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Gay Marriage Has Medical, Mental Repercussions
Columbia researchers examine one clinic before and after passage of Massachussetts' gay marriage law.
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More Than 1 in 10 Americans on Antidepressants
The October 2011 National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief reveals that 11 percent of Americans over age 12 take antidepressant medications.
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Hyperbole and a Half Takes On Depression
Popular web comic Hyperbole and a Half takes on depression.
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Does Facebook Put Teens at Risk for Depression?
The American Academy of Pediatrics cautions parents about social media dangers.
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Will the New DSM Label Grief as Depression?
Individuals suffering from major depression often experience a loss of appetite, irregular sleep, fatigue and a loss of interest in activities. So do people who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. So where do mental health professionals distinguish between the normal effects of grief and grief that has triggered severe depression? NPR's Alix Spiegal reports this week that a small change in the forthcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) will have a significant impact on where this line is drawn and how these symptoms are treated.
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Perfectionist Moms At Risk For Postpartum Depression
In the first study examining the link between perfectionism and post-partum depression (PPD), researchers have discovered that women who try hard to be perfect face an increased risk for depression following the birth of a child. Those with "socially prescribed perfectionism," perfectionism motivated by the idea that other people expected them to be perfect, were especially susceptible to PPD.
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The 5 Minutes A Day That Can Change Your Life
Research finds just five minutes of outdoor activity to be the optimal dosage for improving mood and self-esteem.
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Chocolate Linked to Depression
For most of us, chocolate equals happiness, but new research suggests that the mental health outlook for people who frequently indulge is not so bright.
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Depression Plus Diabetes A Recipe For Dementia
A new study shows that adults with diabetes and a history of major depression face more than double the risk of dementia as other diabetics.
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UK Researchers Link Excessive Internet Use to Depression
Is it time to sign off? A large-scale study confirms that using the Internet for excessive periods of time is linked to depressive symptoms.
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Alcohol Abuse & Depression Greater Threat To Troops Than PTSD
Deployed UK and US troops experience anxiety, depression and alcohol abuse at far greater rates than PTSD.
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Are Antidepressants Targeting the Wrong Problem?
Researcher challenges two widely held beliefs about depression: That it is triggered by stress and that it arises from imbalances in neurotransmitters.
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Depression and Anxiety Affect Many Preschoolers
Researchers say up to 15 percent of children under age five are affected by high levels of depression and anxiety.
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Witnessing Family Violence As A Child May Lead to Depression, Alcoholism in Adulthood
Witness violence between parents before the age of 18 has been found to have great effects on adult mental health including increased risk of depression, alcoholism and spousal and child abuse.
One in Five Young Adults Has Mental Health Disorder
Almost one in five people between the ages of 19 and 25 suffers from a personality disorder such as social anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder, though few seek help.
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Most Children On Antidepressants Not Receiving Therapy
A large-scale study on children and teens on antidepressants shows that at least half do not receive therapy in conjunction with medication. The study used data from a database of 6.8 million youth with insurance claims for antidepressants. Data showed that only about 40 percent also received a referral for at least one therapy session.
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Teen Insomnia Increases Risk of Depression and Substance Abuse
Teens with sleeping troubles are vulnerable to depression, drug use, binge drinking and suicidal ideation later in life, shows new research published in the journal SLEEP.
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Findings Support Dedicated, Long-Term Psychotherapy
A meta-analysis of 48 years of research on long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy (LTPP) shows that dedicated psychotherapy continuing more than one year or 50 sessions is more effective than shorter term therapies at treating complex mental health problems such as personality disorders or complex depressive and anxiety disorders.
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Brain Scans Show Relationship Between Guilt, Depression
As if feeling guilty wasn't bad enough, a new study by the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has confirmed a deep, cognitive association between guilt and depression.
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Overtime Linked to Depression and Anxiety
Researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway compared 1350 individuals who work 41 to 100 hours per week with 9092 workers who worked 40 hours per week or less using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (PDF).
