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

Psychological distress may aggravate cancer risk, says study

A new study carried out by a joint team of researchers from University College London (UCL), Edinburgh University, and University of Sydney helps examine the relationship between psychological distress and causes of cancer and its advancement. Read more

Beware men, sexism and masculinity can lead to poor mental health

Depression affects both men and women alike, but the symptoms of depression might differ in the two cases. As per experts, women with mental health issues tend to feel sad or worthless, while men tend to become hostile, aggressive or withdrawn. In extreme cases, it might even lead to suicide. Read more

Surge in depression among American teens, especially girls: Study

Sadness and anxiety are common emotions experienced by teenagers and young adults. This is not a new phenomenon, but there has been a significant increase in the percentage of people aged between 12 and 20 years to be diagnosed with major depressive episode (MDE), according to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics in November 2016. Read more

Baby blues are the least severe form of postpartum depression

Giving birth to new life is a special experience for every woman. The entire process starting from pregnancy to giving birth to a child is unique to women. Pregnancy introduces many hormonal changes in the body, physical as well as mental, such as depression, stress, anxiety, mood swings, eating disorders and many others. Similarly, even post childbirth, a woman may experience symptoms such as mood swings and depression a condition commonly known as postpartum depression. Read more

Not always joyful – Holiday season can be depressing for some

The holiday season may not translate to joy, happiness and festivities for all, as many people struggle with grief, depression and sadness during that time of year. Chartered clinical psychologist and Telegraph columnist Dr Linda Blair has encouraged the need to try to create a Christmas survival guide, further highlighting the fact that the holiday season can be a highly stressful time. This means that depression and mental health can be affected if the season is not managed effectively. Read more

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