Depression Audio & Web Resources

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NPR: Diagnosing and Treating Childhood Depression

Reviews some basic statistics on teenage depression, the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy, and how teenagers often prefer professional talk therapy over medication, so long as confidentiality is assured.

NPR: Teens and Mental Illness In the wake of recent media coverage, an interview with Dr. Leventhal offers a balanced review of the real benefits and risks of antidepressant medicines for children and adolescents. Compares the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy, antidepressant treatment and combined treatment.  Interviews a teenager and her mother about their personal experiences with the daughter’s depression, including how they had to overcome the stigma of seeking responsible help.

NPR : Suffering for Two- The Bind of Maternal Depression

Discusses whether prospective mothers should continue or discontinue antidepressant medication during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

NPR: Recognizing Post-Partum Depression Several very short stories paint a picture of how to recognize post-partum depression, and some of the common emotional sources of depression during this time.

NPR: Brooke Shields on Birth and Post-Partum Depression

An in-depth interview by Fresh Air’s by Terry Gross covers the same topics as above, plus how the story changed after seeking appropriate psychological and medical treatment.

Broad Mental Health Websites that include Depression

Mental Health Net Describes the symptoms of common mental health diagnoses, then reviews treatments, research, national organizations and support groups, and online support.  To search the site, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Psychotherapy Networker The Psychotherapy Networker magazine hosts numerous online articles on mental health topics, including anxiety, sex, creativity, mindfulness, positive psychology, couples relationships, combat-related trauma, and concerns for children and teenagers.

Psychology Describes major mental health concerns organized clustered by global category (e.g. anxiety, depression).  Includes a review of causes, subtypes and discussion of medical and psychological treatments.

Web M.D. With content written and reviewed by our local company Healthwise, this site offers numerous articles and resources on both physical and mental health.  The Drugs & Treatment tab takes you to an alphabetical list of medications, allowing you to see FDA indications and warnings.

Medscape: Mental & Emotional Health Info. Pamphlet-type information for all categories of major mental health concerns, written by the National Institutes of Mental Health and Carenotes.  Also sign up here to receive periodic newsletters with the newest news and research on select topics, like ADHD and Bipolar.  Requires a quick, free registration.

National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) Excellent reading, with more technical detail included.  Printable pamphlets available here for yourself, or to share with family, friends, coworkers or teachers.

NAMI Idaho NAMI is a nationwide organization dedicated to support, education and advocacy on behalf of people with a mental illness and their families.  After creating a free online account, you can access numerous online discussion and support groups in a bulletin board format.  Post your comments or questions, or just read about others’ experiences.

Healthy Place Extensive articles, blogs by topic, archived chat forums and links to recent scientific studies.

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