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Posts Tagged ‘depression’

By On December 13th, 2017

Researchers claim there are five types of depression and anxiety

Depression and anxiety have always been difficult to really describe or quantify for both patients and clinical professionals because the conditions can be so amorphous. While some people with depression may struggle with some symptoms, others may have a completely different experience. Yet, the limited understanding and diagnostic tools mental health workers have been relying…

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By On November 17th, 2017

Lack of ‘feel good’ neurosteroid may contribute to depression or anxiety in anorexic or obese women

Women who live with anorexia or obesity exhibit low levels of a neurosteroid that may explain why both conditions are associated with an increased risk for depression and anxiety, according to a small study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. The study found low levels of allopregnanolone (all), which has been tied to heightened rates of…

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By On October 16th, 2017

The psychoactive compound in “magic-mushrooms” may help with treatment-resistant depression

A new study suggests the key ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms may help people with treatment-resistant depression, according to a report published in the journal Scientific Reports. In the small study, psilocybin – the psychoactive compound found in so-called “magic mushrooms” – helped improve depression symptoms nineteen of 20 depression patients for up to five weeks…

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By On October 4th, 2017

A bad mood may be contagious, but depression is not

If you’ve never personally experienced depression, it can be easy to dismiss the illness as just a matter of having a “bad mood.” I mean, we’ve all felt “down” or “woke up on the wrong side of the bed”, so why would it be that much harder to just stop being depressed? The answer, of…

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By On August 15th, 2017

Your Instagram photos may show if you are depressed

Depression may be one of the most widely-recognized mental health issues facing the public, but estimates suggest that up to two-thirds of people with depression never seek or receive treatment. The problem is that currently all diagnosis methods require the patient to willingly speak up about their struggles or the health professional to be able…

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By On July 14th, 2017

Depression may affect the brains of men and women very differently

A new study of teenagers suggests depression may affect the brains of men and women very differently, potentially opening the door to more targeted and effective treatments. Past research has shown there are clear discrepancies in how depression presents itself in the two sexes, with girls being more than twice as likely to experience depression…

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By On June 30th, 2017

Over half of all opioid prescriptions go to people with mood disorders

Mood disorders like anxiety and depression are well-known to face higher risks of substance abuse and addiction. This hasn’t stopped doctors across the United States from prescribing potentially addictive opioids to people struggling with these types of mental health problems, according to a new report raising questions about how medical professionals are responding to the…

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