What is Depression?

What is Depression?

Depression is another term for Depressive Disorders, which are brain disorders based on abnormal brain circuit functioning, maladaptive thinking and behaviors, maladaptive coping to stressors, and mood dysregulation. Depressive Disorders include the following DSM-IV diagnoses:

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Bipolar Depression
  • Dysthymic Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood
  • Substance-Induced Depression
  • Depression Secondary to a General Medical Condition
  • Grief
  • Bereavement

Sexual Dysfunction Persists After Discontinuing Antidepressants | Psych Central

Sexual Dysfunction Persists After Discontinuing Antidepressants | Psych Central.

Treating Depressed Mothers With Escitalopram May Have Greater Benefit to Children, Study Finds

The problem with such studies is that pharmaceutical companies spin them and focus solely on antidepressant medication treatment. The main focus of the study should be that effective treatment of the mother’s depression leads to improved parenting, which leads to happier kids. Also, the depressed mothers should¬†be offered the range of non-medication solutions, which includes psychotherapy, psychoeducation, self-help, support groups,¬†exercise, meditation, and natural supplements.


Prescription medications for anxiety and depression should be last resort treatment

All the focus on the wonders of prescription medications for anxiety and depression is overstated. For mild to moderate cases of anxiety and depression, prescription medications should not be a primary treatment option, as detailed in this article.