For the more than 18 million Americans who suffer from depressive illnesses, the best pharmacological treatments are those that increase levels of serotonin, the brain chemical that regulates mood, sleep and memory. New research by an international team of scientists, led by Rockefeller University researchers in Paul Greengard’s laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, shows [...]
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Low-income women at risk of depression can be helped through the use of cognitive-behavioral interventions including affirmation and thought stopping, recent research shows.
In a study lead by Ann R. Peden at the University of Kentucky and funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Institutes of Health, a group of low-income single [...]
According to a large study in Sweden, people who have been diagnosed with depression, especially younger patients between 25-50 years of age, are at increased risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease later in life. Even after accounting for socioeconomic status and gender, the risk was greatest for those diagnosed before 40.
In an article published in [...]
Discovery in rodents may explain why some antidepressants require weeks of use before they work
The beneficial effects of a widely used class of antidepressants might be the result of increased nerve-fiber growth in key parts of the brain, according to a Johns Hopkins study being published in the January 2006 issue of the Journal of [...]
Facial trauma patients, most of whom had been involved in interpersonal violence, showed significantly higher rates of depression, anxiety, hostility and phobic and obsessive-compulsive tendencies than a control group of patients undergoing elective wisdom tooth surgery, according to the study of adults treated for mandible (lower jaw) fractures between 1996 and 2001 at King/Crew Medical [...]
Depressive symptoms were reduced almost 50 percent in individuals who participated in 30-minute aerobic exercise sessions, such as exercising on a treadmill or stationary bicycle, three to five times a week.
The effect was similar to that of antidepressant medications.
Original Research: Exercise treatment for depression: Efficacy and dose response - American Journal of Preventive [...]
A common class of drugs prescribed to children with depression, selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors, may have an adverse effect on bone growth.
These findings indicate a potential negative impact of SSRIs on the skeleton and point to a need for further research into the prescribing of these drugs to children and adolescents, said lead author [...]