| Jan 9, 2014
Five years ago, Joseph Hale didn't care whether he lived or died. He was unemployed, hooked on drugs and deeply depressed.
Help came after Hale swallowed a bottle of pills and landed in South Shore Hospital. There, an outreach worker persuaded him to...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 3:00 AM
I recently ended a relationship that lasted a year and five months. While I loved this woman, for much of the relationship she was, to varying degrees, depressed. I tried to be as helpful and patient as possible with the hope and expectation that she...
| Nov 28, 2013
Depression is alarmingly common in older Americans. It's highly treatable, but a number of obstacles, led by a nagging generational stigma surrounding mental health, often stand in the way of proper care.
About 20 percent of people ages 55 and older...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 9:42 AM
You enter the old building at 629 W. Cermak Road by means of a glass door on South Ford Avenue to the west, one of the shortest byways in the city. Just to the east the Chicago River flows, and, looking south, cars rumble on the Dan Ryan Expressway,...
| Dec 5, 2013
Those who aren't depressed sometimes wonder why those who are won't just snap out of it. However, depression is a serious illness that comes in many forms and is caused by a combination of genetic, environmental, biological and psychological factors....
| Aug 10, 2013
| 12:00 PM
There is little in Andy's appearance or manner that offers a clue as to what he's been through. The arrests, the jailhouse beatings, the commitments. He's soft-spoken and unassuming, so much so that the story of his life doesn't seem to go with the man...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 7:26 PM
Hope was the theme of the day, but unremitting pain was the backdrop when friends and family members of suicide victims gathered in a Culver City park on Saturday for their annual summer potluck.
"Survivors After Suicide" they call themselves. It's a...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 4:00 AM
James Gandolfini, the Emmy-winning actor who swaggered his way to fame as the murderous, clinically depressed mob boss on HBO's groundbreaking drama "The Sopranos," died Wednesday on vacation in Rome. He was 51.
The cause was a heart attack or stroke,...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 2:43 PM
Is it hot in here, or am I just depressed?
For many menopausal women, hot flashes are just depressing. And depression, which affects at least one in four women ages 40 to 59, can intensify the misery of hot flashes, as well. No surprise, then, that a...
| May 17, 2013
| 1:55 PM
Go to a busy street in your community and count the next 25 adolescents who walk, bike, skateboard, stroll or saunter past. Odds are that two of those 25 kids (8.3% to be exact) would own up to having experienced 14 or more days in the last month that...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 11:03 AM
WASHINGTON -- As lawmakers on Friday praised the actions of the Capitol police, authorities were still trying to determine what prompted a woman to lead police on a car chase through the nation's capital, ending with her fatal shooting outside the Capitol...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 3:57 PM
Religion may be good for the soul, but there's now evidence it's good for a healthy mind, too.
A study by researchers in Canada has discovered that regular attendance at religious services can provide "significant protection against depression" —...