Cataract-affected aged adults at an increased risk of depression, says study

Cataract-affected aged adults at an increased risk of depression, says study

Cataract is a common problem among old people and one of the leading causes of visual impairment. The loss of vision can be debilitating if not treated timely. People afflicted with this disorder find it difficult to perform their daily tasks, which may cause depression in the long run. A group of scientists in their study titled “Cataract and Depressive Symptoms among Older Chinese Adults” has evaluated the link between cataract, an age-related disorder, and the onset of depression. The scientists tried to examine the same among a group of Chinese adults by controlling a wide range of variables and […] Read more

Co-occurring depression and panic disorder increase risk of antidepressants, finds study

Co-occurring depression and panic disorder increase risk of antidepressants, finds study

Individuals taking antidepressants experience potential side effects but a recent study has found that people with co-occurring panic disorder may experience significantly higher side effects than people with only depression. The study was led by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in January 2017. It analyzed self-reported data from 808 participants with chronic depression who were given antidepressants.

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Healthy diet can alleviate moderate to severe depression, finds study

Healthy diet can alleviate moderate to severe depression, finds study

It has been believed for quite some time that a healthy diet improves mental health. Researchers from Deakin University in Australia have, in a first-of-its-kind study, established that eating healthy does indeed lower the risk of moderate to severe depression. Director of Deakin’s Food and Mood Center and lead author of the study, professor Felice Jacka, mentions that the study was the first randomized controlled trial to establish a direct link between diet quality and treatment of clinical depression.  

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Chalk talk on depression- Part 1: Faith-based organizations assisting in depression treatment

Chalk talk on depression- Part 1: Faith-based organizations assisting in depression treatment

The stigma surrounding mental health conditions can deter individuals with mental health disorders from seeking medical help. In such conditions, a person is more likely to turn to faith for the strength and inspiration required to recover, heal and get back on their feet.

Although mental health service providers and faith communities are mutually exclusive to one another, a collaboration between psychiatrists and clergy is not unheard of. Establishing a dialogue between these two fields can be an effective way to reduce the stigma associated with mental health disorders while providing a combination of medical and spiritual care measures that many […] Read more

Recovery from depression

Recovery from depression

Nearly 19 million people live with depression in the U.S. and therefore, knowing about the recovery options is important. People often have questions regarding recovery from depression including the time that it will take to recover from it and whether it is possible to get completely cured at all.

Now, with the availability of better options for depression treatment in Texas and other areas, depression can be treated so that people can live a normal life. Following are some important points to remember while thinking about recovery from depression:

There is no specific timeframe for recovery

There is a distinct difference between physical […] Read more

Conditions that can worsen depression

Conditions that can worsen depression

While there is no doubt in the fact that depression is a common mental illness, at the same time one needs to be aware that there are many factors that can worsen the condition if proper care is not taken. Starting from food, to one’s lifestyle, to the weather conditions, depression symptoms can worsen due to a lot of factors. Knowing about them can help people living with depression manage their condition better.

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Coping with situational depression

Coping with situational depression

Many people feel depressed after certain stressful life events such as loss of a job, divorce, retirement, etc. Since the depressed mood of a person is influenced by the stressful life events, it is known as situational depression. Unlike clinical depression, which continues for a prolonged period, situational depression exists as long as the stressful situation is present. Also known as adjustment disorder, the mental illness, if left untreated, could pose serious consequences.

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Tips to manage seasonal affective disorder

Tips to manage seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that affects individuals during a particular season, especially during the winter months. Shorter days, absence of sunlight and extreme cold conditions may give rise to a myriad of emotions in an individual. But, those afflicted with SAD feel glum, tired, reticent, hopeless, along with an overall feeling of being unwell. SAD usually starts to manifest during fall or winter season and stays till spring or early summer months.

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Increase in sleeping hours can make antidepressants more effective

Increase in sleeping hours can make antidepressants more effective

Antidepressants have been long used to treat patients suffering from a range of conditions including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders and many other psychiatric conditions. Medicines like fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), fluvoxamine (Luvox), citalopram (Celexa) and escitalopram (Lexapro) are commonly prescribed antidepressants across the world.

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National Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Depression symptoms impact survival rates of lung cancer patients

National Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Depression symptoms impact survival rates of lung cancer patients

Depression, often mistaken for feelings of sadness, loneliness especially stemming out of an unfavorable event, is actually a serious mood disorder. The person suffering from depression can experience symptoms such as sadness and gloominess, which hamper his/ her daily activities and if left untreated, can have devastating consequences.

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