Even mild depressive symptoms result in poorer lumbar spinal stenosis surgery outcome

Even mild depressive symptoms can weaken the outcome of lumbar spinal stenosis surgery, according to a recent study completed at the University ...

PET scans reveal how psychodynamic therapy for depression may change brain function

Metabolic differences in key brain region could predict which patients are most likely to respond to psychodynamic therapy ...

Study aims to help older Latinos with depression

Project Hope views the potential benefits of a cultural intervention for Spanish-speaking patients ... Full story

Music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have discovered that music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems. ... Full story

Stress-Related Inflammation May Increase Risk for Depression

Preexisting differences in the sensitivity of a key part of each individual’s immune system to stress confer a greater risk of developing stress-related depression or anxiety, according to a study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published October 20 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). ... Full story

Analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs may have an impact on depression

Analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs used against muscle pain and arthritis may have a beneficial effect on depression symptoms ... Full story

Researchers Discover How Depression and Aging Link to Increased Disease Risk

Psychological stress and stress-related psychiatric disorders are associated with increased risk for age-related diseases, but the molecular mechanisms underlying this relationship are unknown. An international group of researchers from Germany and the U.S. has discovered a biochemical change in a specific gene that causes this risk, a finding that may lead to improved treatments for diseases of aging. ... Full story

Repeated episodes of depression: what are the effects on the brain?

Depression is not an ordinary case of the blues—it causes lasting changes to the intellectual functions unless it is managed. According to the results of a study carried out by Philip Gorwood (Inserm Unit 894, “Psychiatry and Neurosciences Center”, Mental and Brain illness Clinic – CMME, Saint Anne’s Hospital, Paris), people who have already experienced two or more depressive episodes perform routine cognitive tasks that require attention, concentration and speed abnormally slowly. These results, published in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology, appear to confirm that depression may be a “neurotoxic” illness. Preventing recurrences is therefore clearly essential. ... Full story

Even Depressed People Believe that Life Gets Better

Adults typically believe that life gets better — today is better than yesterday was and tomorrow will be even better than today. A new study shows that even depressed individuals believe in a brighter future, but this optimistic belief may not lead to better outcomes. ... Full story

B-vitamins can help beat depression: study

Supplementing current anti-depressant medication with B vitamins improves response to treatment, according to a study by researchers at The University of Western Australia. ... Full story

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