Depression

Depression

FROM THE EDITOR: Take Depression Seriously

· · Depression

As the Summer takes hold, people often find their mood improves, particularly if they suffer from depression. In fact, one type of depression—seasonal affective disorder (SAD)—is believed to be triggered by Winter weather. It’s thought that reduced sunlight may decrease the production of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that has a soothing  … Read More

Depression and Dementia: A Tangled Web

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About 5.4 million Americans are thought to have some degree of dementia, and its destructive effects on our cognitive abilities come at huge cost to our overall wellbeing, and that of our loved ones. “The decline in reasoning and memory that accompanies dementia impairs our ability to carry out everyday  … Read More

The Best Treatments for Depression and Anxiety

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Conditions such as anxiety and depression do not discriminate based on age. They can affect teenagers as well as older adults. The difference, however, is that seniors need to be careful about the kinds of therapies that they use to treat their illness. Not all antidepressants are created alike, and  … Read More

Easing the Burden of Living with Depression

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Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a serious challenge that requires professional treatment (see What You Can Do). It often takes time and patience to overcome. However, while there are no simple cures for this mood disorder, an MGH expert points out that there are commonsense steps you can take that  … Read More

Don’t Let Depression Sideline You

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Almost twice as many women as men suffer from depression, and about one in five women develop depression at some point in their lifetimes. However, many women do not seek help.

“Often, people don’t recognize that they may be suffering from depression,” says Susan Evans, PhD, Professor of Psychology in Clinical  … Read More

Recognizing the Types of Depression

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Depression—a mood disorder that affects an estimated one in 10 Americans at some point in their lives—is a complex mental health condition that comes in a variety of forms, each with distinct characteristics.

“The concept of ‘depression’ is actually a broad category that includes multiple diagnoses,” explains Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD,  … Read More



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