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Smoking Greatly Increases Risk of Depression
Smokers are far more likely to suffer from depression than non-smokers shows new research from Spain's University of Navarra and University of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria and the Harvard School of Public Health.
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History of Depression Increases Alzheimer's Risk
Individuals who have suffered depression are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease later in life than those who have not, according to a study published in the current edition of Neurology.
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Low-Income Women at High Risk for Postpartum Depression
A mother's chance of becoming depressed after childbirth is strongly tied to her family income, education level and occupation, shows research on more than 4000 women from varying socioeconomic backgrounds.
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Low Testosterone Linked to Male Depression
In the early years of life, women are more likely than men to be depressed. As we age, however, rates of male depression soar to near-equal levels with women.
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When Medication Fails, Combination Therapy May Help Depressed Teens
For the 40 percent of clinically depressed teenagers who do not respond to their first antidepressant treatment, a combination of medication and psychotherapy has an excellent chance of providing successful treatment.
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PsychBriefs: February 10-16, 2008
Our weekly wrap-up of news, interesting research, and noteworthy happenings in the worlds of psychiatry, psychology, and social work.
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9/11 Continues to Impact America's Mental Health
Fear of terrorism following the September 11th attacks continues to impact the mental health of American citizens on a micro-level, shows a new study focusing not on New Yorkers, but rather, Midwesterners.
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Chronic Pain Alters Brain Function
Chronic pain is often only the start of the problem for sufferers, who also suffer high rates of depression, anxiety and sleep disorders.
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Depression Most Persistent in Older Women
Older women are more likely to become depressed than older men and more likely to stay that way, shows a study by researchers at Yale School of Medicine. The study monitored 754 seniors age 70 and older from 1998 to 2005 for seven years. Subjects complete...
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Midlife Crisis A Global Phenomenon
The happiest times occur early and late in life while midlife proves to be a low-point, shows a new analysis of depression across the world.
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Antidepressant Success May Be Greatly Exaggerated
A new review of trials on commonly prescribed antidepressants shows these drugs have only about a 50-50 percent chance of successfully treating depression, despite reports of far higher success rates.
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PsychBriefs: December 30, 2007-January 5, 2008
Our weekly wrap-up of news, interesting research, and noteworthy happenings in the worlds of psychiatry, psychology, and social work.
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Exercise Lowers Anxiety and Stress in Menopausal Women
Women entering and progressing through menopause have one more piece of information to add to their arsenal.
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PsychBriefs: December 9-15, 2007
Our weekly wrap-up of news, interesting research, and noteworthy happenings in the worlds of psychiatry, psychology, and social work.
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Initial Screenings of Soldiers Returning from Deployment Missed Majority of Mental Health Problems
Previous reports focusing only on early screenings of military returning from the war in Iraq missed the majority of mental health problems ultimately faced by soldiers, shows new research.
Combination Therapy Best Addresses Teen Depression
Using cognitive-behavioral therapy in conjunction with antidepressants has both short- and long-term advantages over using either treatment alone.
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Report Rates Depression Risk by Occupation
Is your job bringing you down? The problem could be the field you work in, shows a new report from the the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on depression in working adults by occupational field.
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PsychBriefs: October 14-20, 2007
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PsychBriefs: October 6-12, 2007
Medication May Treat Alcoholism Topiramate, an anticonvulsant used to control seizures, has been shown to perform better than a placebo in treating alcoholism. Researchers tested 371 alcohol-dependent men and women in a randomized 14-week trial and found th...
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Two Genes Shown to Increase Risk for Suicidal Ideation
Can a simple test predict your risk for suicidal thoughts? A DNA study has identified two genes that increase the risk of suicidal thoughts in patients taking antidepressants by as much as 50 percent. The study examined the DNA of 120 people with no histor...
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PsychBriefs: September 23-29, 2007
Could Alzheimer's Be "Type III" Diabetes? New research from Northwestern University researchers shows that Amyloid beta oglimers in the brain of Alzheimer's patients remove insulin receptors from nerve cells, rendering neurons insulin resistent, thereby dis...
