Overview of Treatments for Depression

While depression, or major depressive disorder, is a condition that has likely existed throughout human history, depression-specific treatments are relatively new. For centuries, the medical world was not able to successfully distinguish between different kinds of mental illness. Once depression was isolated as a unique disorder, science was able to begin developing treatment options that…

What is Situational Depression?

Situational depression is a short-term form of depression that can occur in the aftermath of various traumatic changes in your normal life, including divorce, retirement, loss of a job and the death of a relative or close friend. Doctors sometimes refer to the condition as adjustment disorder. A person with situational depression may have symptoms…

Professors use Students’ Shooting Rampages to Study Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome

After two gunmen went on shooting rampages at two major universities, scientists at both institutes have been conducting extensive research about how students who witnessed the tragedy were affected by the event. They are developing new insights into conditions such as posttraumatic stress syndrome, and why some people develop it after witnessing violence and/or coming…

Gender and Depression

As one of the most common psychiatric disorders, depression affects people from all walks of life. It can interfere with every aspect of life, including work, close relationships, and social interactions. Depression affects both men and women, although statistics show that over twice as many women than men are prone to struggle with it. Additionally,…

Women and ADHD Medication

A mental health disorder that has been given much attention in childhood is beginning to be noted in adulthood as well. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD as it is most commonly called, is a condition which affects three to five percent of American children. However, increasingly the disorder is being recognized in adults and…