Month: April 2019

Depression increases risk of early death in older adults

A research team designed a study to investigate the role depression symptoms play in an increased risk of death over time. The team also examined the role heart disease and stroke play in the link between depression symptoms and increased risk of death. As we age, we become more likely to experience symptoms of depression….

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Effects of Anxiety on the Body

Everyone has anxiety from time to time, but chronic anxiety can interfere with your quality of life. While perhaps most recognized for behavioral changes, anxiety can also have serious consequences on your physical health. Read on to learn more about the major effects anxiety has on your body. The effects of anxiety on the body…

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What Causes Insomnia?

Insomnia can be caused by psychiatric and medical conditions, unhealthy sleep habits, specific substances, and/or certain biological factors. Recently, researchers have begun to think about insomnia as a problem of your brain being unable to stop being awake (your brain has a sleep cycle and a wake cycle—when one is turned on the other is…

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Study: Severely Depressed Patients Should Consider Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation

Adults with severe forms of depression should consider non-surgical brain stimulation as an alternative or add-on treatment, according to a new study published in The BMJ. Severe depression is a debilitating illness, and many patients find that the typical drug treatments and psychological therapies do not work for them. Although guidelines already support the use of brain stimulation,…

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Major Depression (Unipolar Depression)

What is Major Depression? Major depression, also known as unipolar or major depressive disorder, is characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness or a lack of interest in outside stimuli. The unipolar connotes a difference between major depression and bipolar depression, which refers to an oscillating state between depression and mania. Instead, unipolar depression is…

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Late Life Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders have historically been thought of as problems of childhood and early adulthood. However, the prevalence of anxiety disorders among older adults ranges from 10% to 20%, making this class of disorders more prevalent than other common late-life psychiatric problems such as dementia or depression. Late Life Onset The onset of generalized anxiety disorder…

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An Overview of Insomnia

Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. People with insomnia have one or more of the following symptoms: Difficulty falling asleep Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep Waking up too early in the morning Feeling tired upon waking Types of Insomnia…

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Physical Effects of Depression

While depression affects us both emotionally and mentally, creating such symptoms as feelings of sadness and problems with thinking, it can also have certain physical effects as well. In fact, it is not uncommon for people to visit their physician complaining only of their physical symptoms, making it difficult for their doctor to diagnose their depression due…

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One in four Americans develop insomnia each year: 75 percent of those with insomnia recover

About 25 percent of Americans experience acute insomnia each year, but about 75 percent of these individuals recover without developing persistent poor sleep or chronic insomnia, according to a study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania which will be presented Monday at SLEEP 2018, the 32nd Annual Meeting…

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