The placebo effect occurs when belief in a remedy or in the power of a trusted and caring practitioner actually helps the remedy work and triggers an improvement in symptoms and health. But is that how antidepressants work?
Currently, no tests are available to help identify which medication will work in each individual patient, so treatment often involves trial and error. The good news is ...
After depression has been treated and has gone into remission, what's the best way to keep it from recurring? Many people remain on medication, but a recent study suggests that preventive cognitive therapy (PCT) works just as well—and that combining medication and PCT works even better.
Several studies have linked excess consumption of added sugar (not the natural sugars in foods such as milk and fruit) to depression. However, they didn't resolve whether eating too much added sugar causes depression, or if depression leads to craving more sweets. Findings from a longer study published in Scientific Reports may offer a clue.
If a family member was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you're likely to have questions about what to expect during episodes of mania and depression. This brief overview can help you better understand what typically occurs.
What leads someone to attempt suicide? And what can be done to offer a lifeline to people who are desperate enough to consider ending their own lives?
If you are experiencing depression, here's where you can turn for help and what to expect.
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 ...