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Depression News, Polls and Quotes

As part of the main Information Centre, this section of the website is intended to provide the latest news about depression, anxiety and other related health concerns. Archives from previous months are available, and all polls from previous months remain active if you should wish to vote.

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Poll.
To what extent (positive or negative), do holidays affect your depression or anxiety?
Quite a lot 37.5%
Extremely 25.0%
To some degree 17.9%
Not at all 14.3%
Unbearably 5.4%

Total votes: 56


 
 
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Quotes and Philosophical Thoughts:

> "When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?" - Sydney J. Harris

> "Remember sadness is always temporary. This, too, shall pass." - Chuck T. Falcon

> "Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings." - Elie Weisel

> "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." - Oscar Wilde

> "Do you know what a pessimist is? A person who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it."  - George Bernard Shaw

> "Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss

> "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising everytime we fall." - Confucius

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  Depression News From Medical News Today

Depression News From Medical News Today

Experiencing depression is more than simply feeling unhappy, fed up or sad for a few days. Everyone has moments of feeling down throughout the day, but depression is persistent for weeks or months and is a real illness with real symptoms. Symptoms of depression include lasting feelings of sadness, hopelessness, losing interest in the things you enjoy and anxiety. The severity of symptoms can vary, but the good news is that with the right treatment and support, people can often make a full recovery.


09/23/2018 06:00 AM
Stress-regulating brain area larger in depression, bipolar
New research finds that the hypothalamus, the brain area that controls the stress response, is larger in people with affective disorders.
09/05/2018 11:00 AM
Anxiety in the West: Is it on the rise?
Anxiety seems to be taking over society. In this article, we ask whether anxiety really is on the rise, and why it might be increasing in prevalence.
09/04/2018 12:00 PM
Urologic conditions lead to depression, sleep issues in men
Physicians need to be aware that men with urologic conditions often have depression and sleep problems and should refer them appropriately, says a study.
09/03/2018 01:00 PM
Your mental health app's diagnosis could be way off
According to new research, mental health apps commonly overdiagnose their users. The team conducted a content analysis of 61 mental health apps.
08/29/2018 11:00 AM
Ketamine for depression may contribute to opioid dependence
A new study warns that ketamine works almost like an opioid, and it raises concerns that the drug may do more harm than good in the long run.
08/28/2018 11:00 AM
Distress boosts heart attack and stroke risk
Experiencing high levels of psychological distress has an important impact on a person's risk of heart attack and stroke, new research warns.
08/24/2018 03:00 AM
Severe depression: Vagus nerve stimulator improves lives
A new study shows that vagus nerve stimulation, when added to medication, can drastically improve the lives of people with treatment-resistant depression.
08/13/2018 11:00 AM
Herpesvirus may lead to bipolar, depression
New research finds the herpesvirus HHV-6 in the brain cells of people who lived with severe depression, bipolar disorder, or both.
08/12/2018 03:00 AM
Brain area responsible for pessimism found
New research finds that stimulating a brain area called the caudate nucleus induces a tendency to focus too much on the downsides of a situation.
08/10/2018 10:00 AM
Exercise for mental health: How much is too much?
We know that physical activity can improve a person's mental health and well-being, but how much exercise is best, and how much is too much?
07/31/2018 03:00 AM
Molecule deficiency may help diagnose severe depression
New research shows that reduced blood levels of a specific molecule may predict the severity of major depressive disorder and change diagnostic practices.
07/28/2018 03:00 AM
Will climate change increase suicide rates?
A new study investigates the links between high temperatures and increases in suicide rates. The authors make some bleak predictions for the future.
07/25/2018 08:00 AM
Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking Lexapro?
Lexapro is the brand name of a drug called escitalopram, which is a safe and effective treatment for depression and anxiety. Doctors strongly recommend that people avoid alcohol while taking Lexapro. Alcohol can counteract the benefits of taking antidepressants and worsen their side effects. Learn more here.
07/20/2018 09:00 AM
How to care for yourself after an abortion
A medical abortion is generally a safe procedure that carries few risks. It is important to know what to expect after an abortion, including the recovery time. In this article, we talk about what to do after an abortion and when to see a doctor. We also provide some self-care tips.
07/18/2018 04:00 PM
Can you have a miscarriage without bleeding?
Bleeding is usually the earliest sign of a pregnancy loss. However, some miscarriages occur without bleeding, or bleeding may follow other symptoms. It is important to remember that new symptoms do not always signal a pregnancy loss and that the risk declines after the first weeks of pregnancy. Learn more here.
07/17/2018 02:00 PM
How to cope with a depressive episode
Depressive episodes are periods of low mood and other symptoms of depression. Tackling depression as soon as it arises and making changes to thoughts and behaviors might improve a person’s mood and help them recover more quickly. Here, we cover what a depressive episode is and 12 tips for coping with one.
07/13/2018 08:00 AM
Can Lexapro cause weight changes?
Lexapro is the brand name for a drug called escitalopram, which treats depression and anxiety. As a side effect, Lexapro may cause some people to gain a small amount of weight. Less commonly, it may cause weight loss. A healthful diet and regular exercise can help to prevent unwanted changes in weight. Learn more here.
07/11/2018 09:00 PM
What is fluoxetine?
Fluoxetine oral capsule is a prescription medication used to treat conditions such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, and panic attacks. It comes as the brand-name drugs Prozac and Prozac Weekly, and as a generic drug. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more.
07/11/2018 09:00 PM
What is venlafaxine?
Venlafaxine oral tablet is a prescription drug used to treat depression and social anxiety disorder (SAD). It comes in two forms: immediate-release (treats depression) and extended-release (treats depression and SAD). Both forms are available only as generic drugs. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more.
07/10/2018 01:00 PM
How to boost serotonin and improve mood
Foods that contain tryptophan can help the body produce serotonin, which may improve mood. Here, we look at eight foods that boost serotonin, including salmon, eggs, spinach, and seeds. We also cover the difference between serotonin and tryptophan, the importance of carbohydrates, and other tips for improving mood.
07/09/2018 08:00 AM
How does depression affect the body?
Depression does not only affect a person’s mood and emotions. Long-term, it can also affect their body in ways that may be serious. In this article, learn about the physical effects that doctors link to depression, including chronic pain, weight changes, heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, and inflammation.
07/05/2018 08:00 AM
How to safely stop antidepressants
People may wish to stop taking antidepressants for several reasons, but stopping suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms or relapse. Here, we look at why stopping antidepressants can be hard and how to relieve withdrawal symptoms. We discuss which antidepressants are harder to stop taking and provide tips for stopping.
07/05/2018 07:00 AM
Signs of alcohol withdrawal syndrome
Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is the cluster of symptoms that may develop when someone who is alcohol dependent suddenly stops drinking. Alcohol affects many body systems, so the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome can vary widely. In this article, learn about the signs and symptoms, as well as the treatment options.
07/02/2018 03:00 AM
Could an Amazonian psychedelic treat depression?
For many people with depression, medical treatments do not work. According to a recent study, the psychedelic drug ayahuasca might be the answer.
06/28/2018 10:00 AM
Exercise, the 'best antidepressant,' also prevents heart disease
Depression often interferes with the motivation to exercise and raises the risk of heart disease. New research aims to help people overcome this obstacle.

 

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