Depression’s physical source discovered; potential for new treatments

◾Areas of the brain affected by depression identified - the lateral orbitofrontal cortex ◾Depression linked with feelings of not getting rewards, low self-esteem ...

Ketamine trialled as new hope to prevent recurrent depression

First of its kind Irish research critical as few options exist for successfully preventing recurrent severe depression. ...

Researchers predict with high accuracy if antidepressants will help

Researchers were able to predict with 80 percent accuracy whether antidepressants would help patients by analyzing their brain function and personal history. ... Full story

Health experts report US$246 billion cost of workplace depression across eight countries

New data released today shows that workplace depression is a major issue across different cultures and economies, with “wide and devastating” consequences for thousands of organisations worldwide. ... Full story

Swipe and spit for postpartum depression

Does genetic susceptibility predispose women to postpartum depression? Researchers from The University of Queensland are calling on Australian mothers to help them find out. UQ Institute ... Full story

New Treatment for Depressed Smokers Trying to Quit

Researchers pinpoint why depressed smokers have a harder time resisting relapses ... Full story

Faulty gene linked to depression and cardiovascular disease

Researchers at the University of Adelaide say they may have discovered a new target in the fight against depression: a faulty gene that is linked to cardiovascular and metabolic conditions. ... Full story

Ketamine: known anaesthetic as quick remedy for depression

Vienna and MedUni Vienna are currently the hotspot for brain health: this coming Thursday, the very first "Brain Day" will be held for a lay audience in the Van Swieten Hall of the Medical University of Vienna. The following day will see the start of the largest European specialist congress for neuropsychopharmacology, the ECNP, in which a significant number of MedUni Vienna experts are taking part. One topic on the agenda is the use of ketamine in the treatment of depression. This anaesthetic, known from the field of surgery, very quickly brings people out of their depression and represses suicidal thoughts, explains Siegfried Kasper, Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. ... Full story

Study finds links between depression and risk of developing extremist ideas

Depressive symptoms are associated with a higher risk of sympathies for violent protest and terrorism (SVPT), according to a study led by King’s College London ... Full story

Stimulating possibilities arise from brain study

Queensland researchers have identified a domino effect from a brain stimulation technique used to treat psychiatric disorders such as clinical depression. ... Full story

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