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Depressed About Macular Degeneration? Here's a Therapy That Could Help

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and depression are frequent companions. AMD—a disorder that can lead to progressive central vision loss (central vision is used to read, drive and recognize faces, among other daily tasks)—is the leading cause of vision loss in older adults. And depression is a leading cause of disability. Up to 30 percent of people with AMD in both eyes, called bilateral AMD, also become depressed as low vision interferes with activities they once found enjoyable. More...

Depression in Older Adults: Undiagnosed, Misdiagnosed or Left Untreated

Depression and aging do not necessarily go hand in hand. That said, the incidence of depression is clearly higher in older adults. An estimated 6.5 million of the nation's 35 million people age 65 and older suffer from major depression. Unfortunately, the disease is often undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or left untreated in the elderly and can increase the risk of early death and repeated hospitalization. More...

9 Key Symptoms of Depression

In any given year, 15 million American adults suffer at least one episode of major depression, and only 60 percent of these individuals reportedly receive treatment. More...

Stress-Induced Depression: Do You Need Medication?

If you’ve been feeling “blue” or anxious for more than two months and it is interfering with your daily activities, or if you’re having suicidal thoughts, you may have clinical depression or anxiety and should contact your doctor for an evaluation. More...

How Effective Is Botox In Treating Depression?

More than half of participants who received Botox experienced a reduction in depressive symptoms, and the rate of remission was almost one-third. Still, the treatment is considered experimental. More...

Linking Depression, Self-Esteem and Stress

Depression has been linked to low self-esteem, although the relationship is complex and it is not clear if one condition causes the other. New research suggests that people with depression who develop greater self-esteem as they get older may be better able to adapt to stress. The research was published in Psychoneuroendocrinology (Volume 41, page 111). More...

Do All Antidepressants Cause Weight Gain?

A recent study in JAMA Psychiatry examined weight changes in 19,244 adults who were taking one of 11 antidepressants: the tricyclics amitriptyline (Elavil) and nortriptyline (Pamelor); the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline (Zoloft); the serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors duloxetine (Cymbalta) and venlafaxine (Effexor); the dopamine reuptake inhibitor bupropion (Wellbutrin); and the tetracyclic mirtazapine (Remeron). More...

Mindfulness: Effective Treatment for Depression

Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs), in which people are taught to focus their attention on the present moment without judgment, can reduce symptoms in people who are in the middle of a depressive episode. More...

Hoarding Disorder: When Acquiring Possessions Is Out of Control

No one wants to throw away something that might later prove to be useful or valuable. But a person who compulsively acquires items most people would view as worthless -- and is unable to discard anything without experiencing intense anxiety -- may suffer from hoarding disorder, a condition psychiatric experts have recently recognized as a unique disorder. More...

Are You Getting the Best Treatment for Your Depression?

A recent survey of 1,318 older adults receiving care for depression, anxiety or other mental disorders found that doctors frequently don't discuss key aspects of treatment with their patients. More...

Treating Depression: Not a One-Size-Fits-All Prescription

When doctors first began prescribing antidepressant medications in the 1950s, the prevailing belief was that a short course of medication could cure depression -- much like antibiotics wipe out an infection. But over time, physicians began to realize that depression required longer treatment regimens than originally thought. Acute phase. Antidepressant medications usually produce a significant improvement in four to eight weeks, although it may take 12 weeks or longer on a therapeutic dose to see the… More...

Avoid a Stroke: Keep Calm and Carry On

Can anxiety induce a stroke? While a direct link between the two can't be established, scientists say they've found that high levels of anxiety have been associated with increased stroke risk. More...

Advice on Stopping Antidepressant Medication

Although antidepressant medications aren't addictive and, when stopped, don't cause the same type of withdrawal as medications like opiates for pain, your body may still experience withdrawal-like symptoms. If you quit cold turkey, you could experience physical discomfort or a relapse of your depression. More...

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