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.
FRIDAY, May 24 (HealthDay News) — New research suggests a link between sleep duration and suicidal thoughts among people with insomnia. Every additional hour someone with insomnia sleeps is associated with a 72 percent drop in the likelihood of moderate or high risk of suicide, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania. “We were surprised [...]
By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) — Migraines and depression can each cause a great deal of suffering, but new research indicates the combination of the two may be linked to something else entirely — a smaller brain. Already aware that people with migraines face double the risk of depression, scientists wanted to determine [...]
Depression can affect almost every aspect of life, but some of the changes brought about by the disorder can be downright dangerous for those with diabetes. New research has found that people with diabetes who are depressed have more than a 40 percent higher risk of having a severe low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) episode that lands them in the hospital compared to people with diabetes who aren’t depressed.
TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) — Use of the antidepressant Lexapro appears to help prevent a potentially serious stress-related heart condition, a new study finds. The condition is known as known as “mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia.” Although people with this condition may not develop noticeable symptoms, their heart muscle is not receiving adequate blood supply, according [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) — Pregnant women with specific alterations in two genes may be at increased risk of suffering depression after giving birth, a small new study suggests. The researchers hope they can use the findings to develop a blood test that could help spot pregnant women who are vulnerable to [...]
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