Welcome to Wing of Madness Depression Guide

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Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Welcome to one of the oldest depression sites on the Web. Since 1995, Wing of Madness has been providing information and support to people dealing with their own depression or that of someone they know.

This web page is about clinical depression, also referred to as major depression or major depressive disorder. Here we address not the “down” mood which we all get from time to time and which leads us to say, “I’m depressed,” but the often debilitating illness which affects one in five people, children as well as adults. Continue reading

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Study Links Brain Molecule to Risk of Major Depression

HealthDay News — People whose genetic make-up produces lower levels of a brain molecule called neuropeptide Y NPY may be at increased risk for major depression, says a new study.Previous research has shown that NPY helps people calm down after experiencing stressful events.This study found that when exposed to negative stimuli, people with gene variations that cause them to produce lower levels of NPY have stronger responses in key brain circuits related to emotion. This means they have less resilience to stress and a stronger psychological response to pain; they were also overrepresented in a population diagnosed with a major depressive disorder, the researchers said.The study was published Feb. 7 in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

via HealthDay Articles.

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