A personal account of depressive illness and its antidepressant treatment

Depression crept quietly over me as a shadow lengthens towards dusk. Probable contributory factors include familial predisposition, multiple bereavement, physical illness and being abused online. The first few days of antidepressant drug treatment were unsettling, but I responded steadily, the medication side effects proved tolerable, and my depressive and anxiety symptoms had remitted within 4 weeks. Insights from literature were helpful in recovery. I hope this experience of illness and treatment will enhance my clinical practice and contribute to discussions about depression and antidepressant medicines.
Source: International Clinical Psychopharmacology - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research

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CONCLUSION: CRP SNPs rs1800947 and rs2794521 may be associated with depressive symptoms in patients with depression in a sexspecific fashion. Furthermore, rs2794521 may be a predictor of the efficacy of antidepressants in female patients. PMID: 31711279 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Psychiatry Investigation - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry Investig Source Type: research
Publication date: January 2020Source: Epilepsy &Behavior, Volume 102Author(s): Rachael Rosales, Barbara Dworetzky, Gaston BasletAbstractBackgroundPrevious literature suggests that cognitive-emotion processing contributes to the pathogenesis of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). Characterization of alterations in cognitive-emotion processing in PNES could inform treatment.MethodsIn this descriptive, cross-sectional study, 143 patients with video electroencephalogram (EEG) confirmed PNES were prospectively recruited. Patients completed self-report questionnaires on emotion perception (Trait Meta-Mood Scale (TMMS) ...
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For busy employees, seeking treatment for depression, work-related stress and other mental and emotional health issues isn ’t exactly convenient or easy, and it may prevent some people from accessing care. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States, for example, yet only a little more than a third receive treatment. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way from the stereotype of a weekly visit to the therapist’s office as the only way to receive counseling. Instead, use of technology…
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(Boston University School of Medicine) Scientific studies already support yoga practice as a means to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Now a new study out of Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) provides evidence that yoga and breathing exercises can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety in both the short term--with each session as well as cumulatively in the longer term, over three months.
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Conclusions: PE can cause psychological problems in both males and females. However, reflection of this pathology can vary from one society to another.
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The presence of comorbid anxiety symptoms does not appear to predict the likelihood that older patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) will respond to the antidepressant venlafaxine, according to astudy inDepression&Anxiety.“[R]emission of depression was just as likely in more and less anxious participants,” Yasmina M. Saade, M.D., of Washington University in St. Louis and colleagues wrote.Previous studies show that older depressed adults with comorbid anxiety often have more severe depression symptoms and cognitive decline and are at greater risk of suicide compared with older depressed adults withou...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: anxiety depression & IRL ‐GRey study MADRS MDD older adults suicide ideation Venlafaxine Yasmina M. Saade Source Type: research
It is well documented that bullying victimization and perpetration are associated with mental health problems, including anxiety and depressive symptoms. Although the majority of students report witnessing bullying as bystanders, very few studies have inve...
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(University of Texas at San Antonio) The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) researchers are pioneering an innovative brain study that sheds light on how the amygdala portion of the brain functions and could contribute to a better understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and Alzheimer's disease.
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Discussion: The finding indicates that there is a high prevalence of PD among patients with MDD. More significant co-morbidity rates of PDs in MDD have been found when compared with AD. Further studies for the longitudinal impact of the PD-MDD co-morbidity are in need.
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AbstractIntroductionOlder adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are frequently compromised in terms of social life and functional capacity, triggering reduced in life satisfaction (LS). We investigated the level of LS among elderly patients with COPD and factors associated with LS.MethodsThis was a prospective cross ‐sectional survey enrolling a sample of 160 COPD subjects aged 65 years or older. At enrolment, all patients completed measures of LS (the Satisfaction with Life Scale; SWLS) and social support (Personal Resource Questionnaire; PRQ). The health‐related quality of life (HRQL) was measured ...
Source: The Clinical Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
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