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Mindfulness Therapy May Help Ease Recurrent Depression

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 – Mindfulness therapy may help reduce the risk of repeated bouts of depression, researchers report. One expert not connected to the study explained the mindfulness approach. "Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy enhances awareness of thoughts and emotions being experienced, and enables development of skills to better cope with them," said Dr. Ami Baxi, a psychiatrist who directs adult inpatient services at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. In the new study, a team led by Willem Kuyken, of the University of Oxford in England, analyzed the findings of nine published studies. The research included a total of almost 1,300 patients with a history of depression. The studies compared the effectiveness of mindfulness therapy against usual depression care and other active treatments, including antidepressants. After 60 weeks of follow-up, those who received ... Read more

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Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements Might Boost Antidepressants' Effects

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 – Omega-3 fish oil supplements may improve the effectiveness of antidepressants, new research suggests. Researchers reviewed the findings of eight clinical trials worldwide, as well as other evidence, and concluded that the supplements appear to help battle depression in people already on medication. "Omega-3 fish oil – in combination with antidepressants – had a statistically significant effect over a placebo," said study leader Jerome Sarris. He is head of the ARCADIA Mental Health Research Group at the University of Melbourne in Australia. The study looked at the result of trials where patients battling depression took either a standard antidepressant plus a form of omega-3 fish oil, versus the antidepressant plus an inactive placebo. "The difference for patients taking both antidepressants and omega-3, compared to a placebo, was highly significant," Sarris ... Read more

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ER Screenings Could Help Prevent Suicide: Study

Posted 11 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 11, 2016 – Routine screening of emergency room patients for suicide risk might be an effective way to prevent it, a new study suggests. Nurses at eight ERs were trained to screen patients for three suicide risk factors: depression, suicidal thoughts and previous suicide attempts. Over five years, suicide screenings rose from 26 percent to 84 percent, and detection of patients at risk of suicide increased from nearly 3 percent to 5.7 percent, the University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers found. The study was published in the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "Our study is the first to demonstrate that near-universal suicide risk screening can be done in a busy [emergency department] during routine care," lead author Edwin Boudreaux said in a university news release. Boudreaux is vice chairman of research in the department of emergency ... Read more

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Genes May Link Risks for Pot Use, Depression

Posted 30 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 – A genetic risk for marijuana dependence may be associated with a higher inherited risk for major depression, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed the gene profiles of more than 14,000 people and identified several genetic variants that significantly boost the risk of marijuana dependence. According to the researchers, it's the first study to pinpoint those variants. The investigators also examined whether people with some forms of mental illness might also be at higher risk for marijuana dependence, as they are for alcohol and other substances. "We were surprised to find a genetic risk overlap between cannabis dependence and major depression," said study senior author Dr. Joel Gelernter, a professor of psychiatry, genetics and of neuroscience at Yale University, in New Haven, Conn. The findings might also help explain why many people with ... Read more

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ER Docs Only Ask Half of Suicidal Patients About Guns, Study Shows

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 – Only half of suicidal patients in U.S. emergency departments (EDs) are asked if they have access to guns, a new study finds. National guidelines say doctors should ask suicidal patients about their access to guns or other deadly items, the researchers noted. They interviewed more than 1,300 emergency department patients in seven states who had either attempted suicide or were thinking about it. The investigators also examined the patients' medical charts. "We found in about 50 percent of cases there is no documentation by the doctor that anyone asked the patients about firearms access. That means there is a large group of patients we are missing a chance to intervene for," study lead author Dr. Emmy Betz, from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, said in a university news release. About 25 percent of the patients who had guns at home said they kept at ... Read more

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'Love Hormone' Levels in Pregnancy May Point to Risk for Postpartum Depression

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 – Higher levels of the mother-child bonding hormone oxytocin during pregnancy may be associated with increased risk of postpartum depression in some women, researchers say. The findings suggest it may eventually be possible to develop a test to predict postpartum depression and provide preventive treatment during pregnancy. The study results are "not ready to become a new blood test yet," said lead investigator Dr. Suena Massey, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago. "But it tells us that we are on the track to identifying biomarkers to help predict postpartum depression," she said. According to background notes with the study, oxytocin is a hormone that plays a role in aiding delivery and lactation, social bonding and stress management. The study included 66 healthy ... Read more

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Women Who've Battled Postpartum Depression Often Limit Family Size

Posted 19 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 – Women who've had postpartum depression may not have more than two children, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 300 mothers born in the early to mid-20th century. Most of them lived in developed nations while raising their children, researchers said. The investigators – led by Sarah Myers from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom – concluded that postpartum depression leads to lower fertility levels in women. They said this was especially true when the postpartum depression occurred after the birth of a first child. Higher levels of emotional distress after a first child reduced the likelihood of having a third child, but not a second child, researchers suggested. Postpartum depression after both the first and second child appeared to reduce the chances of having a third child to the same extent as major birth complications, ... Read more

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Most Pediatricians Don't Ask About Mom's Depression

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 7, 2016 – Fewer than half of pediatricians in the United States ask mothers about depression, even though the condition affects many women with young children, a new study reveals. "Maternal depression is often overlooked and untreated because women with mental health issues do not routinely access health care for themselves," study co-author Dr. Ruth Stein, an attending physician at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore in New York City, said in a hospital news release. "The pediatrician's office is a frequently visited venue for mothers, offering invaluable opportunities for pediatricians to identify the condition and connect moms with services that can help families thrive," she added. For the study, researchers reviewed surveys conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics. More than 450 pediatricians responded in 2004, and more than 300 participated in 2013. The ... Read more

