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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Virtually any trauma, defined as an event that is life-threatening or that severely compromises the emotional well-being of an individual or causes intense fear, may cause PTSD. Such events often include either experiencing or witnessing a severe accident or physical injury, receiving a life-threatening medical diagnosis, being the victim of kidnapping or torture, exposure to war combat …

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PTSD At A Glance


PTSD At A Glance•Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an emotional illness that was first formally diagnosed in soldiers and war veterans and is usually caused by terribly frightening, life-threatening, or otherwise highly unsafe experiences but can also be caused by devastating life events like unemployment or divorce.•PTSD symptom types include re-experiencing the trauma, avoidance, and hyperarousal.•PTSD has a lifetime prevalence …

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How is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD) treated


How is PTSD treated? Treatments for PTSD usually include psychological and medical treatments. Providing information about the illness, helping the individual manage the trauma by talking about it directly, teaching the person ways to manage symptoms of PTSD, and exploration and modification of inaccurate ways of thinking about the trauma are the usual techniques used in psychotherapy for this illness. …

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Chronic Pain and Depression


Living with chronic pain should be enough of a burden for anybody. But pile on depression — one of the most common problems faced by people with chronic pain — and that burden gets even heavier. Depression can magnify pain, and make it harder to cope. The good news is that chronic pain and depression aren’t inseparable. Effective treatments can …

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A Meeting of Hearts and Minds


A Meeting of Hearts and Minds  Every cell of the brain and the heart is held together by a membrane that is rich in fat. Studies show that fish oils — rich in omega-3 fatty acids — may be as effective as conventional drugs in alleviating unipolar and bipolar depression. And they reduce the risk of heart disease. We often …

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What Is Good Brain Food?


What Is Good Brain Food? Diet tips for staying in top mental health. We know that the foods we eat affect the body. But they may have even more of an influence on how the brain works. We know that the foods we eat affect the body. But they may have even more of an influence on how the brain …

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Doctors Unaware of Many Patient Side Effects


Doctors Unaware of Many Patient Side EffectsBothersome side effects are one reason people with depression stop taking their depression medications prematurely. Working with your doctor may help reduce these problems. But according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, psychiatrists may not be aware of most side effects experienced by patients. According to the study, the …

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Chocolate and Depression: What’s the Connection


Chocolate and Depression: What’s the Connection? Who doesn’t love a bit of decadent chocolate every now and again? But could we be overdoing it? Well, the most recent study on the subject has found that people with depression symptoms consume 56% more servings of chocolate candy in a month than those without the symptoms. And people with possible major depression …

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Girls at Risk for Depression Respond Less to Reward


Girls at Risk for Depression Respond Less to RewardGirls whose mothers suffer from depression appear to have impairments in the processing of reward and loss, which might predict future depression, suggests a new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.Brain images revealed patterns of activation that indicate significant variations in reward functioning among girls with a family history of …

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Antismoking Drug Not Linked to Risk of Self-harm or Depression


Antismoking Drug Not Linked to Risk of Self-harm or DepressionDespite previous reports linking the antismoking drug Chantix® (varenicline) to suicide, suicidal thoughts, and depression, a new study published in the British Medical Journal shows that, if such a risk exists, it is likely to be very small. Last July, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued labeling requirements for Chantix …

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Acupuncture and pregnancy


 Acupuncture and pregnancy Acupuncture that’s specific for depression may benefit some pregnant women with the mood disorder, suggests a new study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology. In the 8-week study, depression-specific acupuncture—based on traditional Chinese medicine—outperformed traditional acupuncture and Swedish massage in reducing the severity of depression symptoms. The special acupuncture’s response rate was also greater: 63% versus 44% for …

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