Category: Depression

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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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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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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How childhood stress contributes to anxiety, depression

New research could help explain why stress early in life can create vulnerabilities to mood and anxiety disorders later on. The study, led by researchers at The Ohio State University, was presented Nov. 5 in San Diego at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting, and highlights the important role of mast cells. “These are immune…

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Are Signs of Depression Different in Men?

Both men and women can experience depression, but the signs and symptoms can be different. Although the primary symptom of depression for many is often a feeling of sadness, men may havea higher tendency than women to feel anger, demonstrate aggressive feelings, and engage in substance abuse. Due to the different symptoms, and because men are typically less…

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Physical activity as a preventive strategy against depression

Genetic data suggests physical activity can protect against the risk of depression While many studies have found associations between greater levels of physical activity and lower rates of depression, a key question has remained — does physical activity actually reduce the risk of depression or does depression lead to reduced physical activity? Now a team…

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8 Physical Symptoms That Prove Depression Is Not Just ‘In Your Head’

We don’t often pair depression with physical pain but research shows this mental illness can really hurt. Depression hurts. And while we often pair this mental illness with emotional pain like sadness, crying, and feelings of hopelessness, research shows that depression can manifest as physical pain, too. While we don’t often think of depression as physical pain,…

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Motivational Tips for Depression

Depression presents so many challenges I’ve been living with depression for so long that I feel like I’ve gone through every symptom the condition has to offer. Hopelessness, check. Fatigue, check. Insomnia, check. Weight gain — and weight loss — check and check. Living with depression is hard, no matter what symptoms you’re experiencing. Sometimes,…

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