anger management? I manage my anger just fine.... oh yeah, FUCK YOU ASSHOLE! No, not you moron, the other bastard! I hope you rot in hell!!!!!!!!!!11!!1111!!!111!shiftshiftshiftoneone one!!!!
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Eliza http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ELIZA [wikipedia.org] anyone?
  • by Lactoso (853587) on Friday October 27, 2006 @03:09AM (#16606144) Homepage
    I was going to RTFA, but, you know, what's the use? It's not going to change anything. Sigh....
    • by hdparm (575302)
      Moderators are going to hate you. Is it +1, Funny or -1, Irreparably Depressed?
      • by Lactoso (853587)
        "Moderators are going to hate you. Is it +1, Funny or -1, Irreparably Depressed?"

        They already do, it doesn't matter. :-(

  • Whenever I'm bored or feel like wasting time (or about to slit my wrists from manic emo depression), I just go to collegehumor.com or break.com and laugh my ass off at the pictures and videos people post.
    • The recent Dilbert strips reveal that depression is just another word for not enough coffee. Of course it was Wally who said it.
  • by darrenadelaide (860548) on Friday October 27, 2006 @03:11AM (#16606152)
    Hi,

    Just thought you may find http://www.beyondblue.org.au/ [beyondblue.org.au] of interest.
    • by danpsmith (922127)
      I find their criteria for depression to set the bar unbearably low.

      If you answered 'YES' to question 1 and/or 2 and ticked at least three symptoms in the checklist, you probably have a depressive illness.

      For more than TWO WEEKS have you:
      1. felt sad, down or miserable most of the time? Yes No
      2. lost interest or pleasure in most of your usual activities? Yes No

      I don't know if that means in the _last_ two weeks or not, but certainly everyone has had a two week period in their life where they felt sad most of t
  • I just did the first set of tests (feelings) on that site. Did it quickly, so the end result is probably not totally accurate but it can't be too far off either. What I like about the site is the educational approach. Helping people to understand these type of problems is important first step to healing. What I don't like about it, is that my results chart is almost identical as Cyberman's. No feelings.
  • I tried to use /. to cure work-related depression. The problems are still here, but now I also feel lazy.
  • ...I'm depressed now 'cause the first site uses flash.
    • by Channard (693317)
      Once you've seen it once, though, the sight of all that stupidity never really leaves you. I swear, if there's one site that proves there's no humanity it's that one. Yes, Goatse was gross, some of those conspiracy sites are completely mental. But the sheer volume of stupidity, illiteracy and caring about things that matter very little on that site makes me depressed just thinking about it.
  • Eliza is my AI-therapist.
  • Is it just me, or is this way of presenting research even more superficial than usual? Nobody would present a (even minor) scientific breakthrough with the words "Some scientists somewhere in Northern or Southern America discovered...", even in a Slashdot blurb. By the way, it's The Australian National University in Canberra, as clearly stated at the beginning of the article.
  • book review... (Score:3, Informative)

    by Pflipp (130638) on Friday October 27, 2006 @05:59AM (#16606798)
    I started reading this [amazon.com] book (or at least, the Dutch translation).

    Already it has learned me a lot about my complaints, ranging from severe tension problems and psychological problems (which could be categorized as depression, I'm afraid).

    It is really written very well and it's worth reading just about every page, but what it boils down to is that people today (and both me and computer programmers in general not in the least) try to rationalize too much of what they feel, or channel it in accepted ways.

    For instance, when I was totally angry at a collegue once, but couldn't deal with it appropiately, all I did was go to my boss and say 'I would like to go home now, I cannot concentrate on work any longer'. It went downhill from there because I couldn't cope with being unhappy with the situation (I like to be positive about things, but I couldn't find too much to be positive about). I thought I was going crazy (I was) and my muscles ground my bones to dust every day. On top of that I started to worry about my (mental) health, of course.

    For a large part I already learned to accept that I would be so much better off simply finding a more normal place to work (it can be crazy here), but the book gives me insights beyond my current problem. I have not finished it yet, but for the first time I enjoy reading a book that tries to teach me exactly how I am 'crazy'.
  • by Cragen (697038)
    I was medically diagnosed with Depression in the early 90's but I am pretty sure that I have been experiencing it since the 70's. I am still taking the meds so anything that follows may or may not make any sense. (I do make enough sense these days to make over $100K/yr, which is no way to judge a person's personal success, but it may be one way to judge whether I can function in this culture of ours.) I seem to have accidentally found something that actually works. At least, I am happy about it and that is
    • by tcr (39109)
      This site [clinical-d...sion.co.uk] might be interesting...
       
      I've been looking at their various websites, as I'm doing a course in hypnotherapy at the moment.
       
      Good luck.
  • I find that a little bit of marijuana takes care of... um... what were we talking about?
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Have to post as AC since all of my co workers are reading this.
    I have been depressed for the last 2 years or so. I had no idea what was causing it and attempted to take care of it myself.(big mistake) My work performance was declining and the constant stress of completing a simple daily task was causing even more stress and anxiety.
    Last April I went to my Dr. and told him my issues, explaining that I had a serious case of loss of concentration, short term memory loss, extreme sadness, and wanting to turn my
  • While I am a firm beleiver in Cognitive Behaviour strategies I should point out that depression has been shown to be cyclical in nature. There is just as likely a chance that a depressed person whould feel better if they did nothing for a year vice reading a web site. This is not to say that education is not important. If a person knows how to recognise when they need help, that is a big step. Minor depression and/or stress reactions can be handled by an individual but major clinical depression is irrati
  • May I suggest going here [zombo.com]?

    Anything is possible at ZomboCom! The only limit is your imagination! And if that's not uplifting, I don't know what fking is!

  • Moo (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Chacham (981) on Friday October 27, 2006 @11:10AM (#16610132) Homepage Journal
    Alot of depression is actually lack of sleep. Seriously. If someone is depressed, and they go to sleep, they will usually be happy. I'd even venture to say that the vast majority of depression cases would be cured, if they went to sleep for eight hours a night. Though, real results are seen after a week or two (as the body gets used to the rythem).
  • For $30 up front, and a measly $15 per month.

    Buy World of Warcraft, raise a hunter, and either on a PvP server or in a battleground, one-shot a mage with an Aimed Shot critical hit of 2000+ damage. That will cheer you right up. I'm not only the suggestor of this idea, I'm also a client!

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