SSRI/Tramadol Withdrawal: Coping with the Brain Zaps
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Get the basic facts about this distressing symptom of SSRI/SNRI and tramadol withdrawal. What they feel like, what makes them worse and what (might) make them better.

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Suicide Risk Assessment: The SBQ-R Test © Taylor Dawn Fortune

Protect yourself and those you love - Take this 4 item suicide behaviors questionnaire and find out if you’re considered ‘at risk’ to commit suicide.

Ketamine for Bipolar: Potential Risks and Benefits © Camdiluv

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?

Mindfulness and Depression: Learning to Feel Good Again © Premasagar

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.

Depression Self-Help: An Action Guide to Planning Your Time and Feeling Better © Pierofix

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.

Depression: 4 Supplements That May Reduce Symptoms of Depression © Anna Gay

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).

5 Reasons Why Getting Active Reduces Feelings of Depression © Jesse.milan

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 Relationships – Living with a Depressed Spouse © Mall_Mi

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.

Antidepressants, SSRIs - FAQs © Lew57

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.

Depression in Seniors © Alessandro Pinna

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.

Dysthymia © Mkorchia

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.

The Geriatric Depression Scale © Theeerin

An easy to administer 30 question yes or no test for seniors, used to evaluate the existence and/or severity of depression.

Postpartum Depression © Centrifuga*teatrante

Most women experience a period of moodiness after childbirth (the baby blues) but a small percentage of women experience something much worse.

Atypical Depression © Fakelvis

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.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) © eir@si

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.

What Are the Symptoms of Depression? © .stocker

A list and explanation of the common symptoms of depression.

Why Am I Depressed? The Causes of Depression © mkorchia

A list and explanation of the common causes of depression

Why Women Are at a Greater Risk of Depression © Illuminaut

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.

SSRIs and Suicide; What Are the Risks? © funadium

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!

Is It Grief or Depression? (Or Complicated Grief?) © untrained Eye

Understand the difference between grief, complicated grief and grief that triggers a major depression.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Depression © Beni ishaq Luthor

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.

Depression - Lifestyle Changes That Can Help You Feel Better © Rosswebsdale

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.

Teen Suicide Risk Factors and Warning Signs © Ashley Rose

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.

Teen Depression © LeJyBy

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.

Sexual Dysfunction and Anti Depressants (SSRIs) © Aleera*

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.

Depression in Men © Derbobbel

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 Different Types of Bipolar Disorder © Kygp

The signs and symptoms of the 4 basic varieties of bipolar disorder

How to Help a Loved One Cope with Depression © Eternal Sunshine

9 ways to help a person with depression

Depression Statistics © Koen Vereken

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.

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  • Depression Affects Millions: Roughly 20 million Americans will experience depression this year. Many of these people will not get appropriate treatment and many will experience some stigma from their condition.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder: In some places, winter light conditions induce a seasonal syndrome of depressive symptoms that affect as much as 15% of the population! Treatment can be as simple as the use of an ultra bright light in the home or workplace
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Although medications are important in the treatment of depression, psychotherapy can sometimes work just as well – without inducing the side effects of strong medications.
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