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Individuals with Depression Do Not Start Treatment Early
(image) Many individuals with depression do not start treatment early and only about one-third of them start early treatment, reveals a new study. Despite the wide availability of effective treatments for depression and a growing effort nationwide to detect and begin treating depression during primary care visits, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the iJournal of General Internal Medicine./i More than 16 million U.S. adults experience an episode of major depression each year, ...



Opioid Termination may be More Promising for Treating Depression
(image) Complete suspension of opioid (analgesic or pain killer) in non-cancer pain may be more successful for depression treatment, reveals a new study at Saint Louis University. The study, "Impact of adherence to antidepressants and on long-term prescription opioid use" is published in the February issue of ithe British Journal of Psychiatry. /i Jeffrey Scherrer, Ph.D., professor of family and community medicine at Saint Louis University and his co-authors have found depression is a consequence of chronic opioid use....



Eat Grapes to Keep Depression at Bay
(image) bHighlights/b ul class = "group-list punch-points" liA novel treatment has been developed for the treatment of depression/li liCertain compounds present in grapes act as therapeutic agents for the treatment of depression/li liIncluding grapes in the diet can help treat depression/li/ul New grape-derived compounds such as a dihydrocaffeic acid (DHCA) and malvidin-3'-O-glucoside (Mal-gluc) were identified that act as therapeutic agents in treating depression. Scientists ...



Treating Mental Health in Whites Gets Delayed Due To Lack of Money
(image) White adults with mental illness were significantly more likely than those of other ethnicities to report having insufficient money for mental health care or facing delays in care. Using national survey data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 200,000 respondents between 2006 and 2015, the research team examined the growing disparities reported by white adults with mental illness in their ability to receive health care compared to other racial and ethnic groups. A ...



Adolescent Depression Rates are on the Rise
(image) Depression is a serious condition that requires treatment. In an assessment of their "depression literacy" program, Johns Hopkins researchers say the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) achieved its intended effect of encouraging many teenagers to speak up and seek adult help for themselves or a peer. The program provides selected high school teachers a curriculum geared to students in ninth or 10th grade in the required health education classes. In a report of their findings, ...



Symptoms of Depression can Affect Survival of Head and Neck Cancer Patients
(image) Mild depressive symptoms can affect the survival of those with head and neck cancer. Many patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer experience symptoms of depression, which can make it difficult for them to manage treatment side effects, quit smoking, or maintain adequate nutrition or sleep habits. A team led by Elizabeth Cash, PhD, of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, was interested to see if depressive symptoms might also affect patients' health outcomes. Patients should ...



Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is Cost-Effective in Treating Teen Depression
(image) Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) when given in a primary care setting was found to be cost-effective in treating teen depression who quickly stop using antidepressants, reveals a new study. The Kaiser Permanente study was published in the journal iPediatrics./i This work builds upon previous research, also published in Pediatrics, showing that CBT improved time to diagnostic recovery from major depression for teenagers who received CBT in their primary care clinic. Participants who ...



Novel Protein Explored for Antidepressant Treatment
(image) Depression is a complex mind/body illness which can be treated with drugs and/or therapy. More than three hundred million people worldwide are affected by major depressive disorder, according to the World Health Organization. Unfortunately, the antidepressants commonly used to treat them only work for 50% of the population. A recent paper published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry explores how a protein named CK2 could be playing a key role. The lead author of the paper, Julia Castello, ...



Depression Before A Heart Surgery Can Increase Risk of Death
(image) Older adults who are about to undergo a procedure to replace a damaged aortic valve of the heart tend to be depressed. It is also associated with a higher rate of death up to one year later. Depression is increasingly recognized as a risk factor for adverse outcomes in cardiovascular disease. However, little is known about the effect of depression on older adults undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) because no large study has focused on mental health in this patient population....



Hormone Therapy may Prevent Onset of Depression in Menopausal Women
(image) bBottom Line:/b A year of hormone therapy was more effective than placebo at preventing the onset of depressive symptoms among women without depression in the menopause transition and early postmenopause. bWhy The Research Is Interesting:/b Risk of depression increases among women in the menopause transition and early postmenopausal period. Some studies suggest hormone therapy can help to manage existing depression but it is unclear if it can prevent the onset of depressive symptoms....



