Massage therapy has been found to be effective for treating depression, but critics suggest that this is merely a placebo effect. Assuming this is incorrect, this article offers some possible mechanisms for how massage therapy treats depression.
Exercise has been shown to help treat mild depression and is a helpful complement to depression treatments, but many have wondered why exercise has this effect on depression. This article explores some physical and psychological ways that exercise helps to reduce depressive symptoms.
People with binge eating disorder (BED) can find some relief in psychological treatments, but typically these are unable to help with weight loss. Appetite suppressants have been proposed to help those with BED to lose weight. This article discusses the different types and their effectiveness.
A key symptom of binge eating disorder is a loss of control while eating. This lack of control can be difficult to overcome, but this article offers tips and discusses therapies for controlling binge eating disorder.
Seasonal affective disorder or SAD affects up to 10% of the population, but its cause is still uncertain, although the hormone melatonin has been suggested. This article examines the relationship between melatonin and seasonal affective disorder.
Binge eating involves regular overeating which is secretive and compulsive. Researchers have searched for possible causes of binge eating, and it appears that there are many. This article specifically discusses three binge eating causes.
Depression is something of an evolutionary mystery. Such a dangerous disorder should have been weeded out by natural selection. That it hasn’t has led some evolutionary psychologists to believe that it has a benefit and this knowledge is guiding some treatments.
Night eating syndrome is an eating disorder characterized by continuous eating later in the day and overnight. A number of causes of night eating syndrome have been proposed and this article looks at two of them.
Cluster A personality disorders include paranoid, schizoid, and schizotypal personality disorders. While each shares the same underlying characteristics of Cluster A personality disorders, the symptoms of each are distinct. This article discusses these characteristics and symptoms.
Those with dependent personality disorder (DPD) have a need to be cared for due to a lack of belief in their own abilities. This article discusses how dependent personality disorder is defined, the symptoms of this disorder, and theories about its cause.
Byetta is a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes, but diabetes discussion boards have posited the idea that using Byetta causes depression. Byetta can have some nasty side effects which may contribute to depression, but what is behind the Byetta depression? Is it the drug, the disease, or both?
Bulimia is a relatively new disorder. Even though the Romans and other ancient cultures regularly feasted and purged, that practice is not the same as bulimia today. This article discusses the history of bulimia from ancient purging practices to the modern evolution of the eating disorder.
Hypnosis is viewed skeptically by some as a treatment for any condition. However, there are studies that highlight its effectiveness in treating in chronic pain. This has led some to wonder if hypnosis would be a useful binge eating treatment.
Binge eating is a fairly common behavior, but it turns into a disorder when it becomes compulsive and frequent. While treatment usually focuses on the psychological, it appears that the existence of binge eating related hormones could help binge eaters to change their negative behaviors.
Major depression is a serious mental illness characterized by a depressed mood and a lack of pleasure from activities that used to be enjoyable. Cognitive behavior therapy treatment can offer much needed relief from major depression.
Cyclothymia is a variation of bipolar disorder which usually affects people throughout their lives. Medications can help to relieve problematic symptoms. This article discusses some medications for cyclothymia and how they affect the brain.
Teen depression is a concern today, but medications have been shown to increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for some teens with depression However, a therapy formed from cognitive psychology can help to alleviate depression. Let’s look at cognitive psychology and teen depression.