In-depth

Alternative medicine

Mindfulness exercises

What can mindfulness exercises do for you? Get the facts.

Pet therapy

Therapy animals can provide comfort during illness and help speed recovery.

Treatment-resistant depression

If your depression continues despite standard treatment, it may feel like you're out of options. But there are still steps that may help.

Causes

Addison's disease

Addison's disease occurs when your adrenal glands produce insufficient amounts of certain important hormones. Treatment may include taking corticosteroids.

Child abuse

If a child tells you he or she is being abused, take the situation seriously. Here's how to respond.

Concussion

Concussions can be serious injuries that need sufficient time to heal.

Cushing syndrome

Cushing syndrome is caused by an excess of the hormone cortisol, originating from your adrenal glands or from corticosteroid medications you're taking for another illness.

Drug addiction

Drug addiction is the compulsive dependence on a legal or illegal drug. Treatment and a strong support system may help break an addiction.

Hashimoto's disease

Hashimoto's disease (chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis) causes thyroid gland inflammation and often an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Treatment may involve thyroid hormone replacement medication.

Hypothyroidism

Although low levels of thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism) can leave you feeling tired and depressed, medications can help you live a normal life.

Nicotine dependence

Breaking your addiction to nicotine is difficult and takes commitment, support and time. But doing so can make a huge difference in your overall health.

Perimenopause

Perimenopause — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatment, self-care of this life transition for women.

Pituitary tumors

Pituitary tumors are abnormal growths in the pituitary gland in the brain. Most are noncancerous (benign). Some may cause overproduction of hormones and associated problems.

Traumatic brain injury

While mild traumatic brain injury generally results in few long-term problems, more severe injury can cause several physical, emotional, behavioral, communication and cognitive problems.

Wilson's disease

In Wilson's disease, the body doesn't metabolize copper properly, causing excess amounts to accumulate in the liver and other organs.

Complications

Insomnia

Sleepless nights? Insomnia includes difficulty going to sleep, staying asleep or going back to sleep after you awaken. Insomnia may be temporary or chronic.

Low blood pressure (hypotension)

Low blood pressure (hypotension) can be a sign of good health or of a life-threatening condition. Find out more about hypotension's causes and treatment options.

Rebound headaches

Rebound headaches — Is your pain medication causing more headaches than it cures?

Coping and support

Depression: Offer support

When someone you care about has depression, your support can be a big help to them. Here's what you can do.

Depression: Provide support, encouragement

Support groups

Facing a major life change or a serious illness? Don't go it alone. A support group can connect you with others in the same boat.

Definition

Mental health

Curious about mental health? Discover what shapes the definitions of mental health and mental illness.

Lifestyle and home remedies

Depression, anxiety and exercise

Exercise can ease depression symptoms and anxiety symptoms. Follow these easy tips to get started and stick with it.

Meditation

Stressed out? Try meditation. Learn easy, quick techniques that you can use at work, waiting in line or virtually anywhere.

Mediterranean diet recipes

Give your diet a healthy kick with these Mediterranean recipes.

Sleep tips

Prevention

Caregiver depression

Caregivers are vulnerable to depression — but you can take active steps to prevent depression and feel your best. Consider these tips.

Risk factors

Borderline personality disorder

Borderline personality disorder is distressing for both those who have it and those around them. With proper treatment, though, life can be more enjoyable.

Depression in women

Women are diagnosed with depression more often than men are. Discover what factors may contribute to that increased risk.

Empty nest syndrome

Does the house feel empty now that your last child has moved out? Here's help handling an empty nest.

Migraine

A migraine isn't an ordinary headache. In addition to severe head pain, it can cause nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Stress symptoms

Aches and pains, irritability, and crying spells may have an unexpected source — stress. Recognize these and other signs and symptoms so that you can take action.

Symptoms

Depression: Diagnosis is key

Fatigue

Fatigue can signal many things. Here are some tips to help you decipher why you're wiped out and to regain your energy.

Headache

Most headaches aren't caused by a serious illness, but some could be a sign of a life-threatening condition.

Male depression

Male depression may be hard to recognize and treat. See what's behind the problem and how men can learn healthy coping strategies.

Polymyalgia rheumatica

Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory disorder that causes pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, upper arms, hips and thighs.

Unexplained weight loss

Unexplained weight loss: Symptom — Overview covers possible causes of unexplained weight loss.

Tests and diagnosis

Complete blood count

A complete blood count can be used to evaluate your overall health, detect a wide range of disorders, or monitor a medical condition or treatment.

Treatments and drugs

Antidepressants and pregnancy

Some antidepressants might not be appropriate to take when you're pregnant. Understand the options for treating depression during pregnancy.

Atypical antidepressants

Atypical antidepressants may be prescribed on their own or added to other antidepressants to boost effectiveness or counter side effects.

Breast-feeding and medications

When you're breast-feeding, medications aren't necessarily off-limits — but caution is important. Get answers to common questions about breast-feeding and medications.

Mental health providers

Looking for a mental health provider but not sure where to start? Here are tips, questions to ask and issues to consider.

Mental health providers

Looking for a mental health provider but not sure where to start? Here are tips, questions to ask and issues to consider.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is one way to treat many mental illnesses. See how therapy is used and which type may be best for you.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a form of brain stimulation, sometimes used when standard depression treatments haven't worked.

Vagus nerve stimulation

Vagus nerve stimulation may be an option when traditional epilepsy treatment doesn't work.

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