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Category: Depression

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Low-Strength Brain Stimulation Could Offer Immediate Depression Relief

July 26, 2014

Brain stimulation such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can be highly effective at treating depression, with ECT boasting an improvement rate as high as 90%. But these treatments can be expensive, typically take several weeks to work, and ECT, in particular, has been associated with significant potential side effects—rendering these treatments a last resort for people with... Read More

 
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6 Things Not to Say to Someone Who Has Depression

July 26, 2014

Depression affects nearly 15 million adults—about 6.7% of the U.S. population—every year. The severity of depression varies from person to person, with some people experiencing only mild depression and others experiencing depression that turns debilitating. It’s a complex product of genes, environment, brain chemistry, and overall health, and the odds are high that someone in your life will eventually experience... Read More

 
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How to Rediscover the Sacred Space Within Yourself

July 24, 2014

Most of us at some point have felt a deep longing to go home. This home for which we yearn is usually an inner state of being, rather than an actual physical place. We may feel a tug of nostalgia and imagine that our desire is to return to the house where we grew up, but the ache that we feel deep inside tends to be more for the childlike sense of wonder and innocence that we left behind. As young children, we have the... Read More

 
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The Childhood Trauma I Didn’t Know I Had

July 13, 2014

My story starts at age 9. Both my parents were depressed and my family moved a lot. As the oldest of four children, I carried a lot of responsibility, even at such a young age. When I started missing school often, my mom took me to the doctor, and I was diagnosed with depression and prescribed Prozac, which I took until I was 20. It was then, in my last year of college, that I had what some might call a “nervous breakdown.”... Read More

 
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Bipolar Parenting: From Struggle to Stability

July 6, 2014

Three years ago I found myself pregnant with our seventh child, just a few months after already giving birth to our sixth. At first, we were ecstatic to be having another baby; we had always wanted a large family and we were getting exactly what we wanted. But as the months passed by, things began to change and I wasn’t as happy as I once was. I assumed postpartum depression had set in, just like it had with my other... Read More

 
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Being Aware of Your Thoughts Can Lift Depression

July 4, 2014

The way you think has an important effect on the way you feel and how you will act. Negative and pessimistic thoughts, such as, “I feel awful” and “I can’t cope” can become a cause of anxiety and depression, and make you feel more unhappy and anxious. Automatic negative thoughts are pessimistic; they seem to come from nowhere and automatically enter one’s mind. It rarely occurs to us... Read More

 
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New Study Says Casual Sex Is Good for You

June 26, 2014

Our society has been collectively wringing its hands over casual sex for generations. As hookup culture replaces dating and courtship becomes obsolete, people from all walks of life and political ideologies have expressed concern about the casual way many people view sexuality. According to a new study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science, though, all of this panic about casual sex is misplaced. The... Read More

 
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Ketamine Highly Effective at Treating Depression

June 22, 2014

Ketamine is an anesthetic drug commonly used in both human and animal medicine. Unless you’re interested in medicine, though, you may only know Ketamine as a street drug popularly known as Special K. The brain-altering effects that make Ketamine a tempting option for drug users may also render the drug a powerful depression treatment, according to recent research. Ketamine for Depression For people struggling with... Read More

 
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Coping with Mental and Physical Aspects of Chronic Illness

June 19, 2014

One day you woke up not knowing that after that day, things were going to be different in your life. Something that you suspected to be true or something that came out of nowhere took a prominent role in your life. That was the day that you were diagnosed with a chronic health condition. A doctor probably discussed your specific information and told you what your treatment options were. Whether it felt like a kick in... Read More

 
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Eradicating Shame and Stigma: We Still Have Work to Do

June 16, 2014

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Anyone who has struggled with mental health would likely agree that philosopher Kahlil Gibran very well could have had mental health in mind when he wrote those words, for they are certainly apropos. Often, out of pain, one is forced to grow and to change. Remaining static is not an option. One who has fought his... Read More

 
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Study Finds Antidepressant-Induced Weight Gain Is Minimal

June 10, 2014

More than 10% of Americans take an antidepressant at some point. These drugs can help reduce symptoms of depression and even save the lives of people who consider suicide. Weight gain is one of the most common effects of taking certain antidepressants, particularly selective serotonin reputake inhibitors (SSRIs). This can be a major deterrent to people experiencing depression who are also concerned about their weight. According... Read More

 
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Violence May Be Impossible to Predict, and Other News

May 30, 2014

Last week’s rampage shooting has reignited discussions about how to prevent future tragedies. Spree killers are often loners with no prior criminal history, and their social isolation can make it difficult to detect unhealthy or dangerous behavior. Experts such as Risdon Slate, a Florida Southern College professor of criminology, argue that finding and stopping killers is not a precise science. Most people who struggle... Read More

 
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The Individual Costs of Untreated Mental Health Issues

May 27, 2014

A mental health issue is a mental or behavioral anomaly that causes suffering or impairs the ability to function. Mental health conditions affect the way you perceive situations, think, or feel, and thus how you act. This definition is broad so that it can catch a wide variety of symptoms, effects, and diagnoses, many of which can hold a negative stigma. The truth is, the stigma that may be associated with the diagnosis... Read More

 
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How to Help a Loved One through Grief or Bereavement

May 18, 2014

It’s never easy to watch someone you love suffer. For people experiencing grief, help is often hard to find. Some people avoid grieving loved ones because they don’t know what to say or do. You don’t have to be an expert on grief to help, though. Simply reaching out is often all it takes to help a loved one weather the storm of mourning. Acknowledge the Grief You might worry that bringing up the source... Read More

 
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