About the Author

Alison Palkhivala

Alison Palkhivala

Alison Palkhivala is an award-winning freelance writer and journalist specializing in lifestyle, health, and medicine. For nearly 20 years, she has worked with some of the online health world’s most high-profile players. While Alison has written about virtually everything health-related, from arthritis to zoster, her main passion is helping people better understand mental illness. Those suffering from anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses frequently lack the strength and resources to make sure their stories are heard and their suffering treated. They frequently become relegated to life’s margins, and everyone misses out on their potential contributions to a more caring and inclusive society. In that light, Palkhivala has worked with Belvoir on educational materials about depression and anxiety. She is also developing books about palliative care and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alison is active in her professional community and is a member of both the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC). Alison’s non-professional time is largely taken up with family life. She lives in Montreal, Canada with her husband and two children. She is active in her community, volunteering at her children’s school and with various local charitable endeavors. Her meager free time is spent reading and looking for lakes to swim in. She also enjoys the occasional Netflix marathon and playing Civilization on her Smartphone, to her family’s ongoing chagrin.

Articles by Alison Palkhivala

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6. Depression in Children

All children get sad from time to time. Often they seem to respond dramatically to the slightest frustration, like losing a toy or not getting their favorite dessert. Yet for some children, low or disrupted mood is an everyday occurrence. About five percent of children and adolescents are depressed at

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5. Treatments for Depression

Just over half of adult Americans suffering from depression receive what is considered to be “minimally adequate treatment” in any given 12-month period, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. That means almost half of all depressed people in the U.S. are not receiving the care they need, even

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4. Diagnosing Depression

Once you’ve made that important first step to go see your doctor or a mental health professional for your depression symptoms, these experts will give you a comprehensive assessment to determine whether you are indeed suffering from the condition. This section describes some of the things that might happen during

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3. Depression Affects People Differently

As you may have noticed, the list of symptoms associated with depression is long, and most people only have a few of them. The truth is, depression affects everyone differently. In this chapter, we will review how this condition can affect everyday life and how it most commonly appears among

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2. Types of Depression

Depression is a complex condition that comes in many forms. In order to help tease apart the different ways depression can manifest and help clinicians choose the right treatments, the condition is classified into several different types. The two main types are known as major depressive disorder (also called clinical

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1. Causes of Depression

It is becoming increasingly obvious that there is no simple answer to the question, what causes depression? Is it your brain? Your genes? Your thought patterns? Your life experiences? Likely, it’s all of the above and more.
How the Brain Works
To better understand what causes depression, it helps to have a

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From the Editor

Depression is one of the most common disorders of the human condition. It is a mental illness that lowers your mood and takes away the experience of interest and joy. It is usually accompanied by a number of other mental and physical symptoms that are described later in this report.

How to De-Stress

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How to De-Stress

Looking for a way—or ways—to fight off stress? There’s no way to completely avoid it, so your best bet is to learn how to de-stress.

Fortunately, there are methods and activities you can try in your own home. Here, we guide you toward four worthwhile ways to help you handle pressure.
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Is Depression Genetic?

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Is Depression Genetic?

For some families, a tendency to have a negative view of life is simply the norm, and children pick it up from observing their parents. Difficult life challenges, such as poverty, abuse, or poor health, can run in families and predispose members to depression. But it’s also clear—as we look