Depressive Disorder Features Archive

Treating Patients Who Have Experienced Stillbirth

Treating Patients Who Have Experienced Stillbirth

Stillbirth is associated with suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety and other manifestations of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Therapists' Fear of Borderline Personality Disorder Persists

Therapists' Fear of Borderline Personality Disorder Persists

Many clinicians are apprehensive about the risk associated with symptoms of BPD, such as self-harm and suicidal behavior.

Children With Chronic Headaches May Be at Higher Risk of Mental Illness

Children With Chronic Headaches May Be at Higher Risk of Mental Illness

Children and teens with chronic headache pain and suspected of having an underlying psychiatric condition should be screened for anxiety and depression.

How Nutritional Interventions Can Help Improve Mental Illnesses

How Nutritional Interventions Can Help Improve Mental Illnesses

Although not usually considered as part of primary treatment, nutrition addresses the crucial link between food and brain functioning.

Animal-Assisted Therapy Linked to Psychological Benefits

Animal-Assisted Therapy Linked to Psychological Benefits

Recent studies have shown that AAT may improve outcomes and reduce various symptoms for people with depression, anxiety, dementia.

Concussions: A Growing Psychiatric Epidemic

Concussions: A Growing Psychiatric Epidemic

Until more effort is put into preventing injury in the first place, psychiatrists will likely continue to be key players in the game.

The Link Between Depression and Cardiovascular Disease

The Link Between Depression and Cardiovascular Disease

Patients with cardiovascular disease are three times more likely to develop depression, which makes mental health monitoring critical.

Racial Discrimination Linked with Worse Mental Health

Racial Discrimination Linked with Worse Mental Health

Facing racial discrimination has been shown to increase depression among African Americans in particular.

Implications of the Mixed Features Specifier

Implications of the Mixed Features Specifier

The mixed features specifier identifies a subpopulation that is often misdiagnosed.

Using Bright Light Therapy Beyond Seasonal Affective Disorder

Using Bright Light Therapy Beyond Seasonal Affective Disorder

Bright light therapy, commonly used in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder, maybe be effective for depression as well.

Depression, Diabetes Share Common Risk Factors, Treatment Approaches

Depression, Diabetes Share Common Risk Factors, Treatment Approaches

The onset of depression and diabetes are appearing earlier in the population.

How the Immune System Influences Psychiatric Disorders

How the Immune System Influences Psychiatric Disorders

Targeting inflammation could be an effective treatment strategy for certain patients with anxiety and depression.

Treating Depression and Pain Together Best for Older Patients

Treating Depression and Pain Together Best for Older Patients

Treating these chronic conditions together may minimize the stigma of depression treatment.

The Mental Health Benefits of Nature Exposure

The Mental Health Benefits of Nature Exposure

Mounting evidence indicates that greater contact with nature can help alleviate anxiety, depression and other psychiatric conditions.

The Psychiatrist's Role in Treating Unseen Diseases

The Psychiatrist's Role in Treating Unseen Diseases

September 28 through October 2 is Invisible Illness Awareness Week, which includes conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome.

Psychedelics Promising for Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, and PTSD

Psychedelics Promising for Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, and PTSD

Although questionable research sidelined psychedelic research decades ago, recent studies indicate they may be useful as a therapy for psychiatric disorders.

Man Therapy™: Using Humor to Engage 'Double-Jeopardy' Men to Think About Mental Health in a Different Way

Man Therapy™: Using Humor to Engage 'Double-Jeopardy' Men to Think About Mental Health in a Different Way

New program aims to tackle mental health issues and suicidal thoughts among men, a population often hesistant to ask for help.

Atypical Depression Linked to Risk of Inflammation, Heart Disease

Atypical Depression Linked to Risk of Inflammation, Heart Disease

Clinicians may want to consider referring atypical depression patients to a nutritionist to avoid inflammation and cardiac issues.

New Advances in Treating Mood Disorders

New Advances in Treating Mood Disorders

Big data, predictive analytics and low-field magnetic stimulation are among the tools being used to improve treatment.

