CBT: a questionable form of therapy for depression

CBT is a therapy based on the belief that one’s negative illogical thoughts can cause depression and correcting them can treat the depression. CBT therapy is usually performed with a therapist however now computer programs are being created to help depressed individuals. While CBT therapy is endorsed by psychiatry it has a number of problems.…

Do antidepressants cause weight gain?

Antidepressants have been associated with weight gain however a new study refutes that idea. Yet according to a study published a few days ago in the online issue of JAMA Psychiatry, this should not have happened. Using electronic medical records to gather information on weight change among more than 19,000 patients on antidepressants, Dr. Roy Perlis…

Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome

In the fall of 2010 I experienced psychotic depression at the age of 39. What is odd is that it was the first psychotic episode that I have been diagnosed with.  In the past my psychiatrist mentioned that I tested on the MMPI as slightly paranoid but not psychotic.  The episode in 2010 was dramatically…

Presence of ‘activation syndrome’ suggests bipolarity

When younger(in my twenties) I noticed that SSRIs initially gave me panic attacks and akathisia. I always had a suspicion that my depression had a degree of bipolarity about it and this study confirms it a little. Activation syndrome is more common among bipolar patients and it consists of the following symptoms: The components of…

Not all fish supplements created equal

I have been taking a variety of fish oil supplements( Twinlab, Now) since 2003 and I believe, for the most part, that they were helpful, however I couldn’t say for certain. Recently I came across some information that is new to me. A website PsychEducation mentioned that if you purchase fish oil the amount of EPA should…