If you become ill, usually you can pinpoint a reason. A stiff, swollen joint, for example, might be due to injury or to a chronic disease like arthritis, while an upset stomach might be due to food poisoning. The causes of depression are harder to pin down. And unfortunately, they
Tag: stress and depression
“What causes depression?” is a question many of us have asked. Responses are all over the map, but it’s fair to say that depression is a disease. Research supports this by demonstrating key differences in the brains of those who are depressed and those who are not.
The Effects of Brain
Every year, millions of Americans are hit by cold, flu, and other respiratory infections. While the common cold will rarely cause serious complications, the flu and other infections—such as Legionnaire’s, pneumococcus, and mycoplasma—can lead to severe and potentially life-threatening complications, especially in the young, the elderly, and the chronically sick.
If you’re chronically stressed, you’ll want to consider a body tonic like ashwagandha. Benefits of taking the herb include decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol, less depression symptoms and improved sleep patterns.
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
About 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—and new research suggests that sipping a sedating alcoholic drink before bed isn’t going to help.
A nightcap may make you feel relaxed and drowsy, but it plays havoc with your sleep. It alters
Researchers at MGH and elsewhere are hard at work looking for ways to ease the distress experienced by people with major depressive disorder (MDD), and some are reporting impressive preliminary results. Among their achievements, scientists have created the first blood test that can quickly and accurately diagnose MDD, and discovered
Q: Which is worse for your health, saturated fat or trans fat?
A: Trans fat holds the dubious honor of being the biggest health threat. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has instructed food manufacturers to remove all industrially-produced trans fat from processed foods by June 2018, and
Many of us have heard stories of the 1950s housewife who had a nervous breakdown and had to spend time in a medical facility. But “nervous breakdown” is not a medical diagnosis. That’s right: There is no official or medical definition for the phrase “nervous breakdown.”
So what was that 1950s