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Depression News
December 8, 2019

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Overall Time on Social Media Is Not Related to Teen Anxiety and Depression

New research found that the amount of time spent on social media is not directly increasing anxiety or depression in ... read more

Which Comes First: Smartphone Dependency or Depression?

New research suggests a person's reliance on his or her smartphone predicts greater loneliness and depressive symptoms, as opposed to the other way ... read more

Stable Home Lives Improve Prospects for Preemies

Researchers have found that as premature babies grow, their mental health may be related less to the medical challenges they face after birth than to the environment the babies enter once they leave ... read more

Scientists Find Clue to 'Maternal Instinct'

Oxytocin is referred to as the love hormone and is important in the regulation of social and maternal behavior. The oxytocin system in the brain may be key to new treatments for many mental health ... read more
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In Sickness and in Health: Study Looks at How Married Couples Face Chronic Conditions

When they said their wedding vows, many of them promised to stand by one another in sickness and in health. But a new study suggests that as married couples age and develop chronic conditions, the ... read more

Why Stress Doesn't Always Cause Depression

Rats susceptible to anhedonia, a core symptom of depression, possess more serotonin neurons after being exposed to chronic stress, but the effect can be reversed through amygdala activation, ... read more

Dissecting Connections Between Chronic Stress, Inflammation and Depression

Chronic stress can inflame our brain, destroy the connections between our neurons and result in depression, scientists ... read more

Chronic Opioid Therapy Can Disrupt Sleep, Increase Risk of Sleep Disorders

Patients and medical providers should be aware that chronic opioid use can interfere with sleep by reducing sleep efficiency and increasing the risk of sleep-disordered ... read more

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Take a Yoga Class and Depression, Anxiety Improve

Scientific studies already support yoga practice as a means to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Now a new study provides evidence that yoga and breathing exercises can improve symptoms of ... read more

New Pathways in Brain's Amygdala

Researchers are pioneering an innovative brain study that sheds light on how the amygdala portion of the brain functions and could contribute to a better understanding of post-traumatic stress ... read more

Lower IQ, Family History Tied to Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia

Those with a family history of schizophrenia and men with lower IQ are more likely to struggle with treatment resistant schizophrenia than others with the mental disorder, according to a new study. ... read more

Study Examines Depression in the Last Year of Life

Depression impacts quality of life at all life stages, but little is known about the factors related to depression in the last year of life. A recent study found that 59.3% of individuals had ... read more

Increased Depression, Suicidal Thoughts and Stress Are Reported in Patients With Chronically Itchy Skin

Itch is a very common symptom in patients suffering from skin diseases. In a new study on the psychological burden of itch, investigators report that the presence of itch in dermatological patients ... read more

Significantly Fewer Pregnant Women Take Antidepressants

A pregnancy is not always a happy event and as many as 10-15% of pregnant women in Denmark have depressive symptoms. A new study now shows a significant decrease in the use of antidepressants by ... read more

Narcissism Can Lower Stress Levels and Reduce Chances of Depression

People who have grandiose narcissistic traits are more likely to be 'mentally tough,' feel less stressed and are less vulnerable to depression, research has ... read more

Anti-Inflammatory Agents Can Effectively and Safely Curb Major Depressive Symptoms, Study Suggests

Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin/paracetamol, statins, and antibiotics, can safely and effectively curb the symptoms of major depression, finds a pooled analysis of the available ... read more

Insufficient Evidence That Medicinal Cannabinoids Improve Mental Health

The most comprehensive analysis of medicinal cannabinoids and their impact on six mental health disorders -- combining 83 studies including 3,000 people -- suggests that the use of cannabinoids for ... read more

In the Long Run, Drugs and Talk Therapy Hold Same Value for People With Depression

Spending an hour in talk therapy with a trained counselor costs much more, and takes more time, than swallowing an inexpensive antidepressant pill. But for people with a new diagnosis of major ... read more

Mentally Ill Die Many Years Earlier Than Others

New research confirms that people with mental disorders have an increased risk of premature mortality. When compared to the general population, average life expectancy is respectively 10 and 7 years ... read more

Mindfulness Meditation Enhances Positive Effects of Psilocybin

Recent years have seen a renewed interest in the clinical application of classic psychedelics in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. Researchers have now shown that mindfulness ... read more

New Way to Think About Brain's Link to Postpartum Depression

Chronic stress during pregnancy triggers an immune response in the brain that has potential to alter brain functions in ways that could contribute to postpartum depression, new research in animals ... read more

No Link Found Between Youth Contact Sports and Cognitive, Mental Health Problems

Adolescents who play contact sports, including football, are no more likely to experience cognitive impairment, depression or suicidal thoughts in early adulthood than their peers, suggests a new ... read more

Young Adults With PTSD May Have a Higher Risk of Stroke in Middle Age

Young adults who develop PTSD after a traumatic event (e.g., gun violence, sexual assault, military combat or natural disaster) may be more likely to experience a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or ... read more

Stress During Pregnancy May Affect Baby's Sex, Risk of Preterm Birth

A new study has identified markers of maternal stress -- both physical and psychological -- that may influence a baby's sex and the likelihood of preterm ... read more

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