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Irritable Depression: When Sadness Feels Like Anger

Ever feel so frustrated and pent up that even the slightest thing seems like it could set you off? It can feel like anger, but is it truly rage or is it a different emotion? One that defies words but combines anger, frustration, sadness, anxiety, stress, and edginess? Irritability can feel like emotional sandpaper under …

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When Hospitalization Is Needed for Depression

Depression is not only one of the most common types of mental illness, it is also one of the most treatable. In most cases, treatment involves outpatient psychotherapy and /or medication. Many individuals experience at least some – if not significant – reduction in symptoms with proper treatment. However, some situations require psychiatric inpatient treatment. …

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Diagnosing Depression Among Women of Childbearing Age

The health perils of the childbearing years are few, perhaps, compared with the challenges that can occur at middle age and beyond. Women in their 20s and 30s may be able to enjoy many years of uninhibited good health as they begin their families and strive in their professional and academic goals.

Low Grade Depression

Most parents are familiar with the term low grade fever. A child who has a slight temperature, not high enough to arouse alarm and yet, not quite normal is described as running a low grade temperature. Dysthymia is a term used by psychologists to describe something similar in terms of mood function. Dysthymia describes a …

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