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Health News - Depression

Sleep apnea takes a toll on brain function
One in 15 adults has moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder in which a person's breathing is frequently interrupted during sleep -- as many as 30 times per hour. (Medical News Today)

Study examines euthanasia, assisted suicide of patients with psychiatric disorders
A review of euthanasia or assisted suicide (EAS) cases among patients with psychiatric disorders in the Netherlands found that most had chronic, severe conditions, with histories of attempted... (Medical News Today)

Pregnancy and PTSD: Surprising findings could help moms-to-be at risk
Symptoms ease during pregnancy for many -- but some face high risk of issues that can affect them and their baby.For most women, expecting a baby brings intense joy --and a fair amount of worry. (Medical News Today)

Study from Harvard and Yale shows positive psychological effects of hormone therapy in transgender individuals
Transgender individuals may experience significant improvement in psychological functioning after as little as 3-6 months of hormone therapy, with improved quality of life reported within 12 months... (Medical News Today)

No genetic link between smaller subcortical brain volumes and risk for schizophrenia
There is no evidence of genetic overlap between risk for schizophrenia and brain volume measures, according to researchers in a global study that examined the genes that drive the development of... (Medical News Today)

USPSTF recommends screening for major depressive disorder in adolescents ages 12 to 18
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for major depressive disorder (MDD) in children and adolescents, stating that adolescents ages 12 to 18 should be screened for MDD when... (Medical News Today)

ACP: CBT and antidepressants are similarly effective treatments for adults with depression
Doctors should discuss treatment effects, adverse effect profiles, costs, accessibility, and preferences with patients when selecting a first line treatment. (Medical News Today)

CBT and antidepressants 'equally effective' for major depression
The ACP compared the effectiveness cognitive behavioral therapy and antidepressants for major depression, finding that the two treatments are just as beneficial. (Medical News Today)

Scientists discover molecular link between psychiatric disorders and type 2 diabetes
There may be a genetic connection between some mental health disorders and type 2 diabetes. (Medical News Today)

Targeting the mind/body connection in stress
Our ability to cope with stress depends on how efficiently our body and mind regulate their response to it. (Medical News Today)

New non-invasive form of vagus nerve stimulation works to treat depression
Depression can be a devastating and unremitting problem.Researchers of a new study published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry report successful reduction of depressive symptoms in... (Medical News Today)

Parental depression lowers school grades
Growing up with parents who are depressed can have a negative impact on school grades for children up to the age of 16 years, but intervention could help to mitigate the effects. (Medical News Today)

The role of demoralization in predicting response to psychotherapy
A report published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics explores the role of demoralization in predicting response to psychotherapy. (Medical News Today)

Psychological therapies staff in the NHS report alarming levels of depression and stress - their own
Findings from the British Psychological Society (BPS) and New Savoy staff wellbeing survey in 2015 show that 46 per cent of psychological professionals surveyed report depression. 49. (Medical News Today)

Reduced anxiety and depression for women participating in women-only cardiac rehab programs
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women globally. Women who have an acute coronary heart event may be more likely to die or to suffer complications during the initial... (Medical News Today)

Inflammation attacks brain's reward center
A new study by Neil Harrison and colleagues published in Biological Psychiatry suggests that a brain reward center, the striatum, may be directly affected by inflammation and that striatal change... (Medical News Today)

For older adults, serious depression symptoms increase risk for stroke and heart disease
Depression and its symptoms increase as people age, and have been linked to heart disease and stroke in both middle-aged and older adults. (Medical News Today)

The subtle link between thoughts and distress
In the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics the link between irrational thoughts and distress is critically examined. (Medical News Today)

VUMC study may offer answers for treating depression in alcoholics
A study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is offering a glimmer of hope to alcoholics who find it hard to remain sober because their abstinence is hounded by stubborn... (Medical News Today)

Follow-up care low among adolescents with new depression symptoms
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... (Medical News Today)

Allergan's Rapastinel receives FDA breakthrough therapy designation for adjunctive treatment of Major Depressive Disorder
Allergan plc., a leading global pharmaceutical company has announced that its Phase III ready investigational medication rapastinel (GLYX-13) received Breakthrough Therapy designation from the U.S. (Medical News Today)

Significant number of young people with undiagnosed bipolar disorder
Around 10% of UK primary care patients prescribed antidepressants for depression or anxiety have undiagnosed bipolar disorder, a study has found. (Medical News Today)

Most adults do not discuss memory problems during routine check-ups
Only 1 in 4 older adults discusses memory complaints with a health care professional during a routine check-up, according to an analysis of data from the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance... (Medical News Today)

Victimized adolescents more at risk of thinking about suicide or attempting suicide at 15
A study to be published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) reports that adolescents chronically victimized during at least two school years, are... (Medical News Today)

Treating major depression in older adults with diabetes may lower risk of death
According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, effective treatment for depression could go a long way toward improving health status and even preventing death... (Medical News Today)

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