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

Understanding the link between PTSD and fatigue

When going through a traumatic situation, almost every person experiences a range of emotions that can trigger feelings of depression and extreme distress, which in turn can leave someone emotionally shattered. Although people can easily get over these initial symptoms on their own, there are many others who continue to feel increasingly stressed or panicked, even after the situation has normalized. Read more

The history of depression: Its prevalence and treatment through ages

Depression is a common occurrence across the world. It is one of the most prevalent mental disorders affecting a large portion of the world population, including Americans. Depression is not a new discovery and has been in the society ever since the evolution of human civilization. The universal existence of depression makes it important to understand its causes, effects, and symptoms. 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

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