AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON — Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are peeking inside living brains to tell if depression might worsen that decline — and finding some worrisome clues.» RELATED: FDA panel endorses new ketamine nasal spray for severe depression Depression has long been linked to certain cognitive problems, and depression late in life even may be a risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's. Yet how depression might harm cognition isn't clear.One possibility: Brain cells communicate by firing messages across connections called synapses. Generally, good cognition is linked to more and stronger synapses. With cognitive impairment, those junctions gradually shrink and die off. But until recently, scientists could count synapses only in brain tissue collected after death.» RELATED: People with depression are more likely to use certain words — here’s how they express … [Read more...] about Could depression speed up brain aging, increase Alzheimer’s risk?
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HUFFPOST PERSONAL 12/31/2018 02:13 pm ET Claire GillespieGuest Writer My relationship with antidepressants began over 20 years ago. Back then, as an anxious teenager crying in my doctor’s office, I had no idea that they would become such an integral part of my life. I spent a long time wrestling with my need for medication. But you can have as much therapy as you can handle and self-care yourself silly, but for some people, nothing gets rid of that big black cloud — or at least lifts it enough that you can take a breath — like a daily pill. Taking SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) for clinical depression on a long-term basis wasn’t a decision I made lightly, and at various stages I’ve stopped taking them. Maybe my mental health was good and I wanted to see how I got on without the meds. At other times, I succumbed to the stigma and bowed to the pressure inflicted — be it intentional or not — by people who proudly … [Read more...] about This Is What No One Tells You About Coming Off Antidepressants
(NAPSI)—A migraine headache can be debilitating and sometimes hit like a runaway freight train, but did you know that in some cases it’s preventable? Unfortunately, migraine preventive therapy is severely underutilized. Nearly 40 percent of people who suffer from migraine could benefit from preventive treatment, but only a small percentage receive this type of therapy.1Migraine prevention is just a conversation away. Here’s some information about migraine and preventive treatment options to help you start a dialogue with your doctor.What causes migraine and can it be prevented?Just about everyone has headaches, but contrary to popular belief, migraine is not just a bad headache.2 In fact, the World Health Organization places migraine as one of the 10 most disabling illnesses on the planet.3 Doctors aren’t exactly sure what causes migraine headaches, but they think imbalances in certain brain chemicals may play a role, along with genetics and other factors … [Read more...] about Talk To Your Doctor About Migraine Prevention
HUFFPOST PERSONAL 08/07/2018 08:30 am ET Joanna SchroederGuest Writer I never planned on breastfeeding my kids. In all honesty, I never even imagined myself becoming a mother. My teen years and early 20s were spent just trying to get my act together. I had an anxiety disorder, depression and was married and divorced from my first husband by the time I was 23 years old. But once I met my husband, Ivan, everything changed. I was in love with him, and in love with the idea of making a family with him. And so we did. In the end, I decided that I’d give breastfeeding a try, just to say I did. It turned out to be one of the bravest, best decisions of my life. Now I have a brand new, super adorable baby; bringing our grand total of kids to three. That means that, in the end, these old boobs will have fed and nurtured babies for more than four years. You could say that my breasts have earned a bachelor’s degree in breastfeeding. But that doesn’t mean it … [Read more...] about ‘Zombie Nips’ And 9 Other Things No One Tells You About Breastfeeding
Lucy Grainger said her symptoms were regularly dismissed as menstrual cramps or IBS. (SWNS) A university student tried to kill herself after bungling doctors repeatedly dismissed endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome as period pains – for seven years. Lucy Grainger, 20, claims she was even told by paramedics she was "crazy” and "delusional" when she collapsed with crippling stomach pains. She was only properly diagnosed with endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) weeks after she tried to kill herself last December. Grainger changed doctors and was instantly referred to a private hospital and a gynecologist confirmed she needed emergency surgery. She underwent a three-hour laparoscopy operation in February and is now recovering at home. WOMAN'S RARE DISORDER CAUSES HER TO VOMIT 30 TIMES A DAY In order to raise awareness about the condition, Grainger is writing a blog and going into schools to speak to young girls about her experience. "I am … [Read more...] about Patient tried to kill herself after doctors dismissed crippling pain for 7 years