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Type 2 Diabetes Drug Helps Some With Chronic Depression: Study

Posted 11 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – A new small study is adding evidence to the theory that insulin resistance may play a leading role in some people's depression. The study found that a medication normally used to boost insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes appears to help ease the symptoms of chronic depression. And, the effect was strongest in people who were insulin-resistant but didn't have diabetes, the study found. These findings "add to the neurobiological explanation of what's going on when people are depressed, and it should help de-stigmatize depression. It's a disease of the brain," said the study's lead author, Dr. Natalie Rasgon, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. "Depression is kind of a catch-all term, like the common cold; it can have more than one cause," Rasgon said. "In this study, we saw ... Read more

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Many Americans 30 and Older Find Happiness Elusive

Posted 19 days ago by

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – Americans 30 and older are less happy than generations past, while teens and 20-somethings seem more satisfied with their lives than ever, a new study finds. Researchers said the pattern marks a striking reversal of what studies have traditionally shown – that, on average, people become happier as they mature. It looks like that age advantage has disappeared. The average happiness rating among Americans aged 30 and older now matches that of younger Americans. "A lot of the change has happened in just the past five years," said lead researcher Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University. The reasons are not clear, said Twenge. But she speculated on some possible explanations. Other research has shown that in recent decades, young Americans' expectations about their future – their jobs, income, relationships – keep growing. But reality ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Social Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Depressive Psychosis

Omega 3 Supplements Don't Help With Depression: Review

Posted 6 Nov 2015 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 – There's little evidence that taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements helps treat depression, researchers report. Some studies have suggested that these fish oil supplements may benefit people with major depression. But in a review published Nov. 5 in the Cochrane Library, researchers disagreed after analyzing 26 studies that included more than 1,400 people with depression. "We found a small-to-modest positive effect of omega-3 fatty acids compared to placebo, but the size of this effect is unlikely to be meaningful to people with depression, and we considered the evidence to be of low or very low quality," lead author Katherine Appleton, of Bournemouth University in the U.K., said in a journal news release. "At present, we just don't have enough high quality evidence to determine the effects of omega-3 fatty acids as a treatment for major depressive disorder. It's ... Read more

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Psoriasis, Depression Often Go Hand in Hand: Study

Posted 1 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 – Regardless of severity, patients with the often disfiguring skin condition psoriasis face an elevated risk for depression, new research suggests. The depression risk may be driven more by concerns about appearance than by the actual status of the skin, said study author Dr. Roger Ho, an assistant professor in the department of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine. "One small area of [psoriasis] involvement might mean a lot more to one person than an area three times the size for another person," said Ho. "I think the location of skin lesions, such as lesions in a more visible area or lesions in an area that impairs daily functioning, might play a bigger role." Between 2 percent and 4 percent of North Americans have psoriasis, Ho said. The autoimmune disorder causes red, raised patches of skin covered with silvery-white scales. These patches ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Plaque Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthropathy

'Placebo Effect' Might Help Predict Response to Depression Treatment

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – People with depression who show improvement when taking fake drugs get the greatest benefit from real medications, a new study finds. It appears that patients who can use their brain's own chemical forces to fight depression get more benefit when taking antidepressants than those who lack that ability, the University of Michigan Medical School researchers found. "We need to find out how to enhance the natural resiliency that some people appear to have," said research team leader Dr. Jon-Kar Zubieta, a former Michigan faculty member who is now at the University of Utah. The findings could help explain why responses to medications vary among depression patients and help lead to new treatments, he and his colleagues said. For the study, 35 people with untreated major depression were told they were receiving a new depression drug before receiving existing ... Read more

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Could Eating Fish Help Ward Off Depression?

Posted 10 Sep 2015 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 – Can eating a lot of fish boost your mood? Maybe, say Chinese researchers. Overall, the researchers found that people who consumed the most fish lowered their risk of depression by 17 percent compared to those who ate the least. "Studies we reviewed indicated that high fish consumption can reduce the incidence of depression, which may indicate a potential causal relationship between fish consumption and depression," said lead researcher Fang Li, of the department of epidemiology and health statistics at the Medical College of Qingdao University in China. But this association was only statistically significant for studies done in Europe, the researchers said. They didn't find the same benefit when they looked at studies done in North America, Asia, Australia or South America. The researchers don't know why the association was only significant for fish ... Read more

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Many Say Mental Health Care Is Vital, But Often Tough to Get

Posted 1 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 – Although most Americans think mental health care is important, they often believe it's expensive and hard to get, a new survey shows. In questioning more than 2,000 adults, nearly 90 percent said they place equal value on mental and physical health. But one-third said mental health care is inaccessible. And 40 percent said cost is a barrier to treatment for many people, the survey found. Forty-seven percent of respondents thought they have had a mental health condition, but only 38 percent of them had received treatment. Of those who were treated, most thought it was helpful, including 82 percent who got psychotherapy and 78 percent who received medications. The survey also found that 86 percent of participants knew that mental health disorders such as depression are risk factors for suicide. Only 47 percent knew that anxiety disorders also increase suicide ... Read more

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For Pregnant Military Wives, Risks Rise if Partner Deployed