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Childhood Abuse Linked to Adult Migraines
Physical or sexual abuse experienced in childhood may predispose victims to migraine with depression">depression later in life, shows a study of 949 female migraine sufferers. The research, conducted by Dr. Gretchen Tietjen, a neurologist at the University...
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Teen Suicides Increase After Antidepressant Warnings
In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European regulators issued warnings against the use of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in children and adolescents. Shortly thereafter, the FDA issued a mandate sta...
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Depression Treatment May Trigger Thoughts of Suicide in Genetically Predisposed Men
A study of 1,447 people with depression, conducted by Roy H. Perlis, M.D. of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and his colleagues found that 10 percent of the men studied expressed suicidal thoughts during at least one follow up vis...
Antidepressants Pose Small Risk During Pregnancy
Two studies published in the June issue of the New England Journal of Medicine show that exposure to serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac and Paxil is not a significant cause of birth defects. Interviewing more than 9.000 mothers ...
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Why Quarrelling Siblings Risk Depression
Another reason to make nice with your brothers and sisters: Siblings who don't get along or are distant before age 20 have an increased risk of becoming depressed for the next thirty years. A report appearing in the June American Journal of Psychiatry deta...
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Can A Walk In The Park Cure Depression?: Ecotherapy Vs. Antidepressants
Imagine going to the psychiatrist and walking out with a prescription for a few weeks of farm work. This happens to residents of European countries such as Holland where 600 "care farms" are integrated into the health system for this very purpose--and it se...
PsychBriefs: April 28-May 4, 2007
Our weekly wrap-up of news, interesting research, and noteworthy happenings in the worlds of psychiatry, psychology, and social work. This week: April 28-May 4, 2007. Mentally Ill Die 25 Years Earlier People treated for serious mental illness in public sys...
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Maternal Depression May Predict Behavior in ADHD Kids
A mother's mental health is crucial to any child, but for children with ADHD, it may be the difference between a smooth childhood and one filled with errant behaviors such as fighting, bullying and theft, shows University of Maryland research published in t...
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1/4 Of Depression Diagnoses Not Really Depression
A study of more than 8000 patients published in the Archives of General Psychiatry suggests that many cases of major depression are actually false positives, normal but temporary responses to life events such as death or divorce. Researchers surveyed the p...
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Less Than 1/3 of American Mental Health Disorders Treated
A survey of Americans' psychiatric needs shows that while almost 30 percent of the population suffers from mental health disorders, less than one-third of those affected receive treatment for them. The study, which involved comprehensive interviews of 816 ...
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Analysis: Depression in U.S. Blacks Less Common But More Severe
Depression weighs heavily upon U.S. blacks, a new study shows, despite lower rates of major depressive disorders. Analyzing self-reports from 6,082 African-Americans, Caribbean-Americans and non-Hispanic whites, researchers found that while 18 percent of w...
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Depressed Elderly May Die Younger
Elderly people with physical ills are highly likely to suffer from depression which in turn greatly increases the likelihood of early death, report University of Liverpool researchers. In a project involving more than 300 elderly people who had been dischar...
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The Face of Male Depression
Researchers estimate that more than 6 million men in the United States suffer from depression. And yet, as we reported in October, many fail to seek treatment or even realize what's wrong with them. Recognizing depression in men can be difficult even for t...
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Life Harder on Teen Girls, Depression Study Shows
A shocking number of young women age 15 to 24--about 20 percent--is affected by major depression, studies show, making them more likely to attempt suicide, abuse alcohol and enter into abusive relationships. New findings from the University of South Caroli...
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Loneliness, Depression Bad for Mind, Body and Soul
A set of studies published in this month's issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry suggest that social isolation and depression are bad for both mental and physical health. More than 800 senior citizens were evaluated for loneliness on a five point sca...
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Warning: Antidepressants Double Fracture Risks in Older Patients
Health professionals prescribing antidepressants to older adults should be on the alert: Daily use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Paxil or Prozac has been found to double the risk of fractures in osteoporatic patients, report McG...
