Friday, January 15, 2010

Weekly Round-Up

Hello! Welcome to Friday's occasional series, the Weekly News Round-up.

Avatar Blues? shares a story about people who feel depressed after seeing the movie Avatar. As I read this article, I found a couple of ideas between the lines that I wanted to state explicitly -- 1) talking to others about feelings of depression does help, and 2) there is a difference between feeling blue for a few days and having depression. When symptoms persist nearly everyday for two weeks or more, that can be clinical depression.

This Emotional Life. Earlier this month, PBS premiered a three-part series exploring our pursuit of happiness, including what is happiness, ways to foster it, and ways to cope with depression and anxiety. The entire series is currently available on PBS's website for free under the link "View Series." It's on my to-do list for the weekend! Update 1/30/10: I went back to & found that they are no longer offering the series for free. It is available for purchase on iTunes.

Antidepressants May Work Best for Severe Depression. A new study reports that many popular antidepressant medicines may work no better than the placebo in patients that have mild to moderate depression. Read more as reported by The New York Times, or at The University of Pennsylvania's office of communications (psychologists at Penn led the study).

When it comes to managing your own health, I believe that knowledge is power.
I'll let you know what I think of the PBS series.
Wishing you a healthy weekend,

~ Oriana at Erasing the Distance

Photos from CNN and PBS online.

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