Posted 6 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 – War is tough on the soldiers sent to fight, but it also might have consequences for wives left behind, a new study suggests. Pregnant military wives are three times more likely to have a preterm birth or suffer postpartum depression if their spouses are deployed during the entire pregnancy, compared with those whose spouses are serving stateside, a new study reports. "The stress and the anxiety of not knowing whether your husband was alive during that period" can cause an increase in stress-related hormones in the body, and that stress may interfere with women's pregnancies, said Dr. Christopher Tarney, a U.S. Army captain and an obstetrician/gynecologist with Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C. Women also might be stressed out because they are going through pregnancy without the support of their spouse, and often without other family or friends ... Read more

Related support groups: Postpartum Depression, Delivery, Premature Labor, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Health Tip: Protect Your Heart From Stress and Depression

Posted 28 Jul 2015 by

-- Your heart may pay a price when you're stressed or depressed. But there are things you can do to help lighten the burden. The American Heart Association recommends: Identify the source of your stress or depression, and find ways to cope with it. This may mean psychological therapy. Practice healthy habits, such as by taking a daily walk, but don't push yourself too hard, too fast. Devise a healthier meal plan. Don't reach for junk food when you get stressed. Make healthy lifestyle changes one at a time, rather than trying to change too much at once. Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Major Depressive Disorder, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Neurotic Depression, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Expert Panel Recommends Questionnaire to Help Spot Depression

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 – Part of your next visit to your family doctor's office should be spent filling out a questionnaire to assess whether you're suffering from depression, an influential panel of preventive medicine experts recommends. What's more, people concerned that they might be depressed could download an appropriate questionnaire online, fill it out ahead of time and hand it over to their doctor for evaluation, the panel added. In an updated recommendation released Monday, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force urged that family doctors regularly screen patients for depression, using standardized questionnaires that detect warning signs of the mental disorder. If a patient shows signs of depression, they would be referred to a specialist for a full-fledged diagnosis and treatment using medication, therapy or a combination of the two, according to the recommendation. These ... Read more

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Another Study Shows Link Between Antidepressants and Birth Defects

Posted 8 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 – New research provides more evidence of a possible link between antidepressant use early in pregnancy and a small increased risk of birth defects. But the study didn't prove that the medications cause birth defects, and experts aren't advising women to stop taking the drugs entirely. "Depression can be very serious, and women should not suddenly stop taking their medications. Women should talk to their health care providers about available options, ideally before planning a pregnancy," said study author Jennita Reefhuis. She is an epidemiologist with the U.S. National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Still,Reefhuis said, the study found that "some birth defects occur two to three times more frequently among babies born to mothers who took paroxetine [Paxil] and fluoxetine [Prozac] in ... Read more

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Scans Suggest Recurrent Depression May Take Toll on the Brain

Posted 30 Jun 2015 by

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 – The area of the brain involved in forming new memories, known as the hippocampus, seems to shrink in people with recurring depression, a new study shows. Australian researchers say the findings highlight the need to spot and treat depression when it first develops, particularly among young people. Ian Hickie, who co-directs the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney, led the study. His team looked at the neurology of almost 9,000 people from the United States, Europe and Australia. To do so, they analyzed brain scans and medical data for about 1,700 people with major depression, and almost 7,200 people who didn't suffer from depression. The researchers noted that 65 percent of the participants with major depression had suffered recurring symptoms. The study, published June 30 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, found that people with ... Read more

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New Moms Gain No Benefit From Eating Placenta, Studies Show

Posted 4 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 4, 2015 – While some celebrity moms swear by it and have made it trendy, doctors and scientists say consuming the placenta after birth offers women and their babies no benefit. In fact, the practice – known as placentophagy – may even pose unknown risks to mothers and infants, according to a team from Northwestern University in Chicago, who pored over the accumulated research on the issue. "Our sense is that women choosing placentophagy, who may otherwise be very careful about what they are putting into their bodies during pregnancy and nursing, are willing to ingest something without evidence of its benefits and, more importantly, of its potential risks to themselves and their nursing infants," study lead author and psychologist Cynthia Coyle said in a Northwestern news release. One expert agreed, saying the supposed benefits of placentophagy are vastly over-rated. ... Read more

Related support groups: Postpartum Depression, Delivery, Lactation Augmentation, Cesarean Section, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Depression Tied to Some Risk of Parkinson's Disease

Posted 20 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – People with a history of depression seem to have a higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a large new study reports, adding to the growing body of research linking the two conditions. The Swedish study found that people diagnosed with depression were more than three times as likely as people without a history of the mood disorder to develop Parkinson's disease within the first year of depression. By 15 to 25 years later, those with depression were about 50 percent more likely to develop Parkinson's disease. "There's substantial evidence of an association with depression in the last years before a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease," said study author Peter Nordstrom, professor and chief physician in the department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation at Umea University in Sweden. But Parkinson's experts warned that the study does not prove a ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Parkinson's Disease, Postpartum Depression, Dysthymia, Parkinsonian Tremor, Parkinsonism

Antidepressants Ease Postpartum Depression, Study Finds

Posted 19 May 2015 by

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – Antidepressants seem to help women deal with postpartum depression after childbirth, according to a new review. "Our findings are important due to the limited research exploring the use of antidepressants to treat postnatal depression," study first author Emma Molyneaux, of King's College London in England, said in a college news release. "We would urge that treatment decisions during the postnatal period consider the potential benefits as well as risks of medication, as well as the risks of untreated depression for both mother and baby," Molyneaux added. More than 10 percent of mothers develop depression during the first year after childbirth. For the study, the researchers reviewed six studies that included nearly 600 women with postpartum depression. The investigators focused their analysis on 72 women with postpartum depression from three of the studies. ... Read more

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