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The Link Between Dopamine And Depression (and how to make more)

Depression is a complex illness which can show up very differently in different people. Despite popular theories, the cause of depression is not clearly understood. Whether depression is actually even a disease or a symptom is of current debate. In Depression Is A Symptom, Not The Disease, I wrote: In the 1960s, we were told[...]

Why Medication Isn’t The Best Solution For A Depressed Brain (and what is)

This is a guest post by Matthew Snider of Self Development Secrets. Antidepressants are some of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States, second only to antibiotics. This is a startling statistic for a class of drugs with many side effects that works little better than placebo. Before you take antidepressants, you might consider alternatives to[...]

Is This The Best New Solution To The Depression Epidemic?

Depression has become a global epidemic. According to The World Health Organization 2016 fact sheet, an estimated 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression globally. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. The condition can detrimentally affect a person’s ability to work, have[...]

How The Chemicals In Your Head Contribute To Depression

Depression isn’t clearly understood in the same way as many other brain disorders. We know what the symptoms are, and a diagnosis is made based on a person displaying a collection of these. There’s no blood test or brain scan that can definitively make a diagnosis — only a mental health professional can do that.[...]

How Talking Tames Depression

When you’ve got a leaky kitchen sink , you call a plumber. When your car’s brakes start making an awful screeching noise, you take it to a mechanic. For almost any job requiring a specialized skill, there’s a professional trained to help. You could try to handle the leaky pipe or car repair on your[...]

The Downside Of Antidepressants

Over the past two decades, the use of antidepressants has skyrocketed. One in 10 Americans now takes an antidepressant medication, and among women in their 40s and 50s, the figure shoots to one in four. Numerous reasons are offered for the increase. Depression is common.  Economic struggles and a fast-paced culture have added to everyone’s[...]

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