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There have been recent reports about how Ketamine, also known as "Special K", has surprisingly quick and positive effects on the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Many people might be tempted to try it. What is Ketamine? Is there evidence of its effectiveness? Is it worthwhile? For whom might it be worthwhile?
While medications might be important, they do not teach us how to feel good. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help some people but not everybody. Mindfulness is a technique that teaches us how to ignore unwanted thoughts and choose what is healthy for ourselves.
If you’re struggling with depression and lacking the energy or motivation to get out of the house as much as you should try this easy diary activity to schedule in a few more worthwhile activities each week.
A review of the effectiveness and risks of 4 clinically tested supplements for the treatment of depression (SAMe, L-methylfolate, St John’s Wort and 5-HTP).
Getting out and doing something - anything - may be the last thing you feel like doing, but staying at home and in bed only reinforces negativity and leaves you with little to focus on other than the ruminative thoughts of depression. Learn why getting up and doing pretty much anything can reverse this negative spiral of depression and help get you feeling better, faster.
Depression and healthy relationships don’t often go hand in hand – after all, people experiencing depression have trouble caring about their own life, let alone the wants and needs of those around them. Nevertheless, depression treatments work well and an understanding partner can be invaluable to someone going through mental illness – and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Learn what you can do to help when your romantic partner suffers from depression.
A new and non invasive technique for people with severe depression who do not respond to conventional therapies.
A herbal supplement that can work as well as anti depressant medications for the treatment of some forms of depression.
Answers to common questions about a frequently prescribed class of antidepressant medication.
Still a controversial procedure, electroconvulsive (electroshock) therapy is a valid and effective treatment for severe medication resistant depression.
All children feel sad sometimes but children can also get clinically depressed, just as adults can. If a child seems sad for more than a couple of weeks, and feelings of sadness affect social, school or family life, that child might be one of the 2.5% of children that experience major depression at some point in childhood.
More than 2 million Americans over the age of 65 suffer from major depression, and another 5 million suffer from a less severe form of the disorder.
Like a case of the blues you just can't shake, some people struggle with dysthymia for decades. Dysthymia is a chronic, milder form of depression.
An easy to administer 30 question yes or no test for seniors, used to evaluate the existence and/or severity of depression.
Most women experience a period of moodiness after childbirth (the baby blues) but a small percentage of women experience something much worse.
People with atypical depression can sometimes feel joy and happiness in appropriate situations. This is called mood reactivity, and it's what differentiates atypical from clinical depression.
For as many as 15% of people in some parts of the country, as autumn days shorten into winter nights, life gets harder. SAD is a seasonally induced depression that begins as the days shorten and doesn't lift until the first sunny days of spring. It's a common but very treatable disorder.
A list and explanation of the common symptoms of depression.
A list and explanation of the common causes of depression
One woman in 8 will succumb to depression during a lifetime. Why are women at a greater risk of this disorder than men? Scientists aren’t yet sure, conclusively, but they have some theories.
Should you take an SSRI/ Antidepressant? Find out about the FDA's black box warning on SSRIs for those under 25 years of age.
Poor nutrition can cause depression and worsen or prolong depressive symptoms. Good nutrition can protect you from mood disorders and if you're already depressed, help get you feeling better faster. Learn what foods to eat lots of and what foods to avoid, and eat yourself well again!
Understand the difference between grief, complicated grief and grief that triggers a major depression.
An evidence based (proven to work) kind of psychotherapy for the treatment of depression; CBT helps people change the way they think, so they can change the way they feel.
Although lifestyle changes should not replace professional treatment (medication and psychotherapy) combining treatment with a few easy changes to your daily routine can accelerate the healing process.
Teens with depression and other mental illnesses or those that abuse drugs or alcohol are at a greatly elevated risk for suicide. Learn the risk factors and warning signs of this preventable tragedy.
As many as 5% of adolescents will suffer a major depression, and depression dramatically increases the risks of suicide, the 3rd leading cause of teenage death. Thankfully, teen depression, if recognized, is very treatable.
Depression can cause sexual dysfunction and depression medications can actually worsen the problem. Here are the facts about SSRIs and sexual dysfunction, as well as solutions to the problem.
Men are often reluctant to get help for a mood disorder, feeling that complaining about "feelings" is somehow, unmanly; yet millions of American men live with depression, it is truly an equal opportunity mental illness! Learn the facts about men's depression, the different ways men display symptoms of the disease and learn how and why to get treatment that works.
An overview of common treatment approaches for bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that causes alternating periods of mania (an emotional high) with periods of depression (an emotional low).
The signs and symptoms of the 4 basic varieties of bipolar disorder
9 ways to help a person with depression
Major depression, bipolar disorder and dysthymia affect well over 20 million Americans in any given year. Learn the true scale and scope of a disorder that affects so many families, yet remains so stigmatized. Only a fraction of these people get the treatment they need.