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, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women who survive breast cancer face a higher risk of depression that can linger and require antidepressants, a new study finds. Researchers in Copenhagen looked at data on nearly 2 million Danish women between 1998 and 2011, all of whom were initially free of cancer. During [...]
By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In a cutting-edge look at the biology of crime, a team of Swedish investigators has identified two specific genetic mutations that appear to be linked to a higher risk for extremely violent behavior. “Our study suggests that up to 10 percent of violent crimes might be [...]
MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Even adults with depression are generally optimistic about the future, a new study shows. But that finding carries its own caveat, the researchers added. “It turns out that even clinically depressed individuals are also characterized by the belief that one’s life in the future will be more satisfying than one’s [...]
FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — October’s shorter, darker days can trigger a type of depression, known as seasonal affective disorder, according to an expert. People affected by seasonal affective disorder, also called SAD, may feel overly tired, lack motivation and even have trouble getting out of bed. In extreme cases, SAD can lead to [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Reliving the death of a loved one may help people with prolonged grief disorder, a new study suggests. Exposure therapy, as this approach is called, appears to help survivors struggling with prolonged grief better than another type of therapy alone, the study found. Prolonged grief disorder, also [...]
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