A new advisory report from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening all adults for depression, now to include pregnant women and those who recently gave birth. Drug therapy, talk therapy and behavioral therapies were recommended when appropriate.
The belief that people are more likely to commit suicide during the holiday season is nothing more than a myth, and a dangerous one at that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And researchers say those who are vulnerable would be helped if mainstream media stopped perpetuating this falsehood.
As measured using objective reviews and standardized parameters, a large survey revealed that an astounding 55 percent of doctors are beaten down by their profession, a major increase over the prior three years. It is likely this trend will get worse, and both doctors and patients will suffer.
Most people have heard of SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is a fancy term for depression that typically has its onset in late fall or early winter a period when the days are getting shorter. A study found that treatments involving exposure to light, as well as taking medication, showed promise in helping sufferers.
Omega 3 fatty acids (from fish oil) have been touted as a cure-all for pretty much every malady on the planet. With very rare exceptions, once studied properly, they end up being useless. If this depresses you, don't take fish oil. It just failed in a trial that examined whether it could treat depression. With commentary from ACSH advisor, Dr. David Seres.
What s a person to do, when on the one hand it s clear that many Americans are being under-treated for a dangerous condition, while on the other, too many of us are getting way too much care. The lesson: especially when it comes to our health, too much is as bad as too little.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is in the process of updating their recommendations for depression screening, now urging family physicians to regularly screen patients for depression. While the recommendation is for all
Previous studies have suggested that pregnant women taking a commonly-prescribed class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) late in pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). PPHN (also known as persistent fetal circulation) is a
Bullying is a common topic in the news these days. While in the past it consisted mainly of physical abuse, the problem has been magnified many times over by the explosion of social media.
Up to 20 percent of women may experience depressive symptoms at some point during pregnancy, and up to a year after giving birth. It isn t a flaw or a weakness and it is something that needs to be taken seriously.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression related to changes in seasons. Most people with SAD experience symptoms that start in the fall and continue throughout the winter months, then fade away as spring begins. Symptoms of major depression that may be part of
According to the CDC s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Data Brief, almost 8 percent of Americans aged 12 and older reported moderate to severe depressive symptoms in 2009 to 2012, but only one-third of those people sought treatment from a mental health professional.