Posts Tagged ‘depression’

Men’s Health: 3 reminders for maintaining a healthy mind

National Men’s Health Week is observed each year leading up to Father’s Day. Help support the men in your life with these three tips for better mental health. 1. Depression affects everyone. Men and women, older adults and young adolescents, all types of people can be affected by this “poisonous fogbank” which is how the author William Styron described depression. But men may be inclined to falsely think they don’t (or shouldn’t) get depression. Major … Read More

Men suffering from depression who have social support less likely to seek mental health treatment

Researchers, led by Alan Teo, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry at OHSU, and researcher at the VA Portland Health Care System, sought to determine whether support from a loved one encourages people experiencing depression to seek treatment from a health provider or whether that support, by serving as informal treatment, inadvertently discourages people from seeking mental health services. Their findings show that men experiencing moderate or severe depression who had social support from family or … Read More

Give Time: 3 ways to increase face-to-face contact with loved ones

With Thanksgiving just behind us and the end-of-the-year holiday seasons fast upon us, our minds often turn to our loved ones. In my family, we have made a conscious effort (and yes, with airfares these days, not a cheap one either!) to gather with an assortment of family members around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Though it can be an effort to meet up with family and friends, recent research brings home the point that this extra effort … Read More

Teenagers must understand their own brain — a work in progress

The adolescent brain is a work in progress. The teenage years entail immense responsibility. At 15, many face a rigorous course load of honors classes. At 16, a teen can legally getbehind the wheel of a car, and at 17 many are nearing full independence — sometimes abusing this independence with decisions like unhealthy diet, lack of sleep, and binge drinking. Yet, even as teenagers take on the daunting task of adulthood at age 18, … Read More

Vitamin D, mood and memory in persons with Parkinson’s disease

Vitamin D has become a hot topic in recent years. For many years, vitamin D has been known to play a role in bone health. More recent research suggests it may have a much broader role in multiple body systems. In regard to the brain, we know that there are receptors for vitamin D in most parts of the human brain. In persons without Parkinson’s disease, some research suggests vitamin D may be related to … Read More

Depression common, but often unrecognized, in Parkinson’s

Feeling blue? It may be more than just the Portland winter weather getting you down if you have Parkinson’s disease. About one-third of people with Parkinson’s disease suffer from clinical depression at any point in time and two-thirds will experience a depressive episode at some point during the course of the disease. The symptoms of depression include feeling worried, sad, tearful, tired, guilty, irritable, or unloved. People can lose interest in activities, have changes in … Read More

Prescription-itis: When are too many drugs too many?

I’m a neurologist and I specialize in working with people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Since I am not a surgeon, I am well trained in the use of medications to treat people. Because MS can cause many different symptoms, we often use medications to try to alleviate these symptoms. As a consequence, it’s not unusual for me to see people with MS who are taking a half dozen or more medications to treat various symptoms.  … Read More

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