Around 14.8 million Americans suffer from depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. It’s the third most common cause of hospitalization for Americans ages 18 to 44 and the leading cause of disability worldwide. Learn about some of the conditions that may put you at greater risk for depression, and what you can do to develop resiliency against it.
No one seeks out depression. People don’t typically enjoy experiencing sadness, lethargy and hopelessness. It seems perfectly logical to try to avoid these emotions, not embrace them. However, your dislike of depression and efforts to escape it may be what is keeping you stuck in it.
Surviving recovery from addiction and avoiding relapse is tough, but it becomes even more difficult if you experience symptoms of depression. Addiction or substance abuse commonly occurs with depression. In fact, up to 40 percent of people with a substance use disorder also struggle with a mood disorder, which can include depression. Know the signs and symptoms of depression and learn to recognize when you’re not feeling right so that you can get the help you need.
New findings from a team of Chinese researchers indicate that hair levels of a stress-related hormone called cortisol reflect the presence of new-onset depression in women, but not recurring bouts of depression.
Women have a well-established, gender-specific risk for major depression and other forms of depressive illness. Current evidence indicates that body levels of the stress hormone cortisol help determine any given individual’s level of depression exposure. In a study published in April 2015 in the Journal of Affective Disorders, researchers from two Chinese universities explored the possibility of using hair testing of women’s cortisol levels to identify the presence of major depression. These researchers linked hair cortisol levels to new cases of depression in women, but not to ensuing episodes of depression.
New findings from a multinational research team indicate that the core symptoms of major depression found in American women are highly similar to the core symptoms found in Chinese women.
American women have a much higher level of lifetime exposure to major depression than men. The standard criteria for diagnosing the disorder in the U.S. come from an organization called the American Psychiatric Association (APA). In a study published in March 2015 in the journal Psychological Medicine, researchers from the U.S., the United Kingdom and the Netherlands compared the accuracy of the APA major depression diagnosis in American women to the accuracy of the same standard of diagnosis for women in China, as well as women in Europe.
Researchers recently explored the possibility of whether alcohol problems leading to insomnia also lead to increased suicide risks, concluding that the alcohol-related suicide risk factors seem to vary by gender.
New findings from a team of American researchers indicate that a combined history of ADHD and exposure to highly traumatic situations in childhood significantly increase young women’s chances of developing depression and experiencing a range of other serious or severe mental health issues.
In a study with major public health consequences, researchers have found that women who take oral contraceptives that contain equal amounts of estrogen and progestin have a much smaller chance of developing major depression, panic disorder and anxiety disorder, a new study finds.
New research from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom has identified a possible link between the immune system and mental illness. The study suggests that the release of a certain protein during the immune system’s attempts to fight off infection may have a connection to depression or psychosis later in life.
Women enrolled in a study to help determine how their mental health changes with age showed a marked decrease in well-being later in life.
Doctors, public health officials and researchers are well aware that women throughout the world have increased chances of developing certain mental health problems when compared to men. However, any given woman’s mental health-related risks don’t necessarily remain constant over the course of her lifetime. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Quality of Life Research, researchers from Australia’s University of Queensland used a well-known screening tool called the Short Form Health Survey (commonly referred to as SF-36) to help determine how women’s mental health typically changes with advancing age.
When clinical depression strikes, what is the best way to receive treatment? Are patients better off checking into a 24-hour treatment facility where they can receive round-the-clock help, or are they better served by day programs, which allow them to maintain much of their daily life while working to overcome their depression?
Therapy has become almost commonplace in the modern era, at least throughout the developed world. As therapy has become run-of-the-mill, the one-hour-per-week therapy session has become standard along with it.
People affected by problematic substance use are unusually likely to develop symptoms of major depression or some other form of diagnosable depressive disorder. People with serious substance issues also have clearly heightened chances of attempting suicide. In a study published in July 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, a team of U.S. researchers assessed the contribution that substance-related depression makes to suicide risks and compared that contribution to the influence of depression not related to substance use. These researchers concluded that both sources of depression increase the short-term odds that a person will make a suicide attempt.