“Tips for Dealing with Depression” AND More on Best 5 Monday Reads

Hello everyone! I hope all of you had a nice weekend. Lets start our week with some interesting articles on mental health. Lets begin!

1) Tips for Dealing with Depression

As I’ve been reading more on depression, I’ve bumped into several articles that share information for managing depression. Having been through a major depressive episode and continuing to attend a men’s support group for anxiety and depression, I’d like to share what I’ve learned about managing my mental health.

First of all, everybody’s management looks different. Everybody has their own plan and certain options work better for some than for others. However, no matter what the plan is, I strongly advocate that it is a plan that includes several pieces. I do not believe that there is one fix for anybody’s depression. Here are some of the pieces that I believe you may want to include in your plan

2) Suicides Get Taxi Drivers Talking: ‘I’m Going to Be One of Them’

After six professional drivers committed suicide in New York, taxi drivers are talking more openly about depression.

3) Anticipating Suicide Will Be Hard, But This Is Progress

Suicide in the United States is a major public health concern. It is routinely among the top 10 leading causes of death, and suicide rates continue to increase. It is a sensitive, high-stakes topic, with both high stigma and high consequences. It is also difficult for clinicians to anticipate. If one were to treat 100,000 outpatients in a large integrated health system, 23,000 of them will report having thought about suicide for at least several days of the past 2 weeks, 103 of them will attempt suicide in the next 30 days, and eight will die by suicide in the next 30 days (1). In the month before, one-quarter of the patients who eventually die by suicide will say that they never think about suicide. This breakdown illustrates the complex interplay among various suicide statistics that make it so challenging to anticipate which individuals are at risk of dying by suicide.

4) On the ‘beholder’s share’ – how past experience influences our perception of art

The Austrian art historian Alois Riegl first discussed how past experience shapes our enjoyment of – contempt for, or boredom with – a work of art. In 1900, he introduced the idea, later called the ‘beholder’s share’, that a viewer brings personal meanings to a work, and this interplay makes all art a collaboration between artist and audience.

Today, neuroscience shows how our experiences actually shape our perceptions, as the brain uses the past to make sense of the outside world. In this animation, produced for the

Future of Storytelling summit in 2018, the UK cognitive and computational neuroscientist Anil Seth discusses how this ‘predictive perception’ is central to our experience of art, and why art that intrigues and engages us tugs at the fringes of past experience.

5) Insight Into Insight in Psychotherapy

There have been more than 5,000 randomized controlled trials of psychotherapy. Most meta-analyses conclude that psychotherapy is effective for a range of disorders, and different modalities of therapy are equally effective. However, studies with the strongest research designs indicate that psychotherapy may be considerably less effective than we tend to believe (1). In fact, different psychotherapies may be equally ineffective. Too many patients fail to respond or continue to experience residual symptoms after treatment termination. All treatments for mental disorders have a wide margin for improvement.

Thank you and see you tomorrow for more articles!

Best Regards,

Vikram


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