Happy Valentine's Day (for real this time)

I get so negative on this blog with negative stories and negative anecdotes that sometimes we all just need to think about the positive things in the world. Instead of me focusing on suicide for a day, how about I focus on life?

Check out this story from the Boston Globe of a white firefighter who saved a black baby girl 40 years ago during the a time when racial tensions were still high. It's good to read of a story that reminds me of life rather than death. Maybe I can use this story to celebrate life on Valentine's Day rather than… death.

(H/T: No Quarter)

Chemical imbalances do not exist; dying brain cells do

Researchers have never been fully confident in the chemical imbalance theory, yet the media continue to purport it as fact. Dr. John Grohol over at PsychCentral recently wrote:

We’ve all heard the theory — a chemical imbalance in your brain causes depression.

Although researchers have known for years this not to be the case, some drug companies continue to repeat this simplistic and misleading claim in their marketing and advertising materials. Why the FTC or some other federal agency doesn’t crack down on this intentional misleading information is beyond me. Most researchers now believe depression is not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.

How did we come to this conclusion? Through years of additional research. But now some are jumping on the next brain bandwagon of belief — that depression is caused by a problem in the brain neuronal network.

Grohol cites Jonah Lehrer's article in the Boston Globe in which he posits that researchers now think depression comes from "brain cells shrinking and dying." Lehrer writes:

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