Tag: mental health

Old Age May Bring a Happiness Bonus

When it comes to happiness, old age seems to have it all over youth, a surprising new study suggests.

Researchers interviewed more than 1,500 subjects ages 21 to 100, recording data on their physical health, cognitive function, and measures of mental health. They found the older rather than younger participants tended

The Best Treatments for Depression and Anxiety

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

4 Serotonin Supplements to Treat Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia Yourself

4 Serotonin Supplements to Treat Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia Yourself

Research shows that when you’re consistently sad, pessimistic, or moody you may have a serotonin deficiency that you can treat yourself by using serotonin supplements. The 4 natural supplements presented here have all been shown to help treat serotonin deficiency symptoms such as depression, insomnia, and more by increasing serotonin

4 Dopamine Boosters to Improve Depression Symptoms, Mood, and Motivation

4 Dopamine Boosters to Improve Depression Symptoms, Mood, and Motivation

When we think about depression, lack of motivation, or difficulty focusing and concentrating, the well-known brain chemical (neurotransmitter) serotonin often comes to mind. While it’s true that serotonin deficiency is a problem for many people with depression and other mental health issues, researchers have known for years that other neurotransmitters

To Drink or Not to Drink

You’re dining with good friends at a nice French restaurant, and the waiter proffers a wine list. Must you decline and cheerfully order ginger ale?

Not necessarily, says Alison A. Moore, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Division of Geriatrics. Alcohol offers a

Aging Diseases that Affect the Brain

Many diseases that grow more common with age are associated with deterioration in brain health and cognitive decline, warns Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, director of the Gerontology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

“That’s why it’s important to get

Easing the Burden of Living with 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

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