Metacognitive therapy may be a potential treatment for major depressive disorder, finds study

Metacognitive therapy may be a potential treatment for major depressive disorder, finds study

Major depressive disorder is a highly recurring mood disorder and most treatment programs fail to address the risks of a relapse, which is a common occurrence. Some of the common treatment programs for depression include psychotherapy, medication, brain-stimulation, self-care and complementary health approaches. However, the efficacy of these treatments depends on the type of depression and its severity.

Researchers are constantly striving to come up with treatment methods that would ensure full recovery, without any risk of reoccurrence of the disorder. Today, medication and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) are the most preferred treatments for depression and anxiety. However, a study by the […] Read more

Understanding the link between sleep deprivation and depression

Understanding the link between sleep deprivation and depression

Most adults need seven or more hours of sleep and those who claim to get on with fewer hours of sleep are only deceiving themselves. One may not get enough sleep because of a range of reasons, such as the prevalence of a mental disorder, working overnight or on a rotating shift, unemployment or stress at a job, traveling between different time zones, etc.

Since sleep plays a vital role in the maintenance of good health and well-being, sleep deprivation is dangerous to both physical and mental health. In fact, the deficiency of sleep has the potential to impair a person’s […] Read more

Patients’ BMI may be instrumental in treating depression, finds study

Patients’ BMI may be instrumental in treating depression, finds study

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders affecting people worldwide. It is a mood disorder associated with feelings of helplessness and persistent sadness that can leave one irritable and pessimistic about the future. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 300 million people worldwide are affected by depression irrespective of age or gender. In the United States, the lifetime risk of major depression is nearly 17 percent but at any given stage, 3 to 5 percent adults suffer from it, as suggested by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

The traditional approaches to treating depressive disorders […] Read more