Half a dozen studies have found that the drug prazosin, used to treat high blood pressure and several other conditions, helps with nightmares and other symptoms in people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). So researchers were surprised when a new, larger study did not confirm this effect.
In March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of the first wholly new medication to ease severe depression since fluoxetine (Prozac) debuted in 1988. The announcement may offer some hope for a select group of people who have major depressive disorder, especially those who have suicidal thoughts, and who aren't helped by currently available oral antidepressants.
Using social media may help counteract depression in older adults who restrict their social activities because of chronic pain, according to a study published online in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B. But be sure to protect yourself from online dangers if you sign on.
The contents of your medicine cabinet might be affecting your mood. According to a 2018 study in JAMA, about 1 in 3 American adults takes one or more prescription drugs known to increase the risk of depression.
Did you know that many people with hoarding disorder also have another mental disorder, most commonly major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, panic disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder? About 15 to 20 percent of hoarders have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Here are some common questions about hoarding and answers that can help you better understand the behavior.
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.