Month: June 2021

Can you treat depression without medication?

There are many ways to treat depression and decrease depressive symptoms at home, without medication, including: Physical activity or exercise (as effective as antidepressants). Read more: All you need to know about exercise and depression An antidepressant diet. Read more: An easily digested guide to diet and depression Practicing mindfulness. Read more: How to use mindfulness for depression …

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What is the difference between depression and bipolar disorder?

In short, the difference between depression and bipolar disorders (there are more than one) is: Depressed people struggle with low mood People with bipolar disorder struggle with extreme fluctuations in mood – usually both highs and lows. Depression is a mood disorder characterized by low mood, loss of interest in activities, feelings of hopelessness, excessive …

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What is the best treatment for bipolar disorder?

Medication. Usually, bipolar disorder is best treated with prescription medications. The most common medications for bipolar disorders are mood stabilizers and/or antipsychotics.  Lithium is considered a mood stabilizer and it’s often used to treat bipolar disorders. Lithium can be used both as maintenance therapy and as treatment for acute episodes.  In general, antidepressant medication is …

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What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorders are characterized by periods of mania (extreme excitement, overactivity, euphoria and delusions) and periods of depression (low mood, hopelessness and loss of interest in activity). To be diagnosed with bipolar I disorder, a person must have experienced at least one episode of mania. And to be diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, a person …

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Why is depression affecting older adults?

For people who experience depression for the first time later in life, changes in the brain or other functions in the body may be the cause. Scientists are currently examining the link between restricted blood flow (ischemia) and a type of late-life depression called “vascular depression”.  In addition, other forms of physical illnesses and the …

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Why is depression more common in women than in men?

Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression. Researchers are still examining potential causes and contributing factors to the high rate of depression in women.  Biological and hormonal factors play a role in depression. Women as a group suffer from several forms of depression, such as postpartum depression, premenstrual depression and …

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