Category: Depression

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What is Situational Depression?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 5, 2023

Depression can take many different forms. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) publishes a diagnostic tool known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (or the DSM-V) which is the principal authority for psychiatric diagnoses. Within the DSM-V, depression falls into many categories. Some of these are well...

Is a Messy House a Sign of Mental Illness?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 11, 2023

There are very few of us out there who are able to maintain a perfectly clean home all of the time. Kids’ toys are strewn about, the clean laundry never gets folded, and the dirty dishes pile up. This is all a normal part of adult life. But where does...

What Causes Chemical Imbalance in the Brain? Debunking Myths

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  January 3, 2023

Have you ever heard that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain? Most of us believed this for many years – but it turns out it’s not the whole truth. Depression is a complex disease affecting over 280 million people worldwide, and a chemical imbalance is not...

10 Ways to Help Yourself When You’re Depressed

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  November 25, 2022

If you live with depression, know that you’re not alone. Millions of people across the globe have depression and battle with it every day. Treatment is necessary to make a full recovery from depression. At the same time, there are things you can do to help yourself get out of...

The Best Daily Routine for Depression

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  November 15, 2022

If you’re going through depression, then your daily routine may have fallen by the wayside. Many people with depression find themselves sleeping during the day, withdrawing from their friends, and dropping out of hobbies. But not having a daily routine can make depression worse. Here is how to build a...

Why Is My Depression Worse in the Morning?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  November 8, 2022

Do you ever wake up feeling depressed? You might have a hard time going through your morning routine. You could feel totally unmotivated about the day ahead and feel hopeless about being able to get through it. Perhaps you even go back to bed when you feel this way, which...

Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Good for Depression?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 27, 2022

Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions in the world, with 280 million people globally living with it every day[1]. Depression can cause painful symptoms like a sad or empty mood, and a lack of interest in activities you used to enjoy. If you’re battling depression, you...

What Is Major Depressive Disorder?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 18, 2022

Major depressive disorder, also known as major depression or clinical depression, is one of the world's most common mental health conditions. The World Health Organization estimates that around 5% of the world population, or 280 million adults, live with major depression[1]. But what, exactly, does it mean to be depressed?...

How Long Does Postpartum Depression Last?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  October 12, 2022

You’ve just had a baby, and maybe a part of you is delighted. But another part of you, perhaps a large part, doesn’t feel happy at all. You might feel uninterested in caring for your baby or feel hopeless about being a good mother. Maybe you even have thoughts about...

Why Do I Get Depressed at Night?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 27, 2022

Many people experience shifts in mood throughout the day, and into the evening and night. Although not much scientific research has been conducted into why this might be, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest depression at night is a common phenomenon.   Low mood or depression? First, it’s...

How To Tell Someone You’re Depressed

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  September 22, 2022

Depression is a sometimes misunderstood mental health condition. In everyday language, low mood is often worded as ‘feeling depressed,’ but this isn’t the same as clinical depression. There are several different types of depression. It’s important to understand what depression is, how common it is, and the typical symptoms of...

What Is High-Functioning Depression?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 31, 2022

When you imagine a person with depression, you might picture someone who has difficulty keeping a job, has withdrawn from their friends and family, or has difficulty maintaining their hygiene. But this is a mistaken view of what depression looks like. People with depression come in all shapes and sizes....

Why Does Depression Make You Tired?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 29, 2022

Fatigue, or lack of energy, is one of the most common symptoms associated with major depressive disorder (depression). Most people with depression report they feel tired or fatigued on an almost daily basis. If you feel fatigued every day, and you don’t have another medical condition that could explain it,...

The Relationship Between Eating Disorders and Depression

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  August 23, 2022

Eating disorders are a common illness that affects over 9% of the world population. [1] Eating disorders can be debilitating and even fatal if left untreated, and symptoms range from severely limiting food intake to not being able to control how much you’re eating. As painful as it is to...

How to Get Motivated When You Are Depressed

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  March 7, 2022

Finding the motivation to perform even the simplest tasks when you’re depressed can be challenging. However, it’s possible to take some positive, actionable steps to increase motivation even when you’re feeling low. One of the most common symptoms of depression is a lack of drive to accomplish things you know...

Can Depression Cause Memory Loss?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 24, 2022

It’s understandable if people who are struggling with depression ask themselves this question. After all, depression can be disorienting. People often don’t notice their memory skills are affected until after they are diagnosed with depression. Many studies have been conducted on this topic, and the general scientific consensus is that...

Symptoms of Depression

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 18, 2022

It’s a perfectly human experience to feel sad or down at times. But for some people, these feelings go further than everyday sadness. For people who suffer from a depressive disorder, their symptoms severely disrupt their lives. Depression is a lot more serious than sadness, and it requires treatment. When...

What Is Depression?

By: Dr. Gregory Jantz  •  February 14, 2022

Depression is a serious medical illness that requires treatment. We often equate depression to a feeling of sadness, and sadness can be one of its symptoms. However, depression is a lot more severe than everyday sadness, and can debilitate people’s lives when left untreated. The World Health Organization lists depression...

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