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Some Antidepressants Might Not Work in Chronic Disease Patients With Major Depression

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 21:21

Dallas - Chronic disease contributes to depression in millions of Americans. The problem, according to a new study, is that common antidepressants might not provide sufficient relief for those patients.

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Bipolar or Depression? Heart Test May Help Tell the Difference

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 09:53

A simple 15-minute electrocardiogram can help determine whether a patient has major depression or bipolar disorder, according to a new study by researchers with Loyola Medicine in Chicago. The findings, published in the World Journal of Biological Psychiatry , show that heart rate variability can help differentiate between the two disorders.

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Father's depression may affect mental health in teenagers

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 07:27

While the link between mothers' depression and depression in their children is well-established, the new study is the first to find an association between depression in fathers and their teenaged children, independent of whether the mother has it. "There's a common misconception that mothers are more responsible for their children's mental health, while fathers are less influential.

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Our View: A death at MIT - Suicide case raises moral, legal issues

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 05:13

A troubled student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology struggles with depression. He also battles to keep his grades up at what is arguably one of the most challenging schools in the world.

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CommUNITY: Black community misunderstands depression

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:10

You're going under. Darkness clouds your field of vision. Suddenly you're aware of the pressure that's pushing down on your chest.

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Mood food: scientists developing probiotic to treat depression

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 00:56

Prof John Cryan and Prof Ted Dinan from University College Cork, who have been researching gut bacteria for 14 years. Photo: APC Microbiome Institute Professors Ted Dinan and John Cryan have spent 14 years investigating how the trillions of bacteria living in our gut - the microbiota - can control our brains.

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Depression Amongst Millennials: How can We Help?

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 22:47

Among many of the well-known killers of our youth today in America and in Wisconsin alone, depression has to be one of the most silent. The scariest thing about depression is that even when someone is affected, it's never necessarily detected just by personal appearance.

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Study Finds More and More Young Girls Are Self-Harming

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 20:14

Teen suicide attempts decreased after the U.S. legalized same-sex marriage , but a new study published today by the CDC in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows emergency rooms saw an increase in self-injury related visits by girls over a 15-year span. While the spike correlates with rising teen depression and suicide, all accounted self-injury was not necessarily intentional.

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VGF function in depression and antidepressant efficacy

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 15:25

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor is a critical effector of depression-like behaviors and antidepressant responses. Here, we show that VGF , which is robustly regulated by BDNF/TrkB signaling, is downregulated in hippocampus and upregulated in nucleus accumbens in depressed human subjects and in mice subjected to chronic social defeat stress .

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Hormonal Birth Control Is Linked to a Higher Risk of Suicide, Study Says

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:43

Contraceptives are effective ways to prevent pregnancy, alleviate menstrual pain and ease heavy bleeding, but the hormonal changes needed to accomplish that may have some negative psychological side effects. In a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry , researchers in Denmark report that women taking hormonal contraceptives - like birth control pills, the patch, the ring and hormonal IUDs - have up to triple the risk of suicide as women who never took hormonal birth control.

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Treatment trajectories vary for children with depression

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 05:59

For youths with depression, there are distinct treatment trajectories, which have varying health outcomes, according to a study published online Nov. 20 in JAMA Pediatrics . Nina R. Joyce, Ph.D., from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues conducted a longitudinal cohort study of youths aged 18 years or younger with a new diagnosis of depression and at least 12 months of follow-up from diagnosis.

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New possible target for rapid antidepressants found

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 01:42

People with depression have to take currently available antidepressants for months before they start to get relief from their symptoms. But scientists are on the hunt for new, fast-acting antidepressants.

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UBC survey seeks LGBT respondents for mental-health research to help address depression and suicide

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 21:17

While LGBT people are at heightened risk for mental-health issues compared to heterosexual counterparts, there has been a historical lack of data and LGBT-specific services in this area of concern. The Still Here Project , which is part of the Men's Health Research program at the UBC School of Nursing, is a visual art and research initiative designed to shatter taboos around and address neglected or overlooked areas of queer mental health, including depression and suicide.

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Probiotics Studies Widening, from Skincare to Depression Treatments

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 18:56

Bacteria's reputation has been undergoing a slow and steady shift. Over the last 10 years, researchers are beginning to discover the role that probiotics plays in enhancing one's health.

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Sex Matters in Experiments on Party Drug--in Mice

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 18:56

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Simple EKG can determine whether patient has depression or bipolar disorder

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 16:34

A groundbreaking Loyola Medicine study suggests that a simple 15-minute electrocardiogram could help a physician determine whether a patient has major depression or bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder often is misdiagnosed as major depression.

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Teen Suicide

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:09

The movie "MASH" had a song called "Suicide is Painless." In real life, suicide is painful for the relatives and friends left behind.

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With teen mental health deteriorating, there's a likely culprit

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:25

In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless - classic symptoms of depression - surged 33 percent in large national surveys. Teen suicide attempts increased 23 percent.

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Coleen O'Connor named Public Health Award honoree

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 04:52

"I think that our job as adults is to become the people we needed when we were children," Coleen O'Connor said. O'Conner has been named the Public Health Award honoree for the Bloomington-Normal community as a result from her dedication to suicide prevention.

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Could raising our body temperature treat depression?

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 00:30

Major depressive disorder affects nearly 16 million Americans a year, including me. Like many other Americans, I have been advised by a doctor to follow a routine of psychotherapy and medicine, which together are referred to as the most effective treatment for major depressive disorder.

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