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
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
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
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
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
Forgetfulness—a part of aging as familiar as wrinkles and graying hair—can be a source of worry for many seniors. Is the growing tendency to forget words, have difficulty recalling names, or lose track of the car keys normal or an early sign of dementia?
The good news is that in most
Depression—a mood disorder that affects an estimated one in 10 Americans at some point in their lives—is a complex mental health condition that comes in a variety of forms, each with distinct characteristics.
“The concept of ‘depression’ is actually a broad category that includes multiple diagnoses,” explains Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD,
Busy lifestyles and processed foods and beverages cause nearly all of us to become chronically deprived of water and susceptible to the dangers of dehydration. Although they are not the only organs affected by lack of water, the brain and eyes are especially vulnerable to the following conditions:
Obstruction of blood
About 27 percent of adults age 65 and older don’t exercise, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Sept. 15, 2016) revealed that the numbers are even worse for people age 75 and older: thirty-five percent
From time to time, we hear stories in the news of formerly good mothers “snapping” and injuring or even killing their children. These are extreme examples of people suffering from episodes of psychotic depression. Obviously, this is a severe condition that requires prompt medical intervention.
The first step, as always, is