Psychology & Psychiatry

How pets can be true lifesavers for seniors

(HealthDay)—Having a furry, fluffy or feathered friend can have a profound effect on seniors' mental health, possibly even helping prevent some suicides, new research suggests.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Psychologists offer tips and resources for coping during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly and drastically changed day-to-day life in the U.S., causing fear and anxiety. Loyola Medicine clinical psychologists Elizabeth Simmons, PsyD, and Laura Wool, PsyD, provide tips for coping, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Nursing professor offers relationship advice during pandemic

With children out of school, parents working from home, and many family members and friends apart physically, COVID-19 has presented new challenges for both staying connected amid isolation and keeping healthy boundaries ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

People seek immediate solutions to cope with fear

The COVID-19 pandemic has evoked many emotions among people worldwide—none more prevalent than fear. These fears, according to University of Michigan psychology professor Joshua Ackerman, can be managed by finding activities ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Care for the caregiver in the age of coronavirus

While staying at home to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 can be challenging, doing so as someone who's providing in-home care for vulnerable adults comes with added complications.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Creating an early alert system for COVID-19

To better understand early signs of coronavirus and the virus' spread, physicians around the country and data scientists at UC San Diego are working together to use a wearable device to monitor more than 12,000 people, including ...

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Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behaviour, feelings and physical well-being. Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, or problems concentrating, remembering details or making decisions; and may contemplate or attempt suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, or aches, pains or digestive problems that are resistant to treatment may be present.

Depressed mood is a normal reaction to certain life events, a symptom of some medical conditions (e.g., Addison's disease, hypothyroidism), various medical treatments (e.g., hepatitis C drug therapy), and a feature of certain psychiatric syndromes.

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