Glut of news may make you depressed

People generally want to stay informed, and when they want to be “in the know,” they turn to a source that is trusted and easily available: the evening news bulletin. Two decades ago, viewers would turn on the news, get 30 minutes of information and then go about their day. Today’s viewers have whole channels dedicated to news that are constantly running on a 24-hour basis. The constant bombardment is beginning to make some people depressed. Read more

Beat the blues: How music therapy helps fight depression

Music is called the language of soul as it can express emotions effectively and even affect a listener’s mood. Studies have shown that music can positively affect a person’s emotions.

A University of Missouri study has found that listening to upbeat music can lift a person’s spirits. In contrast, another study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that people can seek out music to reflect their emotions. Individuals who had gone through a saddening occurrence, such as a break-up, preferred to listen to sad music, while those who were frustrated preferred to listen to angry music.

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Dysthymia’s lingering, but life altering effects

Dysthymia is a form of depression that is considered chronic due to its long-term effects; it lasts for at least two years for adults and at least one year for adolescents. It is similar to major depression in that the symptoms are the same, but in mild form. It is early-set if it begins at the age of 21 and late-set any time after that. Read more

The link between depression and suicide

Feeling sad is very normal from time to time, especially when life events are causing stressful and negative feelings. Major depression is different than brief moments of feeling down. The condition involves long periods of sorrow and unhappiness that begin to take life over and cause a lack of motivation and pleasure. People become apathetic to their usual hobbies and may avoid social events. Treatment is used to contain and lessen the symptoms caused by major depression. Sadly, many people do not seek treatment, and this can lead to drastic, life threatening acts such as suicide. Read more

When bullied children become depressed adults

Depression is caused by a variety of circumstances and is still not fully understood. Research is constantly conducted on the causes and effects of depression to gain more insight into the condition. Studies demonstrated a strong link between depression and bullying. The mental effects bullying causes is not limited to only the victim, but all persons involved. Read more

The probability of genetically transferred depression

Depression can manifest itself in many different ways, whether it’s situational or hereditary. A type of depression that is known to be associated with genetics is clinical depression (also known as major depression). It is a more severe type of depression in that it is not the kind of depression caused by a recent loss or traumatic incident, but a long-term, persistent condition. According to the Stanford School of Medicine (SSM), about 10 percent of Americans will experience clinical depression at some point in their lives, but are more likely to if it’s passed down by family members. Read more

A diet high in serotonin may help reduce depression

Even though depression is not something a person can endure by consuming certain foods, it is important to keep in mind that diet affects the energy level and function of the brain and body. The right diet can lead to higher creation of neurotransmitters that provide a calming and positive effect on mental health. Read more

Common myths about depression

Nearly 15 million Americans suffer from depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. It is also the leading cause of disabilities among people between the ages of 15 and 44. Despite its prevalence, many people still have very little awareness of what is behind this mental illness and sadly some still believe that depression can just be shaken off or can be taken care of with the right optimistic attitude. Read more