Bipolar Disorder is Linked to Chronic Pain

Pain is not unfamiliar to people with bipolar disorder. The psychological pain that comes with depression and dysphoria can be debilitating. Like most people, those with bipolar disorder also experience physical pain. Stubbed toes, sore muscles and broken ankles, bipolar disorder patients are not exempt from these just because they frequently experience emotional pain. By…

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SSRIs Target Psychological But Not Somatic Symptoms in MDD

Researchers have been questioning the degree to which SSRIs affect MDD. The evidence from meta-analyses of placebo-controlled trials implies that the pharmacological effects of SSRIs may be small and that up to 75% of symptom relief may be attributable to nonspecific placebo effects and spontaneous remission.1,2 However, researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine,…

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Treating Metabolic Problems May Ease Depression

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. “What’s really promising about these new findings is that they indicate that there may be physiological mechanisms underlying depression that we can use to improve the quality of life in…

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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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