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

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

New tool to deal with depression

New tool to deal with depression

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability the world over. More than 300 million people are suffering from the disorder, an increase of more than 18 percent between 2005 and 2015. The blame for the increase largely lies on the lack of support to the victims and the prevailing stigma that prevents them from seeking help and talking about their problems openly and confidently.

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Comprehending the magnitude and burden of depression among LGBTs

Comprehending the magnitude and burden of depression among LGBTs

Although a large number of people have, in recent times, extended support to the people of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, their daily travails are far from reaching an end. The stigma attached to their sexual orientation and lack of opportunity to integrate with the mainstream society often inflict numerous challenges, including mental disorders like anxiety, depression, etc. The continuous exposure to shame, rejection, alienation and discrimination further impacts their condition adversely.

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Ketamine metabolite may alleviate depression without side effects

Ketamine metabolite may alleviate depression without side effects

With an increasing number of people facing the growing challenge of depression, one of the major hurdles before medical practitioners is ensuring effective treatment and diagnosis. In a bid to treat depression, scientists and medical practitioners have stumbled upon many interesting treatments. Of all, ketamine has become increasingly popular as a treatment due to its effectiveness in treating depression in a matter of few hours compared to antidepressants. Therefore, all efforts are being made to roll it out.

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Early signs of childhood depression

Early signs of childhood depression

During the process of growing up, children are often taught the ways to deal with certain unwanted and unavoidable circumstances. But sometimes, parents fail to acquaint their children with the ways to not buckle down due to a problem triggered by mental health issues. Although children may exhibit the signs of depression at times, they are often overlooked as feelings of sadness or normal mood swings.

Being a common mental illness, depression affects millions of children worldwide. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) has highlighted that an estimated 2.8 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States […] Read more

Understanding off-label prescriptions for antidepressants

Understanding off-label prescriptions for antidepressants

All drugs sold and marketed in the United States bear a specific FDA-approved label, which is a written report covering elaborate guidelines pertaining to approved uses and doses. These usage and dosage instructions are based on evidence from clinical studies and research labs, which the drug maker submits to the FDA. Before a drug is approved for prescription, the FDA ensures the company has clinically proven its safety and efficacy for intended use. However, ‘safe’ does not always mean it has no side effects. Instead, it represents the FDA assurance that benefits of the drug for a particular use outweigh […] Read more

Benefits of yoga in overcoming depression

Benefits of yoga in overcoming depression

The common and the most prevalent course of action for treating depression is antidepressants. The antidepressant scourge that has hit America hard these days can be linked to the ease with which these medications can be obtained via prescriptions. In a report published in the JAMA Internal Medicine, Thomas Moore, from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in Alexandria, Virginia, stated that nearly 16.7 percent of American adults reported filling one or more prescriptions for psychiatric drugs in 2013. The study also reported that 12 percent of the respondents took antidepressants.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), depression is […] Read more

Anxiety, family history precursors to depression in youth

Anxiety, family history precursors to depression in youth

Anxiety and depression often occur sequentially in children and adolescents that augment the repercussions over time. Although worry, fear and stress are part of one’s life, they may tend to escalate over time and erupt frequently causing severe physical and mental imbalance on a repetitive basis. Some of the best ways to predict one’s depressive disorder are by understanding the significant antecedents, such as poverty, psychosocial adversity and family history of depression.

According to a 2010 study, “Comorbidity of Anxiety and Depression in Youth: Implications for Treatment and Prevention,” the various anxiety and depressive disorders tend to cluster strongly within families […] Read more