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  • Jul 2018

    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.

  • Jul 2018

    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.

  • Jul 2018

    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.

  • Jul 2018

    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.

  • Jul 2018

    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.

  • Jul 2018

    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.

  • Jul 2018

    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.

  • Jul 2018

    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.

  • Jun 2018

    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.

  • Jun 2018

    Why does depression make you feel tired?

    Depression can lead to a lack of physical and emotional energy, in addition to causing sleep disturbances that leave a person feeling chronically fatigued. In this article, learn about the link between fatigue and depression, as well as the possible complications and how to cope.

  • Jun 2018

    How does ketamine relieve depression so quickly?

    Ketamine has been shown to relieve symptoms of depression quickly. A new study delves into the molecular details and asks how and why.

  • Jun 2018

    Study reveals new cause of depression

    Understanding the interactions of a hormone receptor that regulates sleep and feeding may help to design innovative ways of treating depression.

  • Jun 2018

    Catatonic depression: What to know

    Catatonic depression is a subtype of depression characterized by not speaking or responding to things for a prolonged period. Catatonia can be a part of several other mental health conditions, including schizophrenia and mood disorders. Learn more about the symptoms, treatment, and recovery in this article.

  • Jun 2018

    Early risers have lower risk of depression, study finds

    How do your sleep-wake preferences affect your risk of developing a mood disorder such as depression? A large, detailed observational study investigates.

  • Jun 2018

    Why do I wake up depressed?

    Diurnal variations are types of depression that cause symptoms to get worse at certain times of the day. Morning depression is a common diurnal variation. In this article, learn about the symptoms and risk factors for morning depression, as well as the treatment options and how to manage the condition at home.

  • Jun 2018

    Assessing trauma through art: The signs of inner struggle

    Traumatic brain injury can bring post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or anxiety. Can therapy art help to assess how severe someone's trauma is?

  • Jun 2018

    Sleep paralysis, hallucinations may raise depression risk in some people

    A new study finds that sleep paralysis and hallucinations are unexpectedly common and predict depression severity among young athletes.

  • May 2018

    The link between hay fever, anxiety, and depression

    In a recent review, researchers identify important links between hay fever and an increased risk of anxiety and depression in adolescents.

  • May 2018

    Link between depression and cognitive decline explored

    Following an analysis of existing studies, researchers conclude that there is a link between depression and age-related cognitive decline.

  • May 2018

    Sleep-wake disruption strongly linked to mood disorders

    A large study that took objective measures of activity and rest patterns has found a strong link between disruption of circadian rhythm and mood disorders.

  • May 2018

    How job strain may impair mental health

    A new study examines the link between high job strain and the risk of developing common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

  • May 2018

    Should 'shock therapy' be used to treat depression more often?

    A study concludes that if electroconvulsive therapy was used earlier in the treatment of depression, the outcome for many patients would be much improved.

  • May 2018

    Seasonal affective disorder: Why brown-eyed women are at risk

    Two studies shed new light on seasonal affective disorder, concluding that brown-eyed women may be particularly prone to the condition.

  • May 2018

    Could anxiety lead to dementia?

    New research suggests that moderate to severe anxiety in midlife may be an independent risk factor for developing dementia in old age.

  • Apr 2018

    How to treat esophageal spasms

    Esophageal spasms can occur after a person eats certain foods, but can also be triggered by stress, medications, or GERD. Spasms of the esophagus can be treated using medications or natural remedies, such as peppermint oil. Avoiding trigger foods can help prevent them. Surgery is only recommended in severe cases.