Why some antidepressants may initially worsen symptoms – New research helps explain a paradoxical effect of certain antidepressants–that they may actually worsen symptoms before helping patients feel better. These findings may help investigators fix the problem as well as create new classes of drugs to treat depression.
First biological marker for major depression could enable better diagnosis and treatment – Teenage boys who show a combination of depressive symptoms and elevated levels of the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol are up to fourteen times more likely to develop major depression than those who show neither trait, according to a research study published.
First blood test to diagnose major depression in teens — Breakthrough test identifies depression and its subtypes with promise of individualized treatment – A breakthrough approach that allows an objective diagnosis of major depression in teens by measuring a specific set of genetic markers found in a patient’s blood. The current method of diagnosing depression is subjective. It relies on the patient’s ability to recount his symptoms and the physician’s ability and training to interpret them.
The link between fast food and depression has been confirmed – Eating commercial baked goods (fairy cakes, croissants, doughnuts, etc.) and fast food (hamburgers, hotdogs and pizza) is linked to depression. This is confirmed by by scientists from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada.
New study: Adolescents suffering from depression more likely to be bullied — It’s often assumed that bullying leads to psychological problems, but this study doesn’t support this line of thought – A new study provides evidence that adolescents who suffer from depression are more likely to develop difficulty in peer relationships including being bullied at school. It’s often assumed that being bullied leads to psychological problems, such as depression, but the study doesn’t support this line of thought.
Working too much is correlated with 2-fold increase in likelihood of depression – People who work 11 hours are twice as likely to suffer depression. In simple words, too much overtime or working long hours doubles your depression odds, confirmed in recently published scientific study. Workers who spend long hours at the office are more than twice as likely to develop depression as those who do a standard day.
MRI study finds that depression uncouples brain’s hate circuit — Depressed people may process feelings of hate differently – Depression frequently seems to uncouple the brain’s “Hate Circuit”. The study entitled “Depression Uncouples Brain Hate Circuit” is published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.
Increased caffeinated coffee consumption associated with decreased risk of depression in women – The risk of depression appears to decrease for women with increasing consumption of caffeinated coffee. Caffeine is the most frequently used central nervous system stimulant in the world, and approximately 80 percent of consumption is in the form of coffee.
Depression associated with increased risk of stroke and stroke-related death – Depression significantly increases the risks of developing a stroke, and likely to be fatal. Depression with a number of other physical health problems raises stroke risk, revealed in a recent study.