Depressed women susceptible to multiple chronic disorders

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is one of the most widespread mental health disorders in the U.S. The prevalence of depression is more common in women, whereby they are twice more likely than men to develop this mental health condition. In addition to common social and environmental factors that are known to cause depression, women are also affected by some gender-specific biological and hormonal factors, unique to them. These factors include puberty, premenstrual problems, pregnancy, post-partum depression (PPD), perimenopause, and menopause. Read more

Scientists find out why SSRIs fail to work in 30 percent cases of MDD

Even though selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly prescribed for depression, scientists fail to comprehend why this treatment fails in almost 30 percent of individuals suffering from this mental disease. To figure out this mystery, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (SIBS) carried out a study wherein they discovered certain differences in the growth of neurons especially in patients resistant to SSRIs. Read more

Ways to support spouse battling depression

Watching a partner battle depression can be a harrowing experience. The feeling of helplessness, frustration, and confusion can be disturbing and overwhelming. It might seem as if all efforts made by you or a depression rehab center to ‘help’ your partner are either not helping them or worse are ‘not getting through’ to them. Read more

Pessimistic thoughts impede growth by hounding people with depression

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

— Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2

The above quote rightly highlights that the source of all good and bad thoughts is in the head. When a person is suffering from a depressive disorder, a range of negative thoughts start flowing in his or her mind. This prevents the person from discerning imagination from reality and instead creates obstacles by inflicting challenging symptoms, such as guilt, self-denunciation, self-retribution, and illusions of failure or inadequacy. Such negative thinking is indicative of a depressive person’s mindset.

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Study attempts to understand new perspectives of depression

Clinical depression or major depression, a leading cause of disability across the world, has a huge socioeconomic impact, affecting time off work and productivity. Around 16 million adults in the United States (amounting to nearly 7 percent of the population) had at least one major depressive episode in 2015, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Depression, a common but serious mood disorder, may affect how a person feels, thinks, or perform daily activities including eating, sleeping and working. Recently, the University of Aberdeen recruited over 500 volunteers to understand depression in the new light. Read more

How depression creates hurdles in managing daily life

Depression is one of the common mental illnesses, affecting individuals of all age groups, the world over. Globally, more than 300 million people struggle with depression and it is one of the primary causes of disability and one of the leading contributors to the worldwide burden of diseases, as highlighted by the World Health Organization (WHO). Further, as compared to men, women are more susceptible to depression. Untreated and chronic depression can severely affect one’s quality of life and because of this, a person might develop suicidal ideation or even, commit suicide, when hopelessness gets the better of him. Read more

5 inspiring books to ward off depression symptoms

Depression can affect anyone, regardless of gender, culture, socioeconomic status, or any other parameter. Although it is natural to feel depressed at some point in life, but if the low mood continues day after day, it could be the sign of a serious issue. A person struggling with depression no longer enjoyed activities that he or she once took joy in. At times, the symptoms can be so severe that they start interfering with one’s daily activities. 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