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  • Sep 2018

    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.

  • Sep 2018

    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.

  • Sep 2018

    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.

  • Aug 2018

    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.

  • Aug 2018

    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.

  • Aug 2018

    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.

  • Aug 2018

    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.

  • Aug 2018

    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.

  • Aug 2018

    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?

  • Jul 2018

    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.

  • Jul 2018

    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.

  • Jul 2018

    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.

  • Jul 2018

    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.

  • Jul 2018

    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.

  • Jul 2018

    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.

  • 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.