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Depression Can Raise A-Fib Risk

Research suggests people with depression have an increased risk for atrial fibrillation or a-fib, a heart rhythm disorder puts you at higher risk for stroke.

By Diane Domina

Being Overweight Causes Depression, Especially in Women

A study suggests there’s a causal link between being overweight and being depressed, even in people without additional health problems, especially women.

By Diane Domina

Abstinence from Moderate Drinking Can Lead to Depression

A study shows that when mice stop drinking moderate levels of alcohol they can become depressed around two weeks later. Here's more information about the association between moderate drinking and depression.

By Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., CPsychol., AFBPsS

Depression and Creativity: Is There a Link?

Some of the world's most creative souls have died by suicide. Sloan Miller examines the relationship between depression and creativity — and shares where to go for help.

By Sloane Miller

ADHD and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

The factors that put people with ADHD more at risk for SAD, and the different treatment options available.

By Eileen Bailey

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT): How It Saved My Life But Destroyed My Memory

Is ECT barbaric or life-saving? One woman explains how electroconvulsive therapy saved her life but left her with substantial memory loss.

By Rachel Star Withers

Rely on Tips? You May Be at Higher Risk for Depression

People who work in the service industry and depend on tips to supplement their base pay are at increased risk for depression, high stress levels, and sleep problems.

By Diane Domina

Why Are So Many LGBTQ Youths Depressed?

LGBTQ individuals are almost three times more likely than others to experience depression. Here’s why we need to address depression among LGBTQ youths.

By Mike Veny

Kate Spade: Success, Depression, and Suicide

Why do so many successful people take their lives? The tragedy of Kate Spade’s death shatters misconceptions about suicide: that it is attached to failure.

By Therese Borchard

How to Plan for a Baby When You've Had Postpartum Depression Before

If you’ve had postpartum depression (PPD) in the past, future pregnancies can be daunting. Here’s how to prepare for the postpartum period.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.