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 Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More U.S. women with early stage breast cancer are choosing to have both breasts removed as a precautionary step, although the double mastectomy provides no apparent survival advantage, researchers say. Death rates are similar for women who have both breasts taken off and those who [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have found that sending electrical currents through the scalp to a specific network of brain structures can enhance people’s memories, for up to a day. In a small study of healthy young adults, researchers used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to fire up certain networks involved [...]
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 [...]
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