Mood Disorders Feature Archive

Are Mood Disorders Conditions of Premature Aging?

Are Mood Disorders Conditions of Premature Aging?

John Kane, MD, considers prevention and treatment approaches for mood disorders.

Cognitive Impairment, Depression in the Workplace

Cognitive Impairment, Depression in the Workplace

The recently estimated $210.5 billion cost of depression to the workplace demonstrates the need for better identifying and treating cognitive impairment in depression.

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.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Mood Disorder Symptoms

Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Mood Disorder Symptoms

A new review examines neuropsychiatric manifestations associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

Implications of the Mixed Features Specifier

Implications of the Mixed Features Specifier

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

Curcumin Shows Promise as Depression Treatment

Curcumin Shows Promise as Depression Treatment

An anti-inflammatory compound in turmeric may benefit those with depression.

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.

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.

Can Subtyping Depressive Symptoms Predict Antidepressant Response?

Can Subtyping Depressive Symptoms Predict Antidepressant Response?

Many clinicians have a working assumption that subtyping patients is a critical process relevant to antidepressant treatment selection.

Unique Program Treats Military Families With Mental Health Issues

Unique Program Treats Military Families With Mental Health Issues

The Military Families Are Resilient program educates military families about available mental health resources.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Positive Effects of Love on Mental Health

The Positive Effects of Love on Mental Health

Building loving relationships has been shown to improve depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses.

Using Pharmacogenomics to Aid Antidepressant Prescribing

Using Pharmacogenomics to Aid Antidepressant Prescribing

Matching drugs to patients based on genetic profiles can optimize medication selection and help avoid adverse effects.

Treating Bipolar Disorder in a Primary Care Setting

Treating Bipolar Disorder in a Primary Care Setting

Many people with bipolar disorder seek treatment in primary care, rather than in a mental health setting.

Advances in the Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Advances in the Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder

While bright light therapy is the standard of care for SAD, cognitive-behavioral therapy and antidepressants can also be considered.

Risks and Benefits of Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy

Risks and Benefits of Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy

Links between antidepressant use in pregnant women and birth defects, autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder are inconsistent.

Addressing Cognitive Decline in Major Depressive Disorder

Addressing Cognitive Decline in Major Depressive Disorder

Clinicians should treat the depression fully and effectively first, before tackling cognitive issues.

Understanding Personality Disorders From a Cognitive-Behavioral Framework

Understanding Personality Disorders From a Cognitive-Behavioral Framework

Clinicians need to learn how to manage negative reactions and dysfunctional behavior in patients with personality disorders.

Considerations When Treating Patients for Mood Disorders

Considerations When Treating Patients for Mood Disorders

While antidepressants are used as first-line therapy for many kinds of mood disorders, clinicians need to be cognizant of medication side effects.

Primary Care Screening Tools Aid Depression Care

Primary Care Screening Tools Aid Depression Care

Guideline-based screening tools improve early diagnosis and treatment.

Is Exercising an Rx for Depression?

Is Exercising an Rx for Depression?

Prescribing physical activity benefits can help maintain treatment effect and promote general health.

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.

Can Botox Treat Depression?

Can Botox Treat Depression?

Research points to a "facial feedback hypothesis," which suggests that facial expressions feed info back to the brain, thereby influencing emotions.

Roseroot: A Natural Treatment Option for Depression?

Roseroot: A Natural Treatment Option for Depression?

The perennial plant has been used to treat depression, muscle weakness and muscle fatigue.

Antioxidants in Saffron Combat Depression, Dementia

Antioxidants in Saffron Combat Depression, Dementia

Saffron contains more than 50% of the USDA's recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, iron and magnesium, and more than 30 % of the recommended daily phosphorus and potassium.

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