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Drug Compound Found in Magic Mushrooms May Aid In Treating Depression

A small study suggests that a drug compound found in a psychedelic “magic mushroom” may help in treating a type of depression that does not respond to other conventional treatments. A compound called psilocybin, which is found in psychedelic mushrooms, may be used to treat severe depression. The findings were published in the journal, The […]

Tips To Show Your Support For Someone With Depression

Tips To Show Your Support For Someone With Depression

Depression can be a very tricky condition to handle. This mental condition can be very unpredictable, not only for those who suffer from it, but also for the other people where its shadow looms over. It is important for loved ones and friends to show their support and help for someone with depression. Here are […]

Understanding Serotonin Syndrome

Understanding Serotonin Syndrome

You may have heard about serotonin while reading articles about depression and other related conditions. It is a brain chemical that actually helps in regulating your mood and behavior. Having normal levels of serotonin is essential to having good mental health. There are certain instances where serotonin levels can increase. One common way is when […]

Surprising Causes Of Depression

Surprising Causes Of Depression

Depression has become quite a common problem among many people. There are increasingly many people who find themselves battling depression and they sometimes don’t know why. There can be several causes of depression in people. Here are some of the surprising factors that may lead to the development of depression in people. Thyroid Problems There […]

Possible Link Between Excessive Internet Use and Depression Found

Possible Link Between Excessive Internet Use and Depression Found

A recent study showed that people who spend more time on the Internet are also more likely to show signs of depression. Psychologists from Leeds University found some striking evidence people who develop a compulsive Internet habit can have a serious impact on mental health.In what is known as the first large-scale study in the West that looked into Internet use and depression, researchers analyzed 1,319 British participants with ages between 16 and 51. The participants were also evaluated accor…

Exercise and Depression

Exercise and Depression

Exercise can actually help people recover from their depression. With depression increasingly becoming a growing problem among people today, relying always on prescription drugs for treatment would not be a good long-term solution in itself. Exercise can provide an alternative means of treatment especially for those who are suffering from mild depression. Here are some of the benefits that exercise can provide to help battle depression in people.Exercise produces endorphins in the body.Endorphin…

Vitamin B-12 and Depression

Vitamin B-12 and Depression

The relationship between depression and low levels of vitamin B12 is not a secret. Doctors have long known about the link between the two. Vitamin B12 and other B vitamins such as folate, are crucial to the production of certain brain chemicals that are necessary in normalizing mood and other brain functions. However, experts are still unsure whether vitamin B12 deficiency is the cause or the result of depression. One cause of vitamin B12 deficiency is poor nutrition. But poor nutrition may also…

Diabetes and Depression

Diabetes and Depression

Diabetics have an increased risk of developing depression. Interestingly, if you have depression, you have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It is like a vicious cycle. And though the link between diabetes and depression is still unclear, doctors know for a fact that the rigidity of handling diabetes can be stressful and can lead to depression symptoms.Diabetes can cause complications and other health problems such as diabetic neuropathy that may aggravate depression symptoms. Dep…

Addictive Substances and Depression

Addictive Substances and Depression

Marijuana and Depression Some studies point out a link between marijuana and depression, specifically regular and/or heavy marijuana use. Still, experts are not unsure whether smoking weed causes depression, or if marijuana and depression simply go together, at least for some. Factors such as genes, environment, may be responsible for making a person more likely to go through depression. Inversely, factors or circumstances that trigger depression may make marijuana use more likely. Caffeine and …

Smoking Cessation Medications and Depression

Smoking Cessation Medications and Depression

Everybody knows how difficult it is to quite smoking. Having depression makes it even harder. And quitting cold turkey is almost a surefire miss. This is why most people turn to medications to help them quit smoking. However, before you head to the nearest drugstore, Dr. Gabrielle J. Melin from the MayoClinic would like to point out the warning from the Food and Drug administration about the use of this drugs. “The FDA has issued an alert regarding the use of varenicline (Chantix) and buproprion…