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
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New yoga program may help pulmonary hypertension patients
People who live with pulmonary hypertension (PH), a chronic lung disease, may find relief in a new yoga exercise routine called Yoga for PH. PH is high blood pressure in the lungs. The lungs’ blood vessels become narrow and the heart has to
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
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
Depression can quickly turn into a self-perpetuating cycle. You feel awful, so you refuse to do anything you once thought was fun. You stay home and never invite anyone over. Your inactivity and isolation in turn feed your depression. The key to overcoming depression is to break that cycle.
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
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
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
“What causes depression?” is a question many of us have asked. Responses are all over the map, but it’s fair to say that depression is a disease. Research supports this by demonstrating key differences in the brains of those who are depressed and those who are not.
The Effects of Brain
An innovative therapeutic approach that encourages individuals to focus on feelings of life satisfaction and well-being rather than dwelling on feelings of distress is showing promise in the treatment of people with depression, anxiety, and other psychological issues often associated with aging.
The strategy, called Well-Being Therapy (WBT), has been shown