Severity of Depression Affected by Metabolic Syndrome
(image) Having bmetabolic syndrome/b makes it harder for older adults to respond to therapies for depression. In a recent research published in the iJournal of the American Geriatrics Society/i, a research team examined whether Metabolic Syndrome in depressed older adults affects their response to antidepressant treatment. Older adults who have major depressive disorder (MDD, also known as depression) are at higher risk for having problems thinking and making decisions. They are more likely to ...



Singing Can Help Women Recover From Postnatal Depression
(image) Post-natal depression is estimated to affect one in eight new mothers. Singing with babies could help women recover from postnatal depression quickly, claims a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. The study, led by researchers from the Centre for Performance Science and funded by Arts Council England, looked at 134 mothers with post-natal depression. Early recovery is seen to be crucial to limit effects on mother and baby. Singing workshops saw the mothers learning lullabies ...



Less Than 8 Hours of Sleep a Night Likely to Result in Anxiety and Depression Symptoms
(image) Less than the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night is associated with intrusive, repetitive thoughts like those seen in anxiety or depression, suggests new study from Binghamton University, State University of New York. Binghamton University Professor of Psychology Meredith Coles and former graduate student Jacob Nota assessed the timing and duration of sleep in individuals with moderate to high levels of repetitive negative thoughts (e.g., worry and rumination). The research participants were ...



Environment and Gene Affect Severity of Suicide Attempt
(image) bGenetic changes in the CRH gene/b, which affects the regulation of the body's stress system, to bsuicide risk and psychiatric illness/b. A study of epigenetic changes in the body's hormone-based stress system has shown that stress-related changes in the CRH gene are linked to both serious suicide attempts in adults and psychiatric illness in adolescents. Previous studies have indicated an boveractive stress system in individuals with increased suicide risk/b. In the current study, ...



Connectivity and Activity of Brain Regions Affected in Depression
(image) People with major depressive disorder have alterations in the activity and connectivity of brain systems underlying reward and memory, shows new study by the University of Warwick. The findings provide clues as to which regions of the brain could be at the root of symptoms, such as reduced happiness and pleasure, or negative memories, in depression. As the first of its kind, the new study by Professor Edmund Rolls, Professor Jianfeng Feng, Dr. Wei Cheng from Warwick's Department of Computer ...



India Must Fight Against The Stigma of Mental Health
(image) Mental illnesses are serious disorders which can affect our thinking, mood, and behavior. Calling for a national mission to make mental health facilities accessible to all, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said "India must fight against the stigma surrounding mental health." "The biggest obstacle that patients of mental and neurological problems face is stigma and denial. Our society has to fight this culture of stigma," the President said while addressing the 22nd convocation of the National ...



Probiotics may Help Fight Depression and Stomach Pain
(image) Consuming a diet rich in bprobiotics/b may not only bkeep the gut healthy/b but also help bfight against depression and anxiety/b. bProbiotics can reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)/b, but little is known about their effects on bpsychiatric comorbidities/b. A prospective study was conducted recently to evaluate the effects of Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 (BL) on anxiety and depression in patients with IBS. The study found that the bprobiotic diet reduces ...



Aging with Intellectual Disability Affects Physical and Mental Health
(image) Aging process with an intellectual disability is affecting the physical and mental health of people aged 40 and above, reveals a new study. Increased rates of important health screenings and access to GPs amongst people with an intellectual disability have been highlighted in a new report. These health gains, however, are potentially being offset by poorly managed chronic health problems and emerging social isolation issues amongst the same population. The report was conducted by The Intellectual ...



Treatment Response in Depression Differs With Each Individual
(image) An antidepressant treatment can alleviate depression in one person but not another. Major depression is the leading cause of disability according to the World Health Organization, affecting an estimated 350 million people worldwide, but only one-third of patients benefit from the first antidepressant prescribed. Although the currently available treatments are safe, there is significant variability in the outcome of antidepressant treatment. So far there are no clinical assessments that can ...



Early Puberty Linked to Depression and Behavioral Problems
(image) Girls who went through early puberty were more likely to become depressed, and experience behavioral problems later in their young adulthood, reveals a new study. The research team collected and studied the data of about 7,800 women who had their first menstrual cycle at the age of 12. These women were interviewed four times, first around the age of 16 and continued till they were about 28 years. The results showed that younger the age at the first period higher the chances of developing ...



