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Health News - Depression

Hormonal contraceptives may raise depression risk
The use of hormonal contraceptives was linked to higher risk of depression and antidepressant use in a new study, especially for teenage girls. (Medical News Today)

Health experts report US$246 billion cost of workplace depression across eight countries
New data shows that workplace depression is a major issue across different cultures and economies, with "wide and devastating" consequences for thousands of organisations worldwide. (Medical News Today)

Depression After Abortion: Understanding and Coping
Having an abortion may be followed by feelings of grief, loss, or regret, which could lead to a type of depression. Learn about the symptoms and treatment. (Medical News Today)

Antidepressant success affected by environmental conditions
Researchers reveal why antidepressants work in some patients but not others. Their findings show antidepressant effectiveness may depend on environment. (Medical News Today)

High status job means you are less likely to respond to treatment for depression
An international study has found that having a high status job means that you are less likely to respond to standard treatment with medications for depression. (Medical News Today)

Link between depression and gestational diabetes works two ways
Breaking research finds that depression in early pregnancy predicts gestational diabetes and that gestational diabetes predicts postpartum depression. (Medical News Today)

Emotions mapped in the human brain
Researchers have been able to pinpoint emotions such as fear, contentment, and sadness in the human brain, thanks to an algorithm and fMRI scans. (Medical News Today)

Esketamine produces rapid effects in treatment-resistant depression
A new study in Biological Psychiatry reports that esketamine, a component of the general anesthetic ketamine, shows rapid and significant improvement in depressive symptoms in patients who do not... (Medical News Today)

New suicide prevention strategies for homosexual and transgender youth
Homosexual, bisexual, and transgender youth tend to have a higher risk for suicide-related thoughts and behaviors, but research on interventions to prevent suicide among sexual and gender minority... (Medical News Today)

What do prescribers and patients not know about the side effects of antidepressant drugs?
In the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics an international group of investigators outlines the side effects that long-term treatment with antidepressant drugs may induce. (Medical News Today)

Study examines risk, risk factors for depression after stroke
During the first three months after stroke, the risk for depression was eight times higher than in a reference population of people without stroke, according to an article published online by JAMA... (Medical News Today)

Childbirth pain linked to risk of postpartum depression
Women who experience pain for longer than 4 weeks after childbirth may be more likely to develop postpartum depression, a new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

Understanding the unhappy side of serotonin
Antidepressants improve mood by boosting serotonin levels, but serotonin can have negative effects, too. Scientists have been exploring why this happens. (Medical News Today)

HIV-infected adults with depression have increased risk for heart attack
Among more than 26,000 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected adults, those with major depressive disorder (MDD) were more likely to experience a heart attack than those without MDD, according... (Medical News Today)

Job dissatisfaction has negative health effects by age 40
New research shows that job dissatisfaction early in careers impacts physical and mental health leading to depression, sleep problems, and excessive worry. (Medical News Today)

Curbing the life-long effects of traumatic brain injury
A fall down the stairs, a car crash, a sports injury or an explosive blast can all cause traumatic brain injury (TBI). Patients often recover. (Medical News Today)

Chronic pain more common in partners of depressed individuals
Chronic pain and depression are both common and mysterious conditions. New research looks at the mix of environmental and genetic factors behind them. (Medical News Today)

Mindfulness combats depression for disadvantaged black women
Participants learn to handle daily stresses and gain more control through yoga, breathing, body scans. (Medical News Today)

Pitt research provides new insights into how the mind influences the body
Neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh have identified the neural networks that connect the cerebral cortex to the adrenal medulla, which is responsible for the body's rapid response in... (Medical News Today)

Correcting metabolic deficiencies may improve depression symptoms
Identifying and treating metabolic deficiencies in patients with treatment-resistant depression can improve symptoms and in some cases even lead to remission, according to new research from the... (Medical News Today)

Financial worries linked to mental health issues among university students
Experiencing financial difficulties and worrying about debt at university increases the risk of mental health conditions such as depression and alcohol dependency, according to new research from... (Medical News Today)

New study links risk factors to variations in postpartum depression
A new study shows that depression following childbirth can begin at different times and follow multiple distinct trajectories, emphasizing the need for clinicians to monitor for signs of postpartum... (Medical News Today)

How to Spot the Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Learn all about the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, a mental health condition that causes people to switch between different moods. (Medical News Today)

Depression screening tools not accurate for children and adolescents
A common way for doctors to try and identify depression in children and adolescents is by using short questionnaires. (Medical News Today)

Genetic associations for major depressive disorder
The discovery of 15 regions of the genome associated with major depressive disorder (MDD) in individuals of European descent is reported in a study published online this week in Nature Genetics. (Medical News Today)

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