Anxiety vs. Nervousness 101: Managing ‘Mild’ Anxiety

Anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders and even post-traumatic stress disorder are all classified as “anxiety disorders” by mental health professionals. In order to be diagnosed with one, you must meet certain criteria: the way in which you experience your symptoms must be severe enough, appear often enough and become disruptive enough to be called…

Effective Treatment for Depressive Personality Traits

Depressive personality disorder (DPD) is an unofficial mental health condition characterized by the presence of several different symptoms that leave affected individuals in chronically depressed or melancholy moods. Despite the unofficial status of the disorder, current evidence indicates that depressive personality traits can seriously diminish a person’s sense of well-being, especially when these traits appear…

Recovering from Dysthymia

Dysthymia (or dysthymic disorder) is a serious form of depression that, by definition, lasts for a period of at least two years. While it produces relatively moderate symptoms, its long-term effects on a person’s mood and life outlook can easily be as disruptive or debilitating as the effects associated with major depression (major depressive disorder).…

Depression in Preschool Is Real

Preschool depression is the term mental health professionals use to describe symptoms of major depression that appear in children younger than 6. At one point, there was considerable doubt among these professionals that such a condition truly existed. However, evidence gathered in the last several years strongly supports its reality. According to a study published…

New Definition of Depression Includes Sustained Grief

Major depression is a life-altering mental health disorder that affects children, teenagers and adults. However, for a number of reasons, older adults with depression-related symptoms often don’t receive a depression diagnosis. In order to at least partially rectify this situation (and accomplish a number of other goals), the organization responsible for creating the standard definition…