With the exception of his satirical West Coast soulmate, Randy Newman, Loudon Wainwright III, is one of the only singer-songwriters from the '70s still turning out tunes that are consistently well-crafted, profound and funny. We recently spoke to Wainwright about his newest album, Haven't Got The Bl ... More >>
Jason Porter will make you laugh or cry
In a professionally edited video delivered to reporters inboxes on Tuesday, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's daughter admits to abusing alcohol and drugs to cope with severe depression, or, in the parlance of the production team, Chiara "tells her story and opens up about substance abuse." The slick vi ... More >>
At the end of August, two therapists in New Jersey sued the state over its recently signed ban on "conversion therapy," a practice which purports to turn gay people straight. In new affidavits filed with the court last week, a 15-year-old boy and his parents say that conversion therapy had been life ... More >>
Alanis Morissette gets deep with Anthony DeCurtis
Gentlemen: we all owe State University of New York researcher Gordon Gallup a big-time "thank you" -- albeit a decade late.Websites like Gawker and the Daily Mail are "reporting" today that Gallup has successfully proven what many of us have been telling women since the beginning of time: giving blo ... More >>
And you thought the Internet was making you depressed... Turns out, there might be another cause to your sadness -- summertime. Yep, you read that right. The SUMMER Apparently, a form seasonal affective disorder, rather appropriately abbreviated as SAD, strikes some during the sunniest months of ... More >>
If you're a single couch potato with less-than-stellar eating habits, Spanish researchers have bad news for you. They studied people with this profile and found that those who ate junk food--commercial baked goods and fast food--were 51 percent more likely to develop depression.
The holidays just got a little bit creepier
Solange Lambert and Cosmo Salerno can't wait to take their love outside the walls of an adult home on Coney Island. But for now, they have to wait.
This week in the Voice, Stacey Anderson writes about an encounter her father had with Brian Wilson -- and why she has the melody to "God Only Knows" tattooed on her shoulder. Anna Merlan introduces us to Solange Lambert and Cosmo Salerno, residents of Surf Manor, an adult-care home. Both So ... More >>
This funny "attack ad" on winter made by AOL conveys how we're probably all feeling. Winter is so last season to us already.
A city councilman from Queens apparently wants your your teeth to rot and fall out. The Daily News says Councilman Peter Vallone is planning to introduce a bill that would end New York's 45-year practice of adding fluoride to its tap water, citing safety concerns and comparing the miner ... More >>
Violins to break your smile
According to commenter on a Broadway board, where they're so very often right, Donny and Marie Osmond might be smiling their way into the Marquis Theater for 17 performances of a holiday show. If so, would it be a Mormon spectacular with production numbers about bigamy and chirpy monologues ... More >>
A new play about fashion legend Isabella Blow
Ferocious Chaplin fans can go to The Circus
An excellent Newsweek cover story today brings the sad news that antidepressants depressingly don't work. Which is sad, because - among other reasons - a lot of people use them. What's even worse, however, is that they work less than placebos.
John Larroquette plays the "diddler" in a new comedy
Feeling melancholy? Get over it, and dance
No one has to go through life with angst anymore, unless you're disturbed by co-pays, side effects, and an over-reliance on artifical highs. And I am, honey! A few years ago, I tried Zoloft and almost jumped out a window. It gave me aching fingers, headaches, dizzy spells, spasms, and no re ... More >>
Artist shifts focus from environmental to personal
Carob is not healthier than chocolate. But it might just be healthier (and tastier) than blackboard chalk. We know for a fact that if you eat carob when you really want chocolate, you will become severely depressed. Just go ahead and eat some chocolate! And tell the health nuts we told you to.
Next To Normal, the Broadway musical about treating depression, got me thinking about the crapshoot involved in psychopharmacology and the awful side effects involved in taking a lot of the meds that are so readily available. A few years ago, I gave Zoloft a whirl and found that it not only left me ... More >>
The stunning comeback of electroshock and other harrowing treatments for the mentally ill
NYU confronts its suicide problem with counseling and a questionable questionnaire
A Mentally Ill Inmate Slips Through the CracksInto the Path of a Subway Train
Military Psychiatry Revamps Old Tune
New Research Brings Ecstasy Back to the Couch
Dissident Scientists Question the Ban on Ecstasy
More New Yorkers Getting Zapped by Court-Ordered Electroshock
Renamed Prozac Targets Huge Market: Premenstrual Women