Depressive Slumps and How to Treat Them


Our emotions are delicately balanced. The balance can be disturbed when we over-extend the nervous system. In times of high arousal the nervous system is working overtime and we are using a lot of psychic energy. The brain can’t remain in this state of accelerated activity so the nervous system tries to force us to rest. One of the ways that it does this is to bring on a feeling of depression...

A Review of the Lumie Starter 30 for SAD Treatment and Improved Energy


The Lumie Starter 30 is an alarm that has been designed to wake the user with a gradually increasing light that mimics the appearance of the rising sun and provides the right spectrum of light to increase energy levels, mood and performance. This promises to be a useful tool for anyone who struggles to wake up in the morning, who feels low during winter or who suffers from SAD. What Is SAD? SAD...

Inflammation, Depression and Brain Fog


We all know that having inflammation is bad news. Inflammation in our joints due to injuries or of any other kind is all considered a big problem and there are many illnesses that can cause this response too. But did you know it can also impact on your brain? And it’s pretty much as bad as it sounds… Inflammation appears to have a profound effect on the brain and is something many people...

Does Low Testosterone Cause Depression?


Testosterone is the male sex hormone and is responsible for the development of many traits that we consider ‘masculine’. Testosterone will encourage fat loss and muscle development for instance, causing men to appear more muscular and sinewy. Likewise, testosterone increases sex drive, it increases aggression and it improves energy levels. All these things can help men to thrive and...

How to Improve Your Mood by Changing Your Diet


It is well known that exercise, sunshine and friendship improve mood, but the impact diet can have is frequently underestimated. Rather than taking anti-depressants, it would be both cheaper and healthier to change what you eat and drink. This is especially true for those who inhabit the rich, western nations. For example, the citizens of Western Europe and North America consume a great deal of...

How to Pull Yourself Out of a Depression


If you are vulnerable to depression, it would be wise to develop an action plan you can implement when you begin to sink. You could even give it a name — your ‘Emergency Plan’, or ‘Plan D’, for example. Whatever form it takes, it should include some, or all, of the following. Be very strict about what you eat Even the most cautious let their diet slip when things are...

Different Theories on Depression


Winston Churchill called it his “black dog,” while the novelist Joseph Conrad thought of it as a demon. Indeed, the list of famous people to have suffered from depression is long: Sigmund Freud, Abraham Lincoln, Emily Dickinson, John Lennon, T.S. Eliot, Buzz Aldrin and countless others. But what is depression? Surprisingly, there is no clear answer, only different theories. Pre-Modern...

When Someone You Love Has Depression


Few things are more dreadful than seeing someone you love in pain. And this is especially true of depression, which often strikes without warning or reason. When someone breaks a leg or comes down with the flu, people know how to help. Depression, on the other hand, often leaves them bewildered and frightened. After all, when someone you love refuses to get out of bed and cannot stop crying, it...

The History of Depression


As the British novelist L. P. Hartley famously observed, “the past is a foreign country, they do things differently there,” and we must indeed be wary of projecting modern experience onto people who did not think and act as we do. And yet, though beliefs and assumptions have changed, the human body has not. Physically we are no different to a Roman emperor or a Neolithic hunter. If...

Getting Motivated When You’re Suffering From Depression


Along with its other unpleasant side-effects, depression often wipes out motivation. This is unfortunate, since overcoming depression requires energy and focus. And for many, the loss of motivation in itself drags them down and deepens the gloom. The Nature of Depression Whenever the topic of depression comes up, it is always important to first be clear just what is meant by that over-used word...

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D.

Mark Goddard, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a consultant specializing in the social-personality psychology. His publications include magazine chapters, articles and self-improvement books on CBT for anxiety, stress and depression. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about political and social history.

*The views expressed by Mr. Goddard in this column are his own, are not made in any official capacity, and do not represent the opinions of his employers.