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Leanne Williams

Lea is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and holds a joint position with the VA Palo Alto MIRECC. She is Director of the Panlab personalized neuroscience lab, and the lab spans both Stanford …

Self-Care

Q. How may I measure the effects my treatment is having on my depression? If one completes the following scale each week, and keeps track of the scores, one would have a detailed record of …

Getting Help

Q. Where should a person go for help? If you think you might need help, see your internist or general practitioner and explain your situation. Sometimes an actual physical illness can cause depression-like symptoms so …

Substance Abuse

Q. May I drink alcohol while taking antidepressants? There are a number of problems with the mixture of alcohol and antidepressants. First, antidepressants may make you especially susceptible to the intoxicating effects of alcohol. Second, …

Prozac

Q. What about the rumors and studies that Prozac causes suicide and/or acts of violence? A link between Prozac and violence has not been proven. Prozac is an anti-depressant known to cause problems such as …

Causes of Depression

What causes depression? The group of symptoms which doctors and therapists use to diagnose depression (“depressive symptoms”), which includes the important proviso that the symptoms have manifested for more than a few weeks and that …

Types of Depression

Being clinically depressed is very different from the down type of feeling that all people experience from time to time. Occasional feelings of sadness are a normal part of life, and it is that such feelings are often colloquially referred to as “depression.” In clinical depression, such feelings are out of proportion to any external causes. There are things in everyone’s life that are possible causes of sadness, but people who are not depressed manage to cope with these things without becoming incapacitated.

Hannah Burley

Lab Manager Hannah Burley grew up in East Montpelier, VT, and attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, where she majored in English. Following graduation, Hannah taught English in Chiang Mai, Thailand, before moving to San …