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Through my eyes: My bipolar journey

Through my eyes: My bipolar journey

“She has blue eyes.” That was the first thing my dad said about me when I was born. He had blue eyes. It deeply saddens me to think that he was already looking for something that we had in common from the first moment he saw me. My thoughts would race from one thing to […]

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Depression: Ketamine prevents loss of pleasure in primates

Depression: Ketamine prevents loss of pleasure in primates

New research, which features in the journal Neuron, shows that primates lose excitement in anticipation of a reward when a specific area of their brain becomes overactive. The study also shows that ketamine affects this brain region and prevents the loss of pleasure. A loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once exciting […]

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Major depression: Existing drug reduces symptoms by 45 percent

Major depression: Existing drug reduces symptoms by 45 percent

For the first time in decades, researchers have identified a new medication that can successfully treat major depression. An existing oral drug may relieve major depression. Depression affects about 300 million people across the globe, making the condition the “leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In […]

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How to cope with depression after abortion

How to cope with depression after abortion

Emotional side effects are not uncommon after an abortion, or pregnancy termination, whether it was planned or not. In some cases, depression can occur. However, the link between pregnancy termination and depression remains unclear. The decision to terminate a pregnancy is rarely an easy one, and it is not always the individual’s preferred choice. Whether […]