Depression

Half of Painkiller Prescriptions Go to People With Anxiety and Depression

The Senate health bill, deemed “mean” by President Trump himself, proposes a number of budget cuts sure to devastate sick, elderly, and …

Pain

This Woman's Period Re-Triggers Her Postpartum Depression: "It Feels Like It Will Never Go Away"

When Amy Ruggiero was pregnant with her first son, she noticed that she often felt weepy, for seemingly no reason. After he was born, things got worse, so she sought counseling, and felt better soon after. But Ruggiero experienced more serious depression during her second pregnancy, and postpartum …

Postpartum Depression

Ketamine is Helping Alleviate Depression—Fast

Depression is a crippling problem that hijacks a patient’s neurochemistry, often making it impossible to “see the bright side.” While many potential …

Mental Health

Researchers are using LSD to treat depression

LSD will be used to treat people with depression for the first time in the UK.<p>Researchers will investigate whether taking the hallucinogenic in small …

Lifestyle

People with mood disorders receive 51% of opioid prescriptions

The number of opioids prescribed quadrupled from 2011 and 2013, and 19% of Americans with mood disorders have used opioids — compared to 5% of the …

Mental Health

How I’m feeling six months in to taking antidepressants

I never thought I’d be someone who takes antidepressants.<p>I never imagined myself having alarms on my phone to take pills, chummily chatting with …

Mental Health

Ottawa public servant lauded for men's mental health work

Jean-Francois Claude was first diagnosed with depression in 2012<p>An Ottawa public servant has received a prestigious award from the Governor General …

Mental Disorders

How Do Psychotherapists Think?

How do mental health professionals determine how to help the people they need to treat? What kind of reasoning is required to determine that someone …

Mental Health

12 ways you can try to stop self-harming

<b>I started self-harming as a teenager.</b><p>At the time, it was to cope with distressing emotions.<p>My history of self-harm has left me with scars – but I see …

Mental Health

Scientists are reformulating the party drug Ketamine to remove its terrible side effects

Having begun life as an anesthetic in 1962, then quickly co-opted as a party drug, ketamine is now the source of much excitement among psychiatrists for its potential to treat depression. There is one major challenge, though, as anyone who’s ever seen someone out of their mind on “Special K” can …

Antidepressants

Why are we giving our primary school aged children anti-depressants?

When Ben Williams was seven, he began exhibiting the signs of depression, says his mother Jane. “Then one day, I can recall sitting at the top of the stairs with him crying, and he said: ‘Mummy, I am not destined to have a happy life. I’d be better off dead.’ I had no idea where the words came …

Mental Health

Is a 'brain massage' the secret to treating depression?

Can a 'brain massage' battle the potentially life-threatening effects of depression?<p>That's the hope behind a relatively new treatment, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS for short), which is showing impressive results in the treatment of depression among test cases in the UK.<p>TMS sends …

How to know if going on prescription medication is right for you

An interview with Dr. Jacob Moussai, MD on the importance of medications when it comes to mental suffering. <b>If you prefer to listen, here’s the</b> …

Mental Health

Valerian root for insomnia and anxiety: Does it work?

Valerian is a plant with mild sedative properties that is sold as a sleeping aid and to treat anxiety. But does it work?<p>In the United States (U.S.), …

Alternative Medicine

Magnetic Therapy Can Provide Alternative Treatment For Depression

<b>NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)</b> — Depression is a leading cause of poor health, disability and suicide – and medications only help some depression …

Mental Health

[WEB SITE] OCD linked to inflammation in the brain

<i>A common symptom of OCD is an obsession with cleanliness.</i><p>Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by uncontrollable obsessions and …

Neuroscience

Are drug companies grooming new customers in the womb?

In March, drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay $6.2 million to settle a class-action lawsuit on behalf of children born with congenital defects …

Antidepressants

Teen Depression and Anxiety: Why the Kids Are Not Alright

The first time Faith-Ann Bishop cut herself, she was in eighth grade. It was 2 in the morning, and as her parents slept, she sat on the edge of the …

Mental Health

Mom’s Viral Post On Antidepressants Reminds Us It’s Okay ‘To Not Be Okay’

Mental illness should be taken as seriously as medical illness when it comes to medication<p>There’s no denying the existing stigma attached to mental …

Antidepressants

Could Prozac be a treatment for children with autism?

After drinking mother’s milk spiked with the antidepressant Prozac for 19 days, infant mice bred to mimic the distinctive behaviors and brain abnormalities seen in autism experienced dramatic improvements in their social interactions, communication patterns and a wide range of neurochemical …

Autism

How Exercise Helps Busy Philipps Cope With Anxiety

If you follow Busy Philipps on Instagram, you know she posts a lot of workout selfies. And it turns out, she actually has a great reason for doing …

Lifestyle

Do You Need Drugs for Your "Chemical Imbalance"?

Source: GDJ/PixabayNaturally we were curious when Dave was out of school for many days. It was 1991 and I was a high school student in a small …

Mental Health

8 Questions Therapists Ask To Diagnose Bipolar Disorder

Up to 69 percent of patients with bipolar disorder are initially misdiagnosed.<p>Bipolar disorder is already confusing for those who suffer from it. The disease has no boundaries, affecting all spheres of a patient’s life—home, work, social, and more. Its extreme shifts in moods can cause a patient to …

Mental Disorders

Writers and Depression: How to Keep Writing Through the Darkness

This guest post is by Miriam Nicholson. Miriam is a dreamer filled with passion for her writing. You can read more of it on her website. You can also …

Writing

Depressed People See the World More Realistically

And happy people just might be slightly delusional.<p>Feeling blue? Strangely, it might mean that you're actually better at judging your performance—and reality in general—than when you're not.<p>It's called "depressive realism," and it seems to suggest that in our normal state, we tend to operate under …

Happiness

Patients Are Experimenting With Ketamine to Treat Depression

Sean Spencer was ready to give up. For two years, since suffering a major panic attack, the entrepreneur had been living under a cloud of depression. …

Mental Health

Father John Misty Nails Why People With Depression Don't Speak Up

Too real.<p>Father John Misty has spoken out about his struggle with depression and drug use before. Earlier this year, he talked with the New York Times about seeing a therapist and self-medicating. And in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, he candidly explained how he deals (and doesn’t deal) …

Mental Disorders

Could Party Drug Ketamine Be a Treatment for Depression?

Special K, a Vietnam-era anesthetic favored by ravers looking for an intense high, is being given another chance – this time as legitimate …

Mental Health

Opioid prescription twice as likely for depressed patients

People who go to the doctor for lower back pain who also have depression may be more likely to get a prescription for opioids—and in higher doses.

Pain

Problem-solving education may help stave off maternal depression

Maternal depression was something Dr. Michael Silverstein found often in his clinical work. A pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, he knew that …

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