Browsing All posts tagged under »Depression«

One Big Not-So-Happy Family: Major Psychiatric Disorders Share a Common Genetic Link

August 14, 2013 by

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I’m a recipient of a Google Alert on Bipolar Disorder.  This just means that Google automatically notifies me when there’s new news (as opposed to the old kind, I guess) on the web on BD. It can be from news sources, blogs, videos—you name it. Some days, 5 out of 6 of the news stories […]

Awareness Times Two: Anxiety/Depression and Women’s Health

May 10, 2013 by

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If you’re anything like me (and let’s hope for your sakes you’re not), being aware really takes a lot out of you. With ‘aware’ having synonyms like ‘cognizant,’ ‘mindful,’ ‘wide-awake,’ ‘vigilant,’ and ‘wary’ (I took ‘conscious’ alright–I’m pretty sure I’ve got that pegged), expecting me to be ‘aware’ for any length of time seems to […]

Sleep Deprivation and Depression–Everything You Don’t Expect

January 29, 2013 by

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ECT, TMS, antidepressants, Ketamine–ever thought you’d heard of just about every way there is to treat depression? Well here’s one I bet you haven’t heard of: Sleep deprivation. That’s right: doctors have found that depriving patients of sleep can ease their symptomatology–and can do so faster than antidepressants. Ann Wirz-Justice, Ph.D, of the Chronobiology and […]

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby–or Have We?

October 10, 2012 by

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I like to think that stigma surrounding mental illness has gone the way of the patents on the big blockbuster medications–it’s just expired and other views, less expensive on the psyche, have moved in to fill its place. Celebrities and the otherwise famous ‘come out,’ shattering the illusion of the mentally ill as hapless, disenfranchised, […]

The Decimating Damage of Depression: Vivid Numbers Plus a Visual

August 20, 2012 by

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; “I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would be not one cheerful face on earth. Whether I shall ever be better, I cannot tell. I awfully forebode I shall not. To remain as I am is impossible. I must die […]

If the Wife Takes an Antidepressant, is the Husband Protected From Suicide?

July 20, 2012 by

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About one in every 10 Americans takes an antidepressant these days. It’s a hip thing to do. A Center for Disease Control and Prevention Data Brief, “Antidepressant Use in Persons Aged 12 and Over: United States, 2005–2008,” shares some interesting statistics about how usage has grown, and who’s leading the charge. For example, Antidepressants were the […]

Depressed Older Cancer Patients–What Prevents Better Care?

June 13, 2012 by

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(freedigitalphotos.net) “From 2010 to 2030, the total projected cancer incidence will increase by approximately 45%, from 1.6 million in 2010 to 2.3 million in 2030. This increase is driven by cancer diagnosed in older adults and minorities. A 67% increase in cancer incidence is anticipated for older adults, compared with an 11% increase for younger […]

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