Depression News

Brief CBT Reduces Suicide Attempts among At-Risk Soldiers

February 16th, 2015
New research finds that short-term cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) dramatically reduces suicide attempts among at-risk military personnel. Investigators from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio led the two-year study on 152 active-duty soldiers who had either attempted suicide or had ...

Dramatic Brain Changes May Help Explain Teen Risk-Taking

February 15th, 2015
Teenage exploration and risk taking could be explained by dramatic changes in the brain that allow elaborate planning, according to new research. A neuroscientist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine also found that teenage brains are driven by the need for ...

Increasing Opioid Dose May Intensify Depression

February 14th, 2015
Chronic pain patients who increase their dose of opioid medications are more likely to experience an increase in depression as well, according to a new study by researchers at Saint Louis University. Although previous research has linked depression with opioid use, the new ...

Teachers’ Depression Linked to Poor Student Performance

February 12th, 2015
The classrooms of elementary school teachers who suffer from depression tend to be of lesser quality in many areas, and students in these classrooms show lower performance gains, particularly in math, according to a new study published in the journal Child Development. "Teaching ...

Positive Youth-Parent Bonds Can Reduce Teen Suicide Attempts

February 12th, 2015
A new study of the connection between adolescents and their parents discovers a caring relationship can be key to preventing suicide attempts. Sadly, suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds in the U.S., after accidental injuries and homicide. In the ...

Mouse Study Finds Low-Serotonin Brains Susceptible to Stress

February 11th, 2015
Duke University researchers have discovered that mice genetically deficient in serotonin are more vulnerable than their normal litter mates to social stressors. Serotonin is an important brain neurotransmitter and is a chemical often implicated in clinical depression. Researchers found that following exposure to stress, ...

Higher Risk of Depression, ADHD among Preemies

February 10th, 2015
A new Canadian study has found that extremely low birth weight babies may have a higher risk of psychiatric problems in adulthood than other infants born at normal birth weights. Low birth weight infants, however, are less likely than others to have alcohol ...

Different Mental Disorders Show Similar Gray Matter Loss

February 8th, 2015
Researchers have discovered a common pattern of gray matter loss in a spectrum of psychiatric disorders, ranging from schizophrenia to depression to addiction, according to a new meta-analysis of brain-imaging studies by Stanford University School of Medicine. "The idea that these disorders share ...

Brain Marker May Predict Later Stress-Related Depression

February 7th, 2015
Monitoring activity in the amygdala -- the part of the brain that detects and responds to danger -- can help determine who will become depressed or anxious in response to stressful life events, according to a new study. More importantly, the research could lead ...

Modern Families Challenge Stepfathers’ Mental Health

February 6th, 2015
New research suggests the complexity of raising a modern family can increase the risk of depression in mothers and fathers. New parental roles -- be it biological, stepparent, cohabitating, or non-cohabitating -- place new forms of stress on parents. Scholars at Brigham ...