Everybody feels sad once in a while. Depression, on the other hand, is a complex condition characterized by profound sadness, lethargy, feelings of worthlessness, and a loss of interest in social activities. About 15 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with clinical depression each year.
First Things First: This Is Not Your Fault and It Can Be TreatedDepression is more than the blues. It's a chronic illness that, left untreated, can worsen. Educating yourself on the symptoms and treatments is the first step to feeling better.
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Young adults who struggled with depression in adolescence appear to have “hyper-connected” networks in their brain, researchers are reporting. The findings might improve understanding of depression and could lead to new ways to predict, prevent and treat the illness, according to the University of Illinois at Chicago researchers. The researchers [...]
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There’s been controversy for years over whether the use of common antidepressants by women during their pregnancies might raise the odds of mental health issues in their children. Now, a study involving more than 13,000 children finds no rise in the risk of autism in children whose mothers [...]
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Investigators with the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department say there’s no evidence that any deaths at a Phoenix VA hospital — the center of a nationwide scandal — were caused by delays in care. A draft report from the VA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) doesn’t dispute that there [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A combination of therapy and antidepressants appears to best help people with severe but short-term depression, a new study reports. Four out of five people suffering from severe depression for less than two years experienced full recovery when treated with cognitive therapy plus antidepressant medication, researchers [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Robin Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease before he committed suicide this week, and he was sober at the time of his death, his wife announced Thursday afternoon. In a prepared statement, Susan Schneider said her husband continued his decades-long battle against depression and anxiety, and [...]
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