Depression News

Happiness Still Attainable, Even With Schizophrenia

August 23rd, 2014
More than one-third of patients with schizophrenia report being happy all or most of the time, according to a new survey by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. In fact, happiness levels were found unrelated to the severity ...

Meds + Therapy = Best for Severe, Non-Chronic Depression

August 22nd, 2014
A major new clinical trial has found that the best method to treat severe, non-chronic depression is a combination of cognitive therapy and antidepressant medicine rather than antidepressants alone. However, researchers discovered a person with chronic or less severe depression does not receive ...

CBT Mindfulness for Depression May Also Reduce MD Visits

August 22nd, 2014
New Canadian research finds a reduction in primary care visits among individuals receiving mindfulness-based therapy for depression. Investigators discovered frequent health service users who received mindfulness-based cognitive therapy showed a significant reduction in non-mental health care visits over a one-year period, compared with ...

Study Finds Veterans Mostly Satisfied with VA Mental Health Care

August 21st, 2014
Despite recent allegations of misconduct and uproar over delays to obtaining care, a new RAND Corporation study finds U.S. veterans are generally satisfied with the mental health care they receive from the Veterans Health Administration (VA). However, the study, conducted in 2008 and 2009, found ...

Postpartum Difficulties Not Just Limited to Depression

August 19th, 2014
Beyond postpartum depression, there are several other lesser-known mental health risks during the perinatal period (just before and after a baby is born), and this includes the added pressure of becoming a “super” mom or dad, according to a University of Kansas ...

Gut Bacteria May Influence Cravings, Moods

August 18th, 2014
The bacteria found in our digestive tracts may be affecting both our cravings and moods, and may even push us toward obesity, according to a new analysis published in the journal BioEssays. Based on a review of recent scientific literature, researchers from University ...

Depression Often Untreated in Parkinson’s Disease

August 17th, 2014
It is well-known that depression is a common symptom of Parkinson’s disease (PD), but for many patients, it is a symptom that remains untreated, according to a new study by researchers at Northwestern Medicine in collaboration with the National Parkinson’s Foundation (NPF). Depression ...

Overactive Immune System May Be Linked to Mental Illness Risk

August 15th, 2014
The immune system may play a vital role in the development of mental illness, according to new research published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The study shows that children with regularly high levels of a protein released in the blood during an infection ...

Poor Sleep Tied to Higher Suicide Risk in Older Adults

August 15th, 2014
Older adults who suffer from sleep difficulties are at greater risk of dying from suicide than well-rested adults, according to new research at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The study confirmed the already established link between depression and suicide risk, while also ...

How You Think of God Impacts Prayer’s Effect on Mental Health

August 14th, 2014
New research suggests that individual expectations appear to influence how prayer impacts mental health. For example, when it comes to easing symptoms of anxiety-related disorders, prayer doesn't have the same effect for everybody. Baylor University researchers found that what seemed to matter more ...