Depression

Brains of adolescent boys are affected differently by depression, finds study

Depression, one of the most common mood disorders, affects not only people’s emotional well-being but also the way their brain functions. The three main parts of the brain affected by depression are the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex and amygdala. The hormone, cortisol, which is regulated by the hippocampus, surges in depression patients, leading to mood and …

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Study links sleep-disordered breathing to teen depression

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses that affect thousands of people around the world. Stress during teen years is one of the key contributing factors to depressive symptoms in young children. Now, a new research presented at SLEEP 2017, the 31st annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) held in …

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Habits that can help reduce teen depression

Teenage is defined as the most unsettling time in a person’s life. There are times when a teenager feels sad or irritated either due to excessive pressure at school, peer pressure or some other reason. But when such emotions get so overwhelming that they begin to impact the teenager’s friendships, performance at school, as well …

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PTSD Awareness Month: Exposure to natural disasters could result in alcohol abuse and PTSD in adolescents, finds study

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that develops when an adolescent is exposed to some or the other traumatic event, such as sexual abuse, physical assault, violence, accident, etc. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, adolescents with PTSD are more likely to reenact a traumatic experience they have faced by …

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Teen hospital admissions for suicidal thoughts, self-harm, doubled during past decade, finds study

Mental illnesses have seen a rapid rise over the last few years, especially among teenagers. Since such conditions not only affect the victims but also their loved ones it has led to disturbing the very foundation of a healthy society, the family. According to a new research conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) …

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Regular teen angst could signal depression

When a person says that he or she is “down” or “stressed,” it is safe to assume that the individual might just be feeling bogged down by everyday activities. However, if a teen regularly uses such words, it may point to early signs of depression, says latest research. The new study titled “Understanding teen expression …

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Mental health care is helpful for teens with depressive symptoms, says study

Depression is not a normal part of growing up. Parents all too often dismiss the signs of depression as normal teen moodiness, causing them to neglect seeking professional treatment. Others hesitate to get help due to the associated stigma or financial constraints. However, delay in treatment can result in unnecessary suffering, addiction, worsening of mental …

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What is behind the high teen suicide rate in rural America?

When a young person with their life ahead of them commits suicide, it has a devastating effect on friends and family members. Death by any cause is overwhelming especially when a young person loses their life but suicide puts a heavy burden on the loved ones left behind. Dr. Robin L Goldstein, a licensed psychologist, …

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Serotonin, the ‘happy’ neurotransmitter, may not make us so happy

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter located in the brain that is derived from the amino acid tryptophan. Over the years, serotonin has been referred to as the happy neurotransmitter because it is known to have a pivotal role in the reward pathway in the brain, resulting in all those feel-good motions. In fact, drug addiction is …

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