Brief CBT Reduces Suicidal Behavior Among Military Personnel

Brief CBT Reduces Suicidal Behavior Among Military Personnel

Soldiers were much less likely to attempt suicide after a 12-session outpatient CBT program.

Uncontrollable Crying or Laughing: What's Behind Pseudobulbar Affect?

Uncontrollable Crying or Laughing: What's Behind Pseudobulbar Affect?

Pseudobulbar affect, which involves uncontrollable emotional outbursts, has been reported in diseases including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Declassifying Psychedelic Drugs to Examine Their Treatment Potential

Declassifying Psychedelic Drugs to Examine Their Treatment Potential

One psychiatrist is calling on authorities to declassify psychedelic drugs to study their therapeutic potential for mental illnesses.

An Overview of Psychotic Disorders and Treatment

An Overview of Psychotic Disorders and Treatment

Antipsychotics have been effective in the treatment of psychotic disorders, but clinicians must be cognizant of side effects.

Self-Defining Memories Help People with Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Self-Defining Memories Help People with Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Having those with depression or bipolar disorder recall positive memories about themselves can help in their recovery.

Metacognitive Therapy Could Benefit Wide Range of Mental Illnesses

Metacognitive Therapy Could Benefit Wide Range of Mental Illnesses

Targeting dysfunctional beliefs patients hold about thoughts could help treat depression, anxiety, and OCD.

A Primer on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

A Primer on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Despite advances in understanding OCD, it remains one of the toughest psychiatric disorders to diagnose and treat.

Depression and Anxiety in COPD: The Role of the Psychiatrist

Depression and Anxiety in COPD: The Role of the Psychiatrist

Although depression and anxiety are two of the most common comorbidities in patients with COPD, they are infrequently treated in this population.

Herbal Medicine Holds Promise for Treatment of Mental Disorders

Herbal Medicine Holds Promise for Treatment of Mental Disorders

Fewer side effects than prescription drugs with similar efficacy make herbal medicines an alternative treatment consideration.

Causes of and Treatment for Pain Catastrophizing

Causes of and Treatment for Pain Catastrophizing

Although a recent study indicates that treatment with SSRI antidepressants may help, CBT remains the primary form of therapy.

Psychiatry and the Gut: The Role of Microbiota in Mood Disorders

Psychiatry and the Gut: The Role of Microbiota in Mood Disorders

Bacteria in the gut can influence the brain and mood, so clinicians should be mindful of their patients' diet.

Biofeedback Can Help Improve Symptoms of Mental Disorders

Biofeedback Can Help Improve Symptoms of Mental Disorders

Patients can learn how to influence physiological responses, which can help alleviate psychiatric symptoms.

How Neuroinflammation May Play a Role in Mood Disorders

How Neuroinflammation May Play a Role in Mood Disorders

Clinicians should encourage patients to make lifestyle changes that will favorably impact the body's inflammatory system.

Improving Access to Treatment for Women with Perinatal Depression

Improving Access to Treatment for Women with Perinatal Depression

Despite advances in the last decade, many pregnant women with depression still do not receive adequate treatment.

Yoga Can Improve Symptoms of Mental Illnesses

Yoga Can Improve Symptoms of Mental Illnesses

A growing body of research demonstrates that yoga can improve symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD.

Treating Co-Morbid Sleep Problems with Psychiatric Disorders

Treating Co-Morbid Sleep Problems with Psychiatric Disorders

Sleep dysfunction may be a symptom of mental disorders and should be targeted for treatment by clinicians.

Primary Care Screening Tools Aid Depression Care

Primary Care Screening Tools Aid Depression Care

Guideline-based screening tools improve early diagnosis and treatment.

Identifying Fast-Acting Treatments for Resistant Depression

Identifying Fast-Acting Treatments for Resistant Depression

A NIMH initiative aims to find faster-acting antidepressants in order to treat patients with severe depression that requires urgent treatment.

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