How Do Antidepressants Affect the Brain?

If you’re struggling with major depressive disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, or another mental health condition, you’ve probably thought about using antidepressants. It’s not uncommon for people considering, or even currently taking, antidepressants to ask questions like, “What do antidepressants do to the brain?” and “Do antidepressants permanently alter brain chemistry?” Knowing how antidepressants work with your brain…

Can Exercise Help with Depression?

Say you have a boss who puts you down so constantly that your emotional health starts to suffer. After one particularly tough exchange, you close your laptop and set off for a 10-mile run. Back home, your feelings have lost their edge and you spend the afternoon productively. In this case, exercise had a clear…

Breaking the Cycle: Depression and Genetics

Do you have your father’s nose or your mother’s eyes? Perhaps stubbornness is a common family trait, or you all have a similar sense of humor. Many traits run in families, so it’s natural to wonder, is depression genetic, too? Depression and genetics are correlated in some ways, but you are much more than your…

Does Depression Go Away with Time?

If you fell off your bike and broke your leg, what would you do? You’d go to the hospital to have an orthopedic specialist assess the injury, treat the damage, and recommend a course of recovery. What you wouldn’t do is go home and wait for your leg to get better on its own. Yet…