In-depth

Alternative medicine

Mindfulness exercises

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

Pet therapy

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

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

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

Coping and support

Depression: Provide support, encouragement

Depression: Supporting a family member or friend

IBD and depression: Is there a connection?

Mental health: Overcoming the stigma of mental illness

Support groups

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

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

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

Hyperparathyroidism

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

Symptom Checker

Foot pain? Headache? Sore throat? Skin rash? Use the Symptom Checker to find out what's causing your symptom.

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

Antidepressants: Selecting one

Antidepressants: Side effects

Most antidepressant side effects aren't dangerous, but they can be bothersome. Here's what to do.

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

Electroconvulsive therapy

When other treatments haven't worked, ECT may be an option. Set aside preconceived notions and learn about benefits and risks.

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.

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)

These older antidepressants are effective, but require diet restrictions and cause side effects. Find out about the MAOI skin patch — it may cause fewer problems.

Psychotherapy

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

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

SSRIs, a popular antidepressant type, can help you overcome depression. Discover how Prozac and other SSRIs boost mood and what side effects they may cause.

Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)

You may start depression treatment by taking one of these medications, or your doctor may prescribe an SNRI if other treatments haven't worked.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation

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

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.

Tricyclic antidepressants and tetracyclic antidepressants

Cyclic antidepressants can cause more side effects than other antidepressants do. But sometimes, they can be a good choice.

Vagus nerve stimulation

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

July 22, 2015