The days when ECT was used almost indiscriminately have passed. Despite this it remains a controversial form of treatment even amongst the experts who can choose how, when or whether it should be prescribed. Find out more about the benefits and limitations of ECT for depression.
What do we know about mood disorders and what have we yet to learn? Find out more about what it means to have a mood disorder, the associated symptoms and the questions yet to be answered.
Cognitive therapy is one of the best and most effective forms of treatment for anxiety and depression. If you like the idea of helping to direct your own treatment and being an active part of the process this article will answer more of your immediate questions.
Most people with bipolar disorder experience depression but the symptoms can be quite different to people who only experience depression without mania. Find out more about the key features of bipolar depression.
Denial and defensiveness have a way of pushing people to one side and stopping help being offered or accepted. Unfortunately these are just two of the signs of depression in adult males.
Phobia symptoms may vary in severity but they always involve physiological and psychological aspects. This article explores the symptoms associated with the main categories of phobia; agoraphobia, social phobia and specific phobias.
Some cases of depression only appear in women and are known to correspond with childbirth, menstruation, menopause or other hormone imbalances. Here are some of the known reasons. . .
Most adults retain elements of their younger and immature selves but they can easily distinguish between these and what is expected of them. People with an immature personality disorder have been likened to a child inside the body of an adult, with all the subsequent ramifications this involves.
Is it possible to treat narcissistic personality disorder? Some say no and others say it depends upon the degree of the disorder and the therapeutic goals. Two of the main therapeutic approaches are considered here.
Treating borderline personality disorder is complex for the therapist and often challenging for the patient. This article discuss the goals of therapy and some of the therapeutic approaches used, as well as a few insights into the diagnostic criteria for the disorder.
Depressive disorder not otherwise specified is a category of depression. The focus of this article is to examine the pros and cons of this grouping and to look at the types of depression and disorders that might be considered ‘not otherwise specified.’
Personality disorders represent an exaggeration of personality, the effects of which may be disruptive, distressing or even harmful to the individual and those around them. This article focuses on the common personality disorders and offers a few words of caution about reading too much into them.
Our understanding of the cause of depression and the treatments that are now offered have their basis in the monoamine hypothesis of depression.
One of the main characteristics of someone with paranoid personality disorder is their mistrust and suspicion of others. So what is paranoid personality disorder? Who is affected and what are the signs and symptoms?
Mild depression is more than a few days of low mood. Clinical symptoms may last for many weeks. The good news is that mild depression responds well to interventions, many of which fall into the self-help category. This article is a look at effective treatments for mild depression.
Extreme mood swings are some of the most characteristic manic depression symptoms. Here I look at the symptoms associated with depression, mania, hypomania and mixed episodes.
Cognitive therapy is a proven and effective form of treatment that is both helpful for the patient and easy to understand.
As men age their risk of depression increases. Late-life depression is poorly understood and often overlooked, yet the highest rate of suicide in the U.S. is among older men. This article takes a look at just some of the warning signs to watch out for.
Severe major depression is a profoundly debilitating illness. Fortunately, relief from the worst symptoms is available from a group of antidepressant drugs known as SSRIs.
Various attempts have been made to explain panic disorder. Here, three of the leading cognitive theories are explained.