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Author Archives: Susan Noonan MD



Don’t let depression steal your personal dignity!

It’s easy to lose a sense of your personal dignity when depressed, but it doesn’t have to be.  You might wonder: what is dignity, and what does that have to do with depression?  Think of dignity as a sense of having self-respect as a human being and being worthy of respect from others, and behaving in a way that shows this.  It’s an indication of how we value ourselves, that we matter, that our opinions[…]

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Does having access to the best resources prevent a mood disorder?

I happened to be in a conversation with two different people recently, both of whom were distressed and discouraged to learn that mood disorders like depression or bipolar disorder are generally considered relapsing and remitting conditions.  This means that episodes come and go over time in a pattern that is unique to each person.  They were distraught to learn that their mood episode could come back, even though they were getting the “best” treatment. These[…]

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Be a member of your own treatment team!

Treating your depression and bipolar disorder is ideally a joint effort between you and your doctor(s) that often involves both medication and talk therapy. Decisions made in partnership with your treatment providers are called “shared decision making.” It is the model of patient centered care, a process where the clinician and you as the patient work together to make decisions, select diagnostic tests, treatments and care plans based on clinical evidence while balancing the risks[…]

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