Break away from isolation to overcome depression

Loneliness and social isolation, as studies suggest, are the two leading risk factors for developing depressive symptoms. Compared to others, people surrounded with friends and family members are able to grapple all challenges and weather any storm with élan. Read more

Are millennials more prone to depression?

Of late, there has been a significant growth in mental health issues in the United States. Sadly, almost 50 percent of people with serious psychological disorders do not receive any treatment. Perhaps more alarming is the fact that it is the millennial generation that is more depressed than the previous generations. Precisely, mental health of millennials is in a precarious state with high rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse and eating disorders. Read more

Antidepressants impede treatment outcomes in patients coping with panic disorder, depression

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), more commonly known as antidepressants, are one of the most popular medications prescribed for the treatment of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and other mental health conditions. These medicines take only a couple of weeks to showcase the effect by stabilizing mood and returning the normal functioning of the brain. Read more

Placebo approach may pave way for new therapeutic depression treatments

Despite being a common mental illness, depression often gets brushed aside in thin air due to inadequate treatment facilities and prevalent social stigma. Depression is a debilitating mental issue that affects millions in the United States every year. According to the findings of the World Health Organization (WHO), it is the leading cause of disability in the world affecting more than 300 million people of all age groups.

The persistence of depression for a long period may lead to several health hazards, such as fatigue, insomnia, low appetite and weight loss, overeating and heavy weight gains, thoughts of death and even suicide. However, repercussions of depression can be overcome through placebo treatment. In fact, there is an interesting association between antidepressants and the placebo effect. The level of response of a person to real antidepressants depends on how accurately a person responds to fake medications. Read more

Depression may diminish sexual desire in multifarious ways

Sex and depression share an intricate correlation with the wonder chemical of the brain known as serotonin. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for triggering well-being and happiness by transmitting impulses between the nerve cells, regulates cyclic body processes and maintains mood balance.

In fact, serotonin plays a crucial role in affecting one’s sexual desire and other cognitive-behavioral functions. Due to this close relationship between the brain and sexual desire, any decrease in the level of serotonin affects the overall outlook of the mind. Therefore, during depression when such essential chemicals are out of balance, one is also likely to witness low or almost nonexistent sexual desire. This is the primary reason behind witnessing the strain in one’s relationship. Read more

Modafinil may boost memory in individuals recovering from depression, finds study

Nearly all individuals with depression frequently suffer from impairments to memory, attentiveness and concentration. Cognitive deficiencies in majority of such individuals, which can be objectively measured, are likely to be sustained during recovery. The persistence of cognitive deficits in individuals leads to adverse consequences such as sub-optimal work performance and higher chances of relapse. People may take time off from work to recover from depression; even when they are present in the workplace, they may be far less productive than usual. This may give rise to feelings of distress and helplessness. Even during recovery, individuals find it difficult to return to optimal productivity levels in the workplace leaving them vulnerable. Read more

Patients receiving chemotherapy are prone to depression, finds study

“Death may be a one-time event, but living with terminal illness is a process,” said Paul Kalanithi, an Indian-American neurosurgeon and writer, in his book “When Breath Becomes Air.” Truly, physical and spiritual suffering associated with a life-threatening disease can pose significant challenges to patients, families and caregivers. Read more

Are stalkers depressed personalities?

Stalking is a form of maladaptive behavior wherein someone incessantly badgers the victim with unwanted and unsolicited attention. Although everyone knows that stalking is insidious and scary, still, a lot of men and women fixate and stalk another person, causing inconvenience and annoyance. According to the 2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in six women and one in 19 men are stalked in their life. In a majority of cases, the stalker was someone known to the person. Read more

‘Detached mindfulness’ can lower depression, says study

One of the principal characteristics of people struggling with anxiety or depression is frequently pondering over negative thoughts such as past failures, mistakes and feelings of inadequacy. A new study by a team of Norwegian and British researchers shows that training the mind to stop focusing on such thoughts may improve mental health. Findings of the study, which appeared in the journal Frontiers in Psychology in January 2017, highlight that a technique known as metacognitive therapy (MCT) is very helpful in the treatment of depression. Read more

Depression in nurses: The epidemic no one is talking about

The nursing profession is fast-paced and demanding. It requires immense concentration, stamina and accountability. Nursing is often characterized by a “culture of survival” where they face several situations as a direct consequence of their job – rude and thankless patients, deterioration of patients’ health and even their death. These daily stressors take a toll and may manifest in the form of depression. Read more