What are the Causes of Women’s Depression

Rumination When women have problems, they tend to ruminate on them, rather than distracting themselves; that is, they think and talk about their problems over and over, to try to come to grips with them. This can work against them taking action, and can cause a downward spiral in their thinking. They may end up […]

Different Types of Disorders Occurring with Depression

Personality Disorders This large category of illnesses affects about 20 per cent of the population. Someone with a personality disorder has inappropriate, maladaptive responses to other people that can cause misunderstanding and dissension. Even after friends and family respond negatively, the person continues the irritating behaviours. For example, when Martin and Derek were discussing financial […]

Depression and Cancer

Depressive symptoms can be an early sign of cancer, before the cancer itself can be detected. A depression that doesn’t respond to treatment may be a signal that a brain tumour or pancreatic cancer is present. Farouk was sixty-seven, and he had worked in the office of an industrial firm until he retired. He was […]

Causes of Depression – Hormone Imbalance

Hormones are messenger chemicals that travel through the bloodstream, communicating between the brain and the body to regulate systems or glands that need to be adjusted frequently. These glands may go out of balance when there are changes in the environment or the internal state of the individual. A feedback system between the glands and […]

Age Groups and Depression

Depression looks different at different ages, because developmental stages affect the picture. If you think your child is depressed, or if a teacher has mentioned the possibility to you, you can ask for a thorough physical and psychological assessment to be done by a child psychiatrist. Your family doctor can arrange this for you. Infants […]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Depression

Cognitive Behavioral therapy, or CBT, is based on the principles of learning theory. If you are prone to depression, you tend to think globally and see catastrophes everywhere. Some common distortions in thinking are selective abstraction – noticing only the worst details; overgeneralization – seeing disaster everywhere from a single event; all-or-nothing thinking – magnifying […]