Depression Information

Chronic Depression: Disease or Charcter Flaw?

A major survey on depression symptoms from the National Mental Health Association (NMHA), released in july 2001, revealed a dramatic degree of progress in public understanding. Yet even amid this promising trend, the survey sheds light on the difficulties faced by millions of people striving to manage this sometimes chronic, life-long illness.

The Patients Guide to Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Depression

Depression in Teenagers: Now What Can We Do?

No doubt you have seen the recent news headlines about a federal panel that recommended to the FDA that anti-depressant medications carry the strongest possible warning label for use in children and teenagers. This recommendation to the FDA shook the medical community, especially those who work with depressed young people. The biggest problem from the treatment community's point of view was not the recommendation for the warning label, but the way that the media protrayed the panel's recommendation.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Depression Are Not The Same Thing!

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a very misunderstood illness and this is perhaps why there are so many myths about it. Perhaps the most common myth about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is that it is effectively a mental condition, and another name for depression. But these two conditions are very different! And when you label a condition incorrectly it can cause no end of problems when trying to diagnose and treat it. So it's extremely important to make the distinction between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and depression - because they are completely different illnesses. For one, depression can be a symptom of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but there are many Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers out there who do not suffer from depression at all. Second, research has shown that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers have an abnormality in their 'deep sleep' brainwave patterns. In contrast, depression sufferers do not have this abnormality. In addition, depression sufferers tend to feel tired all the time, whereas Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers' exhaustion increases notably after mental or physical exertion. There are also symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that are not shared by depression sufferers. Nasty flu-like symptoms, headaches, reversal of sleeping patterns, painful muscles and joints, Restless Legs Syndrome, and an increase in colds and viruses all are just a few symptoms that can play a part in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. These are just a few of the differences between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and depression! Another myth about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is that all Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers need to do is to 'pull themselves together' - and they'd be cured... ... if only it were that simple! Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is actually a bio-physical condition and was (finally) accepted as such by the UK government in 2001. But no cure has yet been found. Unfortunately there are still many people out there (including some medical professionals) who still think that the condition is 'all in the sufferer's head'. It is because of this misunderstanding that the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome community has fought so hard against Chronic Fatigue Syndrome being wrongly labelled as a mental illness. And it is perhaps because of this battle that depression amongst Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers has often sadly been overlooked... Yet for many, depression can be a very real symptom of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. If you suffer from depression as a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferer, then it's vital that you take it very seriously and that you try to address it as soon as possible. If you don't deal with your depression, you are unlikely to be able to recover from any chronic illness... ...and recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is no exception. It is possible to recover from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. So if you do experience depression as a symptom of your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, make it a priority to deal with it. Only that way can you get yourself on the road to recovery.

New Treatment for Chronic Depression

Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Chronic Treatment-Resistant Depression

ADHD and Depression -- More Common Than Thought

"Thanks for Noticin' Me" says Eeyore. He walks slowly. He looks sad. He doesn't accomplish much. He's just glad to be noticed. This is Eeyore, the stuffed donkey who is so often in need of his tail being pinned back on.

5 Tips to Reduce Depression

While war and poor economic conditions begin to affect people all over the world, more and more people suffer with depression. The more we focus on news events and the business climate, the more we are depressed. Whatever the reason you feel is the cause of your depression, the following five simple tips guarantee you reduce it significantly.

7 Things You Can Do Immediately To Ease Depression

1. Get out now and walk fifteen minutes. It will get your feet moving and help you feel you are at least able to do something.

Is it ADHD or is it Depression?

During the assessment process it is of great importance for the physician or clinician to consider other possible causes of inattention, impulsivity, or hyperactivity in your child, or teen, or yourself. In fact, this is probably the most important element of a good assessment. There are several possible causes of these behaviors, especially in children, and the clinician must have great certainty that these other possible causes have been ruled out before giving the label of "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder" to your child.

St Johns Wort and Depression

The bright yellow flower of the St Johns Wort (hypericum perforatum) with it's ray-like petals, represents the power of the sun that forces away the darkness. This already points to the anti-depressant effects of the St Johns Wort which are highly respected, even in conventional medicine.