Role of Neuroendocrine System in Postpartum Depression Found
(image) The role of bneuroendocrine system/b in bpostpartum depression/b has been identified. The involvement of the bneuroendocrine system/b that mediates the physiological response to stress, called the bhypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis/b, which is normally suppressed during and after pregnancy, has been demonstrated by Neuroscientists at Tufts University School of Medicine. The findings in mice provide the first empirical evidence that disruption of this system engenders behaviors ...



Blink Reflex to Measure Mental Health
(image) bHighlights:/b ul class = "group-list punch-points" liBlink reflex can be measured to see neurological health./li liA high-speed videography-based device to record and analyze a blink reflex has been developed./li liIt could be used as a non-invasive diagnostic assessment of neurological health./li/ul The blink reflex has been shown to be sensitive to a number of neurological insults, including traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease, suggesting ...



Genes Linked to Anxiety are also Linked to Depression
(image) Genes that are linked to anxiety, worry and low mood are the one's that cause depression. Understanding the mechanisms of these genes can help improve diagnosis and treatment, reveals a new study. The study, DNA analysis of over 300,000 people, revealed 116 gene variations linked to neuroticism characterized by feelings of anxiety, worry and guilt. The same genes associated with neuroticism had some overlap with genes linked to a susceptibility to depression and some other psychiatric conditions....



About 38 Percent People Have Symptoms of Mental Health Problems
(image) Nearly 38 percent people show signs of mental health difficulties and require immediate professional medical assistance to know the actual well-being of their mental health, reveals a new study. The survey was conducted by Cosmos Institute of Mental health And Behavioral Sciences (CIMBS) and LiveHindustan.com on UC Browser. The aim of the survey was to create awareness among the readers about mental health issues and the existing risks. The survey was done during the last week of November ...



Mindfulness, a Meditation Technique to Relieve Mental Health Problems
(image) Mindfulness training can help support college students at risk of mental health problems, reports a randomised controlled trial carried out by a research team at the University of Cambridge. bWhile the prevalence of anxiety and depression among first year undergraduates is lower than the general population, it increases to overtake this during their second year/b. The number of students accessing counselling services in the UK grew by 50% from 2010 to 2015, surpassing the growth in the number of students during the same period....



Family Meals Can Improve Children's Physical and Mental Health
(image) Children who have meals with their family on a regular basis were found to have improved long-term physical and mental health, reveals a new Canadian study shows. Universite de Montreal doctoral student Marie-Josee Harbec and her supervisor, pyschoeducation professor Linda Pagani, made the finding after following a cohort of Quebec children born between 1997 and 1998. The study is published today in the iJournal of Developmental (and) Behavioral Pediatrics./i "There is a handful of research ...



Brain Mechanism Behind Depression Identified
(image) A new method developed aids in identifying the brain mechanism behind depression. People with major depressive disorders experience alterations in the brain activity and connectivity underlying reward and memory, reveals a new study. The findings, published in the journal iBiological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging,/i provide clues as to which regions of the brain could be at the root of symptoms, such as reduced happiness and pleasure, or negative memories, in depression....



Women Who Attempt Suicide Have Lower Levels of BDNF Protein
(image) Women who attempt suicide exhibit different levels of a specific protein called Brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) in their bloodstream, reveals a new study. The new research was from Binghamton University, State University of New York. Graduate student Anastacia Kudinova and Brandon E. Gibb, professor of psychology and director of clinical training at Binghamton University, recruited 73 women as part of a larger study focused on risk for depression and anxiety in families. They put the ...



Bipolar Disorder in the Family May Increase Risk of Suicide in Teens
(image) Those who have a family history of bipolar disorder and have experienced traumatic stress may be at risk of suicide attempt, reports a study published in the IJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP)/I. Suicide in 2015 was the second leading cause of death among teens ages 15-19 with steep increases in suicide risk from ages 14 to 20. Bipolar disorder (BD) is one of the most heritable psychiatric conditions and is associated with high suicide risk. "We ...



