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.
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — St. John’s wort is a popular herbal therapy for depression, but a new Australian study highlights the fact that “natural” does not always equal “safe.” Using reports filed with Australia’s drug safety agency, the researchers found that adverse reactions to St. John’s wort were similar to [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In a rare piece of good news about the U.S. health care system, a new study finds that deaths, hospital stays and spending are all falling among older Americans. Between 1999 and 2013, yearly rates of death and hospitalization steadily declined among Americans in the traditional [...]
TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Depression and personality disorders are common reasons why psychiatric patients in Belgium request help to die due to unbearable suffering, a new study found. Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002, and involves the use of drugs taken by mouth or given intravenously, the researchers explained. They reviewed requests [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Part of your next visit to your family doctor’s office should be spent filling out a questionnaire to assess whether you’re suffering from depression, an influential panel of preventive medicine experts recommends. What’s more, people concerned that they might be depressed could download an appropriate questionnaire [...]
By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More than a quarter-million Vietnam veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms today, four decades after the war’s end, a new study estimates. And at least one-third of them have major depression as well. “It’s been known for thousands of years that serving in war [...]
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