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Health News - Depression

Anxiety in the West: Is it on the rise?
Anxiety seems to be taking over society. In this article, we ask whether anxiety really is on the rise, and why it might be increasing in prevalence. (Medical News Today)

Urologic conditions lead to depression, sleep issues in men
Physicians need to be aware that men with urologic conditions often have depression and sleep problems and should refer them appropriately, says a study. (Medical News Today)

Your mental health app's diagnosis could be way off
According to new research, mental health apps commonly overdiagnose their users. The team conducted a content analysis of 61 mental health apps. (Medical News Today)

Ketamine for depression may contribute to opioid dependence
A new study warns that ketamine works almost like an opioid, and it raises concerns that the drug may do more harm than good in the long run. (Medical News Today)

Distress boosts heart attack and stroke risk
Experiencing high levels of psychological distress has an important impact on a person's risk of heart attack and stroke, new research warns. (Medical News Today)

Severe depression: Vagus nerve stimulator improves lives
A new study shows that vagus nerve stimulation, when added to medication, can drastically improve the lives of people with treatment-resistant depression. (Medical News Today)

Herpesvirus may lead to bipolar, depression
New research finds the herpesvirus HHV-6 in the brain cells of people who lived with severe depression, bipolar disorder, or both. (Medical News Today)

Brain area responsible for pessimism found
New research finds that stimulating a brain area called the caudate nucleus induces a tendency to focus too much on the downsides of a situation. (Medical News Today)

Exercise for mental health: How much is too much?
We know that physical activity can improve a person's mental health and well-being, but how much exercise is best, and how much is too much? (Medical News Today)

Molecule deficiency may help diagnose severe depression
New research shows that reduced blood levels of a specific molecule may predict the severity of major depressive disorder and change diagnostic practices. (Medical News Today)

Will climate change increase suicide rates?
A new study investigates the links between high temperatures and increases in suicide rates. The authors make some bleak predictions for the future. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking Lexapro?
Lexapro is the brand name of a drug called escitalopram, which is a safe and effective treatment for depression and anxiety. Doctors strongly recommend that people avoid alcohol while taking Lexapro. Alcohol can counteract the benefits of taking antidepressants and worsen their side effects. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How to care for yourself after an abortion
A medical abortion is generally a safe procedure that carries few risks. It is important to know what to expect after an abortion, including the recovery time. In this article, we talk about what to do after an abortion and when to see a doctor. We also provide some self-care tips. (Medical News Today)

Can you have a miscarriage without bleeding?
Bleeding is usually the earliest sign of a pregnancy loss. However, some miscarriages occur without bleeding, or bleeding may follow other symptoms. It is important to remember that new symptoms do not always signal a pregnancy loss and that the risk declines after the first weeks of pregnancy. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How to cope with a depressive episode
Depressive episodes are periods of low mood and other symptoms of depression. Tackling depression as soon as it arises and making changes to thoughts and behaviors might improve a person’s mood and help them recover more quickly. Here, we cover what a depressive episode is and 12 tips for coping with one. (Medical News Today)

Can Lexapro cause weight changes?
Lexapro is the brand name for a drug called escitalopram, which treats depression and anxiety. As a side effect, Lexapro may cause some people to gain a small amount of weight. Less commonly, it may cause weight loss. A healthful diet and regular exercise can help to prevent unwanted changes in weight. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What is fluoxetine?
Fluoxetine oral capsule is a prescription medication used to treat conditions such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, and panic attacks. It comes as the brand-name drugs Prozac and Prozac Weekly, and as a generic drug. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more. (Medical News Today)

What is venlafaxine?
Venlafaxine oral tablet is a prescription drug used to treat depression and social anxiety disorder (SAD). It comes in two forms: immediate-release (treats depression) and extended-release (treats depression and SAD). Both forms are available only as generic drugs. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more. (Medical News Today)

How to boost serotonin and improve mood
Foods that contain tryptophan can help the body produce serotonin, which may improve mood. Here, we look at eight foods that boost serotonin, including salmon, eggs, spinach, and seeds. We also cover the difference between serotonin and tryptophan, the importance of carbohydrates, and other tips for improving mood. (Medical News Today)

How does depression affect the body?
Depression does not only affect a person’s mood and emotions. Long-term, it can also affect their body in ways that may be serious. In this article, learn about the physical effects that doctors link to depression, including chronic pain, weight changes, heart disease, gastrointestinal problems, and inflammation. (Medical News Today)

How to safely stop antidepressants
People may wish to stop taking antidepressants for several reasons, but stopping suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms or relapse. Here, we look at why stopping antidepressants can be hard and how to relieve withdrawal symptoms. We discuss which antidepressants are harder to stop taking and provide tips for stopping. (Medical News Today)

Signs of alcohol withdrawal syndrome
Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is the cluster of symptoms that may develop when someone who is alcohol dependent suddenly stops drinking. Alcohol affects many body systems, so the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome can vary widely. In this article, learn about the signs and symptoms, as well as the treatment options. (Medical News Today)

Could an Amazonian psychedelic treat depression?
For many people with depression, medical treatments do not work. According to a recent study, the psychedelic drug ayahuasca might be the answer. (Medical News Today)

Exercise, the 'best antidepressant,' also prevents heart disease
Depression often interferes with the motivation to exercise and raises the risk of heart disease. New research aims to help people overcome this obstacle. (Medical News Today)

Why does depression make you feel tired?
Depression can lead to a lack of physical and emotional energy, in addition to causing sleep disturbances that leave a person feeling chronically fatigued. In this article, learn about the link between fatigue and depression, as well as the possible complications and how to cope. (Medical News Today)

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