Long-term depression causes inflammation in key brain regions, shows CAMH study

Long-term depression causes inflammation in key brain regions, shows CAMH study

Depression is one of the most common mental disorder affecting a major population in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately one in six American adults suffers from this problem, varying in the degree of severity. Irrespective of the severity and duration of the condition, the treatment options include medications, therapy and self-help groups.

A new research, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, provides a greater insight into the problem of depression by highlighting that long-term untreated depression last more than a decade causes more brain inflammation compared to others. Generally, people suffering from degenerative brain […] Read more

Ways mobile apps help to tackle depression

Ways mobile apps help to tackle depression

Depression is an issue that requires urgent attention as it affects people from all walks of life and ages, especially teens. Unrealistic family expectations can lead to deep disappointment and dejection. Teenagers can suffer from depression due to issues in school or personal life. In a worst-case scenario, depression can also lead to self-harm and suicide.

It is unbelievable to notice that smartphone is steadily replacing the need for going to a therapist. There are now many mobile apps to help fight depression. Such a novel technology is helping many in addressing the implications of depression in daily life. Among a […] Read more

Rick Springfield’s life an inspiration for those battling depression and suicidal thoughts

Rick Springfield’s life an inspiration for those battling depression and suicidal thoughts

The popularity of Rick Springfield dates back to the early 70s, following his debut 1971 Australian hit “Speak to the Sky,” catapulting him as a teen pop idol. To focus on his solo singing career, Springfield shifted base to the United States from Australia in 1972. The same year, he released the album “Beginnings” signed by the America-based label Capitol Records featuring many of his previous Australian hits. However, he wanted to shed his image as a teen pop idol and wished his fans took him as a more serious musician. So, he temporarily abandoned his musical pursuits and concentrated […] Read more

Understanding the role of inflammatory mechanisms in triggering perinatal depression

Understanding the role of inflammatory mechanisms in triggering perinatal depression

Perinatal depression (depression during pregnancy or the immediate postpartum period) is one of the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in nine women experience depression before, during or after pregnancy. However, these figures present only the tip of the iceberg.

Despite suffering from the challenges of perinatal depression, many women suffer in silence due to the fear of experiencing humiliation, stigma, etc. The symptoms of postpartum depression are more penetrating and long lasting compared to the general feeling of “baby blues,” a feeling of sadness, anxiety and fatigue experienced […] Read more

Is premenstrual dysphoric disorder making you depressed? Here’s how to deal with it

Is premenstrual dysphoric disorder making you depressed? Here’s how to deal with it

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) affects 3 – 8 percent women in the United States. It is characterized by extreme PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and an inability to complete everyday chores. It is manifested as insomnia or hypersomnia, feelings of overwhelm, lethargy, reduced interest in usual activities, bloating, tenderness of the breasts, disorientation and changes in appetite. In addition to these physical symptoms, women are also known to suffer from symptoms of mental disorders like depression and extreme anxiety. These symptoms usually start appearing up to two weeks before the commencement of the menses.

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Recognizing and managing symptoms of seasonal depression during winter

Recognizing and managing symptoms of seasonal depression during winter

A drop in the temperature spells a mood swing in some people, which can cause depression. Termed as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it is classified as a type of depression that effects some individuals each year during the winters. SAD is a serious mood disorder, which is much harder to deal with at a time when almost everyone enjoys the holiday season. The dullness in days, aggravated by the lack of the sun’s brightness and warmth, discourages individuals with SAD to step out, leaving them to experience a drop in their energy and mood levels.

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Diabetes deepens the challenges by surging depressive symptoms

Diabetes deepens the challenges by surging depressive symptoms

The International Diabetes Federation highlights diabetes as one of the largest global health emergencies of the 21st century. Being a chronic disease, diabetes is associated with numerous neuropsychiatric conditions, especially depression.

Compared to the general population, the prevalence of depression is found to be nearly two or three times higher in patients with the problem of diabetes. With an increasing number of studies being conducted on depression and diabetes, new dimensions of the interrelationship between both the conditions have emerged.

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Sugary foods spike depression in men

Sugary foods spike depression in men

For a food required by none but craved by all, sugary foods and drinks have driven the world in the modern era. Today, sugarcane is the third most valuable crop after cereals and rice and covers roughly 27 million hectares of the world’s surface.

With the growing appetite for sweet and syrupy delights, the excessive consumption of sugar is associated with various physical and psychological health problems, such as liver damage, dyslipidemia, obesity, bone loss, diabetes, heart and kidney diseases due to high uric acid levels, depression, etc.

Besides, increasing the risk of developing mood disorders, sugary foods like sweeteners, corn syrup, […] Read more

Understanding and treating depression in multiple sclerosis

Understanding and treating depression in multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. By damaging the protective sheath (myelin) that insulates the nerve cells, it disrupts and impairs the communication between the brain and the rest of the body.

Considered as an autoimmune disease, its symptoms vary widely, ranging from vision loss, paralysis to sexual issues like erectile dysfunction (ED), pregnancy problems, etc. One of the major implications of MS is depression. In fact, some of the main medicines used for the treatment of MS are responsible for exacerbating the symptoms of depression, such as corticosteroids, benzodiazepines, etc.

However, in the […] Read more