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1 in 20 Younger Women Suffers Major Depression

Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Depression is a big problem in women during and after pregnancy, but it's also a concern throughout the reproductive years. Now, new research reports that nearly 5 percent of women between the ages of 20 and 44 have struggled with major depression. And another 4 percent of women in that age group have experienced minor depression. But neither group is getting adequate ...

Antidepressants Do Work, Some Better Than Others: Study

Posted 22 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – Antidepressant drugs actually do help ease depression, countering debate over whether the medications do what they're supposed to, a large research review has found. Some antidepressants, though, are more effective and better tolerated than others, the findings showed. The researchers analyzed data from 522 trials – published and unpublished – that included more than ...

Depression Common in U.S., Women Hit Hardest

Posted 13 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 – Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults has depression, and the rate is almost twice as high for women as men, health officials say. National survey data showed that more than 8 percent of adults aged 20 and older suffer from low mood, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among women, slightly more than 10 percent have depression, ...

Many With Depression Delay, Avoid Treatment

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Only one-third of people newly diagnosed with depression start treatment quickly, and seniors and minorities are the least likely to get help in a timely fashion, a new study finds. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 240,000 people in the United States who received a new diagnosis of depression from a primary care provider between 2010 and 2013. ...

Summer Baby, Higher Odds for Postpartum Depression?

Posted 23 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 – Certain factors related to pregnancy and delivery may affect a woman's risk of having postpartum depression, a new study suggests. The study showed that giving birth in the winter or the spring was linked to a lower risk of developing postpartum depression, as was having a baby at full-term. Using anesthesia during delivery also appears to lower the risk of postpartum ...

Gay Men's Suicide Risk Rises as Income Falls

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Gay and bisexual men with less education and income face more than five times the risk of attempting suicide than their wealthier and better-educated counterparts, a new Canadian study finds. "Less-educated men might feel a greater sense of hopelessness because they see few options to improve their lot, compared to their peers, who could address their poverty by using ...

Suicide Up in U.S., Rural America Hit Hardest

Posted 7 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 – Suicide in the United States is on the upswing, with rural Americans more likely to take their own lives than residents of urban counties, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. "While we've seen many causes of death come down in recent years, suicide rates have increased more than 20 percent from 2001 to 2015. And this is especially concerning in ...

Older People May Be More Prone to Reveal Suicidal Thoughts

Posted 4 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, 2017 – Nearly one-quarter of older Americans who took their own lives told someone about their intentions before doing so, a new study reveals. Researchers reviewed 10 years of national data and found that 23 percent of people aged 50 and older who killed themselves had disclosed their suicide intent. The older they were, the more likely they were to disclose, the ...

1 in 5 Moms Mum About Post-Pregnancy Blues

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – One in five new mothers who develops postpartum depression or another mood disorder after childbirth suffers in silence, a new study reveals. "Our study finds that many women who would benefit from treatment are not receiving it, because they don't tell anyone that they're dealing with any challenges," said study author Betty-Shannon Prevatt. She's a clinical ...

Are Depressed Teens Prone to Violence?

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – Teens with depression might be more likely to commit violent crimes, a new study suggests. Researchers who analyzed data from Finland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom consistently found modest increases in risk for violence among depressed teenagers. Information on more than 62,000 young people aged 13 to 27 was used in the study. "This research is important for ...

Instagram Photos May Offer Snapshot of Mental Health

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – The photos you post on Instagram can contain telltale visual clues that help predict if you're suffering from depression, a new study reports. Computer software designed to scan photos for these hidden signals accurately diagnosed people with depression seven out of 10 times, said lead researcher Andrew Reece. He's a graduate student with the Harvard University psychology ...

Yoga May Help Ease Depression

Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 – If you've ever taken a yoga class, you probably know that it can help relax your body and your mind. Now, several new studies suggest that practicing yoga may also ease depression. But the leader of a session on yoga and depression held Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, D.C., emphasized the research is ...

Antidepressants in Pregnancy Tied to Slight Increase in Autism

Posted 20 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – In the long-standing debate over whether antidepressants are safe to take during pregnancy, a new study suggests that exposure to the drugs in the womb might bump up a child's risk of autism. The risk of autism was 45 percent higher for kids whose moms took antidepressants compared to kids born to mothers with psychiatric disorders who weren't prescribed ...

Med Switch Not Always Best Choice With Tough Depression

Posted 11 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – Switching to another antidepressant may not be the best way to help depression patients who don't respond to the first antidepressant they take, a new study indicates. Among more than 1,500 depression patients at 35 U.S. Veterans Health Administration medical centers, better symptom relief was achieved when people were prescribed an antipsychotic medication or a second ...

Electric Brain Stimulation No Better Than Meds For Depression: Study

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – For people who battle depression and can't find relief, stimulating the brain with electric impulses may help. But a new study by Brazilian researchers says it's still no better than antidepressant medication. In a trial that pitted transcranial, direct-current stimulation (tDCS) against the antidepressant escitalopram (Lexapro), researchers found that lessening of ...

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