Depression may make chemotherapy less effective, finds study

Depression may make chemotherapy less effective, finds study

As soon as a patient is diagnosed with cancer, his heart starts to sink and he feels as if the life is slipping out of his hands. The horror that cancer produces, in most cases, translates into depression and stress. According to the National Health Interview Survey for the period 2010-2013 conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), involving cancer survivors and adults with no history of cancer, about 14 percent cancer survivors were reported to be taking medicine for depression while 17 percent survivors were found to be taking medicine for anxiety. Moreover, around 19 percent […] Read more

Causes of depression in women – 2: Psychological factors

Women are more likely to develop depression, a common but serious mental health problem that alters the way one thinks and behaves in day-to-day life. They are almost twice at the risk of having depression than men, especially during childbearing and childrearing age. Nearly 12 percent women are believed to experience clinical depression at some stage in their lives and about one in 10 women suffer from postpartum depression or “baby blues,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Depression in a parent may lead to poor academic performance in kids, says study

Depression in a parent may lead to poor academic performance in kids, says study

Depression is a mental health problem in which an individual feels disheartened, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in general. When such feelings linger on for a brief period, it might be a case of the blues. However, when such feelings last for more than two weeks and when they start interfering with relationships, and other daily activities, like taking care of family and going to work or school, it may be a case of a major depressive episode.

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Stereotypical views pose hurdle to recovery from depression in elderly

Stereotypical views pose hurdle to recovery from depression in elderly

A tragic experience, like the death of a loved one, or a difficult situation, such as increased susceptibility to a serious medical problem, often results into feelings of depression or stress. Since such occurrences go up with aging, there are many prevalent biases and stereotypes related to it. One of such biases is that older adults become fragile, senile and forgetful as they enter the later years of their life.

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Causes of depression in women – 1: Genes

Causes of depression in women – 1: Genes

Clinical depression is among the most common psychiatric disorders in the United States that affected around 16 million American adults in 2015, as highlighted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). It contributes to significant morbidity and consequent disability in people from all over the world. Feeling sad at times is normal but living with sadness for days and months may indicate that something is not right. Ignorance can be dangerous as it may cause a delay in identifying the problem and treating it.

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