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Can the effectiveness of antidepressants be explained by a placebo effect?

Short answer Don't believe everything you read. Background The article cited (Kirsch, 2014) appears in a German journal with a mediocre impact factor. Not the most convincing platform. I'll cite ...
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Are psychologists more immune to psychological problems?

Barriers to Psychologists Seeking Mental Health Care by Jennifer L. Bearse, Mark R. McMinn, Winston Seegobin, and Kurt Free of George Fox University asks a similar question. Professional ...
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Why is depression a diagnosable issue?

"Depression" is a symptom or state of being, one that everyone can experience. "Major Depressive Disorder," however, is a diagnosable medical disorder for many reasons. The following list is by no ...
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Can listening to sad songs lead to depression?

If you are talking about clinical depression as an illness, the direct answer to your question is: I don't know. There was a study of the effect of different genres of music on how people felt (...
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Why is depression a diagnosable issue?

As @user30133 pointed out, Not everyone who feels depressed some time [is] diagnosed with depression. Depression is not simply feeling sad. It has specific diagnosis criteria which you can find in [...
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Are ADHD and OCD under some type of mental illness?

Different diagnostic systems may assign these syndromes to different categories based on theory or clinical opinion. In the DSM-IV era, OCD was listed under the "Anxiety disorders" category; however, ...
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Can CBT cure any kind of depression?

"Cure" is a very risky word here. If I stick to it, the answer is no, because no treatment is 100% successful; not in all cases. Let's talk about significant outcomes. CBT is not the only therapy ...
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Are a lot of highly logical people (such as mathematicians) prone to depression?

Overall, based on my limited research it appears there is no evidence that people who are more logical are more likely to experience depression. There is a theory that people who see the world more ...
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What effect can depression have on memory?

My initial thought when reading this question is that it would an extremely difficult thing to pin down whether or not depression would affect memory in the long term this is due to a variety of ...
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What is the prevalence of lifelong, early onset, chronic depression?

From Wikipedia, with dysthymia being another word for "chronic depression": Globally dysthymia occurs in about 105 million people a year (1.5% of the population). It is slightly more common in ...
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Severe depression/anxiety can't be treated with CBT

Yes, that is the consensus view among psychiatrists and clinical psychologists (e.g., Parker et al., 2012). A commonly referenced authoritative guideline for treatment of major depressive disorder is ...
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Why do people commit suicide?

As a person who has dealt with 12 years of chronic bipolar depression and anxiety with multiple serious suicide attempts, I would say that much of reason behind the attempts have to do with pure ...
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Is there a less colloquial term for the phenomenon known as "brain zaps"?

Short answer Brain zaps are a colloquial term for certain symptoms of antidepressant discontinuation syndrome. Background 'Brain zaps' are associated with sudden shakes, or vibrations, tremors, ...
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Why is depression a diagnosable issue?

Short answer The current understanding is that depression is related to a neurochemical imbalance in the depressed brain. Pharmacological treatment to shift and correct that imbalance may therefore be ...
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Effects of treatment versus psychotherapy on mental health of transgender people

TL;DR: There's many studies which point to better mental health outcomes as a result of treatment, such as hormones and surgery, of transgender individuals. It's also important to consider that there'...
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Effects of treatment versus psychotherapy on mental health of transgender people

Johns Hopkins did stop doing gender reassignment surgery and one of their psychiatrists apparently says that The suicide rate among transgendered people who had the surgery is 20 times higher He ...
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Negative thoughts as cause or consequence of depression

Short answer The cause of depression is thought to be one of neurochemistry, resulting in depressive thoughts. Background I think the general consensus is that depression is a psychological ...
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Is 'your mom will be sad' actually a good argument to pose to someone thinking of committing suicide?

As with many mental health concerns, the situation for each individual is unique and therefore what we do and how we deal with the concern is also unique. Nothing said in this answer is a hard and ...
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How does a person know if he should seek treatment for depression since feeling moody is unavoidable?

TLDR Many people say they are feeling depressed when really they are just suffering from a low mood. Andrew Solomon said The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality. And it was ...
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What happens to your body when overcoming side effects of SSRIs?

Well, I think that's a good question! The resolution of side effects following the initiation of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can be attributed to the capacity of the human body to ...
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What exactly is Emotional Reasoning?

The quote you gave was from the beginning of Wikipedia article on Emotional Reasoning and if you read further down in that article it tells you that Beck believed that emotional reasoning stemmed ...
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Why do hallucinations appear in depression?

Have a look at The God drug DMT. It causes people to see/talk to God and can be taken as an actual drug, but I believe it is also produced in the body during near death experiences. I am no expert in ...
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Why is depression a diagnosable issue?

Not everyone who feels depressed some time diagnosed with depression. Depression is not simply feeling sad. It has specific diagnosis criteria which you can find in DSM-V. Diagnosis of a mental ...
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Why could too much BDNF be detrimental in terms of depression and memory?

This is a fairly open-ended question... One example of the potentially negative consequences of overexpressed BDNF is its effect on the likelihood and frequency of epileptic seizures. I guess the ...
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What's the opposite of major depressive disorder?

There are two ways to interpret/answer this question. First, is there a recognized disorder that is characterized by mania in the absence of depression? Second, are there people who experience mania ...
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Which is the most valid/validated scale for diagnosis of Major depression for an Indian population?

I am sharing my research here should anybody find it useful. ========================================================================= Although PHQ-9 wasn’t developed for an Indian audience, it has ...
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Does belief in an afterlife play a role in suicide rates?

I think, from a statistical point of view, this question will be impossible to answer, because belief in an afterlife is almost always tied to powerful confounding factors, such as participation in a ...
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Any studies that assess effects of treatment to individual depression symptoms

To my mind, there are several reasons why this isn't the standard procedure. One reason is that Likert-type items are ordinal data, which means that standard statistical methods such as linear ...
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Do cognitive distortions not exist at all in non-depressed people?

The short answer is yes. While research has indicated that anxiety, stress or depression can lead to cognitive distortions (Panourgia & Comoretto, 2017), they can exist without it (Gilbert, 1998). ...
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Is there a less colloquial term for the phenomenon known as "brain zaps"?

I don't like referring to something so unpleasant and uncomfortable by such a silly name. Is there a proper medical term for this phenomenon? In the literature, they're referred to as shock-like ...
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