Psychiatry consultation
Depression

Finding the Right Depression Treatment

Finding the right treatment for depression can be exhausting and demoralising. The three key treatments are antidepressants, therapy and lifestyle changes, but all three take time, and you can expect a few false starts along the way.

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Doctor and Patient
Health & Wellbeing

What to Ask Your Doctor to Get a Straight Answer

When a patient considers a certain treatment, there are specific things they want to know: Will this make me better? How long will that take? How long before I can stop it? Will I get side effects? How bad are they? How long do they last? How much will it cost? When a patient asks

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Praying man
Research

God and Psychiatry, an uneasy truce?

In the twilight of his life, as storm clouds gathered over Europe, Sigmund Freud began the most ambitious and controversial analysis of his career. With Civilisation and its Discontents, Freud put all humankind on the couch, and the neurosis he sought to expel was religion. Psychiatry’s relationship with God has been fractious ever since.

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Depression

Holding Us Back or Holding Us Together?

If depression is an evolved adaptation to stress, the immediate question is what possible benefit it could bring. As discussed in the Depression Reflex, it makes evolutionary sense for a creature hit by defeat, loss, or injury to withdraw – a strategic retreat that stops a bad situation from becoming worse.

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Brain disorders research
Research

The Ancient Cellular Secret Behind Brain Disorders

The plot of many thrillers is a vital secret from the past hidden in plain sight, a twist that upends everything we thought we knew. Now imagine that there is such a thing lurking in every human cell, something alien, billions of years old, and dictating our survival and evolution ever since. That curious something

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Postpartum Depression
Depression

Postpartum Depression: A Nasty Illness With Villainous Timing

Just as the ordeals of pregnancy and labour are over – right when a mother expects joy and blissful repose – there is an illness that not only feels dreadful but also impairs her ability to be the happy, adept, and loving carer she hoped to be. With mood low, energy gone and thinking foggy, normal tasks suddenly seem impossible, let alone providing the expected perfect welcome to a demanding new arrival.

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