How Effective Can Exercise be In Relieving Depression?

Physical activity has always been an important part of a mental health treatment regimen. However, some mental health professionals fail to lay adequate emphasis on the specifics of physical activity while dealing with a patient with mental illness. This sentiment was shared by some experts from the mental health treatment landscape who then conducted a study on a similar topic. Continue reading

Scientists develop genetic test to help patients receive right anti-depression medication faster

Scientists develop genetic test to help patients receive right anti-depression medication faster

Finding the right treatment plan for various mental illnesses, especially depression is a big challenge. Experts feel that finding the right medicine for depressive disorder is mostly a trial-and-error process. In a bid to make the depression treatment more efficient and precise, scientists recently developed a genetic testing protocol that can help determine the accurate treatment/medicine for a patient at a faster pace. Continue reading

Anxiety, depression affect well-being of older population

Some old people enjoy high levels of subjective well-being despite age-related illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, among others. German scientists have tried to find out the reasons behind it. A new study, published recently in the journal BMC Geriatrics, has reported a strong association between low levels of well-being experienced and depression/anxiety. Continue reading

Five things to know before trying natural cures for depression

“It’s a bit like walking down a long, dark corridor never knowing when the light will go on.” – Neil Lennon on depression

Ups and downs are a part of life as are the occasional storms that can throw one off course. It is normal for a person to feel sad after the demise of a loved one, experience stress at his/her job or get anxious due to a physical ailment. But, if such feelings persist for long and the person continues to experience sadness, grief, guilt and hopelessness every day, it could be the start of the development of a major depressive disorder. Continue reading

5 psychotherapies to treat geriatric depression

At times, it is normal to find elderly people sitting quietly in some part of the house or in a garden. It is probably their way to find solace and peace from the continuous hustle-bustle of life. But this may not be the case every time! When a senior citizen frequently displays such behavior and is often found feeling sad and low, it is probably the development of depression, termed as geriatric depression (GD) in the elderly. Continue reading

Denise Welch’s film on depression wins award

A psychological drama about a woman trapped in her home by a teenage boy, “Black Eyed Susan,” starring Denise Welch has been awarded the best short drama at a film festival in the United States. It is a very personal success for Welch who has admitted to battling depression for nearly 30 years. The 15-minute film produced by Welch is part of a series called “#oktosay” that features people from different walks of life talking about how they overcame their mental health problems. Continue reading

Study shows limited link between depression and vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D that plays a vital role in keeping one’s bone healthy has often been associated with mental health problems. However, due to the inconsistency in research, it is quite difficult to state with certainty the role that vitamin D might or might not have in preventing or treating mental illnesses such as depression. As vitamin D levels may vary with seasonal changes, it may play a role in explaining a relationship between vitamin D deficiency and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Continue reading

Drugs for enlarged prostate or male pattern baldness may cause depression, says study

The physical conditions accompanying old age is a reality that people need to accept. There are various diseases and ailments that affect only the elderly and the fragile. One of the most common problems that elderly men complain of is difficulties due to an enlarged prostate. Continue reading

Teen girls more depressed than ever

There has been a steep rise in the number of adolescents grappling with major depression in the United States. Even amongst this demographic, the trend has been observed to be more prevalent among teenage girls since 2011, states a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Unfortunately, the number of adolescents reaching for support is way less than the actual number suffering from the disorder. Continue reading

Self-guided cognitive behavioral therapy may help curb depressive symptoms, finds research

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a form of talk therapy that works by changing a patient’s way of thinking and behavioral patterns. By making a patient aware of his/her distorted thinking and irrational behavior, it helps them develop alternative ways of thinking, thereby reducing their psychological distress. While CBT is highly successful in treating mild to moderate depression and anxiety, it might be cumbersome for those who do not have the time to go to a therapist or do not want to go through social stigma. Continue reading