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Is This Depression Treatment No Better Than a Placebo?

Some people have claimed that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are not helpful for treating depression because only approximately half of the studies of SSRIs found a difference between these medications and a placebo. But a recent reanalysis suggests otherwise. More...

Study: 'Laughing Gas' May Help Relieve Treatment-Resistant Depression

Depressive symptoms improved significantly at two hours and 24 hours after treatment in people who received nitrous oxide compared to those who received placebo. More...

Apps To Help Monitor Mood Swings

Researchers are working on a new type of app that can automatically track a person’s moods by recording and analyzing trends in conversations, movements or other activities. More...

Religion, Therapy a Good Mix for Treating Depression

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that incorporates a person’s religious beliefs can relieve depression as effectively as conventional CBT. More...

Depression: Does It Increase the Risk of Stroke?

A recent study suggests that people who are depressed have a higher risk of having a stroke than those who aren’t depressed. And this increased risk may last even after the symptoms of depression go away. More...

Substance Abuse and Aging: a Growing Problem

Many older individuals may be self-medicating with alcohol and drugs as a way of managing depression or anxiety symptoms, coping with loneliness or loss, or dealing with pain. While this may temporarily ease a person's discomfort, many negative health consequences can develop from using these substances as a mental-health crutch. More...

Can Depression Be An Early Sign of Alzheimer's?

Some researchers believe that depression may be an early symptom of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. More...

The Health Perks of Pet Ownership

Pets enhance emotional and psychological well-being, according to various studies. Animal companionship has been associated with decreases in depression, fatigue, loneliness, stress and social isolation—common conditions to which older adults are particularly vulnerable. More...

Learning to Overcome Persistent Anxiety

We all experience anxiety from time to time. Some people, though, are in a constant state of excessive and persistent anxiety. Their worrying is often out of proportion to the actual likelihood or impact of the feared event. If this sounds like you, you may have what’s called generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), the most common anxiety disorder among older adults. People with GAD typically agonize over everyday concerns, such as job responsibilities and finances or even… More...

Major Depression: What You Need to Know

In any given year, 15 million American adults—approximately 5 to 8 percent of the population—suffer at least one episode of major depression, and only 60 percent of these individuals reportedly receive treatment. More...

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...

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