Adult Men and Women Who Suffer From Chronic Depression

Market surveys on women, men and depression suggest an estimated 4.4 million Americans are believed to suffer from chronic treatment-resistant depression. Depression is a chronic, disabling disorder and a major worldwide public health problem. Depressive episodes usually recur over time, with risk for further episodes proportional to the number of prior episodes. After three major depressive episodes, the probability of recurrence is 90%. In the U.S. alone, approximately 18 million people suffer from depression over six million of which are receiving some form of medical treatment.

Know the Signs of Depression and Improve Your Life

Typical signs of depression actually show a change in the way a person has come to think about himself.

A Look at the Different Depression and Anxiety Medications

While it may be easy to recite the various brand names and generalize their benefits enough to know they put us (or are supposed to put us) in a better mood, for lack of a better term, the drugs themselves can all be categorized individually, each working in a slightly different way.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Depression

Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Chronic or Treatment-Resistant Depression

5 Super Effective Tips To Kill Depression

Being lonely is a normal part of our everyday lives. We get sad when we fail in our exams, when we're rejected by the person we love, or when someone very close to us passes away. Depression, however, could be more fatal than just plain loneliness. It could render life-long consequences that could ruin your self-esteem, health, and well-being.

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Teen anxiety and depression: Can bite-sized sessions of psychotherapy help?

Can single, 30-minute sessions of therapy help kids struggling with depression?

Number of depression diagnoses increasing among Finnish youth  Healio

Researchers reported that more young people in Finland born between 1994-2000 received a depression diagnosis in specialized services than the cohort born ...

At risk for depression in medical school? Know the key factors  American Medical Association

Individual, demographic and school-related factors are linked to a higher risk of developing depression in medical school.

Antidepressants may reduce anxiety more than depressive symptoms  Medical Xpress

One of the most common antidepressants, sertraline, leads to an early reduction in anxiety symptoms, commonly found in depression, several weeks before any ...

Spravato May Ease Depression In Suicidal Patients : Shots - Health News  NPR

Spravato, a nasal spray of the anesthetic ketamine, has been shown to help people with major depression. Now studies show it can relieve depressive ...

Religious leaders can't be afraid to help depressed, hurting people  Knoxville News Sentinel

Congregations also need to pay attention to painful issues that are often linked to depression, writes columnist Terry Mattingly.

Everything We Know About Exercise and Depression  Outside Magazine

For exercise enthusiasts and those who study the mind-body connection—or perhaps better put, the mind-body system—it has long been known that physical ...

8 Signs You Could Have High-Functioning Depression  msnNOW

Just because you're not too sad and listless to get out of bed doesn't mean you're not depressed.

Dark Chocolate for Depression  Psychiatric Times

RESEARCH UPDATE. Dark chocolate lowers the risk of depression, according to a cross‐sectional survey of over 13,000 US adults.1 The study compared ...

Junk food diet may predict future depression symptoms in teens  Medical Xpress

An innovative study finds that sodium and potassium levels—reflections of a person's typical diet—may be predictors of future depression in teens.

Reasons to Stay Alive review – striking staging of Matt Haig depression memoir  The Guardian

This dramatisation of the mental health bestseller takes a step towards removing the stigma from depression – though it's no substitute for the book.

Feeling depressed? Mahjong might be the answer: Study shows that for older Chinese, it might boost mental health  Science Daily

When it comes to boosting mental health among older Chinese, it might be as simple as a game of mahjong, according to a new study.

Why Saying ‘It Is Just A Tropical Depression Or Storm’ Should Be Banished Forever  Forbes

Tropical Depression "Imelda" illustrates why category doesn't determine flood risk so saying "It's just a ____" is dangerous.

What I’ve Learned from 10 Years with Clinical Depression & Anxiety  Search Engine Journal

Depression and anxiety are a really difficult combination to deal with. Here are five lessons I've learned from 10 years of struggling with both.

