PSYCHVINE

Category: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Many of our clients and colleagues over the years have approached us and asked, “So, why do you write books in the For Dummies series?” It’s sort of a natural question since we’ve written seven books for Wiley’s popular series and we’re just finishing final edits on an eighth. We certainly didn’t begin our careers with the idea of writing these books in mind; rather, we sort of fell into it. We’ve also written books for other publishers and may…

I often read before going to bed. Usually I read until I’m getting pretty sleepy. My reading material consists of the Sunday paper or a book–either my e-reader or an actual book. I never really considered the source of my reading material a potential problem, that is until I read about the study reported in this month’s Proceeding of the National Academy of Science. A clever research design involved hospitalizing 12 volunteer participants for 2 weeks. They asked all the…

Winter Blues

When the warmth of summer fades and the days  grow short and cold, are you dogged by seasonal affective disorder  (SAD) or something else? It would be nice if you could diagnose SAD and other forms of depression by prickling your finger, placing a drop of blood on piece of paper, and getting a reading from a portable device like a glucose monitor. However, it’s not that easy. SAD or any type of depression can be tricky to diagnose because…