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February 7, 2016

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February 7, 2016

For Older Adults, Serious Depression Symptoms Increase Risk for Stroke and Heart Disease

Feb. 1, 2016 — Adults 65-years-old and older who had high levels of depressive symptoms had a greater risk for experiencing heart disease or stroke events over the 10 years of a study, scientists report. As a ... read more

Follow-Up Care Low Among Adolescents With New Depression Symptoms

Feb. 1, 2016 — While most adolescents with newly identified depression symptoms received some treatment within three months, some of them did not receive any follow-up care and 40 percent of adolescents prescribed ... read more

Teen Suicide: ADHD Medication as Prevention

Feb. 1, 2016 — Black-box warnings about the dangers of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications are confusing and could have serious consequences for the risk of youth suicide, according to ... read more

Significant Number of Young People With Undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder

Jan. 29, 2016 — Around 10 percent of UK primary care patients prescribed antidepressants for depression or anxiety have undiagnosed bipolar disorder, a study has ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — A new treatment has shown benefits for reducing the symptoms associated with chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and associated depression, a team of psychiatrists has found. For Trigeminal Nerve ... read more

Neuroticism Predicts Anxiety, Depression Disorders

Jan. 27, 2016 — For the first time, research has found that young people who are high on the personality trait of neuroticism are highly likely to develop both anxiety and depression ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — Nearly a quarter of Division I college athletes reported depressive symptoms while enrolled at a liberal arts university on the East Coast, says a new study. Women were almost two times more likely ... read more

Treating Major Depression in Older Adults With Diabetes May Lower Risk of Death

Jan. 27, 2016 — Effective treatment for depression could go a long way toward improving health status and even preventing death among older adults who also have diabetes, according to a new ... read more

Sedentary Lifestyle Spells More Menopause Misery

Jan. 27, 2016 — Sedentary middle-aged Hispanic women in Latin America have significantly worse menopause symptoms than their active counterparts, shows a study of more than 6,000 women across Latin America. The ... read more

Screening for Depression Recommended for Adults, Including Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Jan. 26, 2016 — The US Preventive Services Task Force is recommending screening for depression in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women, and that screening should be implemented with ... read more

Incidence of Psychiatric Disorders Has Increased in a Shrinking Population of Smokers

Jan. 26, 2016 — While cigarette smoking rates have declined among younger people in the United States, those who do smoke are more likely to have a psychiatric or substance use disorder compared with those who began ... read more

Treating Depressive Symptoms from Their Roots

Jan. 26, 2016 — A wide range of compounds is on the market to ameliorate depressive symptoms, however their efficiency is achieved only after long periods of treatment and not in 100 percent of patients. Researchers ... read more

Brain Levels of Vitamin B12 Decrease With Age and Are Prematurely Low in People With Autism and Schizophrenia

Jan. 22, 2016 — A new study has found that Vitamin B12 levels in the brain are significantly decreased in the elderly and are much lower in individuals with autism or schizophrenia, as compared to their peers at ... read more

Chronic Stress, Anxiety Can Damage the Brain, Increase Risk of Major Psychiatric Disorders

Jan. 21, 2016 — People need to find ways to reduce chronic stress and anxiety in their lives or they may be at increased risk for developing depression and even dementia, a new scientific review paper ... read more

Diagnosing Depression Before It Starts

Jan. 21, 2016 — Brain scans may identify children who are vulnerable to depression, before symptoms appear, new research indicates. In a new study, the researchers found distinctive brain differences in children ... read more

Childhood Trauma Associated With Worse Impulse Control in Adulthood, Study Finds

Jan. 20, 2016 — The scars of childhood abuse and neglect affect adults' brains for decades to come -- including their ability to process and act on information both quickly and accurately, new research ... read more

Genetics, Environment Impact Familial Depression

Jan. 20, 2016 — Building on a 30-year, three-generation study of depressed individuals, their children and offspring, a new study provides a better understanding of the familial risk for depression and the role ... read more

Emotion-Processing Networks Disrupted in Sufferers of Depression

Jan. 20, 2016 — Regions of the brain that normally work together to process emotion become decoupled in people who experience multiple episodes of depression, neuroscientists report. The findings may help identify ... read more

Close to 40 Percent of Formerly Suicidal Canadians Subsequently Achieve Complete Mental Health

Jan. 20, 2016 — Close to 40 percent (38 percent) of formerly suicidal Canadians have reached a state of complete mental health, not only being free of symptoms of mental illness, suicidal thoughts or substance abuse ... read more

No Evidence of Seasonal Differences in Depressive Symptoms

Jan. 20, 2016 — A large-scale survey of US adults provides no evidence that levels of depressive symptoms vary from season to season, according to new research. The findings are inconsistent with the notion of ... read more

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