Sleep problems can be both a cause and an effect of depression. Here's what you should know about both.
Individual psychotherapy, including mindfulness-based therapy, can be effective. But one-on-one counseling is expensive and may not be available to many people suffering from depression or anxiety. Can group therapy deliver the same results?
Foods can improve mood in some people, but can diet really affect depression? Last year, the first controlled clinical trial on the link between diet quality and depression gave stronger support to this connection.
The "golden years" come with concerns that can often lead to depression: financial worries in retirement, loss of independence, illness, fears of mortality. Depression in older adults sometimes has such obvious causes but, as at any age, it often comes out of nowhere.
A small percentage of individuals who have been exposed to a natural disaster may develop a trauma- or stressor-related disorder. Severe or overwhelming symptoms can begin in the days and weeks after the disaster. If symptoms persist, they may indicate a stress disorder. It's wise to get help before they develop into a chronic problem.
A controlled clinical trial lends support to the idea that diet can influence mental state and risk for depression.
Every year, about 30 percent of noninstitutionalized older adults report falling, and 10 percent of the falls cause serious injury. A variety of medications—including anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, hypnotics, and SSRI antidepressants—can increase the risk of falling.
Some people with depression don't achieve remission with the first antidepressant they try. Most of them end up switching to another medication or a combination of medications. Finding the best treatment remains partly a process of trial and error. A study published in ...
In addition to night sweats and hot flashes, menopause can cause or be accompanied by mood swings as well as bouts of depression. Indeed, multiple studies indicate that the rate of depression rises significantly for both perimenopausal and menopausal women, even those without a history of depression.
Treating depression, anxiety, insomnia, or pain in older people is a balancing act. Doctors often prescribe multiple medications to manage these conditions. But taking the drugs, especially in combination, can be dangerous, increasing the risk of falls, cognitive impairment, drug interactions, and even death.
Studies have shown that two very different approaches to treating depression—antidepressant medications and psychotherapy—are both effective. But both can be problematic for patients, as well.
Feelings of overwhelming sadness and hopelessness are commonplace in people suffering from depression. Antidepressant medications and psychotherapy help many people, but 50 to 80 percent of those who don't get ongoing treatment will experience repeated bouts. However, a June 2016 study suggests that a hybrid form of psychotherapy called mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is an effective way to lower the risk of recurrences—particularly for those individuals with severe depression.
Most people think of psychotherapy simply as counseling. In fact, the term psychotherapy is used to describe a variety of talk therapies that treat emotional, behavioral, personality, and psychiatric disorders.