The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week has given rise to a movement initiated by surviving high schoolers and advanced by other teens around the U.S. It is remarkable! Instead of retreating into grief and despair, or anxiety and depression, teens all across the country have gotten angry… Read More


It’s common to hear people make resolutions at the beginning of the year to exercise their bodies more, but what about exercising their brains? Developing critical thinking skills is a way of exercising your brain. It’s not as if this is a new concept, I routinely speak about the importance of critical thinking skills in… Read More


Late last week (March 30th), the World Health Organization (WHO) released a powerful statement from its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, declaring depression “the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.” WHO estimates that more than 300 million people worldwide are now suffering a diagnosable depression. This reflects an increase of more than 18% between… Read More


I’m home, basking in the afterglow of the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference held last week in Anaheim, California.  Taking place just down the street from Disneyland, which calls itself “the happiest place on earth,” I think that title was temporarily hijacked by the 8,000 plus attendees from 50 countries who rocked the Anaheim Convention Center.… Read More


In Dr. Yapko’s Blog #2, he provides a simple introduction to the issue of antidepressant medications. He tells us that the use of these medications are second only to cholesterol lowering drugs in the U.S. and are most commonly prescribed by general practitioners, not psychiatrists. Controversy surrounds the use and benefits of these medications and… Read More


In this blog (#1), Michael provides a simple overview of the topic of depression. He explains there are hundreds of issues to address when talking about depression. He begins with this 2-minute simple overview where he highlights the social nature of depression, the limited and often incorrect biological perspective of depression and he emphasizes that… Read More