Depression’s Physical Source Discovered

Understanding of the physical root of depression has been advanced, thanks to new research. Researchers have identified the lateral orbitofrontal cortex as the area of the brain affected by depression. This discovery could open up possible new treatments, say the researchers. The study shows that depression affects the part of the brain which is implicated…

Read More

Cognitive Function’s Importance to Recovery in Depression

Major depressive disorder (MDD) has the highest lifetime prevalence of any psychiatric disorder. Rates of chronic MDD are conservatively estimated to be at approximately 20%, with high rates of relapse and recurrence also reported. It has been hypothesized that deficits in cognitive processes are predictive of future major depressive episodes. Available evidence suggests that over…

Read More

Undetected ADHD May Explain Poor SSRI Response in Depression

Adults who fail to respond to antidepressant therapy may have underlying attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and not treatment-resistant depression, as is often assumed, new research suggests. “ADHD is relatively new as an adult diagnosis, so people will present with symptoms of depression, and physicians won’t ask any further questions about their history. They’ll just give them…

Read More

Teen Sleep Disturbances Worsen Depression

For adolescents with depression who have comorbid sleep disturbances, the course of depression is more severe, regardless of the treatment they receive, in comparison with those whose sleep disturbances resolve, two new studies show. “We know that there are affective consequences of sleep deprivation in adults, and sleep deprivation in adolescents — who are already…

Read More

Depression May Be First Sign of Alzheimer’s

Mood and behavioral changes may precede memory problems in people with the disease. Alzheimer’s accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Many people with AD have depression. New research suggests depressive symptoms may appear before cognition issues for some people who develop AD….

Read More

The Germanwings Tragedy, Depression and Stigma

The National Alliance on Mental Illness has shared the grief of the rest of the world over the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525. We extend our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this senseless tragedy. As often happens in tragedies, information emerges first through an immediate frenzy of reporting in…

Read More

Stimulating Brain Waves May Boost Creativity And Ease Depression

The secret to stimulating creativity may be to literally stimulate the brain. In a new study, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were able to measurably increase creativity by altering electrical activity in the brain — a finding that may have significant implications for the treatment of depression. The researchers stimulated…

Read More

Mindfulness can help prevent relapses of depression as well as anti-depressants, study claims

Teaching people to practise mindfulness works just as well as antidepressants in preventing relapses of depression, according to the first major comparison of the two approaches. Mindfulness, the principle of gaining a greater awareness of our own thoughts and feelings through meditation and concentration on the world around us, is attracting interest for its health…

Read More