Friday, March 20, 2009

Kelly Lambert at VFOB

Kelly Lambert spoke last night at the Virginia Festival of the Book about her book, Lifting Depression, and about her neuroscience research. She was a personable and engaging speaker whose views about depression did not seem as extreme as those expressed in her book. Her research into what she calls the "effort based rewards" system is fascinating. There's little doubt that the effort-based rewards feedback loop is broken in people with depression and the suggestion from Lambert's rodent research that this reward system could be retrained is encouraging.

Lambert specifically suggests knitting as one possible activity that might help depression, and serendipitously there was someone in the audience who was knitting. She agreed that it is a relaxing and rewarding activity.

Lambert has convinced me that I should try doing more things with my hands such as cooking, baking pies, and painting lobsters as I did last week. (No lobsters were harmed during this activity.) Creating is fun and can make people feel good, whether it cures depression or not.


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

i am a 55 year old female singleton, never had children either and boy.. we don't fit into the married scene at all. married people seem to rule the world. i like your blog.

chez sheri said...

Singletons Unite!!! Hi Catherine, haven't heard from you in a while...what's up?
sheri

Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

Have to agree on the knitting. I had about a year there where I knit the equivalent of a house cozy lol.

Anonymous said...

hi,

Greetings from Ireland.

Is everything ok? Are you ok? I read a posting you made and it was wonderful and I wanted to say just thanks for posting it.
However, I notice you have not written in your Blog since 2009, and that worries me.

I hope everything is very well. Do let me know. I'm at helena2day@hotmail.com. Like you I also edit, amongst other things.

Again, I hope everything is fine.

best regards,
Helena

Anonymous said...

Hi Catherine,

My name is Arlene and I'm also an always single and looking for others. You can contact me at azube1@yahoo.com. Let's talk about this unkown sub-culture we live in.

Best,
Arlene

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