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Crown City Suites
600 S. Lake Ave. Suite 200
Pasadena CA 91106

Tues. through Fri. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Parking entrance from S. Lake Ave. at booth. Parking is free. You may also RSVP via Meetup.


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902 S. Myrtle Ave.
Monrovia CA 91016

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Posts in category Depression

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies involving people, which may be conducted by universities, hospitals, non-profit community agencies or for-profit testing companies. Some trials evaluate the effects of new or existing medications. Others study new forms of psychotherapy or other treatment methods. Each follows a structured plan developed before the trial begins.

Generic and Brand Name Drugs: Understanding the Basics

This brochure will give you the information you need to help you decide what’s right for you in your treatment and recovery plan. You’ll learn that the decision to choose a brand name or a generic is one that involves you and your health care team.

Mood Disorders and Different Kinds of Depression

People with mood disorders might have trouble with work life, family life and social life, or they might have difficulty simply getting through the day. While most mood disorders have depression in common, only in bipolar disorder are there mood swings of depression and periods of hypo-mania (if the bipolar disorder is mild) or mania (if severe). It’s important to know the difference between the different types of depression, because different types require different treatments.

Men and Depression

Men deal with depression in different ways. They tend to keep feelings to themselves. Many try to cope with their symptoms in unhealthy ways, including excessive use of alcohol or drugs, violent outbursts, dangerous activities or burying themselves in work.

Treatment Technologies for Mood Disorders

Treatment for depression and bipolar disorder usually includes four elements: talk therapy, medication, peer support, and a personal wellness plan. Sometimes, though, these standard treatments don’t help… or don’t help enough. As a result, researchers are turning to new technologies in search of more effective treatments.

How Our Misconceptions About Genes Play Out in Courts and Minds

Epigenetics, the way environment influences genes, is a new science, but one that explains what really happens. Genes have switches to turn them on or off. The DNA of our parents determines which genes you have, but those genes continue to adapt wherever you go.

Why the Fear Only Seems to Grow

The problem is that the more times your amygdala is exposed to cortisol, the more sensitive it becomes to it. What happens is that cells inside the amygdala grow more of the receptor molecules that the cortisol molecules attach to. This means you need less threat for the amygdala to send a fear signal and light up the alarms all over your body. It creates a vicious circle, where every time something threatens us, we become more sensitive to threats… The more often you are scared, the more easily you get scared.

Introduction to Depression and Bipolar Depression

Bipolar disorder is a treatable medical illness marked by extreme changes in mood, thought, energy and behavior. It is also known as manic depression because a person’s mood can alternate between mania and depression. This change in mood (or “mood swing”) can last for hours, days, weeks or even months.

Coping With Unexpected Events- Depression and Trauma

Coping With Unexpected Events: Depression and Trauma National DMDA does not endorse or recommend the use of any specific treatment or medication. For advice about specific treatments or medications, individuals should consult their physicians and/or mental health care providers. Responding to Traumatic Events When we witness or experience a traumatic event, such as an act […]

Finding a Mental Health Professional

A Personal Guide We’ve been there. We can help. If you or someone you know is experiencing mood swings, persistent sadness or anxiety, or having trouble sleeping or eating, you might have decided it’s time to seek help. If symptoms like these have started to interfere with your work, social or personal life—or if you experience a sudden […]


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