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Supportive Managers Key When a Worker Is Depressed

Posted 24 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 – Employees struggling with depression take less time off from work if they receive support and help from their managers, a new study suggests. Many people suffer depression at some point during their working lives. But they often don't disclose their condition or seek help because they're afraid of repercussions, according to the researchers. The new findings – based on ...

CDC Probes Troubling Rise in Suicide Among Utah Teens

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 – Between 2011 and 2015, the rate of suicide for Utah's teens – mostly boys – more than doubled and greatly outpaced the national average for these tragedies, a new report finds. Overall, 150 suicides for children and teens aged 10 to 17 in Utah occurred during those four years, with 113 of the victims being between 15 and 17, and three-quarters of victims being male. ...

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 The researchers analyzed data from 522 trials – published and unpublished – that included more than ...

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. ...

Women Seem More Prone to Winter Blues

Posted 15 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 15, 2018 – The increase in depressive symptoms brought on by winter seems to occur more often in women than men, a new study finds. Low mood, tiredness and the inability to gain pleasure from usually enjoyable activities peaked in the winter months, according to the researchers' analysis of data on more than 150,000 people in the United Kingdom. Most affected, they found, were ...

Health Tip: Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), common in the winter months, is a type of depression triggered by decreased exposure to daylight. Symptoms of SAD include feeling down, irritable, lacking energy, sleeping a lot or having cravings FOR sweet or starchy foods. The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to help manage SAD: Expose yourself to more daylight. Go for a walk outside during the day, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Young Americans Lead Rise in Suicide Attempts

Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Although older people have the highest suicide rates in the United States, a new study finds suicide attempts by younger adults – especially those with mental disorders and less education – are now on the rise. The findings support a suicide prevention focus on young people who are poorer, "especially those who have made previous suicide attempts and those who have ...

Cyberbullying Weighs Heavily on Young People

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – Kids and young adults targeted by cyberbullies appear to be twice as likely to hurt themselves or to attempt suicide than their non-bullied counterparts, a new study finds. Cyberbullies themselves aren't immune, either. They're also more likely to have suicidal thoughts and take suicidal actions, the British researchers said. It's not clear, however, whether ...

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 ...

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 ...

After Suicide Attempt, a Phone Call Could Save a Life

Posted 7 May 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 7, 2017 – A simple phone call can make a big difference to someone who's attempted suicide and may be contemplating another try. A new study found that follow-up phone calls after a suicidal patient was discharged from a hospital emergency department reduced future suicide attempts by 30 percent. The study included nearly 1,400 patients in eight locations across the United States who ...

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