Depressive disorder in kids and adolescents – Part 2:  Brains of depressed children respond differently to pleasurable events

Depressive disorder in kids and adolescents – Part 2: Brains of depressed children respond differently to pleasurable events

Depression has become an increasingly major issue in the United States, with millions of people grappling with the challenges of this problem. Unlike the popular perception that children cannot get depressed, there are a number of evidences to suggest that a large number of children and adolescents are diagnosed with major depression to bipolar disorder.

Being a serious disease, depression has devastated more lives than any other disease. In fact, depressive disorders manifest in several forms among children. According to a study, the prevalence of major depressive disorder is about 1 percent of preschoolers, 2 percent of school-aged children, and 5 […] Read more

Is sleep deprivation an indicator of depression and anxiety?

Is sleep deprivation an indicator of depression and anxiety?

In order to ensure overall well-being, one of the essential factors is good sleep. Most adults need seven or more hours of sleep and those who claim to get by on fewer hours of sleep are only deceiving themselves. Not getting enough sleep could happen because of a range of reasons, such as working overnight or on a rotating shift, increased stress due to unemployment or workload at the workplace, and traveling between different time zones.

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Deficiency of vitamin D impacts brain health

Deficiency of vitamin D impacts brain health

Besides causing several health problems, such as rickets, osteomalacia (bone softening), osteopenia (low bone density), osteoarthritis, heart diseases and cancer to name a few,  the deficiency of vitamin D also causes mood disorders like depression. The problem has further aggravated due to lifestyle and dietary problems. By addressing the challenge of vitamin D deficiency, one can make the entire treatment of depression much more effective.

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