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Many Suicidal People Make Long-Term Recovery, Study Shows

Posted 17 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 – Nearly four in 10 people who seriously consider suicide end up recovering long-term, achieving a mental state that's free of suicidal symptoms or thoughts, a new Canadian study finds. Certain factors help, however: The chances of recovery are more than seven times greater when a patient has a close confidant to trust and count on, researchers from the University of Toronto reported. "Most people will eventually have to deal with tragedy," said study co-author Philip Baiden, a doctoral candidate and graduate fellow at the university's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. "So this speaks to the general importance of having somebody to confide in. It can be challenging to find these people, even if you have a lot of friends. But having people you can draw on to have an intimate personal conversation with, and who can offer you some support, can be very ... Read more

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Depression May Boost Seniors' Risk for Heart Disease, Stroke

Posted 4 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – Depression increases the risk of heart disease and stroke in older adults, a new study indicates. The researchers looked at more than 7,300 seniors in France with no history of heart disease, stroke or dementia at the start of the study period. Participants were assessed again two, four and seven years later. Initially, about 30 percent of the women and 15 percent of the men had high levels of depression symptoms. At each follow-up visit, about 40 percent of those with high levels of depression symptoms had recovered, while the same percentage had new depression symptoms, the study authors said. At all assessments during the study, less than 10 percent of participants were taking antidepressant medications, according to the report published online recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Study participants who had high levels of depression ... Read more

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Parent's Depression May Harm Child's Grades, Study Finds

Posted 3 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 – A child's grades in school might suffer if a parent is suffering from depression, according to a new study. Researchers found that Swedish teens received lower grades during their final year in school if either of their parents had previously been diagnosed with depression. The difference in grades was noticeable but not huge, said senior author Brian Lee, an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia. "It's not an entire letter grade drop, but at the same time it might be the difference between a student passing or failing," Lee said. Parents' depression could affect the children's home lives, causing stress that impacts their academic performance, Lee said. "Depression is a social disease," he said. "It doesn't just affect you. It affects your relationships as well. If there's ... Read more

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Suicide, Drugs Only Partly to Blame for Rising Deaths of Middle-Aged U.S. Whites

Posted 29 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 – Death rates among middle-aged white Americans were higher than expected in 2014, likely because progress against common killers such as diabetes and heart disease has halted, a new study contends. Substance abuse and suicide rates among white adults ages 45 to 54 have risen, but not enough to explain why death rates in this group have shifted from their historical decline, according to the Commonwealth Fund report released Jan. 29. If death rates in this group had followed past patterns, they would have fallen 1.8 percent a year between 1999 and 2014. Instead, they rose, the new study found. "We are accustomed to making progress against diseases. We learn how to prevent them and how to treat them and, as we do that, fewer people die from them," Commonwealth Fund President Dr. David Blumenthal, a study co-author, said in a news release. "For middle-aged whites, ... Read more

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Prenatal Antidepressant Use Not Linked to Infant Heart Defects: Study

Posted 28 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 – Taking antidepressants during pregnancy does not appear to increase the risk of having a baby with heart birth defects, a new British study suggests. This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening for depression during pregnancy and the period after giving birth, and treating those who meet the criteria. Women may wonder how depression medication might affect their unborn child. Some previous research has suggested a link between selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs – the most widely used antidepressants in pregnancy) and heart birth defects. This class of medications includes Paxil (paroxetine), Lexapro (escitalopram) and Zoloft (sertraline). But many of those studies did not take into account other risk factors that could cause such birth defects, according to the authors of the new review, researchers at University ... Read more

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Suicide Risk Rises Among Family, Friends of Suicide Victims: Study

Posted 27 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – Family and friends of people who commit suicide are at high risk for attempted suicide themselves, a new British study finds. "Our results highlight the profound impact that suicide might have on friends and family members," study author Alexandra Pitman, from the division of psychiatry at University College London, said in a university news release. The study included more than 3,400 university staff and students, aged 18 to 40, who experienced the sudden death of a relative or friend from natural causes or suicide. Those whose relative or friend died of suicide were 65 percent more likely to attempt suicide than if the person died from natural causes. The absolute risk of attempted suicide was one in 10 if the relative or friend died of suicide. Those whose relative or friend died of suicide were also 80 percent more likely to leave school or work. Overall, 8 ... Read more

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Depression Screening Should Include All Pregnant, Postpartum Women: Panel

Posted 26 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – All U.S. adults, including pregnant and postpartum women, should be screened for depression by their family doctor, the nation's leading preventive medicine panel recommends. Further, doctors need to follow through and get treatment for anyone who tests positive for depression, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded in an update of its depression screening guidelines. This is the first time the panel has specifically advocated depression screening in pregnancy and shortly after giving birth. It cited a U.S. study that found that 9 percent of pregnant women and more than 10 percent of postpartum women exhibited signs of major depression. Depression can harm both the child and mother, interfering with their interactions and affecting social relationships and school performance, the panel noted. Risk factors during pregnancy and after delivery include ... Read more

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