Major Depression (Unipolar Depression)

What is Major Depression? Major depression, also known as unipolar or major depressive disorder (MDD), 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 solely focused…

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Depression Symptoms and Warning Signs

What is depression? Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, but when emotions such as hopelessness and despair take hold and just won’t go away, you may have depression. More than just sadness in response to life’s struggles and setbacks, depression changes how you think, feel, and function in daily…

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Insomnia? It Could Be Putting Your Heart Health At Risk

There’s nothing worse than brushing your teeth, getting cozy in your PJs, laying your head down on your pillow—and then not being able to fall asleep. Sadly, this is an all-too-common problem; about one in four Americans develop insomnia each year, which means tens of millions of people are going through their day sleep-deprived and groggy. And…

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What Are the Signs That You Are Severely Depressed?

There are several types of depression and while they may share some common symptoms, each person’s experience with depression will be different. One way depression can vary from person to person is symptom severity. The degree to which a person’s symptoms interfere with their day-to-day life, such as causing them to miss school or work,…

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An Overview of Living With ADHD

In the past, ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) was considered a condition that children had and then “grew out of” before they reached adulthood. However, we now know that ADHD is a neurological condition that spans a lifetime. The symptoms of ADHD do change with time, however. For example, childhood hyperactivity may decrease as an adult finds healthy ways…

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Overview Of Child Insomnia

Child insomnia occurs when children don’t go to bed on time unless a parent or guardian enforces a bedtime. If the children are made to go to bed on time, then they tend to fall asleep at a normal hour. If they are not given strict bedtimes, then they may linger awake for hours at…

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A Patient’s Guide to Depression

Depression – a common, serious mood disorder – can undermine quality of life and contribute to disability, especially in more severe or persistent cases. In a given year, it’s estimated that 1 in 15 adults will experience depression or have at least one major depressive episode. The mood disorder can affect myriad aspects of a…

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Living with Panic and Anxiety

Intense fear, terror, panic or dread my leave you feeling physically and emotionally drained to the point where even normal activities may be avoided or curtailed. You may experience a number of distressing or debilitating symptoms including, but not limited to, tightness in the chest, racing heart, difficulty breathing, trembling hands or limbs, racing thoughts or being in a…

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Insomnia and Its Impact on Physical and Mental Health

Abstract In contrast to the association of insomnia with mental health, its association with physical health has remained largely unexplored until recently. Based on findings that insomnia with objective short sleep duration is associated with activation of both limbs of the stress system and other indices of physiological hyperarousal, which should affect adversely physical and…

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Recognizing the hidden signs of depression

Some people with depression may try to hide the signs from others, or they may not even realize that they have depression. Although the typical symptoms of depression, such as sadness or hopelessness, can be easy to recognize, there are symptoms that may be less obvious. In this article, we discuss some of the possible…

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