Guest Bloggers

  • Louisa Benton

    Executive Director

  • Steven P. Roose, M.D

    Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

  • Huda Akil, Ph.D

    DTF Chair

Emotional Hygiene,
February 7, 2020


February means Valentine’s Day and that has us thinking about love. Self-love, that is.

On any given day we take for granted that we will brush our teeth, wash our hands, and tend to tasks around the house. We consider this basic personal hygiene. Somehow, though, we have kept another type of hygiene, emotional hygiene, in the background.

Thanks to advances in brain science, we know a lot more about how to best take care of our mental health day-by-day. So this Valentine’s Day let’s make a vow that our daily self-care must include the emotional as well as the physical.

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In Memoriam, Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.,
January 7, 2020

Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of our dear colleague Dr. Bruce McEwen, a Rockefeller University neuroscientist and founding member of Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s (HDRF) Depression Task Force, who died on January 2 at age 81 after a brief illness.

Bruce McEwen was a giant in the field of neuroscience who transformed our understanding of how the brain changes throughout life.  He is renowned for his studies on how stress hormones reshape neural circuits in the brain — work that has profound implications for public health and the understanding and treatment of depression.

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#GivingTuesday 2019,
December 4, 2019

Yesterday, our extraordinary donors came together to help us surpass our $20,000 goal.

For 24 hours, people around the world unite to celebrate generosity and make an impact. Every dollar donated to HDRF’s #GivingTuesday campaign will go directly towards our Next Generation Mental Health program. This program aims to increase understanding and awareness about mental health and remove the stigma of seeking treatment.

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Practicing Gratitude,
November 27, 2019

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and that of course makes us think about gratitude.  Studies show that gratitude is good for us, and not just on national holidays.  A disposition of gratitude on a daily basis makes us healthier people both physically and mentally.

Indeed, recent research suggests that counting our blessings on a regular basis can help decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety over the long term. More research is in the works, but in conjunction with therapy or other medical treatment, it seems that gratitude can have a significant impact.

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World Mental Health Day,
October 10, 2019

Today, October 10, is World Mental Health Day.

As time goes on, awareness efforts to normalize discourse about mental health have been incredibly successful. Though stigma still persists, it is no longer shocking to see candid reporting about depression and other mood disorders, especially as we come to grips with just how common depression is.

Unfortunately, reporting on mental health often clusters a variety of disorders together without clarifying how they may differ from, or relate to, each other. For today’s e-mail, we want to look more closely at the difference between depression and anxiety, two related but distinct disorders that often go hand in hand.

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