New GABA Modulator Promising in Depression  Medscape

Most antidepressants target monoaminergic neurotransmitters. A novel GABA modulator may open a new range of therapeutic possibilities for patients with ...

Depression, anxiety rising among U.S. college students  Reuters

(Reuters Health) - Suicidal thinking, severe depression and rates of self-injury among U.S. college students more than doubled over less than a decade, ...

When postpartum depression stole my husband  The Washington Post

Three days after our son was born, my husband lay curled on the living room floor sobbing. I knelt beside him, trying to make out his words. “Just tell Tyler . . . tell ...

Two Ways to Treat Fatigue in Bipolar and Depression  Psychiatric Times

Ask a patient with depression how long it takes for them to feel fully awake in the morning and you are liable to get some revealing answers.

Doctors Are Now Prescribing House Plants for Anxiety and Depression  Inc.

Thanks to science we now know that nature is basically a wonder drug. Spending time outside helps hospital patients recover faster, eases depression and ...

Fast food may contribute to teen depression, study says  CNN

A new study finds the high sodium and low potassium levels that come with fast food diets may contribute to teen depression.

Can cooking serve as a balm for depression? For one British author, it saved her life.  The Washington Post

In “Midnight Chicken” author Ella Risbridger is open about her struggles with mental health, and she offers food — preparing it, not just eating it — as a ...

Teens are anxious and depressed after three hours a day on social media  MIT Technology Review

A study published today in the journal JAMA Psychiatry suggests that teenagers who spend more than three hours a day on social media are more likely to ...

Depression may be on the rise among people who used to smoke  Medical News Today

A recent study that used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health suggests that people who quit smoking are likely to develop depression or pick ...

Increasing number of adolescents receive depression diagnosis  Science Daily

The proportion of young people in Finland diagnosed with depression in specialized services is increasing, showed a study based on an extensive set of ...

Imelda Hits Houston Area With Rain and Threatens to Bring More  The New York Times

Tropical Depression Imelda churned over the Houston area on Wednesday, soaking some areas with more than 10 inches of rain and bringing the threat of ...

Positive Relationships In Childhood Can Prevent Depression Later In Life : Shots - Health News  NPR

Plenty of research shows that adverse childhood experiences can lead to depression and other health problems later in life. But researcher Christina Bethell ...

Hearing aids lower the chance of dementia, depression, and falling  Medical News Today

A recent study concludes that wearing hearing aids is associated with later onset of dementia and a reduced risk of anxiety, depression, and falls.

'Low' forms off Maharashtra coast, may become a depression  BusinessLine

As expected, a low-pressure area has formed over the East-Central Arabian Sea off the Maharashtra coast, promising a *fresh* spell over an area in West India ...

Gut bacteria may be linked to high blood pressure and depression  Science Daily

A study of human gut bacteria -- known as the gut microbiome -- suggests that high blood pressure with depression may be a completely different disease than ...

Depression breakthrough  EurekAlert

Major depressive disorder -- referred to colloquially as the 'black dog' -- has been identified as a genetic cause for 20 distinct diseases, providing vital ...

High schoolers who don't date are less depressed than their counterparts who do, study says  CNN

Adolescents who choose not to date fare as well as, or better than, their coupled counterparts in social and leadership skills, a study found. They're also less ...

Genetic Tests for Depression Treatment Aren't Effective, Experts Say

Dozens of companies invite consumers to spit in a tube to determine which antidepressant is right for them. There's little evidence that these tests work.

Teens who don't date are less depressed and have better social skills  Science Daily

Adolescents who were not in romantic relationships during middle and high school had good social skills and low depression, and fared better or equal to peers ...

Could a new drug treat veterans with severe depression? President Trump thinks so.  ABC News

At a veterans event in Kentucky last week, President Donald Trump touted what he called an "incredible" new drug he says could help American veterans ...

Carrying Too Much Extra Fat Can Up Your Odds of Depression by 17%  msnNOW

Having excess body fat, no matter where that fat is located, increases risk of developing depression, according to a new study published in Translational ...

