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Living with Depression? 9 Key Steps That Will Ease the Burden

Living with Depression? 9 Key Steps That Will Ease the Burden

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a serious challenge that requires professional treatment (see “What You Can Do” sidebar). It often takes time and patience to overcome. And while there are no simple cures for this mood disorder, a Massachusetts General Hospital expert points out that there are common-sense steps that

Is Depression Genetic?

Is Depression Genetic?

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

For Men Dealing with Depression: Start by Getting Help

For Men Dealing with Depression: Start by Getting Help

If you’re like many men, you don’t like to ask for help. You have a do-it-yourself attitude that any problem can be fixed. That’s also the mindset that many men have when it comes to dealing with depression. In general, experts say, men simply don’t discuss sadness or other feelings.

Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

Doctors believed many decades ago that vitamin D was good only for healthy bones and teeth, but research has since proven otherwise. Vitamin D deficiency symptoms now have been linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even cancer.[1] In fact, a recent study conducted by Boston University

FROM THE EDITOR: Take Depression Seriously

As the Summer takes hold, people often find their mood improves, particularly if they suffer from depression. In fact, one type of depression—seasonal affective disorder (SAD)—is believed to be triggered by Winter weather. It’s thought that reduced sunlight may decrease the production of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that has a soothing

Serotonin: Vital Brain Chemical Affects Both Mood and Cognition

Serotonin: Vital Brain Chemical Affects Both Mood and Cognition

The importance of the neurotransmitter serotonin in affecting mood has been widely acknowledged in numerous studies linking low brain levels of this key chemical with depression, anxiety, and irritability. Now, scientists are reporting another significant role the neurotransmitter plays in the brain—that of promoting memory and cognition.

Inadequate brain levels of

8 Natural Dopamine Boosters to Overcome Depression

8 Natural Dopamine Boosters to Overcome Depression

Treating a dopamine deficiency can help you take back your health! How? First, you need to understand that depression is a disease that can be caused by a dopamine deficiency. In many cases, it is caused by actual physiologic changes in your brain. Therefore, when you feel depressed, don’t think

Depression Medications: How They Work

Depression Medications: How They Work

There is no one-size-fits-all depression medication, but there are certain types of medications that work well in many people. It may sound obvious to say that antidepressants are the first drugs prescribed for depression, but which antidepressant medication you take depends on a number of factors—among them the type of

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