If you’ve been feeling down in the dumps for an extended period of time, you may be suffering from depression. You’re not alone, as millions of other Americans experience this common disorder. The bright side is that there are a number of effective lifestyle strategies you can take to fight
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When we think about depression, lack of motivation, or difficulty focusing and concentrating, the well-known brain chemical 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 such
Your doctor may check your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and other standard health risk factors at your annual checkup. But if you’re not being asked about your mood, an important predictor of health problems is being overlooked.
In a study published recently in Health Psychology researchers found that depression and anxiety
Depression treatment often involves a combination of talk therapy, medication, lifestyle changes and other approaches aimed at improving your outlook. The process can be time-consuming, demanding vigilance and patience on the part of the individual and his or her family.
But because of the commitment required for a positive outcome and
Depression is one of those diseases that can rapidly snowball out of control. If you feel down, you tend not to take care of yourself, but poor lifestyle choices like watching television all day or eating junk food actually can make depression worse. So, you need to make the choice
Depression is so much more than just feeling down in the dumps. It is a complex condition that has an impact on your mind and body. It has many causes, several of which may work together to produce a constellation of emotional, mental, and physical symptoms. This chapter outlines the
Most people know at least something about depression. Whether or not it was called depression at the time, depression is so common today that almost everyone has had some personal experience, perhaps as part of one’s own challenges or those of a loved one, a neighbor or a colleague. As
As many as half of individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) have treatment resistant depression (TRD). TRD is characterized by a failure to achieve complete remission of depressive symptoms following at least six to eight weeks of treatment with at least one course of antidepressant medications. The plight of these
Feeling depressed can happen after any type of surgical procedure, and many doctors don’t warn patients of the possibility, according to geriatrician Michelle Eslami, MD, UCLA Medical Center. Postsurgical depression can be the result of chronic pain, reactions to pain medications, anesthesia, facing one’s mortality and the physical and emotional
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.