Depression

Depression

Easing the Burden of Living with Depression

· · Depression

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

· · Depression

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

· · Depression

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

Update: St. John’s Wort and Depression

· · Depression

The herb St. John’s wort has a 2,000-year tradition of use for depression, pain, and insomnia. It started to become popular in the late 1990s, when studies showed the herb worked as well as antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs) at treating mild-to-moderate depression. St. John’s wort also had  … Read More

Physical Sources of Depression Identified

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Researchers from Warwick University, UK, and Fudan University, China, have identified the areas of the brain that are affected by depression.
At any given time, more than one out of 20 Americans 12 years of age and older report moderate to severe depressive symptoms, according to CDC statistics from 2009-2012. Almost  … Read More

An Action Plan to Avoid Chronic Loneliness

· · Depression

Chronic loneliness—even though other people may be present in one’s life—can increase a person’s chances of premature death by 14 percent, is twice as likely to cause early death as obesity, and can be as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
It also can impair sleep and aspects of thinking,  … Read More



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