Excess body fat increases the risk of depression  Science Daily

Carrying ten kilograms of excess body fat increases the risk of depression by seventeen per cent. The more fat, the greater the probability of developing ...

China’s Car Market Is Heading From Recession To Depression  Forbes

August 2019 marked the 14th consecutive decline for the Chinese auto market, an important landmark for analysts, as Chinese car sales could be said to be ...

Controversial study links pollution with bipolar, depression  Medical News Today

New research has found a link between living in a polluted area and the incidence of some mental health conditions — but not everyone is convinced.

Weekly Health Quiz: Keto Diet, Exercise and Depression  The New York Times

The keto diet is popular for weight loss and has been used by doctors to control epilepsy, but experts debate its long-term effects on health. The diet is highest in ...

Trump Orders ‘a Lot’ of Ketamine for Depressed Veterans  The Atlantic

The president told the VA to purchase a large amount of a controversial new nasal spray. The agency says it will consider incorporating the drug after it has more ...

Birth control use in adolescence may increase risk for depression in adulthood  Healio

Women who used birth control pills as teenagers were up to three times more likely to experience depression as adults compared with women who started ...

Furry friends ease depression, loneliness after spousal loss  Science Daily

Researchers have found the companionship of a pet after the loss of a spouse can help reduce feelings of depression and loneliness in older adults.

Justin Bieber opens up about fame, drug use and depression  BBC News

Justin Bieber has written an emotional essay about how he became "the most hated person in the world" thanks to a string of "bad decisions" in his 20s. The star ...

Study finds women at greater risk of depression, anxiety after hysterectomy  Medical Xpress

Hysterectomy is associated with an increased risk of long-term mental health issues, especially depression and anxiety, according to a cohort study by Mayo ...

Hearing aids linked to lower risk of dementia, depression and falls  Science Daily

Older adults who get a hearing aid for a newly diagnosed hearing loss have a lower risk of being diagnosed with dementia, depression or anxiety for the first ...

Endless fear: Undocumented immigrants grapple with anxiety, depression under Trump  USA TODAY

Ongoing threats are exacerbating the daily fear and anxiety millions of undocumented immigrants experience daily across the United States.

Bahamas weather: Tropical depression approaches islands ravaged by Hurricane Dorian  CNN

A tropical depression is poised to hit the same northern Bahamian islands that Hurricane Dorian ravaged earlier this month -- and it may be a tropical storm ...

Johns Hopkins Opens New Center for Psychedelic Research  The New York Times

The research center, with $17 million from donors, aims to give “psychedelic medicine” a long-sought foothold in the scientific establishment.

Teens who don't date are less depressed  University of Georgia

Dating, especially during the teenage years, is thought to be an important way for young people to build self-identity, develop social skills, learn about other ...

'Staying awake all night helped treat my depression'  BBC News

Doctors in Italy say that sleep deprivation therapy can help some patients with bipolar disorder.

Boosting circadian rhythms can help relieve perinatal depression  New Scientist

The activity of circadian genes appears to be altered in women with perinatal depression. Using light to reset the body clock may improve symptoms.

Remnants Of Tropical Depression Imelda Bring Heavy Rain To Southeast Texas  WBUR

Imelda is pounding southeastern Texas with heavy rain causing major flooding.

The Olympic dream and dealing with depression as an elite athlete  Daily Maverick

If you've ever done any sort of watersport – surfing, rowing, anything – you'll be familiar with the feeling of losing your balance. Sometimes, you see it coming, ...

'Families were devastated': looking back on the Great Depression via art  The Guardian

In a powerful new exhibition, photography and folk art are used to provide potentially relevant lessons on how to deal with economic hardship.

Flooding rescues underway as Tropical Depression Imelda hits Texas  MSNBC

Tropical Depression Imelda is causing heavy flooding in parts of Texas near Houston. NBC News' Gabe Gutierrez is on the scene monitoring the rescue efforts ...

Perth Scorchers cricket star Nicole Bolton says depression battle saw her body 'shut down'  ABC News

Australian cricket great Nicole Bolton didn't know if she would ever play cricket again when she walked away from the sport last year after a crippling bout of ...

