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“Is depression hereditary?” is one of the many questions undergoing examination and research in the mental health field. Scientists are confident that depression, including postpartum depression, can be inherited.

Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, have received enough media attention over the past several decades to render them fairly well-known to the general public. But subaffective disorders, like dysthymia and cyclothymia, are not as well-known.

It may sound strange, but exercise can be as effective as medication for relieving mild to moderate depression. In fact, research shows that mild depression isn’t typically responsive to medication. One recent study showed that antidepressants improved symptoms in only about 40 – 60 out of 100 people who took them over an eight-week period.

The differences between the symptoms of depression and the symptoms of manic depression are significant. Though they share some commonalities, the critical difference between the two is the manic episodes experienced by those with manic depression, known also as bipolar disorder.

The holidays can be a difficult time for everyone, but are you actually struggling with a major depressive disorder that may require care from a mood treatment center? Nearly all people have some level of stress or sadness during the holidays. There is time with difficult family members, large amounts of money needed for presents […]

Depression is an ugly monster. It overtakes lives, shrouding sufferers in shadow. It intensifies any and all underlying psychological and physiological conditions. As a result, it can be a beast to treat.

Depression has been referred to as the “common cold” of mental health disorders, affecting about one in five adults in the U.S. in any given year. The mainstays of treatment for this debilitating condition are cognitive behavioral therapy and medication. Unfortunately, up to one-third of the people with depression don’t get better with these interventions. […]

By Valerie Martin, LCSW, RYT, Trauma Therapist and Yoga Instructor at The Ranch With the explosion of yoga in the west over the past two decades, it’s clear that this ancient tradition is shedding its old reputation as an esoteric practice exclusively for the spiritually devout. It’s also not just for those who consider themselves […]

By Rodney Robertson, D. Min., M.A., M.Div., Director of Family Services at The Ranch Deborah was devastated when she lost her job at age 42. She blamed herself for not being capable enough and went from her usual schedule of getting up for work to barely leaving home. She dwelled on all the things that […]

Depression is a serious medical condition that can be life-threatening. While effective treatments exist, the causes of depression are not always clear. Is depression genetic or environmental? Are its root causes psychological, emotional, physiological or a combination of the three? And are there different answers for different types of depression?