Depression http://nhpr.org en 7.21.14: Numeric Personalities, Tipping Tendencies and Botox for Depression http://nhpr.org/post/72114-numeric-personalities-tipping-tendencies-and-botox-depression <p>Why is six scared of seven?<em> Because seven, eight, nine. </em>Jokes like this are only one example of the ways that we humans like to assign personality traits to the numbers that dictate our world. Today on Word of Mouth we explore this seemingly universal tendency to create emotional associations with numbers.&nbsp; Then, is tipping culturally determined?<em> Freakonomics </em>investigates the nuances of tipping in the United States with the help of Cornell professor <strong>Michael Lynn</strong>. Plus, Botox is well known for freezing the faces of many a Hollywood starlet, but how about freezing out negative emotions? We hear from journalist<strong> Taffy Brodesser-Akner </strong>about how Botox is being used to treat depression.</p><p>Listen to the full show and&nbsp;<strong>Read more</strong>&nbsp;for individual segments.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:07:53 +0000 Word of Mouth 52304 at http://nhpr.org 7.21.14: Numeric Personalities, Tipping Tendencies and Botox for Depression Word Of Mouth's Wicked Weepy Playlist http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouths-wicked-weepy-playlist <p>Can't help singing along to your favorite sad songs in the shower, the car, or from the middle of a crowded street?&nbsp; Looking for something to help you dwell on your latest breakup, or summon your personal demons?&nbsp; Want to put something on the stereo that will dull your roomate's perversely happy attitude?&nbsp; Word of Mouth has the playlist for you.&nbsp; Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:49:42 +0000 Taylor Quimby 42253 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth's Wicked Weepy Playlist Shedding Light On The 'Almost Depressed' http://nhpr.org/post/shedding-light-almost-depressed <p>It’s estimated that one in ten Americans show signs of depression, but in a society where mental illness is simultaneously taboo and overexposed, it’s easy to stick to a black-and-white label to describe mental health.</p><p>As part of the 'Almost Effect' &nbsp;series from <a href="http://www.thealmosteffect.com/about/about-harvard-health-publications/">Harvard Health Publications</a>, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">wo instructors at Harvard teamed up to write a book on that uncomfortable gray area between well-being and chronic depression. It's called <em><a href="http://www.thealmosteffect.com/books/almost-depressed/">Almost Depressed.</a>&nbsp;</em></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:07:10 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38785 at http://nhpr.org Shedding Light On The 'Almost Depressed' Diagnosing Depression http://nhpr.org/post/diagnosing-depression <P>A recent article in the Concord Monitor outlines the often-hidden but serious problem of this mental illness. An estimated one-in-ten Americans have this disease and have to deal with not only the symptoms, but managing the health care system and the stigma around depression. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 24022 at http://nhpr.org Diagnosing Depression Author Circles Purgatory With Personal Tale Of Depression http://nhpr.org/post/author-circles-purgatory-personal-tale-depression <P>Research <A href="http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2013/five-major-mental-disorders-share-the-same-genes.shtml" target=_blank>published last month </A>suggests that major mental illnesses may&nbsp;have more genetic associations than previously thought,&nbsp;perhaps leading&nbsp;to new diagnoses and treatments.&nbsp;Author&nbsp;<STRONG>David Blistein&nbsp;</STRONG>wrote his&nbsp;latest&nbsp;book, "<A href="http://davidblistein.com/book-page-davids-inferno/" target=_blank>David's Inferno: My Journey Through the Dark Wood of Depression</A>,"&nbsp;&nbsp;inspired by his own experience. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:34:33 +0000 Virginia Prescott 23616 at http://nhpr.org Author Circles Purgatory With Personal Tale Of Depression Is depression in the blood? http://nhpr.org/post/depression-blood <p>New research indicates depression might be diagnosable through a simple blood test.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:30:38 +0000 Virginia Prescott 3485 at http://nhpr.org Is depression in the blood? A Depressive Diarist Chronicles His Descent http://nhpr.org/post/depressive-diarist-chronicles-his-descent <em>Patrick deWitt is the author of </em>The Sisters Brothers.<p>"Doesn't the act of noticing matter as much as what's noticed?" So asks the narrator of Harry Mathews' masterpiece of minutia, <em>The Journalist</em>.<p>On the mend from a nervous breakdown (though it's mentioned only in passing — "the steering wheel came off in my hands," he says), he's been encouraged by his doctor to keep a journal. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 22:50:00 +0000 Patrick deWitt 2028 at http://nhpr.org A Depressive Diarist Chronicles His Descent An Evolutionary Upside to Depression? Not Necessarily. http://nhpr.org/post/evolutionary-upside-depression-not-necessarily <p>A Professor of Psychiatry bucks the popular idea that every aspect of the human condition has its roots in our survival as a species.</p> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:02:51 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1574 at http://nhpr.org An Evolutionary Upside to Depression? Not Necessarily.