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Depression Intensifies the Hard Parts of Being Ill

A chronic illness is any ongoing illness which evades cure but which can be managed with proper care. These sorts of long-term illnesses can require major adjustments. Those adjustments may be financial or they may be physical. When this happens the person affected may struggle with some negative feelings. Being limited by a chronic health […]

Depression and Serotonin: Questioning the Chemical Imbalance Theory

The understanding of depression has changed in remarkable ways over the past century or so. From the “melancholia” of Freud’s time to electroshock “Cuckoo’s Nest” conceptualizations, doctors, writers, and sufferers have struggled to capture the best set of words and images to convey this debilitating illness. Is the “chemical imbalance” theory, and in particular the […]

Drinking and Depression in Women

Drinking and depression are often connected. Women who are depressed may self-medicate using alcohol and women who drink too much are susceptible to depression. The combination presents specific challenges for the woman suffering from depression and alcohol abuse as well as for her caregivers.

Workplace Bullying Leads to Increased Use of Psychiatric Drugs

Workplace bullying is a term used to describe a range of aggressive behaviors designed to intimidate, threaten, humiliate or sabotage co-workers or employees in a job or workplace setting. These behaviors act as a rough adult counterpart to the bullying activities that occur in middle school, high school, or college settings. Several modern studies link […]

Focus on Postnatal Depression May Drown Out Prenatal Depression Concerns

There has been significant attention given in recent years to the risk of postnatal depression. Increasing awareness has led to screenings at postnatal checkups, in addition to the issuing of education materials from the hospital to new mothers following delivery.