Major New Study Links Psychiatric Conditions

The way in which autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia are diagnosed and treated could be set to change forever, following a major study published today in Lancet, the medical journal. While an analysis of each of these five conditions would show us that they share a number of common characteristics and [...]

Treatment Options for Bipolar Disorder

Given the complex nature of bipolar disorder, treating the condition can be difficult for patients, their families, and the medical professionals that specialize in this field.  If your knowledge of bipolar disorder is so far limited, take the time to check out the first part of our series where we looked at the question of [...]

What is Bipolar Disorder?

For our next series, we are going to look at bipolar disorder, beginning with a summary of the condition today, before later moving onto exploring what the condition means for those who are suffering from it, the range of treatment options available, and a look at the common medications prescribed to help patients deal with [...]

Military Families Find Themselves Dealing With PTSD

Soldiers returning home from war at high risk of PTSD More than 10 years of war has led to a major health problem for the soldier returning home. PTSD is very real and families are left coping with their loved ones suffering from PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder. This is going to [...]

Benzodiazepines Sleeping Pills Increases Dementia Risk

A recent study shows a direct link between sleeping pill use and dementia. Recently the news released the findings of a French study[1]  that Benzodiazipines increase the risk of developing dementia by a 50%. In addition it was found that Benzodiazepines could lead to depression. If you use these sleeping pills, which are [...]

Male Stroke Survivors Have Higher Risk of Suffering Depression Than Females

Male stroke survivors have a higher incidence of depression. According to a new study published in the September, 2012, issue of Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation[1], depression following stroke is a big problem affecting around 33% of stroke survivors. The study reports that the more uncertainty about the outcome from the stroke [...]

Seven Steps to Happiness

When the chips are down, we often hear our friends and well-wishers telling us, “Don't worry, be happy”. But is it really possible to stay happy all the time? The answer is a resounding yes. The most important thing to remember is: you deserve to be happy like everybody else. Don't feel embarrassed about making [...]

Why am I Depressed?

Have you been feeling depressed lately and you don’t know why?  Here are some ideas and other questions you can ask yourself to hopefully better understand what is going on. Have I been getting enough exercise? Exercise has powerful mood boosting effects and can possibly work to reduce the symptoms of depression.  Some studies have [...]

The Top 5 Depression Songs

Feeling depressed?  As follows, are 5 depression songs that capture some of what it might feel like.  But even as we present them, please remember that clinical depression is treatable. 1) Alone Again, Naturally This Gilbert o’Sullivan classic is about a man who is stood up at the altar by his wife-to-be.  Its [...]

A Quick Guide to Depression Treatment

Depression. Are you unhappy, worried about your life, and things don't seem to matter? It might be depression.  And that should mean change of some sort.  What that means can vary: it can mean eating healthier and exercising, to seeing a therapist and taking medication. It's important to realize what we know about depression - [...]