Anxiety and Depression
Millions of Americans report having an anxiety disorder. Evidence shows engaging in any sort of physical activity is one of the best ways to ease symptoms of anxiety. Regular activity is best, but even a single bout can help.
Trauma from experiencing a natural disaster can have long-term effects on the mental and physical health of children. Supportive parents, teachers, and other adults can help children build resilience.
Commercial gene tests claim to offer guidance in choosing appropriate medications to treat depression. As yet, no evidence supports this claim.
Expert recommendations for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) differ. New research supports trying certain types of psychotherapy first, followed by medication if needed, or starting off with a combination of both.
Offering teens privacy and confidentiality when meeting with a health care provider may allow them to discuss uncomfortable topics –– such as risky behavior, physical concerns, feeling anxious or depressed –– a step toward getting needed information and help.
College can be exhilarating, but anxiety during the college years is very common. Whether you’re a student or a parent, there are ways to cope with anxiety –– including steps you can take this summer.
The drug ketamine is a promising treatment for some people with major depression. It can be given as an IV infusion or a nasal spray. Because it works quickly, it could be an important tool in helping people who are suicidal.
The stresses of daily life can keep us in a state of constant tension. Learning to belly breathe can help ease your body’s response to anxiety and stress.
Stress at work is common and can lead to burnout, which is linked with depression and anxiety. Strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy can help people learn to manage stress.
If you feel ready to stop taking an antidepressant, tapering off slowly with advice from your doctor may help you avoid uncomfortable symptoms called discontinuation syndrome.