depression

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…

Does Your Brain Have a “Happiness Zone”?

A recent study provided new insight into the human brain. Scientists seem to have found a “happiness zone” in the brain that responds to electrical stimulation. This discovery opens the door to several treatment possibilities for a variety of pathologies.…

Four Keys to Reducing Daily Worries

You can start worrying right from the moment you wake up. Nowadays, people lead fast-paced lives that might keep them from experiencing the peaceful moments that let them see their own life from another perspective. However, in order to reduce…

Transdiagnostic Therapy for Anxiety

In the last decade, clinical psychology has seen numerous advances in the types of treatments available to help patients. One of them is transdiagnostic therapy. Usually, therapists learn to use a specific treatment for each psychopathology. However, some studies have…

Exercise and Mental Health: How Much Is Too Much?

Exercise and mental health directly impact your overall health. Many studies suggest that exercise helps people cope with mental health problems and that it significantly boosts their well-being. However, a recent study confirmed a hypothesis that should come as a warning…

Bipolar Disorder and Relationships

The most common symptoms of bipolar disorder are sustained, quick, and drastic changes in someone’s mood. These fluctuations considerably affect an affected person’s ability to adapt. In this regard, bipolar disorder and relationships is a complicated combination. The typical bipolar…

Three Keys to Mending Your Broken Spirit

We all go through bad and depressing experiences. A heated discussion, being the target of injustice, or other bad situations may leave a mark. They cause a sadness that doesn’t go away. Thus, it’s important to know how to mend your…

Learned Helplessness: A Psychological Anchor

Learned helplessness is a relatively new concept in psychology. However, due to the fact that it’s been related to depression, it’s become quite popular. But what’s learned helplessness? Well, as its name suggests, it is indeed a learned behavior. Namely, it’s…

The Ancient Greek Cure for Depression and Anxiety

The Ancient Greek cure for depression and anxiety is based on an interesting holistic approach, a well-known lifestyle known as “bios pythagorikos”. This lifestyle is related to healthy habits, diet, exercise, and, particularly, mental development. Tending to the body and mind…

Batman: Hero or Antihero

Batman is a complex hero with a dark past. He’s a shadow who vowed to fight darkness although he was fighting his own demons. Besides his trademark Batsuit, Batman’s universe revolves around darkness. This darkness consumes both himself and Gotham…

The Relationship Between Depression and Sexual Relations

Depression affects every aspect of a person’s life, including sexuality and sexual relations. Despite what many people may believe, depression and being sad aren’t the same things. Depression goes beyond what some psychopathology manuals describe. In reality, an individual with…

The Health Effects of Bullying

Bullying negatively affects our health. This behavior that hurts, humiliates, and invalidates people doesn’t just lead to anxiety or stress. Anyone who’s been bullied can develop depression, chronic pain, digestive problems, or even insomnia. They can even suffer these effects…