Depression

Depression

Get Out From Under the Cloud of Depression

· · Depression

Millions of American adults suffer from major depressive disorder (MDD), a condition that often interferes with a person’s ability to work, carry on successful interpersonal relationships, and engage in daily activities of living. However, many people get relief from their depression by taking antidepressant medication.

“Depression is an illness, and, just  … Read More

Editor’s Note: Dealing With Depression

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Depression is very common in women throughout their life cycles: Almost one out of every three women will experience depression or anxiety in her life. Hormonal changes that occur in pregnancy and the postpartum period, as well as during and after menopause, are thought to contribute.

As a primary care doctor,  … Read More

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



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