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Antidepressants Superior to Therapy in Treating Depression After Heart Attack
A Canadian study of cardiac patients has shown the antidepressant Celexa (Citalopram) to be successful in treating the severe depression experienced by nearly one-third of heart attack sufferers. Talk therapy, meanwhile, appeared to have no effect. The stu...
Migraine-Depression Link Reported
A survey of more than a thousand female headache sufferers shows that women who suffer from migraine symptoms and severe related symptoms have a 32-fold increase for depression. Women who experienced chronic headaches (15 or more per month) were furthermor...
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'Dawn Simulation' Provides AlternateTreatment for SAD
Two new therapies have shown to be successful at treating people suffering from the winter blues. Dawn simulation, which uses a bedside machine to gradually deliver light at the same time as the summer sunrise, and negative air ionization have shown to be e...
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Childhood Physical Abuse Shown to Cause Adult Depression
Children who are physically abused have a 59 percent higher chance of developing major depression later in life compared to other children, shows a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. The study followed 680 abused children and 520 non-ab...
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Depression Often Follows Head Injury
People who sustain head injuries are at a high risk for depression new research shows. An alarming 33 percent of patients who suffered head injury in a study developed a "major depressive disorder" within one year. These patients were also found to have sus...
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Acupuncture Helpful But Inadequate Treatment for Depression
Following two studies showing the ancient treatment to successfully treat symptoms of depression in young women and pregnant women, University of Arizona researcher Dr. John J. B. Allen reports acupuncture alone is not an adequate treatment for depression. ...
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Depression and Anxiety Worsen for 76% of Sufferers Around Holidays
Results of a poll released by the Canadian Mental Health Association shows the holiday season taking quite a toll on mental health with the general population citing "added social pressure, financial stress, raised holiday expectations, an increased feeling...
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How Patients Request Antidepressants Affects Physician Care
A study by University of California at San Francisco researchers shows that patients who approach physicians with a general interest in antidepressants are more thoroughly evaluated for depression than patients who request specific medications or merely de...
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New Moms at Greatest Risk for Postpartum Depression
The first few weeks following childbirth are the riskiest time for postpartum depression, says a new Danish study. This time is especially risky for new mothers who are seven times more likely than women with other children to be hospitalized for depression...
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Depression Screening and Intervention Cost-Effective for Employers
Using a five-year simulated model, researchers at Harvard Medical School and the National Institute for Health estimated that implementing advanced outreach programs for depression would save employers an average of about $3,000 per 1000 workers. These res...
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Depression Linked to Osteoporosis, Bone Pain
Hebrew University scientists studying a link between depression and osteoporosis found that rats induced into a depressive state lost up to 17 percent of their bone density in just four weeks. Researchers theorize this is due to impairment in the body's bon...
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Depression, PTSD After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and major depression are among the significant mental health problems experienced by the majority of women following a breast cancer diagnosis according to new research by scientists at Dartmouth University. Contacting...
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Vitamins, Fish Oil May Help Treat Depression
Dietitians at Sydney University in Australia have identified several nutritional supplements which may aid in treating depression. Their study, published in Nutrition & Dietetics, found St. John's Wart, vitamins B-6, B-12, folate, the essential amino acid ...
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13 Percent of Teens with Problem Acne Attempt Suicide
Acne may have devastating effects on the mental health of teenagers, a new study shows. In a New Zealand study of nearly 9570 students age 12 to 18, nearly 35 percent of the students with problem acne also reported suicidal thoughts and ten percent reported...
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New Model for Brain Chemistry of Depression
Levels of neurotransmitters called monoamines, which include serotonin, dopamine and neurepinephrine, have long been believed to be lower in the brain during depressive episodes. However, scientists have only just been able to create a convincing model to e...
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Gene Linked to Depression Found to Enlarge Brain Region
A variation of a gene linked to mental illness has been found to shape the pulvinar, a part of the brain associated with negative emotions. University of Texas researchers studied the brains of 49 deceased people, finding that those who had carried two sho...
