New research suggests the brain fatigues, causing the body to “believe” it is tired, when in reality it’s the brain itself in need of rest. Says Scientific Council Member Michael Posner, Ph.D., “Brains appear to get...
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Did you know that almost 7% of the U.S. population is diagnosed with depression?
Clinical depression is a serious condition that negatively affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. In contrast to normal sadness, clinical depression is persistent, and significantly interferes with daily life. Untreated, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years; and if inadequately treated, depression can lead to other health-related issues. Symptoms include: a depressed mood most of the day, every day; diminished interest in daily activities; changes in appetite and sleeping patterns; fatigue; restlessness; anxiety; feelings of worthlessness or helplessness; difficulty concentrating; increased alcohol or drug use; thoughts of death or suicide.
While most studies focus on maternal effects on offspring, this new study with animal models suggests a father's life exposure to stress can increase an unborn child's risk of stress-related illnesses, including...
A new paper published in Biological Psychiatry suggests that depressed patients who ruminate and activate the brain's frontal lobes are more likely to relapse into depression than those who respond with acceptance and...
The depressive symptoms associated with both disorders can make diagnosis a challenge. Major depressive disorder (MDD) is sometimes called unipolar depression – its characteristic mood points in only one direction, “down...
Psychotic depression, which is major depressive disorder combined with psychotic delusions or hallucinations, often goes undiagnosed. The kinds of delusions that tend to typify this condition often involve fears, such as...