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Questions Raised About Common PTSD Treatment

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.

Can a Nasal Spray Conquer Major Depression?

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…

Social Media May Help Counter Chronic-Pain Related Depression

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.

Many Take Medications Linked to Depression

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.

Help for Hoarders

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…

Do Antidepressants Work by the Placebo Effect?

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?

Advice on Finding the Right Depression Treatment

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 ...

Keeping Depression at Bay

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.

Can Eating Too Much Sugar Make You Depressed?

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.

Mania and Depression in Bipolar Disorder

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.