Study finds screen addiction major cause behind unhappiness in teens

The smile on the face of a teen, bent over to play a game or post an update on his/her social media account on the smartphone, may not necessarily be an indication of happiness but could signal the level of involvement. A new study conducted to determine the outcome of the long hours spent on the electronic devices has concluded that more time spent in front of the screen coincided with lesser happiness among the youth. 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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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