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Category: Depression

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Study Suggests Depression Increases Stroke Risk in Seniors

May 18, 2015

Depression is common, affecting 14.8 million Americans—almost 7% of the population—every year. Depression rates are even higher among seniors, with as many as 15% suffering from symptoms of clinical depression in any given year. Seniors with depression may face a number of health problems, and the pain of depression can lead to increased isolation—already a serious problem among older adults. Now, a new study published... Read More

 
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Distinguishing Depression from Bipolar Sadness, and Other News

May 15, 2015

Researchers have long struggled to differentiate the depression associated with bipolar from the depression that comes with major depression. A new study suggests that the sadness associated with depression and bipolar is different, though. Researchers compared 42 people with depression to 35 with bipolar. The control group consisted of 36 people without either condition. The researchers then showed participants photos... Read More

 
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Why Are Doctors at Higher Risk of Suicide?

May 11, 2015

Those familiar with research on depression and suicide have stumbled across a curious and disturbing pattern, one that many medical professionals have been aware of for more than a decade: The rate of suicide among physicians is higher than among the general population. What accounts for this, and what can be done about it? More than 800,000 people die of suicide every year. The rate of suicide in the United States is... Read More

 
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Exposure to Violent News Can Cause Trauma, and Other News

May 8, 2015

Exposure to traumatic or life-threatening circumstances, such as a rape, car accident, or military combat, can lead to symptoms of posttraumatic stress. According to a new study, though, you don’t have to have firsthand experience of these events to suffer trauma. Researchers gave 189 participants with no prior trauma history a questionnaire that posed questions about social media use and symptoms of trauma. Twenty-two... Read More

 
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Is Up Really Down When It Comes to How We View Bipolar?

April 28, 2015

Is bipolar an emotional roller coaster filled with ups and downs? Do all people need to be on medication if they have bipolar? Does medication treat the issue? Is it a unique brain disease? The general public and even many clinicians lack information in their knowledge base regarding bipolar. This has created vast misconceptions defining its clinical landscape. Our beliefs tend to become embedded without thorough examination... Read More

 
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Women Like Me: Mental Health and Your Cycle

April 25, 2015

I think I may have finally discovered a medicine that has made me feel like I never felt before. I almost feel like my old self again. I say “almost” because I’m really going to gauge it by my next menstrual cycle. For women like me, whose menstrual cycle make them a little more “crazy” than usual, this is really a way to tell if medicine has been working or I am having a placebo effect. Evaluating a cycle... Read More

 
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Is Mindfulness Therapy Just as Effective as Antidepressants?

April 23, 2015

Doctors, therapists, and mental health advocates have long advised people experiencing depression to consider both medication and psychotherapy. Medication doesn’t always work, though, and even when it does, it can take months to find the right drug and determine the right dose. For some people, the wait is too long. Others are concerned about the potential side effects. If you struggle with depression and are reticent... Read More

 
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Healing with Purpose: An Interview with ProjectHelping.org

April 22, 2015

GoodTherapy.org’s GoodCause Nonprofit Directory features nonprofit organizations that are aligned with the GoodTherapy.org mission and vision and work toward improving mental health, supporting mental wellness, and fostering change in their communities. The GoodCause Directory aims to raise awareness and support for the important work these organizations do. ProjectHelping.org is one such organization that was... Read More

 
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Can Probiotics Protect Against Depression and Negativity?

April 17, 2015

Probiotics, which promise to boost “good” bacteria, have exploded into the world of healthy living in recent years. The body is home to colonies of millions of bacteria that help you digest food, fight infections, and even help you grow. Probiotics may also improve mental health. A small study published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity has found that people who take probiotics tend to ruminate less on negative feelings. Probiotics... Read More

 
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Does Depression Play a Role in Violent Behavior?

April 3, 2015

Although recent developments in the investigation into the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 reveal that copilot Andreas Lubitz had recently researched suicide methods and the security of cockpit doors, making it appear as though he deliberately crashed the plane in a suicide attempt, many unanswered questions remain regarding his motivations for bringing down a plane full of passengers. The media have latched onto Lubitz’s... Read More

 
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Parenting While Depressed: 10 Things to Remember

March 25, 2015

Parenting is difficult enough when you feel fantastic, but when you’re struggling with depression, it can seem downright impossible. It need not be so, though. Experiencing depression doesn’t mean you can’t be an incredible, loving, smart, and effective parent. In fact, in some ways it can make you a better parent. Because of your depression, you may be extra sensitive to your children’s moods and needs.... Read More

 
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How Does Mass Surveillance Affect Our Health? And Other News

March 20, 2015

It’s been more than a decade since the Patriot Act increased concerns about the government spying on its citizens, and nearly two years since Edward Snowden revealed that many of those concerns are valid. Now, a survey by Amnesty International of 15,000 people in 13 countries suggests that mass surveillance may be affecting our health. Only 26% of respondents believed the government should be able to spy on its... Read More

 
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Good Mood Foods to Help Fight Depression, Stress, and More

March 20, 2015

Stress, depression, and anxiety are complex experiences caused by a variety of factors, including lifestyle, brain chemistry, a history of trauma, and health. Research increasingly points to the role nutrition plays in sound emotional health. While eating a bowl of soy beans and loading up on eggs won’t cure depression, it can certainly help. By pairing the right diet with healthy therapy and—if necessary—medication,... Read More

 

How Can I Avoid Being Dragged Down by a Depressing World?

March 6, 2015

Let me start off by saying, I hear you! I actually recently noticed that watching too much news was getting me down a bit, too. I cut back and shifted my focus to other, more uplifting things and I feel some relief. That may or may not work for you. It seems like you are haunted by this on a deeper level and feel a strong sense of duty to be well informed about the world around you. I wonder if at least part of the answer... Read More

 
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