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Could Antidepressants During Pregnancy Slow a Child's Motor Skills?

Posted 21 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 – Babies exposed to antidepressants during their mother's pregnancy may face a slightly higher chance of having problems with their motor skills, a new review suggests. But the Australian researchers cautioned that more research is needed before firm conclusions can be made, since the studies they analyzed varied widely in the way they were carried out. Guidelines that ...

Study Affirms What Many Know: Antidepressants May Lead to Weight Gain

Posted 24 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 – If you're taking an antidepressant, you're likely to gain weight, a new study out of Britain reports. That's a finding that generated little surprise among mental health experts. "Psychiatrists have known about it, written about it and heard their patients talk about it for decades," said Dr. Brian Keefe, a psychiatrist and medical director at Zucker Hillside Hospital in ...

Could Mom-to-Be's Antidepressants Have an Upside for Baby's Brain?

Posted 7 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 – Children who were exposed to antidepressants in the womb may score higher on certain tests of mental abilities at the age of 12, a small, preliminary study suggests. Among the 51 kids the researchers analyzed, those whose mothers used antidepressants during pregnancy typically scored higher on tests of "executive function" than kids with no prenatal exposure to the ...

Common Antidepressants in Pregnancy May Alter Fetal Brain Development

Posted 9 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 9, 2018 – Pregnant women who take certain antidepressants may unknowingly compromise the brain development of their child, researchers suggest. The concern is based on a new analysis of brain scans involving nearly 100 newborns, some of whom were born to mothers who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) while pregnant. Some examples of SSRIs are Zoloft, Lexapro, ...

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 ...

Talk Therapy May Be Worth It for Teen Depression

Posted 29 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 – Talk therapy can be a cost-effective way to treat teens with depression who don't take or stop using antidepressants, a new study finds. Antidepressants are typically used to treat depression, but up to half of families with a depressed child decide against using these medications, according to the researchers. In addition, nearly half of teens who do start taking ...

Help for Seasonal Depression

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2017 – As many as 20 percent of Americans get the winter blues when days grow shorter. For instance, you might feel blue around the holidays because of stress or if loved ones are far away. It's usually mild and clears up on its own in a short amount of time. But up to 6 percent of the population experiences the serious mood change during winter months called seasonal affective ...

Knowing Too Much About Your Genes Might Be Risky

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – There's such a thing as too much information when it comes to learning about your genes, two new studies suggest. In one study, participants thought they were learning about their genetic risk for depression, not knowing that the test results they were given had been made up at random. The study participants who were told they had a higher genetic risk for depression ...

Brain Scans May Have Spotted People Thinking About Suicide

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – Brain scans may be able to identify when people are having suicidal thoughts, researchers report. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults in the United States, but suicidal risk is difficult to assess and predict. This study included 17 people with known suicidal tendencies and a control group of 17 people without such tendencies. While in a brain ...

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 ...

Can 'Magic Mushrooms' Kick-Start Depression Treatment?

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – The active ingredient in "magic mushrooms" may help patients with tough-to-treat depression, a new study suggests. Twenty patients received psilocybin – the psychoactive compound in a group of mushrooms that cause hallucinations. Nineteen who completed the study showed improvement in their depression symptoms for up to five weeks after treatment, according to the ...

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 ...

Postpartum Depression Likely to Recur With Future Pregnancies

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 – Women who have suffered from postpartum depression are more likely to go through it again after subsequent pregnancies, a new Danish study shows. Postpartum depression occurs 27 to 46 times more frequently during subsequent pregnancies for mothers who experienced it after their first birth, researchers report. These results show that women who have had postpartum ...

Suicidal Thoughts More Common for Transgender Youth

Posted 15 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 – Transgender youth are more likely to have suicidal thoughts, a new study finds. Researchers examined survey data from more than 900,000 high school students in California. They found that 35 percent of transgender youth said they'd had suicidal thoughts in the past year, compared with 19 percent of non-transgender youth. The study appears in the September issue of the ...

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