Thursday, February 23, 2017

Interpersonal Therapy May Prevent Postpartum Depression

Interpersonal therapy reduces the risk of postpartum depression in mothers on public assistance during first 6 months after giving birth.

Individuals With Low Incomes More Likely to Have Chronic Pain

Findings show that participants with lower levels of education and SES suffer from more chronic pain.

Women on the Pill More Likely to be Treated for Depression

From Daily Mail: A recent study shows that women taking hormonal contraceptive pills are more likely to be treated for depression. Article →­

SMILES Study: Depression and Nutrition

The question this study asked was: In adults with depression who eat a poor diet, does teaching them about nutrition have an impact on their mental health? At the end of the 12-week intervention, the answer was: Yes.

Depression may be our Brain’s way of Telling us to Stop

From Business Insider: Depression may be an adaptation that serves a valuable purpose, not a disease or disorder. "The basic concept is that what we think...

Depression is an Unlikely Advantage in the Fight Against Fascism

From AlterNet: The experience of living with and resisting depression can prepare you to resist Trump's fascism. Article →­

Trials Comparing Treatments for Depression Favor Pharmacotherapy when Statisticians Involved

A meta-analysis looks at the effects of researcher background on study findings for trials comparing pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy for depression.

Alternative Therapies for Adolescent Depression as Effective as CBT, Study Finds

Brief psychodynamic and psychosocial interventions help maintain reduced depressive symptoms

Quitting Smoking May Help with Depression

A new study suggests that smoking cessation is related to depressive symptom improvement, but that depression may also make it harder to quit.

New Data Supports Acupuncture as a Treatment for Depression

Researchers found acupuncture effective in the treatment of chronic pain and depression

Neuroscience-based Treatment Program Proposed for Adolescent Depression

A study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience proposes a new model for the treatment of adolescents diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD).

Taking Break from Facebook Has Positive Effects on Well-Being

Experimental study finds that a one-week break from Facebook leads to increased life satisfaction and more positive emotions.

Antidepressant use During Pregnancy may Increase Risk of Birth Defects

Use of antidepressants increased the risk of organ-specific malformations in women with depression

Brain Scans Cannot Differentiate Between Mental Health Conditions

A new study analyzing over 21,000 participants found that differences in activation of brain regions in different psychological “disorders” may have been overestimated, and confirms that there is still no brain scan capable of diagnosing a mental health concern.

Lay Health Worker Intervention Effective at Decreasing Symptoms

Compared with standard care, results of a lay health worker intervention in Zimbabwe suggest that this is effective for reduction of common mental health symptoms

Treating Metabolic Conditions May Resolve Some Depressive Symptoms

New research suggests that treatable metabolic abnormalities underlie some treatment-resistant cases of depression—and treating the metabolic condition has the possibility of dramatically reducing depressive symptoms

Study Finds Phone Apps Effective for Reducing Mental Health Symptoms

Researchers found that participants using coach-assisted apps designed for depression and anxiety experienced symptom reductions in both conditions

Importance of Physical Symptoms in Mental Health Evals

Researchers at Harvard Medical School highlight the need for mental health clinicians to explore the meaning of physical symptoms and pain

Industry Funded Trials Favor Drugs Over Psychotherapy

The researchers conclude that industry funding appears to bias studies towards pharmacotherapy over psychotherapy for the treatment of depression.

Pets Play Central Role in Management of Mental Health Problems

Individuals with long-term mental health conditions identify pets as valuable supports in their daily lives.

Better Mental Health Care Needed for Pilots

A new study shows that airline pilots are at elevated risk for depression, yet encounter barriers to accessing mental health services.

“The Miseducation of Frank Waln”

Studies of modern Native Americans have shown that “historical trauma,” the name that social workers give to the perception of historical loss passed down through...

Tai Chi as a Potential Treatment for Vets with PTSD

Authors of a new study published in the journal BMJ Open examined the feasibility of a Tai Chi introductory group for veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Certain Antihypertensive Drugs Linked to Mood Disorders

A new study suggests that some antihypertensive drugs are associated with increased risk of bipolar disorder and depression, while other antihypertensive drugs are actually associated with decreased risk.

Major Depressive Disorder and “the Confusion of Tongues…”

The 1 Boring Old Man blog discusses how MDD started as a “Descriptor, then became a Disorder, then became a Brain Disease, and now seems have...

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