According to one study, depression costs the U.S. economy $210 billion annually. It strikes every race, social class, and geographical region. It affects highly accomplished professionals, children, and the elderly. Its human toll can be seen in work days lost, in its high co-occurrence with substance use disorders, and in the fact that suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. Depression is the most common serious mental illness, and every advance in our understanding of its causes, treatments, and societal impact is deserving of attention.
Patients with mental illness and comorbid diabetes who participated in a targeted illness management program experienced greater improvement in depression, global psychopathology, and functioning compared with those who received treatment as usual.
People with depression show abnormalities in the body’s release of its own, endogenous, opioid chemicals. Depression tends to exacerbate pain—it makes chronic pain last longer and hurts the recovery process after surgery.
Psychological, educational interventions in primary care setting show benefit in preventing depression
Educational interventions — those that attempt to change how people think by using techniques such as cognitive behavioral or interpersonal therapy, to prevent depression, had a modest but significant preventive effect in primary care.
Work is currently underway to develop a drug that will serve as an alternative to traditional antidepressants by acting as a “resilience enhancer”—a sort of vaccine for the emotional and mental impact of stressful situations that can in turn trigger depression.
Depression, irritability, and psychiatric comorbid conditions negatively impact quality of life and functioning in bipolar disorder, according to a study published in the International Journal of Bipolar Disorders.
Speaking up and seeking help early will assist those living with depression to get better, return to their normal activities and prevent life-long mental disability, said Dr Majid al- Abdulla, consultant psychiatrist and deputy chair of HMC’ Mental Health Services.
A new paper sets out principles for responsibly testing innovative treatments for severe depression, based on treating more than 100 patients with approximately 1,000 infusions of ketamine over six years in Oxford.
Black Girls Smile, based in Atlanta, operates workshops in public schools and after-school programs there, and in New York and Washington, D.C., to increase awareness of mental health.
New research shows the value of effectively managing depression among those undergoing total hip or total knee replacement surgery. Read more.
Antidepressants Don’t Just Treat Depression—Study Finds They Can Permanently Change Your Personality
If you consider antidepressants to be temporary mood-lifters, you may be surprised to learn that the pills—and also cognitive therapy, for that matter—can do a whole lot more than that. Read more.
In 2006, Liss Murphy was in thrall to what she calls a “sepsis of the soul” — an intractable and debilitating depression. No conventional treatments had helped. So when she heard that doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, had developed an experimental cure for severe depression that involved permanently implanting electrodes in the brain, she didn’t Read more
On Monday, a group of social workers and doctors will try to do their part for other moms in a similar situation by opening the doors of the Motherhood Center of New York, a non-medical facility in Kips Bay providing new and expecting moms a range of supportive services. Read more.
A study has found structural differences in the cerebral cortex of patients with depression and that these differences normalize with appropriate medication.
A new study investigates the impact of depression on heart disease over a long period of time, and finds the psychological disorder to increase mortality risk.
Collectively, depression, anxiety and mood disorders have the greatest impact on Americans’ health of any condition, according to claims data from more than 40 million Blue Cross Blue Shield members.
Of the men and women completing a survey of mental health issues in rural Scotland, 67 percent reported suffering depression and 22 percent admitted to suicidal thoughts and feelings.
With a growing rate of self-harm among depressed teenagers and no signs of the suicide rate going down, we have arguably reached a tipping point in services where we need to improve availability of therapies using existing mental health staff.
Adam Chekroud, a doctoral student in the Yale Department of Psychology and lead author of the latest study, said they used data to identify three groups — or clusters — of symptoms experienced by patients.
Daphne Merkin is something of an authority on antidepressants — having relied on them for more than 30 years — but when the subject came up at a dinner party she attended a few years ago, she held her tongue.
Global economic losses exceed $1 trillion a year, it said, referring to lost productivity due to apathy or lack of energy that lead to an inability to function at work or cope with daily life.
Among older adults with subthreshold depression (insufficient levels of depressive symptoms to meet diagnostic criteria), collaborative care compared with usual care resulted in an improvement in depressive symptoms after four months, although it is of uncertain clinical importance, according to a study.
The team identified four subtypes of depression. If confirmed in additional studies, the findings could enable clearer diagnoses and pave the way for personalized therapies targeting brain networks found to be awry in individual patients.
Depression is almost twice as likely to affect women than men. Difficulty in sleeping, loss of appetite and fatigue are the most common symptoms, but another lesser-known risk is a higher chance of heart attack.
A recent review of the literature demonstrates that collaborative care models are particularly well suited to treating depressed women in non-mental health settings.
Dubbed calmbox, the innovative technique comes in the form of a monthly subscription-based service designed for those who are prone to stress, depression, anxiety and other emotional and spectrum disorders.
Old age is often characterised by poor health due to isolation, morbidities and disabilities in carrying out activities of daily living leading to depression. A new study offers a comprehensive analysis of depression among the old in South Africa.
Therapy and personal support are often suggested as early treatment for the condition, but a growing number of new mothers in Austin, Texas are turning to marijuana to contend with the emotional pain of postpartum depression.