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How Addiction Relates to Depression

Addiction and depression are related. In fact, people who live with addictions to tobacco, gambling, and shoplifting are more likely to be experiencing depression as well. It is possible that people who are already experiencing the symptoms of depression are more susceptible to becoming addiction...

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What Is Depression?

A diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder is given if an individual has been depressed for at least two weeks and if the person is obviously not functioning as previously. The person demonstrates problems at home, work or in relationships. For example, they might suddenly lay in bed all day and...

10 Great Painters Who Were Mentally Disturbed

10 Great Painters Who Were Mentally Disturbed

When the dying tyrant Nero proclaimed on his death bed “Oh, what an artist that perishes in me!” his remarks reveal more than just the arrogance of history’s darkest man. They also reveal the almost immutable cultural connection between art and great suffering; between the artist and the sufferer....

10 Great Philosophers Who Were Mentally Disturbed

10 Great Philosophers Who Were Mentally Disturbed

Those who ask the difficult questions, like “Why are we here?”, “From where do we derive morals?” and “What does it all really mean, when you get right down to it?” have given humanity amazing philosophical insights and ethical guidance. Unfortunately, thinking too much about these issues can...

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Hallucinogenics to Remedy Depression: Trippin'

Hallucinogenics to remedy depression is a little "trippin'." But retired clinical psychologist Clark Martin of Vancouver, Washington, has turned to psychedelics to remedy depression after traditional treatments brought him no relief. Martin suffers from kidney cancer and a resulting depression...

Mental Illness Affects 20% of U.S. Adults Per Government Report

Mental Illness Affects 20% of U.S. Adults Per Government Report

A startling report issued on Thursday, November 18, 2010, by U.S. government researchers indicates that 20 percent (or 45 million) adults within the U.S. are mentally ill. Additionally over 11 million U.S. adults have a serious illness. The incidence of mental illness affects young adults, between...

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What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder (previously called manic depressive disorder) is defined by at least one manic and one depressive occurrence either currently or in the past. It is commonly understood as the "mood swing" disorder and individuals often cycle between their normal state, depression and mania. Though...

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10 Tips to Brighten Your Mood

If you are feeling a little down or depressed, it can seem like there is nothing you can do to improve your mood. That feeling of helplessness is actually a symptom of depression and it is useful to remind yourself that there are ways to decrease depression. 1. Get a pet - Extensive research...

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What Are the Most Frequent Symptoms of Depression?

Depression is a mental health issue that affects millions of people. Depression is often difficult to manage without the assistance of a mental health professional. Though the signs of depression can vary by individual, here are some of the most frequently presented symptoms of depression: 1....

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What Is a Lobotomy?

A lobotomy is a surgical technique that involves making an incision in the brain's frontal lobe, severing several nerve tracts. This procedure was used to pacify aggressive mental patients, as well as to treat disorders including schizophrenia and clinical depression. Between 1939 and 1951, over...