In what could be the greatest development in depression treatment since Prozac, scientists from some of America’s top universities are finding that “curing insomnia in people with depression could double their chance of full recovery,” according to The New York Times.
College is filled with fun and independence, but also many responsibilities, which can stress out your teen. According to the Archives of General Psychiatry, about half of college students will have some mental health concerns, often depression. The American College Health Association posted a similar study showing that 6.2% of students considered suicide and 1.3% attempted it. While depression is a large concern for college students and their families, there are ways to lessen depressive symptoms and promote wellness.
A study of nearly 4,300 kids reveals that both chronic and current bullying negatively affect mental and physical health, including higher levels of depression and lower sense of self-worth.The connection between mental health and bullying in adolescents is striking; nearly 90% of high school-aged children experiencing depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems also report being bullied.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can pose serious mental health problems, especially during the winter season. SAD, like bipolar disorder and depression, can be mild to very severe. Often referred to as "the winter blues," it is caused by a lack of natural sunlight, and is rooted in lower levels of naturally occurring Vitamin D in the body. About 20% of adults suffer from the mild form, known as subsyndromal SAD.
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Mind awareness is one of the newest topics discussed by psychologist researchers. The idea grew from the Buddhist practice of meditation and body awareness, or mindfulness meditation. As research continues, more people suffering from mild forms of depression implement this practice in their daily lives – many experiencing a positive outcome! For those with mild cases of depression, relapses into depressive episodes were halved.
Talk therapy is proven to effectively treat depression and bipolar disorder for most people, but which style of treatment does one choose?
Bipolar disorder is not talked about very much in the news, and very few people understand the disease completely. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about bipolar disorder, here are a few great places to start: