Partners of depressed individuals prone to develop chronic pain

Partners of depressed individuals prone to develop chronic pain

Depression could be a reason for developing chronic pain. But who would have thought that a depressed partner can be the cause of one’s frequent pains? According to a recent research, it is not the people suffering from depression, but their partners who are at a high risk of developing chronic pain. Read more

Winter blues can happen in summer too!

Winter blues can happen in summer too!

The cold and gloomy days of the winter can evoke sadness and depression in many. The drop in the mercury level can alter the mood of a person, making him or her sigh at the drop of a hat. Commonly known as winter blues, the condition is medically referred to as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Although SAD is generally associated with shorter and colder days, it can occur during summers as well. Read more

Depressed HIV patients have high risk of heart attacks

Depressed HIV patients have high risk of heart attacks

Heart attack and depression are often found to be related. While heart attack patients tend to become depressed, people with depression have been found to suffer from heart attacks. A recent research has revealed that depression in HIV patients increases risk of heart attacks in them.

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Discontinuing antidepressants can cause withdrawal symptoms

Discontinuing antidepressants can cause withdrawal symptoms

Antidepressants help patients ease their anxiety and boost their mood. Many times, as soon as they start recovering, they get tempted to throw away all the medicines and rush into a normal way of life. This, at times, leads to the onset of withdrawal symptoms. Also known as antidepressant discontinuation syndrome, it usually hits after six to eight weeks of continuous dependency on antidepressant pills.  Read more

Self-help tactics to counter stress-related symptoms

Self-help tactics to counter stress-related symptoms

Excessive stress can damage a person’s mental and physical health leading to a host of serious disorders. According to a 2015 report released by the American Psychological Association (APA), 53 percent of the total American population believed that their stress levels remained unchanged, while 29 percent said that it had increased and 18 percent said that their stress had decreased in a year prior to the survey. Read more

Appalachian region more depressed than rest of the US: Study

Appalachian region more depressed than rest of the US: Study

Depression is common in the United States and it is the leading cause of disability in the country for people aged between 15 and 44.3 years. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an estimated 16.1 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in 2014.  While the entire nation is grappling with the issue of depression caused by various factors, researchers have identified the Appalachian region to be more depressed than the rest of the U.S. Read more

The history of depression: Its prevalence and treatment through ages

The history of depression: Its prevalence and treatment through ages

Depression is a common occurrence across the world. It is one of the most prevalent mental disorders affecting a large portion of the world population, including Americans. Depression is not a new discovery and has been in the society ever since the evolution of human civilization. The universal existence of depression makes it important to understand its causes, effects, and symptoms. Read more