Depression News

Volunteerism Helps Older Adults Stay Happier, Healthier

September 1st, 2014
Volunteering appears to play an important role for improving the health and happiness of older adults with the activity perhaps even more beneficial for seniors with a chronic health condition. A new study, published online in Psychological Bulletin, is the first to examine ...

Childhood Burn Survivors Suffer Higher Rates of Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

August 31st, 2014
Adults who were hospitalized for a burn as a child experience higher than usual rates of depression and suicidal thoughts, according to a new Australian study. A 30-year follow-up study of childhood burn victims by researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Centre for ...

Mothers of Autistic Kids Benefit from Peer-Led Intervention

August 31st, 2014
Peer-led support groups that target the well-being of moms with disabled children have been found to significantly reduce maternal stress, depression, and anxiety, according to new research from Vanderbilt University. “The well-being of this population is critically important because, compared to parents of ...

Pediatricians: Teens Need to Sleep In

August 30th, 2014
In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that middle and high school classes begin no earlier than 8:30 a.m. This later start time would allow teenagers to work with their body’s natural sleep rhythms. Beginning at puberty, teens’ ...

Mice Study Suggests Lack of Serotonin Not Behind Depression

August 28th, 2014
New evidence challenges the conventional wisdom that the brain chemical serotonin is responsible for maintaining mood balance, and that a deficit of serotonin leads to depression. In a study, scientists report that mice lacking the ability to make serotonin in their brains did not ...

Depression in Young Adults Tied to Hyper-Connected Brain Networks

August 28th, 2014
Imaging studies of the brain show that young adults who have suffered from depression in the past seem to have hyper-connected emotional and cognitive networks, which may lead to reduced cognitive control, and negative rumination. University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) researchers believe the discovery ...

Mindfulness Can Aid Those In Early Dementia and Caregivers

August 27th, 2014
An innovative new approach combines mindfulness training for those with early-stage dementia and their caregivers during the same class session. The new report suggests the two-for-one approach is mutually beneficial as both groups reported less depression and improved sleep and quality of life. "The ...

Team-Based Care Best for Depressed Teens

August 27th, 2014
A new study suggests a collaborative delivery approach provides the best outcome for adolescents with depression. In the model, a depression care manager is teamed with a primary care (pediatrician or family practice) physician. The care manager, usually a nurse with specialized training, ...

Autism Risk May be Linked to Mother’s Depression, Not Medication

August 27th, 2014
The debate continues on whether prenatal antidepressant use increases the risk of autism among children. New research suggests prior findings that show an increased risk of autism after medication use, may actually reflect the known increased risk associated with severe maternal depression. The new ...

Confusion On Awakening Called New Sleep Disorder

August 27th, 2014
A new study suggests a disorder called "sleep drunkenness" may affect one in every seven people. Sleep drunkenness occurs when, during or following arousals from sleep, peoples are confused or perform inappropriate behavior, such as answering the phone instead of turning off the alarm. ...