Mental Health Crisis in Yemen Needs Attention
(image) Mental health risks in Yemen are being neglected, according to a new study released by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Sana'a Center for Strategic Studies, Columbia Law School's Human Rights Clinic. The groups announced the start of a groundbreaking new joint project to research and improve mental health in Yemen. "Given both the extreme and chronic stressors Yemenis are continuing to face, there is serious cause for concern of a nationwide mental health crisis," said Dr....



Zumba Dance Helps Improve Mental Health and Quality of Life
(image) Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training - alternating fast and slow rhythms - and resistance training. If you are feeling drained out emotionally, engage in Zumba dancing for five weeks as it may not only help you stay physically fit but also improve mental health and quality of life, a study has shown. Zumba is an exercise fitness programme which involves dance and aerobic movements performed to energetic music....



Excessive Screen Time - a Risk for Suicide Among Teens
(image) The more time teenagers spend on smartphones and other electronic screens, the more likely they are to feel bdepressed/b and think about, or attempt, bsuicide/b. Research at the Florida State University found link between excessive screen time and suicide risk. Florida State University Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Thomas Joiner, said screen time should be considered a modern-day risk factor for depression and suicide. "There is a concerning relationship between excessive screen ...



Spending 'Me Time' may Help Reduce Stress and Depression
(image) The persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that characterises major depression can lead to a range of behavioural and physical symptoms. People who spend some time only with themselves may easily reduce their stress level and lower the risk of depression and anxiety by being creative, said researchers. Some solitude is not bad for healing psychological health, but can rather improve the functioning the brain by fostering creativity, said researchers. Creativity reduces stress ...



Electrocardiogram to Detect Depression and Bipolar Disorder
(image) A simple 15-minute electrocardiogram could help a physician determine whether a patient has major bdepression/b or bbipolar disorder/b. This has been found by recent research at the Loyola University Health System. Bipolar disorder often is misdiagnosed as major depression. But while the symptoms of the depressive phase of bipolar disorder are similar to that of major depression, the treatments are different and often challenging for the physician. In bipolar disorder, formerly called ...



Mobile Apps Are More Effective for Mental Health
(image) Mobile apps were found to strengthen mental and emotional health of individuals, reveals a new study. A trio of Brigham Young University health science researchers have published the new research. The group was looking to identify what it is about health apps that influence users' behavior. Over three studies, they surveyed roughly 600 people who had used diet, physical activity or mental health apps in the past six months. The findings for diet and fitness app users were as expected: ...



Adolescent's Depression May be Linked to Father's Depression
(image) Adolescents whose fathers have depressive symptoms are more likely to experience symptoms of depression themselves. While the link between mothers' depression and depression in their children is well-established, research at the University College London is the first to find an association between bdepression in fathers/b and their teenaged children. The effects of fathers' and mothers' depression on their children's symptoms were similar in magnitude. "There's a common misconception that ...



Caregivers of Child Support Beneficiaries at Depression Risk
(image) Caregivers of children who receive child support in South Africa are at risk of depression. Recent research examines the mental health status of the caregiver and its impact on child food security and perceptions of the child's health. The findings point to the need for psycho-social care for caregivers and for family and community-based developmental welfare interventions to scale up the impact of social grants. In South Africa, the Child Support Grant (CSG), a cash transfer for poor children, reaches a third of children under eight years....



Obesity, Underweight Condition Increases Depression in Women
(image) A mental health disorder characterised by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life. Women who are extremely underweight and obese are likely to be at an increased risk of developing common mood disorders like depression and anxiety, as a result of low feel good neuroactive steroid. Neurosteroid "Allopregnanolone" also known as "allo" is a metabolite of the hormone progesterone -- a female hormone. Allo works by producing a positive mood and feelings of well-being....



Palliative Care Improves Survival Rate of Patients With Depression and Cancer
(image) Patients with depression and advanced cancer live longer when exposed to palliative care interventions, says new Dartmouth-led study. Published in iHealth Psychology/i, the findings provide new insight into the relationship between depression and survival. The study draws on data from two randomized controlled trials with advanced cancer patients using ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), a palliative care intervention designed to improve quality of life among patients diagnosed with cancer....



New Fathers can also be a Victim of Postpartum Depression
(image) The birth of a baby can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something unexpected - depression. Post-natal depression - a common phenomenon among new mothers - also occurs in new fathers. However, depression in new fathers is often not recognised, thus increasing their risk of developing serious mental health issues, a study has showed. The findings showed that depression among new fathers is characterised by irritation, ...



