Depression and driving cessation in older women

Depression and driving cessation in older women – the moderation effects of social engagement Authors: Nancy A Pachana, Janni K Leung, Paul A Gardiner, Deirdre P McLaughlin The University of Queensland Driving cessation in later life and may be undertaken voluntarily, e.g. due to financial reasons or moving to a new residence where a car is not practical or necessary, or be required due to a medical condition. It is …

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Aussie men battling depression and anxiety associated with the ‘man-boob’

Despite the recent trend of the ‘dad bod’, more than 30,000 Aussie men battle depression and anxiety associated with the ‘man-boob’. And although many people today struggle saying the ‘L’ word, men are undergoing liposuction now more than ever. Gynecomastia corrective liposuction is a growing procedure for men which reduces the breast size through the removal of excess breast fat. The men opting to have this surgery and who benefit …

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Should you tell your boss you have depression?

Spilling the beans to an understanding employer may help to improve your health and your career. When corporate executive Michelle* was struggling with a particularly difficult episode of depression she decided, after many years of staying silent, to discuss the issue with her manager. “I chose to do that because it was apparent that my performance was suffering and I wanted my employer to know why – that it wasn’t …

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10 Things Everyone Should Know About Depression

It’s been two years since beloved actor Robin Williams died by suicide, and one major legacy of his passing has been a continued conversation about the serious effects of psychological and neurological disorders. While we’ll never know what factors and conditions led to Williams’ death, he suffered from Lewy body dementia, a brain condition that can cause hallucinations and mood changes, among other symptoms. But it was his experience with depression that really resonated with …

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Magnetic brain stimulation can help treat drug-resistant depression, study finds

John Campbell has depression. Diagnosed in 2011, the 58-year-old motor mechanic has been unable to work for two-and-a-half years. Next month he’ll return to the workplace, following successful treatment as part of a clinical trial into a non-invasive form of brain stimulation known as transcranial magnetic stimulation. According to the results of a new study, the once-controversial method of beaming magnetic fields into the frontal areas of the brain saw …

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Non-invasive treatment for depression and bipolar disorder investigated at Black Dog Institute

A new, non-invasive non-medication treatment for depression including bipolar disorder is now being trialled at the Black Dog Institute, University of NSW in Sydney. The Sydney Neurostimulation Centre led by Professor Colleen Loo is investigating whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) could be a treatment for depression and a potential alternative to medication and electroconvulsive therapy. TDCS is a very mild form of brain stimulation. The stimulation is painless and …

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Depression – rethinking emotional blunting

Two hallmarks of depression that go hand in hand are isolation and withdrawal. While saying things like they want to die, feel completely alone, or have nobody who cares about them are obvious indications of a troubled mental state. General feelings of being helpless or trapped may mean a person withdraws from others and distance themselves from social interaction. Many people with depression are good at masking their feelings of …

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Depression – 10 natural ways to lift mood

As well as clinical treatment for depression, clinicians may also recommend natural ways to help a patient along the road to optimal health to feel happier and stay well. A healthy diet, exercise, relaxation techniques and doing things that bring joy all contribute towards helping to recover from a depressive mental state. Affecting more than 340 million people in the world, depression is one of the most well-known mental disorders. …

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Does positive thinking really improve mental health?

ABC News How often have you been told to “look on the bright side” or “focus on the good things” when times are tough? It can feel as though every self-help book, TV show and family member wants you to stop feeling sad, angry or depressed, and find the silver lining in every difficult situation. Proponents of positive thinking would have us believe it is one of the best ways …

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Seeing a doctor for sadness: What your GP can do about depression

ABC News Taboos around mental health mean many people are reluctant to ask for help but, as with other illnesses, your GP can help you recover from depression. Emergency department doctor Casey Parker said that when people overcame their reluctance to talk to their GP about depression, they often felt a sense of relief. Feeling sad and low at times is part of a normal, healthy life. But Dr Parker …

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