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.