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Genes Explain 42% of Antidepressant Response, Study Finds

Individuals treated for depression rarely experience a quick solution. When antidepressant medications result in a successful treatment, symptom improvement is still weeks away when the first pill is taken. For many, several options are tried before the clinician is able to prescribe the right antidepressant that will reduce symptom severity.

Depression or Burn-Out: What’s the Difference?

Whether a person works in a bustling office, from a virtual office or even is taking care of kids at home, sometimes the demands of the job can start to take their toll. Highly demanding roles can lead to sleep disturbances, feeling apathetic and blue and difficulty in remembering. Does this mean that the person […]

Chronic Worrying Can Set Stage for PTSD

Worrying is a mental state characterized by a sense of uneasiness and a tendency to dwell on existing problems or potential future problems. In certain contexts, this mental state functions as a natural, beneficial part of the human emotional repertoire. However, if left unchecked, worrying can turn into an excessive, unproductive process that increases one’s […]

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 […]

Blood Tests Identify Depressed Teens and Adults

Major depression (major depressive disorder) is a complex form of mental illness that can have a severe negative impact on the lives of people of almost all ages. Sometimes, mental health professionals have a hard time distinguishing the symptoms of depression in specific individuals. They also sometimes have difficulty convincing affected individuals of the seriousness […]