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Causes of Depression: 7 Major Factors

Causes of Depression: 7 Major Factors

If you become ill, usually you can pinpoint a reason. A stiff, swollen joint, for example, might be due to injury or to a chronic disease like arthritis, while an upset stomach might be due to food poisoning. The causes of depression are harder to pin down. And unfortunately, they

Ask the Doctor: Serotonin, Pink Eye in Adults; Adenoids & Immune Health

Q: A friend of mine takes an antidepressant that affects serotonin. What is serotonin, and what does it do?

A: Serotonin is a neurotransmitter—a chemical that transmits messages between neurons in the brain and to the central nervous system. Serotonin has been described as a “feel-good” neurotransmitter, since it is believed

Don’t Let Depression Sideline You

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

Editor’s Note: Dealing With Memory Concerns

Many of my patients report having memory problems, most commonly beginning in their early 50s. Most people are afraid that they may be showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), especially if they have seen a family member affected by it. With more patients aging healthily into their 80s and beyond,

Identifying Signs of Dementia

As you get older, it is natural to be concerned about the possibility that you or a loved one will begin showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In fact, among adults who are age 65 or older, one in nine will develop AD, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. But, how

For a Sharp Brain, Protect Your Senses

The overwhelming majority of older Americans are likely to experience a decline in at least one of their senses over the years, according to a new study—and many have problems in multiple sensory areas. And because the earlier sensory changes are recognized and treated, the better individuals are able to

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