Tag: depression

Depression goes far beyond the occasional feelings of sadness. The depression definition that mental health experts use is a persistently down mood and loss of interest that affects a person?s day-to-day life, and can even lead to thoughts of suicide. The condition is also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, and it affects nearly 15 million Americans. Although depression typically starts in the 20s or 30s, it can affect people of all ages. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to depression because of illness and the loss of loved ones.

Many different types of depression exist. Postpartum depression is a sad mood that begins in the weeks or months after a woman gives birth. Bipolar disorder alternates periods of depression with unusually high moods. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that emerges during the winter months, when sunlight is in short supply.

Identifying depression is the first step toward treating it. Depression symptoms include: feeling sad, anxious, hopeless, guilty, or anxious; fatigue or decreased energy; loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed; trouble concentrating or remembering; trouble sleeping or sleeping too much; loss of appetite, or eating too much; irritability; vague physical symptoms, such as a headache or stomachache; and thoughts of death, or wanting to end your life.

Doctors typically diagnose depression by first ruling out medical conditions that can cause the same symptoms, such as a thyroid disorder. Then the doctor will likely do a depression test, asking questions about feelings, sleep, energy level, and other common indicators of the disease.

Treatment for depression depends on the type, but typically involves antidepressant medication and talk therapy (psychotherapy). Both of these treatments may be combined to improve the odds of success.

How to Build Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence, and Self-Worth

How to Build Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence, and Self-Worth

We live in a culture that tends to undermine true self-esteem and self-worth. In a world where people are actively comparing with others how many designer clothes they have, what kind of car they drive, or how much weight they have lost, it’s easy to feel inadequate.

Messages from the media,

Nerve Pain Relief That Works: 11 Strategies

Nerve Pain Relief That Works: 11 Strategies

A shooting pain that takes your breath away. A throbbing ache that won’t let up. Tingling fingers and toes. Nerve pain comes in various forms and can be debilitating in many ways—depression, anxiety, and infections, for example.

Our bodies contain billions of nerves that send billions of messages to our brains

How to Cure Sleep Apnea: 4 Non-CPAP Remedies

How to Cure Sleep Apnea: 4 Non-CPAP Remedies

Untreated or poorly treated sleep apnea leaves you tired all the time and suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness and other sleep apnea symptoms. Use of the continuous positive airway pressure device or CPAP mask has been the gold standard of cures for sleep apnea over the past 25 years. But

Over-the-Counter Anxiety Medication: Does It Work?

Over-the-Counter Anxiety Medication: Does It Work?

If you’ve been stressed out and searching for over-the-counter anxiety medication, you might consider taking a detour in search of natural solutions. Specifically, check out the alternative and natural remedy section of any pharmacy or health food store and you’re bound to find a pile of options for stress and

How to Take Oregano Oil

How to Take Oregano Oil

Oil of oregano can be a powerful weapon against all kinds of conditions. In a companion post, we cited “5 Amazing Oregano Oil Benefits.” And in a host of other articles, we dug deeper into the many uses of this natural treatment (see sidebar below: “Oregano Oil vs. Depression, the

Junk Foods’ Link to Depression and Fatigue

We’ve all been tempted with a “pick me up” from the candy bowl or cookie jar from time to time, or a plate of French fries as comfort food. But are those foods making us feel better? Or are they actually pushing us down?

Research published in the British Journal of

All Five Senses Are Important for Your Safety and Quality of Life

It’s well known that impaired vision and hearing loss are common among older adults. But deficits in your other senses—smell, taste, and touch—also may be hazardous to your health.

A closer look at each of the five senses provides more information about potential dangers, as well as strategies that can protect

Manage Hypertension, Hypotension Safely to Lower Brain Health Risks

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension), you may be primarily concerned about your risk of cardiovascular disease or even a stroke. And while hypertension is a major risk factor for stroke, it can also lead to brain health problems in other ways.

Psychiatrist Christopher Celano, MD, associate

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