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Depression is a common, but serious mood disorder that involves the brain. Depression is also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, and is one of most prevalent forms of mental illness. Depression causes severe symptoms that persist at least two weeks, and is more than just a feeling or being “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days.

There are some forms of depression that are slightly different or develop under certain circumstances. Just four of these forms of depression are Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as SAD), Bipolar Disorder, Psychotic Depression, and Postpartum Depression. Depression in older adults also has unique characteristics and treatment.

Depression In Older Adults

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Depression In Older Adults Depression In Seniors Is A Common and Serious Condition In older adults, symptoms of depression can appear differently, but anxiety and depression are not a normal part of growing old. Many seniors and older adults are reluctant to seek treatment due to stigma associated with mental illness. It is estimated that one out …

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Can Psychiatry and Therapy Treat Trauma?

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Can Psychiatry and Therapy Treat Trauma? Yes, psychiatry and talk therapy can be very beneficial for people with past trauma. Psychiatry is a specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating mental health conditions, and they can provide a range of …

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Seasonal Depression, SAD, and The Holiday Blues, Tips To Help

Seasonal Depression and Holiday Blues: Tips For Coping Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal depression, seasonal affective disorder, or the “holiday blues” every year, and there are lots of valid reasons why. Shorter daylight hours, cold weather, and holiday stress can all contribute to seasonal depression symptoms. Anyone can experience symptoms of depression during the …

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Can Anxiety, Depression and Stress Cause Insomnia?

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Can Anxiety, Depression and Stress Cause Insomnia? Most research suggests a bi-directional relationship between sleep problems and mental health. In other words, underlying mental health disorders can make sleeping more difficult. Poor sleep, on the other hand, can trigger or worsen mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

How to Set Goals When Living with Depression

Set Goals When Living with Depression

How to Set Goals When Living with Depression Goal setting is one of the most important elements of success in our professional and personal lives. Empirical research supports the idea that having clear goals can positively impact day-to-day well being, but setting realistic and achievable goals can be challenging under the best of circumstances. If …

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Is Social Media Making Me Depressed?

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If you feel stressed, depressed or anxious after scrolling on your phone, there may be good reason why. The type of media you’re consuming, and which social media platforms you’re using may be affecting your mood. Recent news coverage has been full of studies examining the link between social media usage and increased depression, anger, …

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National Depression Screening Day Is October 7, 2021

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Depression is more than just feeling down October 7, 2021 is National Depression Screening Day, a part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Depression is more than just feeling sad or going through a rough patch. It’s a common, but serious mental health condition that requires understanding and medical care. Left untreated, depression can be devastating …

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Mental Health Care in Massachusetts

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1 in 5 U.S. Adults Experience Mental Illness Each Year October 3-9, 2021 is Mental Illness Awareness Week. This year, the focus is advocating for better care for people with serious mental illness and the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be sharing stories from real people. Across the country, people experience barriers to accessing …

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