Psychology & Psychiatry

Study highlights link between depressive symptoms and stroke risk

People with multiple depressive symptoms have an increased risk for stroke, according to findings recently published in Neurology: Clinical Practice. The collaborative study led by investigators at the University of Alabama ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Identifying early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease

When a 60-year-old tells her nurse she's been forgetting things—a dinner night with friends, a neighbor's name, or to call for a grandchild's birthday, for instance—the nurse may respond several different ways: The nurse ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Postpartum depression may persist three years after giving birth

A National Institutes of Health study of 5,000 women has found that approximately 1 in 4 experienced high levels of depressive symptoms at some point in the three years after giving birth. The rest of the women experienced ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Is election stress disorder real?

Heading into a contentious national election with an ongoing pandemic and racial unrest, many people are experiencing tension and stress.

Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behaviour, feelings and physical well-being. Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, or problems concentrating, remembering details or making decisions; and may contemplate or attempt suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains or digestive problems that are resistant to treatment may be present.

Depressed mood is a normal reaction to certain life events, a symptom of some medical conditions (e.g., Addison's disease, hypothyroidism), various medical treatments (e.g., hepatitis C drug therapy), and a feature of certain psychiatric syndromes.

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