Licensed psychotherapist Julie Hanks, LCSW has over 20 years in the mental health field, providing outpatient psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families with complex mental health and relationship problems. She provides answers to visitor questions on PsychCentral.com, hosts the "You and Yours" podcast, and blogs on her own site.
Natasha Tracy writes the award-winning Breaking Bipolar blog on HealthyPlace.com, and also hosts the Bipolar Burble blog. Natasha has been diagnosed with ultra rapid cycling bipolar disorder type 2, and writes primarily about mental health, bipolar disorder, depression and treatment-resistant depression.
Chato Stewart is a mental health advocate, board-certified Recovery Peer Specialist and artist behind the cartoons seen on the Mental Health Humor blog -- drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder. His mission is to use humor as a positive tool to cope with the debilitating effects of mental illness.
Nancy Schimelpfening has been the About Guide to Depression since 1998, and has earned a master's degree in community health education. She has a lifetime of experience with depression, experiencing firsthand how devastating this illness can be and how the correct medical intervention can turn mere existence into living.
Daniel J. Tomasulo is a licensed psychologist specializing in group psychotherapy and psychodrama, blogger for Psychology Today and provides answers to visitor questions on PsychCentral.com. His latest book, Confessions of a Former Child: A Therapist's Memoir, is the 2009 Written Art Award winner in creative non-fiction.
Marcia Purse serves as the Bipolar Disorder Guide for About.com -- Bipolar Disorder, having worked on the website since it started in 1998. Marcia was diagnosed with bipolar disorder more than 10 years ago, and knows firsthand the difficulties of living with the illness and finding the right treatment.
Rick Nauert is the Senior News Editor at PsychCentral.com, and has more than 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. Dr. Nauert earned his doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin in health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy.
Jack Smith has been recognized as one of the top health bloggers, authoring the "Coping with Depression" blog on HealthyPlace.com, and also hosting the "One Man's War on Depression" blog. He was diagnosed with major depressive disorder about seven years ago, and writes as a way to cope, relate and connect with others struggling with depression.
Everyone feels "down" at times. Depression is more than occasional blues. When sadness and hopelessness just don't go awaywhen these feelings interfere with your daily life, when they affect your energy, your ability to sleepyou...ay need professional help. Depression can become a very serious illnessbut treatment like counseling and medication can help. More