Superhero Photo-therapy?

Eugene at My Modern Met has a post about a 91 year old woman who was depressed until her photographer grandson got her to agree to model for a series of “outrageous” superhero photographs.

Copyright Sacha Goldberger:

You can also check her out on Myspace.

What do you think? Is this the next wave of psychotherapy?

Positive Effects of Bupropion

I recently interacted with a person who is depressed (I’ve had a lot of exposure to people with depression over the years but I want to write about one in particular). This person was a pleasant person but a bit dysthymic in general; this person came across as somewhat down and depressed. Recently he started taking bupropion (Wellbutrin) for depression. It’s made a world of difference. Now he appears euthymic and quite animated – it’s a good change. I know that anti-depressant medications are not effective for everyone (and I am fairly critical of psychotropic medications in general and don’t think any should be taken lightly) but in this case, the improvement was marked. It was like night and day. Wellbutrin,¬†incidentally, is also an effective medication for helping people stop smoking (trademark name of Zyban). I have no affiliation with¬†GlaxoSmithKline, who makes the drug (it’s also available as a generic), I just recently witnessed its effectiveness.