Happiness is not only about money



Can money buy happiness? This is a question that many researchers would like to find the answer to. The most recent attempt is the first World Poll by Gallup that surveyed more than 136,000 people in … [Read more...]


Loneliness affects the mind and the body



When I decided to become a work-at-home-mom (WAHM) after moving to a strange country, little did I know that the word “loneliness” would take on a new dimension for me. I am not exactly a social … [Read more...]


Video games, violence, and asocial behavior



A meta-analyis of 130 research reports from studies involving 130,000 young people worldwide give us a conclusive answer to the following question: do violent video games induce aggressive behavior in … [Read more...]


Antidepressants: do they really work?



There is a wide range of medications indicated for depression. These drugs are supposed to be effective in alleviating depressive symptoms. Recent studies, however, question whether is it really … [Read more...]


How Alanis Morisette fights depression



I love the music of Alanis Morisette. I saw her live in her Frankfurt concert years ago, and man, was I I love watching her perform on stage. She came a long, long way from the Canadian teen star (ala … [Read more...]


Mirror on the wall…are you depressed by what you see?



What do you see when you look into the mirror? I mean, the ordinary kind of mirrors, not the magical Harry Potter-type ones. Do you like what you see? Are you scared of what you see? Let us … [Read more...]


Pregnancy depression and flu: a bad combination



Raging hormones. Morning sickness. Add to that depression. Then top it up with the flu. What you get is a nasty cocktail of symptoms and complications. Researcher s at the Ohio State University … [Read more...]


X’mas stress and depression: tips for prevention



`Tis the season to be jolly, tra la la la… But the holiday season can bring not only good mood and goodwill but stress and depression. The holiday season in the US starts can start as early as … [Read more...]


Adolescent angst is not just about hormones



Puberty is an important stage in a person’s life. It is also a difficult time for both the teen and the adults (especially the parents) around them. Teen problems such as mood swings, depression, and … [Read more...]


Depression: your happiness may depend on your diet



Is there such a thing as brain food? Does our happiness depend on the food we eat? We are familiar with the saying „You are what you eat.“ We know that a nutritious diet is the key to good physical … [Read more...]


The health effects of the WTC attacks: 8 years later



Eight years after the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center (WTC), the so-called “9/11 fatigue” has supposedly set in, e.g. where people are simply tired of hearing, talking, and remembering the … [Read more...]


Depression, sleep problems in children – the latest updates



More and more reports are coming on regarding depression among children that it just makes you as parent well - depressed. Below I summarized the latest studies on depression and sleep problems in … [Read more...]


Do anti-depressants make the heart stop?



Sudden cardiac death or sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) has gained worldwide attention because of Michael Jackson's passing last month. To review some SCA statistics from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest … [Read more...]


Sleepless and depressed: postpartum depression



Postpartum depression (PPD): only mothers have the bad luck of going through such an ordeal. Fortunately, in most cases, PPD is not permanent but rather reversible. Tell me about it. I've had it … [Read more...]


Depressed and single = chest pains



What do depression, chest pains, and being single have to do with each other? A study that followed up 191 patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) suggests that these three might be interrelated … [Read more...]


Depression in bypass patients: non-drug treatments work



It is a known fact -surgery may mend the body but it may also depress the mind. This is especially true with heart surgery. It is estimated that 1 in every 5 patients who underwent coronary artery … [Read more...]


Is prolonged grief a mental disorder?



Resource post for June It can happen to anybody - losing a loved one - a child, a partner/spouse, a sibling, a parent. We grieve because grief is an extension of our capacity to love as human beings. … [Read more...]


Fighting depression with exercise



Many children and adolescents suffer from clinical depression. That is why experts have recently come up with guidelines that recommended routine screening for depression in the younger segment of the … [Read more...]


The depressive brain: it’s in the family



The depressive brain is structurally different compared to a non-depresssive brain. And it seems to run in the family. This is reported by scientists at Columbia University. Those with a family … [Read more...]


Experts: routine depression screening for teenagers



It is a problem that many parents face: clinical depression among teenagers. As many as two million American teenagers suffer from depression and most go undiagnosed, thus untreated according to … [Read more...]


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