Study identifies biomarkers linked to positive treatment response of antidepressants

Study identifies biomarkers linked to positive treatment response of antidepressants

Depression is a serious mental disorder that has the potential to change an individual’s outlook toward life. A person suffering from depression unknowingly harbors negative feelings that can go on to transform his/her very personality. However, timely identification of the problem can undo the modifications and help the person lead a happy life. Antidepressants are the first line of treatment for depression, but even doctors are unsure of how the patient will respond because the result of the treatment varies from person to person. To put an end to this uncertainty, a recent study on mice has identified biomarkers that will help understand the treatment response of antidepressants. The researchers have hypothesized that the outcomes in the mouse would be similar to those in humans. Continue reading

Can FDA-approved medications help cope with depression

Can FDA-approved medications help cope with depression

Depression is frightening, a long drop into the deep dark chasm with no end in sight. It can affect anyone irrespective of age, gender, caste or religion and the person may not realize what’s happening. Then one fine day, it completely takes over an individual, who is so drained to even step out of the bed, let alone the house. The loved ones also bear the brunt of the depressed person’s extreme mood swings but only the sufferer knows how difficult it is to live with the condition and feel helpless.  Continue reading

Knowing how to prevent depression from messing up your sex life

Knowing how to prevent depression from messing up your sex life

Carrie and Albert had everything in their life a newly-wedded couple can imagine— countless moments of love, fairytale destination wedding, exotic honeymoon and beautiful memories. However, things started to fall apart after Carrie gave birth to her first child. With increased responsibilities causing immense stress, she had very little time for herself and her sex life took a backseat. Carrie would cringe if Albert made any sexual advances and after a while, he stopped pursuing her completely. Their marriage took a downward spiral. Continue reading

Tips to navigate through the chilling winter months

Tips to navigate through the chilling winter months

Shorter days, longer nights, chilly winds and scanty sunlight can cause anyone to feel gloomy and disoriented. If this happens occasionally then it is normal and one can recover soon. However, if this happens like a pattern every year, then one might be suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD or seasonal depression is a form of mental illness, which occurs every year around the fall season, and the symptoms get worse during winters. The common symptoms are irritability, loss of interest in daily activities, increased need to stay in bed, craving for carbohydrates, sadness, isolation from the social circle, extreme fatigue and lack of energy. Continue reading

Dysthymia – A few coping strategies

Dysthymia – A few coping strategies

Dysthymia is a condition in which a person struggles with mild symptoms of depression for at least two years. Though it is not as critical as major depression, it affects nearly 1.5 percent of American adults. Dysthymia symptoms include loss of appetite or binge eating, insomnia or oversleeping, fatigue, feeling low and disoriented, lack of concentration and performance issues at workplace or school. The symptoms can last for several years without the condition being diagnosed. Continue reading

Depression is treatable despite the coexisting illness

Depression is treatable despite the coexisting illness

Depression is a common psychiatric disorder that is often seen in tandem with another medical illness or condition. It is not fully understood why depression leaves one susceptible to physical disorders or why a physical condition increases the risk of developing depression. However, the good news is that depression is treatable even when compounded by other illnesses. Continue reading

Self-reflect to understand and pacify a depressive mood

Self-reflect to understand and pacify a depressive mood

Happiness is a state of mind that depends solely on an individual. A great body of literature and scientific studies have said that when a person relies on another person or a situation for his/her happiness, then one is bound to feel a gamut of emotions every now and then. This is a sign of instability arising out of lack of self-assurance. This is the reason a lot of people feel sad and disoriented without any reason. When such a stage arrives, one needs to get into a self-actualization mode to understand what is going wrong. Continue reading

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