Depression News

Parent Suicide Attempts Linked to Increased Risk in Kids

December 31st, 2014
A new study has found that a suicide attempt by a parent increased the odds nearly fivefold that a child would attempt suicide. For the study, David A. Brent, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and his colleagues followed the children ...

Self-Reporting Brain Monitor Helps Track Dementia

December 30th, 2014
A new study has found that a patient self-reporting version of the Healthy Aging Brain Care Monitor, which measures cognitive, functional and psychological symptoms, is user-friendly, reliable and sensitive to changes in symptoms. The Healthy Aging Brain Center Monitor measures 27 items on ...

Health Coach Helps Those with Severe Mental Illness Lose Weight, Stay Fit

December 30th, 2014
A unique health program, called In SHAPE, developed specifically for people with serious mental illness was found to be far more successful in helping its participants achieve weight loss and fitness compared to a typical gym membership. The key component of the program ...

Many with First Psychotic Episode Don’t Get Right Meds

December 27th, 2014
Many patients with first-episode psychosis are given medications that do not comply with the recommended guidelines for first-episode treatment, according to a new analysis published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. First-episode patients have different treatment needs than those with multi-episode psychosis. Current guidelines ...

Service Dogs Can Reduce PTSD Symptoms in Veterans

December 23rd, 2014
Service dogs can significantly reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression in veterans, according to the preliminary findings of a Kaiser Permanente study. The dogs were also found to improve veterans' relationships and lower their substance abuse. Researcher Carla Green led the ...

Young Blacks from Better Homes May See More Discrimination, Higher Depression Risk

December 21st, 2014
A new study has found that higher parental education, which has a protective effect for white youth, actually increases the risk of depression for black youth. The study, from researchers at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), also found that, among high-socioeconomic-status black ...

Why Antidepressants May Worsen Symptoms Before Kicking In

December 18th, 2014
Emerging research helps explain the delayed, even paradoxical effect of certain antidepressants. Clinicians have known that some medications may actually worsen symptoms before helping patients feel better. The new findings, publishing online in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, may eventually help investigators fix ...

Hugs, Social Support Shown to Protect Against Stress & Illness

December 18th, 2014
New research suggests hugs may be the tonic for reducing stress and preventing infections. Carnegie Mellon University researchers tested whether hugs act as a form of social support, protecting stressed people from getting sick. Their findings, as published in the journal Psychological Science, found ...

Work Burnout Linked to Atypical Depression

December 16th, 2014
New research suggests a strong link between being disenchanted by work and depression. City College of New York psychology professor Dr. Irvin Schonfeld studied more than 5,500 school teachers to estimate the prevalence of depressive disorders in workers with burnout. He discovered 90 percent ...

Boosting Dementia Caregivers’ Mental Health

December 16th, 2014
People caring for relatives with dementia may benefit from a brief coping strategies therapy, new research suggests. There are more than 15 million family carers of people with dementia in the U.S. Clinical depression, anxiety, or other substantial psychological symptoms are common ...