Florida will be target of tropical depression expected to form off Southeast coast this weekend  USA TODAY

A tropical disturbance that formed Wednesday near the Bahamas continues to spin toward Florida.

Charlotte Murray: Missing murder victim 'felt overwhelmed and depressed'  BBC News

A GP tells a court that Charlotte Murray said she "needed space" before she disappeared in 2012.

Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act lessons (Opinion)  CNN

This isn't the first time the United States has embraced protectionist trade practices, writes David A. Andelman, executive director of The RedLines Project.

How to Manage Your Mental Illness at Work  The New York Times

If you suffer from depression, anxiety, PTSD or another mental illness, here are some real-world tips to help you stay happy and healthy at work.

Zoe Smith: Weightlifting 'wonderkid' fighting back from depression & targeting Tokyo  BBC Sport

British weightlifter Zoe Smith on depression, the battle with drugs cheats and "grafting" to make her Olympic comeback dream a reality.

Hidden signs of depression: How to spot them and what to do  Medical News Today

People with depression can experience a variety of symptoms, some of which may be harder to recognize than others. Hidden symptoms of depression can ...

Researchers close in on a new depression mechanism  Medical News Today

A study in rats identifies a key driver of anhedonia, the inability to experience pleasure. This finding may lead to new therapies not just for depression.

Depression Symptoms Can Include Anger, And That's Often Misunderstood : Shots - Health News  NPR

Physicians have been taught to look for signs of hopelessness, sadness and lack of motivation to help them diagnose depression. But anger as a depression ...

Taking Depression Seriously: What is it?  Scope

This is the first in a series called Taking Depression Seriously, which aims to explain the disease and offer tips for navigating the health care system.

Depression: Exercise may reduce symptoms but not in women  Medical News Today

A recent study concludes that while exercising often relieves symptoms of depression in men, it may not be as effective for women.

DSWD DROMIC Report #1 on Trough of Tropical Depression “NIMFA” as of 19 September 2019, 6PM - Philippines  ReliefWeb

English Situation Report on Philippines about Shelter and Non-Food Items, Flood, Land Slide and more; published on 19 Sep 2019 by Govt. Philippines.

Combined online self-management for pain, associated anxiety and depression works: Online self-management helps; for some the online system plus nurse telecare helps more  Science Daily

Online symptom self-management works to decrease pain, anxiety and depression and for some, online self-management plus nurse telecare helps even more ...

Signs of depression in men: Symptoms, treatment, and how to get help  Medical News Today

The signs of depression can vary between men and women. Men are generally more likely to feel anger and to engage in substance abuse and risky behavior.

Why more depression treatments should include exercise  Medical News Today

A new review of specialist studies finds that exercise is indeed effective against depression. Yet many mental health recommendations fail to include it.

Exercise May Boost Mood for Women With Depression. Having a Coach May Help.  The New York Times

For women with serious depression, a single session of exercise can change the body and mind in ways that might help to combat depression over time, ...

Can virtual reality boost positive feelings in patients with depression?  STAT

Existing depression treatments aim to curb negative symptoms, but don't often boost positive feelings. One researcher hopes virtual reality can change that.

Brain study may explain why depression is more common in women  Medical News Today

Researchers have scanned the brains of 115 participants and found that inflammation can lead to a loss of pleasure — called anhedonia — in women but not in ...

Is there a link between dark chocolate and depression?  Medical News Today

Scientists have discussed for decades whether chocolate can improve mood. The latest research links reduced depressive symptoms to eating dark chocolate.

Brain scans could help personalize treatment for people who are depressed or suicidal  Science Magazine

A Stanford neuroscientist tries to identify depression subtypes and tailor care.

Is this red wine compound the future of depression treatment?  Medical News Today

Resveratrol, a compound that occurs in red wine, appears to relieve anxiety and depression symptoms in mice. A recent study delves into the details.

