Experts Concerned That Depression Screening Will Lead to Overdiagnosis

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Behind the U.S. task force recommendation to screen all children and adults for depression.

The Sedated Society: the Real Story of our Prescribing Epidemic

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BBC 5 live ran a recent piece that aimed to explore why antidepressant prescriptions have doubled in the last ten years. Unfortunately, it failed to address the drivers of this epidemic ÔÇô industry-backed diagnostic inflation and the lax regulation of medicines.

Trials Comparing Treatments for Depression Favor Pharmacotherapy when Statisticians Involved

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

Neuroscience-based Treatment Program Proposed for Adolescent Depression

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

Antidepressant Use May Increase Risk of Hip Fractures in Older Adults

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Study finds antidepressant use is linked to increase in hip fractures in community-dwelling older adults with and without AlzheimerÔÇÖs disease.

Treating Metabolic Conditions May Resolve Some Depressive Symptoms

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

Industry Funded Trials Favor Drugs Over Psychotherapy

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

Better Mental Health Care Needed for Pilots

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

1 in 6 Adults in the US Takes a Psychiatric Drug

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Overall, 16.7% of 242 million US adults reported filling 1 or more prescriptions for psychiatric drugs in 2013.

Kids Diagnosed with Autism More Likely to Get Psychotropic Drugs

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Children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are much more likely to be prescribed a psychotropic medication.

Treating Depression with Exercise and an Internet-Based Intervention

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A new study compares exercise, Internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (ICBT) and usual care for treating individuals with depression.

Exploring Psychiatry’s “Black Hole”: The International Institute on Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

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When Carina H├ąkansson sent out an invitation for a symposium on "Pharmaceuticals: Risks and Alternatives," some of the world's top scientists, along with experts-by-experience, came from 13 countries to explore better ways to respond to people in crisis.

Are Different Depression Scales Measuring the Same Thing?

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A new study examines the wide range of symptoms that appear on depression rating scales and what the means for the reliability of research.

Antidepressant Use Linked to Dementia

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A new study finds that elderly individuals using antidepressants are at significantly higher risk for dementia compared to depressed individuals who did not take the drugs.

Systematic Review Finds Antidepressants Double the Risk for Agitation and Violence in Healthy Volunteers

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The Nordic Cochrane Center conducted a systematic review of existing research trials on antidepressants and found that the drugs doubled the risk of feelings...

Use of Antidepressants Linked to Diabetes

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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (such as Prozac and Zoloft) are the most commonly prescribed medication for depression. SSRIs have long been associated with an...