Identifying Depressive Disorders

Identifying a Depressive Disorder

Mood disorders have affected an estimated 9.7 percent of US adults in the past year, with most individuals receiving a diagnosis of major depressive disorder. However, while MDD is the most common diagnosis, mood disorders (or depressive disorders) come in a variety of shapes and sizes. While they often entail depressive symptoms, mood disorders are…

High Functioning Depression

Why High Functioning Depression Is Still A Problem

Mood disorders, or depressive disorders, plague at least 6.7 percent of the US adult population, and many more individuals who don’t come forward about their depressive symptoms. Chief among them are the people who struggle with “high-functioning depression”, or milder forms of depression often diagnosed as dysthymia, or persistent depression. These cases can often be…

Does Age Play A Role In Depression

Does Age Play A Role in Depression?

Depression can affect people at all ages, including infants, and currently plagues roughly 16.2 million adults in the United States (roughly 6.7 percent of the adult population). However, certain ages don’t only experience depressive episodes and symptoms of certain mood disorders more often, but they may also exhibit different symptoms from older or younger groups.…

How Depression Affects The Mind

How Depression Affects the Mind

More than a set system of symptoms, depression is a complex illness that can be debilitating and difficult to live with. Cases of depression range from a marked decrease in mood and an inability to feel pleasure or enjoyment, to crippling depressive thoughts that leave individuals unmotivated, making it difficult or even impossible to function…

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Health Issues

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Health Issues

Even though we have collectively made great progress in better understanding and bringing awareness to the mental health issues that millions of Americans struggle with daily, we are far from creating a welcoming and compassionate society for most people struggling with mental disorders. The stigma that many have fought against for decades still exists, and…

Effect of diet on Mental Health

The Effect of Diet on your Mental Health

The impact that a person’s diet can have on their health is tremendous. Knowing what to eat and how much can not only trim the waistline and improve a person’s physical appearance (through healthier hair, skin, and eyes), but it changes the body from within as well, improving circulation, mood, cognition, vision, and more. While…

Types of Depression

What Are the Different Types of Depression?

When most people think about depression, it’s likely that they are only imagining a single diagnosis. But it’s often much more complicated than that. Not only is every case of depression individually unique, but there are different types of depression that require different treatments and a wholly different approach due to certain considerations and differences…

Maintain A Positive Mindset

Tips for Taking Care of Your Mental Health

One thing that is not stressed often enough is the importance of maintaining a healthy state of mind regardless of a person’s current mental health. Too many people wait until things get “bad” before considering how they might be able to improve their daily routine to get out of a rut, or even address something…