Depression & Bipolar

Everyone feels down at times, but long-term or severe symptoms may indicate a mood disorder, such as major depression (or clinical depression). Dysthymia is a less severe form. Bipolar disorder (formerly manic depression) involves alternating episodes of depression and mania (manic episode). Postpartum depression occurs within a year of childbirth.

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

Why do women get postpartum depression? Having a baby can be one of the biggest and happiest events in a woman’s life. While life with a new baby can be thrilling and rewarding, it can also be hard and stressful at times. Many physical and emotional changes can happen to a woman when she is …

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Depression in Older Adults – Causes, Signs and Symptoms

Also called: Depression in Elderly Summary Depression is a mental health disorder of serious concern in older adults. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an estimated two million of the nearly 35 million Americans over the age of 65 years have some form of diagnosable depression. An additional five million of these individuals have …

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – Causes, Signs and Symptoms

Also called: SAD Summary Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder marked by recurrent episodes of depression that occur during certain seasons of the year, particularly late fall and winter. In rare cases, patients may instead experience these symptoms during late spring and summer. Patients with SAD typically find that their depression lifts as …

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Homesickness – Causes, Signs and Symptoms

Summary Homesickness is a natural feeling of loneliness or disorientation that occurs when a person is separated from familiar people, routines and environments. Homesickness can occur at any age, but is especially prevalent in children who are separated from their parents or primary caregivers. Teenagers may also experience strong feelings of homesickness when beginning college studies …

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Also called: Bereavement Summary Grief is a healthy and natural reaction to a major loss, often characterized by extreme mental anguish. Though grief is important and leads to emotional healing, it can be a prolonged and intensely painful experience, and can result in significant emotional distress. The grief reaction may last for months or years. …

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