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When Life Gets You Down: Dealing With Situational Depression

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For some, depression is caused by genetics. For others, it is the result of a traumatic life event, such as bereavement, infidelity, or financial meltdown. This is known as “situational depression” and, though it may be normal and natural, that does not make it any less painful. Signs of Depression If you are experiencing, or have experienced, depression, you are not alone. According...

Will Retirement Be Depressing?

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Advertisers often portray retirement as a time of joy, freedom, and adventure. And for many this is indeed the case. But retirement, like any stage of life, also has its darker side. Some find themselves lonely and poor. Others feel lost and purposeless, or even feel a burden on society and loved ones. Unfortunately, unless positive steps are taken, this can quickly lead to depression. Retirement...

The Nature of Depression: Symptoms, Types and Psychological Theories

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Depression is so common that some now speak of it as a modern epidemic. And yet, despite this, a huge amount of ignorance persists. Even today, many people fortunate enough not to suffer with this illness label those who do as weak and self-indulgent. Some go further, dismissing depression as a fad: something people read about in magazines and then convince themselves they have it. Even those who...

Should You Use 5-HTP for Depression?

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5-HTP stands for ‘5-hydroxytryptophan’ and is a naturally occurring precursor to serotonin. To put that in plainer English, 5-HTP is a substance that increases the amount of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the ‘feel good hormone’ we associate with good moods and happiness. To do this, 5-HTP essentially provides one of the key building blocks that our bodies use to create it. This makes 5-HTP...

Lexapro and Weight Gain: Causes & Contributing Factors

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Lexapro is an SSRI, or a ‘Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor’. This is a type of antidepressant that works by preventing the brain from clearing up serotonin that would otherwise roam free in the brain. This results in more serotonin remaining in the brain and exerting its effects. As serotonin is the ‘happiness hormone’ (or neurotransmitter to be more precise), having more of it available...

Post-Partum Depression Could Be in Your Genes

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Post-partum (or post-natal) depression is a condition that affects somewhere between 10 and 18% of all new mothers, and up to 35% of mothers with a history of mood disorders. It is characterized by feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, and sadness. Symptoms usually appear within four weeks of childbirth, and can last for up to a year, causing harm to mother and child. What causes post-partum...

Postpartum Depression: Symptoms, Causes, Tests, Treatments and Prevention

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Postpartum depression is a type of depression that some women develop after giving birth. It can affect first time mothers or mothers who have given birth previously with no signs of depression. The severity of the depression varies but treatment is almost always successful. Symptoms The types of symptoms experienced by individual women will vary depending on the severity of the postpartum...

Drinking Soda Increases Depression Risk, While Drinking Coffee Decreases It

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By now, you have seen any number of articles telling you that drinking sweetened beverages is bad for your physical health, these drinks having been linked to surges in the incidence of obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, fatty liver disease, and heart attacks. But did you know that drinking sodas and other sweetened drinks could be bad for your mental health as well? Large-scale...

Light at Night May Be Making You Depressed

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Staying up late working on your computer or watching TV or reading may not just be increasing your electricity bill to power all those devices. The light coming from them may actually be increasing your stress levels and contributing to making you depressed. That’s what researchers from Johns Hopkins University reported, in a study called SLEEP that is published in the journal Nature. Their...

Treating Depression With Lithium

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Depression is a serious condition that has many negative consequences and that in severe cases can be life threatening even. Suffering from depression can lead to sleeping problems, lifestyle changes, stress, poor diet and in the worst case scenarios eventually suicide. Treating depression then is highly important and this should consist both of therapy in order to address the root cause of the...

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