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'Spiritual' People More Depressed Than 'Religious' Counterparts
While past research has shown that being religious--participating in organized worship services--is tied to lower rates of depression, a new Canadian study shows that being spiritual--searching for a meaning to life--is actually associated with higher risk ...
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Two-Thirds of Depressed Patients Curable in One to Four Treatment Steps
A study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) shows that more than two-thirds of patients can be relieved of depression if they work with doctors to try several medications and/or therapies until they find the best treatment for them. Th...
Study: Job Strain, Depression and Burnout
Finnish researchers have found a correlation between job strain and depression, says a study published in this month's Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Questioning 3,270 workers, researchers found that high job strain was the biggest ris...
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Study: Spouse Personality and Recovery
A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology says having a neurotic or anxious spouse may hinder your recovery after a major health crisis, while having a positive spouse can help it. Researchers assessed personality, signs of depr...
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Depression After Heart Attack Strong Indicator of Future Health
About one in five patients who suffers a heart attack will become depressed in the first year of recovery. While many physicians perceive this as a normal, passing reaction to such a serious health crisis, a new study published by the Archives of Internal ...
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Family Environment Can Reverse Depression Gene, Study Says
A study by UCLA researchers in the current edition of Biological Psychiatry shows that for people with the short version of the 5-HTTLPR gene, a variation linked to predisposition for depression, having a supportive, loving family early in life significantl...
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Neuroticism May Predict Depression
A longitudinal study of more than 20,000 Swedish twins has found the personality trait of neuroticism is a strong predictor of the development of major depression later in life. Between 1972 and 1973, the twins answered questionnaires related to neuroticis...
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Genetics May Help Fine-Tune Antidepressant Prescription
Scientists at the Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine have found a genetic variation that influences how patients respond to different classes of antidepressants. Of 241 male and female Korean patients with major late-life depression, 136 were treat...
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Club Drug Ketamine Could Conquer Depression
A study by researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) of 18 treatment-resistant patients suffering from major depression found that a single dose of ketamine, a human and veterinary anaesthetic known for its recreational among ravers and ...
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Stereotypes, Stigma Prevent Depressed Men From Seeking Treatment
Older men are less likely than older women to seek treatment for depression or to recognize its symptoms due to traditional ideas about masculinity and the stigma of depression, says a study published in the October 2006 edition of the American Journal of G...
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Scientists Establish Link Between Popular Acne Drug and Depression
Researchers at the University of Bath have released results of a study showing a link between the acne drug Roaccutane (often marketed as Accutane in the U.S.) and depression in mice.
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Short-lived Depressive Symptoms in Teens Lead Scientists to Re-examine Antidepressant Evaluation Methods
A study published in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology showed that the the short duration of depressive symptoms in teens makes it difficult to gauge the efficacy of antidepressants versus placebos.
Depression Linked to Risky Sex Behavior in African-American Youth
A new study from the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center and Brown Medical School reveals that African American adolescents with symptoms of depression are more than four times likely to engage in risky sexual behavior.
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Hopkins Research Shows Chronic Depression Genetically Linked
A study published in the American Journal of Psychology shows that chronic depression is more than twice as likely to occur in people whose close relatives developed chronic depression early in life.
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Depression-Resistant Mice May Hold Key to Human Happiness
Researchers at McGill University and the University of Nice, France, have created a permanently happy breed of mouse.
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Doctors Fail to Treat Nearly Two-Thirds of Depressed Pregnant Women
Research at the University of Michigan Depression Center recently published in General Hospital Psychiatry has found that the "majority of pregnant women who have full-blown major depression aren't getting any treatment for the condition, and neither are mo...
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Is Marriage Good For You? It Is If You Are Depressed.
A new evaluation of the National Survey of Families and Households performed at Ohio State University questions the old belief that marriage is good for everyone. Going in the examiners thought that depressed people would benefit less from being married be...
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