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.

Neuropsychological Tests: What’s Involved

Some memory lapses are normal as you age, but if you are concerned about your forgetfulness, there is a range of tests that can evaluate your cognition. These tests aim to identify possible cognitive impairment—or rule it out—as early as possible, but for some individuals the results are inconclusive. “In

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: Move More!

In 2008, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion developed the first set of physical activity guidelines ever for the American public. These guidelines are the authoritative voice for how physical activity can help promote health and decrease a person’s risk of disease. But most Americans had difficulty following

Natural Remedies and Vitamins for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Natural Remedies and Vitamins for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

By using the natural remedies and vitamins for anxiety and anxiety and panic attacks described below, you can treat the underlying root cause of these mood disorders and get lasting relief.

Medical research has confirmed three notable causes of panic attacks and anxiety in women: serotonin deficiency, low vitamin B6 levels,

4. Treat Your Fatigue

By now you may realize—because all of the body’s systems are interconnected—that there is usually more than one cause con-tributing to your fatigue. When one of your body’s systems is out of balance (if, for example, your HPA axis is malfunctioning be-cause of chronic stress), then other systems (like your

2. What Causes Fatigue?

The key to resolving any chronic health condition is to discover the root causes and then supply the body with the needed raw materials to correct any deficiencies or to bring the body back into balance. Therefore, you will need to become somewhat of a detective, patiently investigating each known

1. I’m Tired of This!

If you suffer from fatigue, you should know you’re not alone. Some 2.5 million people suffer from fatigue, according to estimates, and between 900,000 to 1 million Americans meet the diagnostic criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Cases of fatigue are

6. Using Positivity Principles in the Face of Adversity

Growth Through Adversity
Any of the principles and tools for remaining positive can seem easy to adopt when times are good. But what about when things go wrong? That’s when these strategies have the potential to help you the most—but it’s also when it can be hardest to commit to using

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