depression

  • Beat Golden-Year Blues

    In the last 20 years, the average life expectancy has increased 12 percent, but for our parents and grandparents living in nursing homes, a longer life may not mean a happier one. According to a recent study, one-third of nursing-home residents (median age of 82) suffer from depression. The good news: The fix may be as simple as supplementing with selenium.

    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • The Benzo Trap

    Teryn Taylor, of Marion, Indiana, has “benzo” voice: flat, devoid of emotion, almost robotic—the result of her unwitting dependence on anti-anxiety drugs (aka benzodiazepine tranquilizers). Taylor hardly looks the part.

    Anti-anxiety drugs ensnare millions of Americans in a web of addiction and pain. Before you fill that prescription, read on.
    By Matt Samet
  • Magnetic Personality

    Most types of magnet therapy sound like snake oil. A spam email, obscure website, or glowing advertisement promises that magnets will cure all your ailments, restore your youth, and do everything but your taxes. But not all of the magnet therapies are bogus. Take transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

    A new type of magnet therapy may revolutionize how we treat depression.
    By Linda Childers
  • Breathe to Beat the Blues

    When my father took sick with depression, gravity seemed to claim him, body and soul. Everything sagged. I wish I’d known then about pranayama, yoga’s ancient treatment for the blues.

    Paranayama offers a drug-free solution to depression.
    By Stephanie Gold
  • Ask The Doctor: Lethargy and Diet

    Absolutely. In a nutshell, you want to feed your body, use it, and give it adequate rest. Before tackling the diet question, I want to make sure you’re getting enough exercise, fresh air, and plenty of sleep. On top of that, make time for those you love as well as yourself. Now, back to your diet. Here are several things to consider:

    I’m feeling lethargic and just not very happy. Could my diet be to blame?
    By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD
  • Confessions of a Sugar Freak

    As far back as I can remember, I was tired. All of the time. No matter how much sleep I got, no matter how much coffee I drank, my fatigue simply overwhelmed me. I had a terrible time waking up. By late morning, I could hardly concentrate on my job. Mid-afternoon brought an intense urge to nap, and by early evening I was ready for bed.

    How I made the food-mood connection and eased my fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
    By Margaret Adamek, PhD