Cognitive Function in Depression: The Role of Melancholic Features

Investigators affiliated with University of Bologna, University of Padova, and Lumsa University in Rome, Italy, have recently reported that higher order cognitive abilities including attention/working memory, visual learning, and reasoning/problem solving skills can be used to differentiate between individuals diagnosed with melancholic or non-melancholic major depressive disorder (MDD). The results of this meta-analysis were published…

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Treatment-Resistant Depression: New Study Finds Improvement In Symptoms After Correcting Metabolic Deficiencies

A new research has shown the possibility of tackling treatment-resistant depression by treating patients for possible metabolic deficiencies. The results showed an improvement in symptoms and even remission in some cases. The research conducted by University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine was published Friday in the American Journal of Psychiatry. “What’s really promising about these…

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Is Depression Hereditary? Higher Risk Of Major Depressive Disorder For People With Depressed Parents, Grandparents: New Study

As scientists continue to debate whether depression is hereditary, a new research published Wednesday suggests that people, whose parents and grandparents dealt with depression, are at a higher risk of having major depressive disorder. In the U.S., depression is one of the most common mental disorders. Latest data provided by National Institute of Mental Health…

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Anxiety vs. Depression: How They Differ And What To Do

Depression and anxiety are common disorders often confused with each other, but the two couldn’t be more different. So, why is the pair so regularly mixed up? They are frequently treated in the same manner and, according to one study, 85 percent of those with major depression were also diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, PyschCentral…

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People Wait Average of Six Years Before Bipolar Diagnosis

According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, bipolar affects about 5.7 million adults, or 2.6% of the population. Most people begin experiencing symptoms in their mid-twenties, but many do not receive a diagnosis for several years. People with bipolar go an average of six years between the onset of symptoms and a diagnosis of…

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Anxiety Tied to Dementia

Anxiety may be associated with an increased risk for cognitive decline and dementia, with the strongest associations in older patients, a new meta-analysis focusing on community populations shows. “Irrespective of the association is causal or not, it is important for the clinician to be aware of anxiety as a possible predictor for dementia, especially when…

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What Neuroimaging Can Teach us About Depression

Depression is a profound problem in America and worldwide. The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) estimate that 6.6% of Americans suffer from depression. Worldwide, as many as 350 million people are affected. At the May 2016 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, outgoing president, Dr Renee Binder, emphasized the importance of decreasing the…

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Peripheral Inflammatory Markers Are Associated With Psychomotor Retardation in Major Depressive Disorder

Plasma inflammatory markers are associated with psychomotor retardation in individuals diagnosed with major depressive disorder, according to a report published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, the official journal of Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society. Major depressive disorder (MDD) has the highest lifetime prevalence of any neuropsychiatric disorder and is a leading cause of disability worldwide.2 Currently available…

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ADHD Can Emerge in Young Adulthood

While it was previously believed that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) solely affected children, subsequent research determined that an estimated 50% of people with the disorder continue to have impairing symptoms in adulthood, and another 15% continue to meet the full criteria for ADHD diagnosis. New findings published in JAMA Psychiatry indicate that for some people, the…

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