Category Archives: Psych-Central

Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself

By Julie Burton
Reviewed by Paula Lopez

Book Review: Dog Medicine

Julie Barton grew up with an abusive brother. She did not receive the emotional support she needed to work through the trauma and pain, and so her experiences led to feelings of inadequacy — and, ultimately, debilitating depression.

In Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself, Barton writes of her suicidal breakdown, in 1996, when mental illness was not much discussed. Weaving together memories of her traumatic childhood, her severe depression, and the birth and growth of her dog, she shows us how the bond between her and her pet helped during some very low times.

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression, especially women. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.

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Coming Home

By Alex Nimier From when I was 19 until only just recently, my family and I watched my little brother slip further and further into the darkness of his own mind. The helplessness that we endured can only be described as hell. I am not a religious man, far from it, but I think back… Continue Reading

Dictionary of Emotions: Words For Feelings, Moods & Emotions

By Patrick Michael Ryan Reviewed by Megan Riddle How are you? I’m fine. But am I really fine — satisfactory or in satisfactory condition? Fine has become a bland, pat reply, as standard as a handshake. What if, instead, we took a moment to examine the full spectrum of human emotion — and vocabulary — and considered how we really… Continue Reading

Healing from Incest: Intimate Conversations with My Therapist

By Geri Henderson & Seanne Emerton Reviewed by Megan Riddle Many subjects we once considered taboo are now the topic of dinner conversation: the lingering stigma of mental illness; transgender rights; rape and what constitutes consent. In many ways, we are more open and honest about things that we used to leave undiscussed. However, one subject tends to… Continue Reading

Chronic Depression and Codependency

By Darlene Lancer, JD, MFT Dysthymia, or chronic depression, is a common symptom of codependency; however, many codependents aren’t aware that they’re depressed. Because the symptoms are mild, most people with chronic depression wait 10 years before seeking treatment. Dysthymia doesn’t usually impair daily functioning, but it can make life feel empty and joyless. Sufferers… Continue Reading

Why Exercise Helps Depression

By Rolandas Malinauskas Three hundred and fifty million people worldwide are affected by depression. In the United States, in 2013, estimates revealed that 6.7 percent of all American adults had suffered from a minimum of one major depressive episode during the past year. This was a total of 15.7 million adults. Estimates also show that… Continue Reading