Depression Without Depressed Mood?

Depression Without Depressed Mood?

When we use the term “Depression” in the casual sense, we mean sad or down in the dumps. When used as a medical term, “Depression” refers to a whole group of symptoms that together form its actual “textbook” definition. This...
Depression Without Depressed Mood?

Addicted to Food by Dr. Neal Ranen

A recent study provided clues as to why people, even when overweight, crave and consume rich foods despite the negative consequences. The answer is that in this circumstance the brain needs increasingly greater amounts of rich foods just to be satisfied. It’s a...
Depression Without Depressed Mood?

DNA and Depression Treatment

Not only have genetic factors been associated with risk for depression, so too have they been associated with treatment response. In this case, reports have shown that variations in genes associated with the chemical messenger norepinephrine (see June 17, 2010 blog)...
Depression Without Depressed Mood?

DNA and Depression

Specific genetic variations have recently been shown to correlate with the risk for depression. As mentioned before, serotonin is an important chemical messenger in the brain associated with mood (see June 27, 2010 blog). The length of the gene for the serotonin...

I Just Can’t Get Those Worries Out of My Head!

Recurring, intrusive, disproportionate worries are a common component of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). These worries are typically experienced as uncontrollable. In the brain, OCD represents the inability of circuits or pathways to shut off, leading to these...
Depression Without Depressed Mood?

Why am I taking a Headache Medication for My Depression?

A medication tends to retain the category name given to it based on the condition for which it was first used. This can be confusing when the medication comes to be used for another condition, or perhaps several other conditions. The reason the same medication may...