Dealing with treatment-resistant major depression – 4: Vagus nerve stimulation

Depression is a serious mental disorder characterized by the feelings of persistent sadness, hopelessness, irritability, and even suicidal tendencies. When undetected or untreated, depression can prove to be highly devastating, often leading to longer episodes of depressive symptoms as well as aggravating other medical conditions. Clearly, depression is way beyond the normal feelings of sadness and gloom, and this is the reason why its symptoms do not go away naturally. Read more

Treatment for treatment-resistant major depression – 3: Using electroconvulsive therapy

Depression is one of the leading causes of disability in America, leading to the feelings of hopelessness, despondency or guilt in millions of Americans. People from all walks of life in the country experience some form of depression, owing to factors such as lifestyle changes, prolonged work stress, uncaring relationship, etc. However, depression is not merely about being sad, isolated or distressed over an issue; instead, it is a serious mental disorder that needs immediate medical intervention. Sadly, not everyone battling with depression receives adequate treatment, which has huge implications on one’s physical health, mental health and longevity, in the long run. Read more

Dealing with treatment-resistant major depression – 2: Using Dalhousie serotonin cocktail

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the main causes of disability in Americans aged between 15 and 44.3 years. The mental disorder, which is more prevalent in women than in men, affects nearly 6.7 percent of the U.S. population (more than 15 million adults aged 18 years or above) in a given year.

Although the basic symptoms of MDD are, somewhat, similar to that of depression, some of its symptoms could be highly intense or severe. A person with MDD may experience varying symptoms ranging from persistent irritability, loss of interest in activities to insomnia or restlessness. However, research is going on to develop new and innovative techniques to address the disorder and give relief to millions of people grappling with the devastating symptoms. Read more

Dealing with treatment-resistant major depression – 1: Using tianeptine

Depression is a serious medical condition that affects how a person feels or reacts to routine situations in life. In the United States, depression is the most prevalent mental ailment, with millions of Americans being plagued by frequent episodes of intense sadness and lowered self-confidence. Apparently, depression is not just feeling sad, gloomy and isolated over a minor problem but is a much deeper issue, which, if left untreated, can lead to life-threatening consequences, such as suicide. Read more

Play video games to manage late-life depression

Playing video games on one’s mobiles, tablets or PCs, considered as a form of entertainment, is hardly taken seriously. However, a recent study has found out its potential to treat late-life depression (among individuals aged 60 and above). Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) Health Sciences and UW Medicine found promising results for treating depression with playing video games. As per the researchers, video game interface can help treat depression by targeting the underlying cognitive issues associated with it. Read more

Hospice caregivers at increasing risk of anxiety and depression

A hospice aide is a healthcare professional who provides care within a safe and secure environment. One of the responsibilities of a hospice caregiver is to positively impact the terminally ill patient’s experience by providing care and support in response to his/her needs as well as provide support to the members of a dying loved one or of someone recently lost. Typically structured according to the needs and wishes of each patient and his or her family, hospice care focuses on all aspects of a patient’s life and well-being. As caregivers work non-stop in a hospice environment, the working hours sometimes involve overnight stays. While more than 34 million in the U.S. care for the terminally ill loved ones, only a few resources are available to help them face the daily challenges that come their way.

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