depression

Karoshi in Japan: Death from Overwork

On Christmas Day 2015, Matsuri Takahashi, a 24-year-old woman, threw herself out the window of her house and fell to her death. She had started working at Dentsu, a global advertising giant, in April of the same year. She was…

Mood Disorders – Beyond Depression

Although most of us think only of depression, there are many other mood disorders. In this article, we’ll try to differentiate and deepen on some that we often forget: mood disorders other than those that involve major depression. (The only…

Frozen or Delayed Grief: Pain that Becomes Chronic

Frozen or delayed grief is when a person hasn’t overcome a loss. It’s mourning that becomes chronic, that you drag along with you permanently. This suffering manifests itself in various ways. It can manifest as anxiety, stress, fatigue, apathy, or…

Agomelatine: An Atypical Antidepressant

Agomelatine is an effective antidepressant with high response and remission rates. It’s relatively safe and most people tend to take well to it. It differs from other antidepressants because it impacts your circadian rhythms.  Agomelatine, also sold as Valdoxan, is…

Weight Gain Associated with Psychoactive Drugs

Weight gain associated with psychoactive drugs is one of the side effects that worries patients the most. Consequently, it’s a delicate subject that should be given special attention. Weight fluctuations vary from patient to patient and depend on the type…

Women and Depression: Risk Factors

In this article, we wanted to open up a new social perspective on women and depression.  In general, men and women have similar endogenous depression rates. But when it comes to exogenous depression, where external factors play the main role,…

Sleep Apnea in Women

Sleep apnea in women is underdiagnosed. In fact, when people think of sleep apnea, they usually think of a middle-aged or elderly man snoring. This stereotypical image only tells a small part of the story. First of all, young people…

How to Cope with Despair and Depression

There are times when we feel desperate because we can’t make sense of what’s going on around us. We feel angry at ourselves and take it out on those closest to us. The truth is that behind these distressing psychological…

Acetylcarnitine Deficiency and Depression

According to a study published just a few months ago by Stanford University, people diagnosed with severe depression, have a deficiency in a specific molecule: acetylcarnitine. This substance regulates stress, as well as the gene that controls glutamate, favoring the…

Psycho-Oncology to Improve Cancer Patients’ Lives

Cancer treatment is always evolving and requires a multidisciplinary approach. In addition to biomedical intervention, psychosocial support should be a part of every cancer patient’s treatment plan. Psycho-oncology helps patients and their families improve their quality of life and better…

Denial or Willful Ignorance

Psychoanalysis suggests that we all use some unconscious strategies to maintain our sanity. These strategies are called defense mechanisms. One of them is denial or willful ignorance. Although this strategy can lead to temporary peace, it can bring about many…

How Unconscious Guilt Manifests Itself

Guilt is a complex feeling, influenced by many factors. You experience it as remorse, self-blame, and a feeling of personal indignity. However, it’s not always a conscious feeling. Some experiences lead to unconscious guilt, which is a self-accusation that causes discomfort…

The Seven Different Types of Depression

According to the field of psychiatry and its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (or DSM-5), there are seven different types of depression. However, these classifications are flexible and subject to change. One of the main problems with psychiatry…

Why Can’t I be Happy for Others?

It’s normal to be envious, indifferent, or even to really dislike that others are doing fine. However, sometimes you might find it hard to feel happy about other’s happiness and this could mean there’s an underlying issue. Most of the…

The Effects of Caffeine on Depression

Many people are not able to open up their curtain every morning without their daily cup of coffee. But, what are the actual effects of caffeine on someone’s mental health or depression? This question continues to be hotly debated. When…

Loving Vincent: A Mind in Colors

Vincent Van Gogh is by far one of the most influential and recognized painters in the world. His work is known by millions of people. Starry Night and his Sunflowers series can be seen on mugs, shirts, bags, television or the Internet. That…