Depression News

Physical Activity May Not Protect Teens from Depression

October 14th, 2014
Although evidence suggests physical activity can help adults relieve depression and suppress depression relapse, a new study finds that physical activity is not associated with a reduction in adolescent depression. Prior studies have shown that major depressive disorder is the second leading cause ...

Nerve Block Eases Worst PTSD in Vets

October 13th, 2014
A small pilot study demonstrated that a common anesthetic procedure significantly helped veterans suffering from chronic, extreme post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting, researchers followed 12 patients with PTSD who had undergone a simple anesthetic procedure called ...

Suicidal Thoughts 10 Times More Likely in Adults With Asperger’s

October 13th, 2014
Recent findings highlight a staggering rate of suicidal thoughts among adults with Asperger's syndrome. "Depression is an important potential risk factor for suicidal thoughts in people with this condition," said psychologist and study author Dr. Sarah Cassidy,  a researcher at the Autism ...

Home Visits Decrease Drug Use, Depression in Pregnant Teens

October 12th, 2014
New research has found that parenting and health education provided in the homes of pregnant American Indian teens reduced the girls' illegal drug use, depression, and behavior problems. Researchers at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said they also found that ...

Stress May Underlie Teen Girls’ Risk of Depression

October 10th, 2014
While adolescence often brings a mixed bag of emotional events, new research suggests girls have more interpersonal challenges, increasing their risk for depression. Temple University researchers believe frequent exposure to stressful events causes girls to ruminate, or overly contemplate their emotional affairs, which ...

Kids’ Eating Problems Could Warn of Mental Issues

October 10th, 2014
A new study warns parents that childhood eating problems could predict underlying psychological issues. Researchers at the University of Montreal found that eating disorders can appear before puberty. "Many researchers believe that bulimia only appears at adolescence, but our studies indicate that the problem can ...

For Kids, Mental Abuse Can Be Worse than Sexual, Physical Abuse

October 9th, 2014
Although childhood emotional abuse is rarely addressed by clinicians, new research suggests psychological abuse among children may lead to more problems than sexual or physical abuse. The finding that childhood emotional abuse and neglect is rarely addressed in prevention programs or in treatment ...

Fewer Suicides Among Religious Jewish Teens vs. Secular

October 5th, 2014
Religious Jewish teens are far less likely to attempt suicide than their secular Jewish peers, according to a new study published in the journal European Psychiatry. The findings back previous research that faith may offer some protection against suicide. “Death by suicide is one of the most common ...

Depression Linked to Abnormal Pain Processing in IBS Patients

October 4th, 2014
Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) process pain signals from the gut abnormally, according to new research. These disturbed brain responses to pain are especially severe in patients with more depression symptoms. "Our study has shown that patients with IBS are less able ...

Parent Coaching Shows Benefits for Autistic Kids

October 3rd, 2014
Coaching parents on ways to better interact and engage with a preschool-aged child with an autism-spectrum disorder (ASD) is an intervention that benefits both child and parent. In a clinical trial, the "Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters" (PLAY) Project approach yielded improved ...