For some families, a tendency to have a negative view of life is simply the norm, and children pick it up from observing their parents. Difficult life challenges, such as poverty, abuse, or poor health, can run in families and predispose members to depression. But it’s also clear—as we look
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Science shows there’s a genetic component to depression that makes people more susceptible to the disorder. So is depression hereditary?
Just because you carry the genes doesn’t mean you’ll develop the disease. Your genetic makeup helps determine how likely you are to develop depression if other factors related to the
Do you ever have wild visions or dreams that are extremely vivid and seem like real life just as you’re falling asleep? You may be experiencing hypnagogic hallucinations, a condition often associated with narcolepsy. In fact, hypnagogic hallucinations are among the four most common narcolepsy symptoms, along with sleep paralysis,
The benefits of omega-3 fish oils for mental health extend beyond depression and anxiety—studies show fish oil is an effective borderline personality disorder treatment. But the key is using the right kind of fish oil at the right dosage.
It’s normal to feel a little apprehensive from time to time. Let’s face it—life can be stressful. All of us worry about things like financial problems, work, family struggles, or health. But sometimes anxiety can become so severe that completing simple, everyday tasks is difficult. When this occurs, it may
How exercise may protect against depression.
A recent study at the Karolinska Institute, Solva, Sweden, conducted in mouse models, seems to have revealed some of the mechanism of how exercise helps protect against depression. The study showed that exercise training induces changes in skeletal muscle that can rid the blood of
“To sleep, perchance to dream,” was the desire of Prince Hamlet in Shakespeare’s drama. It’s also the desire of thousands of insomnia suffers, who can’t get a normal night’s sleep for a variety of reasons.
The National Sleep Foundation identifies two primary categories of insomnia:
Short-term (acute) insomnia lasts a few nights
Sleep disorders can be caused by internal factors, such as medical problems, or by external factors, such as stressful situations. Some sleep disorders affect your ability to get to sleep and stay asleep, while others disrupt the structure of your sleep.
The most common sleep disorders by far are insomnia and