'Smiling depression': It's Possible to be Depressed While Appearing Happy  Technology Networks

The term “smiling depression” – appearing happy to others while internally suffering depressive symptoms – has become increasingly popular. Articles on the ...

The deep emotional ties between depression and autism  Spectrum

Autistic people are four times as likely to experience depression over the course of their lives as their neurotypical peers. Yet researchers know little about why, ...

Chronic depression: Form of CBT may fail after 2 years  Medical News Today

A study compares the benefits of the cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy with those of supportive psychotherapy for chronic depression.

Depression and constipation: What's the link?  Medical News Today

Depression increases the risk of chronic constipation. A new study in mice examines the mechanism behind this relationship and trials a new drug.

Summer Depression Is a Thing—Here's How to Deal  Self

A lot of things can lead to summer depression, but we talked to experts about how to practice self-care.

Can Too Much Time Online Make You Depressed? : Shots - Health News  NPR

Updated at 3:45 p.m.. A study published Thursday in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology finds the percentage of U.S. teens and young adults reporting mental ...

Depression: Brain stimulation may be a good alternative treatment  Medical News Today

A new review of clinical trials delves deeper into the benefits of various forms of non-invasive brain stimulation for treating severe depression.

Exercise seems to help alleviate depression, but not for everybody  The Washington Post

Studies so far aren't that good, but they do suggest a small to moderate effect. And other treatments may be needed.

What is the link between sleep apnea and depression?  Medical News Today

New research has explored the link between sleep apnea and depression and suggests that the former may be one reason that depression treatments fail.

An underused option for severe depression - Harvard Health  Harvard Health

If medication isn't helping to ease severe depression, nonsurgical brain stimulation may be an effective alternative to consider, according to a study published ...

How to be depressed  Duke Chronicle

One night during my first year, I called my mother in the middle of a breakdown. With tears rolling down my cheeks, I told her that a new mental illness was ...

Kratom for depression: Does it work, and is it safe?  Medical News Today

Kratom is a plant that many people use for depression. It is unregulated and may carry some risks. Learn more about the potential use of kratom for depression ...

Could Germs in Your Gut Send You Into Depression?  WebMD

Researchers found that people with depression showed differences in specific groups of gut bacteria. And those with higher concentrations of certain other gut ...

Smartphones help researchers better understand the nature of depression and anxiety  Medical Xpress

Decades of research into anxiety and depression have resulted in the development of models that help explain the causes and dimensions of the two disorders.

Depressed and Anxious? These Video Games Want to Help  The New York Times

A growing number of games are taking on mental health issues like depression, anger and post-traumatic stress disorder.

We Can Actually Prevent Depression in Some Cases  Scientific American

More than 300 million individuals worldwide suffer from major depression. About 16 million of them are in the U.S., where 90 percent report difficulties with work, ...

New insights into how exercise can lift mood in depression  Medical News Today

There is growing evidence that exercise can help to treat symptoms of depression and lift mood, although the reasons have been unclear. Now, a new study ...

What Exactly Does It Mean to Have ‘High-Functioning’ Depression?  Self

High-functioning depression is a colloquial term that may be used to describe persistent depressive disorder (PDD), but experts disagree on whether it's useful.

How to Deal With Job-Search Depression  The New York Times

So much of who you are is wrapped up in work, but you are more than your job.

Air pollution linked to bipolar disorder, depression  National Geographic

A new study adds to research showing a link between pollution and poor mental health.

Am I depressed or just sad? How to know when to seek treatment  NBC News

1 in 5 Americans meet the criteria for depressive disorder, but many are undiagnosed. Mental health experts weigh in on how to know if and when you need ...

Increasing social media use tied to rise in teens' depressive symptoms, study says  CNN

For every additional hour young people spend on social media or watching television, the severity of depressive symptoms they experience goes up, according ...

Behind the Buzz: How Ketamine Changes the Depressed Patient's Brain  Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the ...

Teenagers Say Depression and Anxiety Are Major Issues Among Their Peers  The New York Times

Most American teenagers — across demographic groups — see depression and anxiety as major problems among their peers, a new survey by the Pew ...

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