Postpartum depression is a form of depression that affects roughly 12.5% of all new mothers anywhere from days to months after they give birth. The condition can occur in mild, moderate or severe form. No one knows exactly why depression arises in the aftermath of childbirth, although doctors and researchers have identified the most common risk factors. The medical community has also identified the most likely postpartum symptoms.
LGBT teens who are open about their sexual identities and gender orientations in high school have higher self-esteem and less depression as young adults than students who are not out at school, according to a new study from the University of Arizona (UA).
by Carolyn Hughes
There are times when life brings disappointment, adversity and tragedy, and when it does “Why me?” is a natural question to ask. But if “Why me?” has become a regular feature of your thinking, then you could be living with a victim mentality.
Depression is the accepted term for a range of conditions, known technically as depressive disorders, that center on the presence of disruptive, “down” emotional states. There is considerable evidence that at least some of the risk for depression stems from genetic variations that affect the body’s use of a key chemical called serotonin. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from three U.S. institutions conducted testing designed to determine if people affected by cocaine addiction have an unusual susceptibility to genetically based, serotonin-related depression.
For 20 years, I battled with a cycle of depression that went from manageable low moods to periods of isolation and despair. Yet it wasn’t until I had a complete breakdown that I started to challenge my mental health status. When I did, it turned out to be the first step to overcoming depression and the foundation to learning how to keep emotionally well.
Middle-age is a time of life that brings change for many parents. One of those changes happens when a young adult moves out of the family home. Some parents experience what’s been dubbed “empty nest syndrome,” an informal term for the sadness, grief and loneliness felt after a child leaves home. For some, these negative feelings can persist and make them vulnerable to developing depression.
Some people choose to drink in order to feel brighter and less inhibited in social settings. But perhaps a greater number choose to drink in order to dull the pain of life’s difficulties. Sometimes this decision to drown sorrows and stress in alcohol becomes a regular way of coping with any frustration or disappointment. That’s when drinking can be a sign of depression.
The disease of addiction doesn’t just affect the addict; it impacts all members of the family. If you have lived with an addict for any length of time, you know that the hold drugs or other substances have had on your loved one have caused extreme turbulence and unpredictability for your whole family. The stress that you have experienced can be compared to having a major trauma every day, such as a plane crash.
When it comes to getting happier, little things mean a lot. The mood pick-me-ups below are quick, easy and drug-free. They might not solve every problem in your life, but they can help keep a bad moment from turning into a lousy day, and that can put you in a better frame of mind for tackling the big stuff.
Over the past couple of decades involvement in teen sports has become more competitive. More intense practices and games lead to broken limbs, cuts and bruises. These injuries heal relatively easily, but in the case of concussions there can be lasting damage. A study provides evidence that a concussion suffered during adolescence may increase the likelihood of developing depression threefold.
Research has shown lasting effects from childhood trauma, including substance use, mood disorders and risky sex. A new study shows that victims of childhood abuse are more likely to experience delayed remission from depression. The same impact occurs among adults that had addict parents.
While most expectant mothers in the U.S. are aware of the risks drinking and drug use pose for their unborn babies, drinking during pregnancy continues—and not always light drinking. What causes expectant mothers to consume alcohol and even binge drink during pregnancy? What motivates the behavior and what can be done to help women abstain from using and abusing alcohol during pregnancy?
Unfortunately the problem goes much deeper than the simple, unthinking craving for a drink or the desire for a little chemical relaxation. The issue? Depression, anxiety and other negative emotions, also referred to as “negative affectivity.”
My dad, then barely at the cusp between teenage years and expected-to-be adult ones, had a problem. He was charismatic and intelligent and wry but he’d been hurt—badly. At the age of 5, his mother had dressed him in knee socks and a little bow tie and asked him and his brothers, “Do you want to go somewhere where you can ride horses every day?” Yes. “Do you want to go somewhere where you can play tennis and go swimming every day?” Naturally. And so she packed them into the car and dropped them off at the nearest boy’s home. She never came back.
Social media is an integral part of the modern world, and anybody versed in human nature knows that we are often described as “social animals.” It would follow from this assumption that since websites like Facebook allow us to interact with our friends at times when we would otherwise be alone, and open our interactions up to vastly larger numbers of people, that using social media would make us feel better. However, recent research on the topic at the University of Michigan has revealed the opposite, meaning that people who use Facebook more regularly will be in a lesser mood that those who use it more infrequently. Finding out more about the research helps one understand how the relationship was identified and what it could imply for how we use social media.