Mental Health Check-up and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
(image) bHighlights:/b ul class = "group-list punch-points" liPolycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects mental health./li liWomen with this syndrome should be screened regularly./li liPCOS involves an imbalance in the level of hormones./li/ul bPolycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects mental health/b Women with PCOS are more likely to suffer from mental health disorders and should be routinely screened for these during medical assessments, according to a study presented at the ...



Time Spent on Social Media may Not Affect Your Mental Health
(image) Social media use may not always affect mental health, shows a new research. The study got published in the journal Psychiatric Quarterly. The increasing use of social media has always been associated with the deteriorating mental health of the young generation, but the study found no evidence supporting the view that the amount of time spent on social media increases mental health problems, such as loneliness, decreased empathy and social anxiety. Instead, some people tend to use the media ...



Air Pollution Has Negative Effects on Mental Health
(image) The link between air pollution and the human respiratory system is well established. Several studies have shown that dirty air can impair breathing and aggravate various lung diseases. Other potential effects of toxic air on obesity, diabetes and dementia are also being investigated. Now add to that list psychological distress, which University of Washington researchers have found is also associated with air pollution. The higher the level of particulates in the air, the UW-led study showed, the greater the impact on mental health....



Adult Mental Health Problem Linked to Spanking in Childhood
(image) Adult Mental health problems could be associated with spanking delivered in childhood found a new study published in Ichild abuse and neglect/I journal. A new study by Andrew Grogan-Kaylor and Shawna Lee, both U-M associate professors of social work, and colleagues indicates the violence caused by spanking can lead adults to feel depressed, attempt suicide, drink at moderate-to-heavy levels or use illegal drugs. "Placing spanking in a similar category to physical/emotional abuse experiences ...



India Needs Active Mental Health Intervention
(image) Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. Indian President Ram Nath Kovind called for a time-bound programme that ensures quickest possible access to mental health diagnosis and treatment services for every person in need. Quoting the National Mental Health Survey 2016, Kovind said close to 14 percent of India's population required active mental health intervention. "About two percent suffered from severe mental disorders....



Illegal Immigration Can Cause Anxiety, Depression
(image) Immigrants living without legal authorization have a mental disorder, particularly depression or anxiety, according to a new study by Rice University. Nearly a quarter of Mexican immigrants who live near the California-Mexico border without legal authorization have a mental disorder, particularly depression or anxiety, according to a new study by Rice University. "Mental Disorders Among Undocumented Mexican Immigrants in High-Risk Neighborhoods: Prevalence, Comorbidity and Vulnerabilities" ...



Depression on The Rise Among U.S Teens
(image) bDepression/b is on the rise in the US, especially among young bteens/b. Research at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy reported. Depression rose significantly between the years 2005 to 2015 among Americans age 12 and older with the most rapid increases seen in young people. This is the first study to identify trends in depression by gender, income, and education over the past decade. "Depression appears ...



Mental Health Clinicians Need Better Strategies To Treat Men With Depression
(image) Mental health clinicians need to think of different strategies to treat men with depression, including the clinical relationship and communication to make it successful, reveals a new study. The number of Australian men seeking clinical intervention to deal with depression has increased by approximately 10 percent in the last 10 years, says PhD candidate at the University's School of Psychology Zac Seidler, but men still account for three quarters of Australia's suicides. The overall number ...



Depression Among Nurses Increases Likelihood of Medical Errors
(image) More than half of nurses who took part in a national survey reported sub-optimal physical and mental health, says study. Moreover, nurses in poorer health had a 26 to 71 percent higher likelihood of reporting medical errors than their healthier peers. Among the 1,790 U.S. nurses who responded to the survey, depression stood out as a major concern and the key predictor of medical errors. "When you're not in optimal health, you're not going to be on top of your game," said lead author Bernadette ...



Exposure To Disasters Can Increase Inflammation in People With Depression
(image) Immune markers such as C-reactive protein, Tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 and Interleukin 6 were elevated after a disaster in those who had minor symptoms of depression. People who exhibit even a few depressive symptoms before a major life stressor, such as a disaster, may experience an increase in inflammation, a major risk factor for heart disease and other negative health conditions after the event, according to new research from Rice University. The findings have important implications ...