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Do You Have “SAD” Disorder?

As autumn transitions into winter, the waning daylight can trigger the condition known as seasonal affective disorder. SAD is different than simply feeling listless, or unmotivated to leave your home because it’s cold and grey. It’s a type of depression distinguished by seasonality. People who experience SAD disorder may feel … Read More

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 … Read More

Seasonal Depression: Shedding Light on SAD

Seasonal depression usually begins as soon as the weather cools and the days shorten, around September or October, and lasts until it warms up again, often in April. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is most often seen in women, although men also battle it. It has no age limits. Many of … Read More

Social Anxiety Disorder: SAD Basics

People with social anxiety disorder (SAD)—also called social phobia—have an intense fear of social situations, especially if they believe they’ll be judged or scrutinized by others. So, while going to a party may produce what feels like anxiety, a party in which the person is the guest of honor might … Read More

5 Natural Postpartum Depression Treatment Options

Postpartum depression is the most common medical complication that occurs after giving birth,[1] occurring in up to 13% of new mothers. Fatigue, sadness, anxiety, and sleep disturbances are just a few of the negative symptoms associated with this disorder,[2]and studies suggest that postpartum depression in the mother can negatively affect … Read More

Natural Remedies for Depression: News Bulletin for July 26, 2013

Alternative Treatments for Depression Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D, founder and CEO of Psych Central, recently published a list of the top alternative medicine treatments for depression. Dr. Grohol explains, “Few people want to take a prescription medication (often because of the cost or side effects) when something else might … Read More

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