Posts Tagged: depression

Parkinson’s Disease, Depression and Dopamine

Yesterday’s revelation that the late Robin Williams had Parkinson’s disease (PD) has raised questions about links between PD and depression. Parkinson’s disease is a complex motor-system disorder. Its underlying cause is a deterioration in parts of the brain that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. (A neurotransmitter is a brain chemical that allows one brain cell to… Read more »

PTSD Awareness Day

For PTSD Awareness Day, let’s promote more understanding of this challenging diagnosis. After World War I and World War II, returning veterans first brought attention to PTSD. At the time, it was vaguely called shell shock or battle fatigue. Since then, behavioral health care professionals have identified the problem, its causes and ways to resolve it. PTSD… Read more »

The Sandwich Generation and Heart Disease

Advances in medicine have helped to increase the average US life expectancy to almost 80. One unintenional result of this phenomenon is the “Sandwich Generation”: Adults who simultaneously care for aging parents and their own children. “Sandwiched” caregivers are quite common, according to the Pew Research Center. About one out of every seven Americans between… Read more »

The Relationship Between Guns and Suicide

Recent evidence supports a strong relationship between access to guns and suicide: According to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than half of the nearly 39,000 people who reportedly killed themselves in the US last year, did so with a firearm. A comparison of states with high rates of… Read more »

PTSD Affects Non-Veterans, Too

With our country’s recent military conflicts, the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has gained attention because it affects so many of our soldiers (up to 20 percent). Yet this condition can strike anyone—not just those who have been to war. PTSD is a reaction to trauma. Trauma is a Greek word that means “wound.”… Read more »