Chronic Depression: Disease or Charcter Flaw?

A major survey on depression symptoms from the National Mental Health Association (NMHA), released in july 2001, revealed a dramatic degree of progress in public understanding. Yet even amid this promising trend, the survey sheds light on the difficulties faced by millions of people striving to manage this sometimes chronic,... Read More

The Patients Guide to Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Depression

INTRODUCTION Everybody has a story. My story is the one I know best and can write about. It is not a memoir of chemical dependency or self-abuse. Those subjects have been written about many times. This is a story of my winning battle against depression and... Read More

Depression in Teenagers: Now What Can We Do?

No doubt you have seen the recent news headlines about a federal panel that recommended to the FDA that anti-depressant medications carry the strongest possible warning label for use in children and teenagers. This recommendation to the FDA shook the medical community, especially those who work with depressed young people.... Read More

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Depression Are Not The Same Thing!

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a very misunderstood illness and this is perhaps why there are so many myths about it. Perhaps the most common myth about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is that it is effectively a mental condition, and another name for depression. ... Read More

New Treatment for Chronic Depression

Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Chronic Treatment-Resistant Depression About Vagus Nerve Stimulation VNS is not brain surgery, although it is a treatment that affects the function of the brain. Vagus Nerve Stimulation uses specific stimulation of the vagus nerve to send stimulation to specific parts of the brain that are involved... Read More

ADHD and Depression -- More Common Than Thought

"Thanks for Noticin' Me" says Eeyore. He walks slowly. He looks sad. He doesn't accomplish much. He's just glad to be noticed. This is Eeyore, the stuffed donkey who is so often in need of his tail being pinned back on. Eeyore is a good picture of life is like... Read More

5 Tips to Reduce Depression

While war and poor economic conditions begin to affect people all over the world, more and more people suffer with depression. The more we focus on news events and the business climate, the more we are depressed. Whatever the reason you feel is the cause of your depression, the following... Read More

7 Things You Can Do Immediately To Ease Depression

1. Get out now and walk fifteen minutes. It will get your feet moving and help you feel you are at least able to do something.2. Go immediately and be with someone who loves you. It will give you the feeling that you are wanted.3. Religious? Say a prayer. Ask... Read More

Is it ADHD or is it Depression?

During the assessment process it is of great importance for the physician or clinician to consider other possible causes of inattention, impulsivity, or hyperactivity in your child, or teen, or yourself. In fact, this is probably the most important element of a good assessment. There are several possible causes of... Read More

St Johns Wort and Depression

The bright yellow flower of the St Johns Wort (hypericum perforatum) with it's ray-like petals, represents the power of the sun that forces away the darkness. This already points to the anti-depressant effects of the St Johns Wort which are highly respected, even in conventional medicine.St. John's Wort, a perennial... Read More

In The News:

The Guardian

Anti-inflammatory drugs 'could fight depression'
The Guardian
“Recent evidence has shown, overwhelmingly, that there is a link between depression and inflammation triggered by the body's immune behaviour in the body,” said the consortium's leader, neuroscientist Professor Ed Bullmore, of Cambridge University.
Link between immune system and brain disorders focus of new projectWellcome Trust

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Young Blacks from Better Homes May See More Discrimination, Higher ... (blog)
A new study has found that higher parental education, which has a protective effect for white youth, actually increases the risk of depression for black youth. The study, from researchers at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), also found ...

25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression
It was 25 years ago this month that an essay in Vanity Fair magazine brought the pain of depression out into the open. It was called "Darkness Visible," a personal account by novelist William Styron. He laid out in vivid detail how a debilitating ...

BBC News

'Depression and Christmas just don't go'
BBC News
My friend Alice encapsulated the problem in a pithy 33 characters: "Depression and Christmas just don't go." But Christmas is here whether I like it or not - and so is my bipolar disorder. To accommodate them both, things are going to have to be a ...

Yahoo Parenting

Overcoming Crippling Postpartum Depression: One Mom's 'Horror' Story
Yahoo Parenting
I am one of those rare women who actually loves being pregnant. Case-in-point: I'm pregnant with my third child as I type this sentence! My symptoms are always manageable: Eating like a linebacker, feeling queasy, looking stoned because I'm completely ...

Guided Imagery Relaxation Can Reduce Pain and Depression in Fibromyalgia ...
Effectiveness of guided imagery relaxation on levels of pain and depression in patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Abstract: AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of guided imagery as a nursing intervention for pain management and ...

My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22

Ways to Treat Seasonal Depression
My Champlain Valley FOX44 & ABC22
BURLINGTON, Vt. - While this is a joyful time for many, some people are struggling with seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder. SAD affects people during the fall and winter, and usually lasts about 2 years at a time, or during a 2 week ...

Why We Get Depressed At The Holidays, And How To Deal
Huffington Post
Feelings of depression and negative mood affect many people at the holidays, and not just those who have been diagnosed with clinical depression. While there hasn't been data to suggest an actual rise in depression rates and suicides in December ...

New York Times

Climbing Out of a Deep Depression by Learning to Lean on Others
New York Times
And, at just 9 years old, Ms. Nieves carried the burden of assimilating her family — her mother and two younger siblings — to their new city. Her mother, suffering from severe depression and other mood disorders, required constant buoying, Ms. Nieves ...


The Dangers of Winter Darkness: Weak Bones, Depression and Heart Trouble
But our bodies definitely take notice—scientists are discovering that prolonged darkness can play a role in disorders from depression to diabetes. The consensus seems to be that sunlight is essential to humans, provided we can get the right dose on a ...
What's Up With That: The Science Behind Why Dark Winter Days Bum People OutWired

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