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  • Depression overshadows the past as well as the present


    Depressed people have a peculiar view of the past: rather than glorifying the 'good old days,' they project their generally bleak outlook on to past events, according to new research.
  • Adult brains produce new cells in previously undiscovered area


    A discovery may lead to new treatments for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Scientists have discovered that new brain cells are produced in the adult amygdala, a region of the brain important for processing emotional memories. Disrupted connections in the amygdala, an ancient part of the brain, are linked to anxiety disorders such as PTSD. The research marked a major shift in understanding the brain's ability to adapt and regenerate.
  • Will ketamine treat your depression? Check your activity monitor


    During a depressive episode, people often report having reduced energy, feeling slowed down and having reduced interest in activities. As their mood lifts, energy and activity return to their usual levels. A new study altered measures of daily activity in patients whose depressive symptoms improved in response to the fast-acting antidepressant ketamine.
  • Being bullied may dramatically affect sleep


    New research, using a mouse model simulating human bullying, suggests that being bullied produces long-lasting, depression-like sleep dysfunction and other effects on daily biological rhythms.
  • When you're blue, so are your Instagram photos


    Instagram photos can be examined by a computer to successfully detect depressed people, new research shows. The computer results are more reliable (70 percent) than the diagnostic success rate (42 percent) of general-practice doctors. The approach promises a new method for early screening of mental health problems through social media.
  • 'Ego-dissolving' psychedelic drugs could assist with mental health


    The altered state of consciousness and temporary lack of ego that results from using psychedelic drugs could help some mental health patients recover from their symptoms, according to academics.
  • Yoga effective at reducing symptoms of depression


    A multi-week regimen may be an effective complement to traditional therapy for depression, multiple studies suggest.
  • Neurons that control brain's body clock identified


    Researchers have found that dopamine-producing neurons are connected with the brain's circadian center.
  • New hope for faster acting antidepressants


    For people suffering from depression, a day without treatment can seem like a lifetime. A new study explains why the most commonly prescribed antidepressants can take as long as six weeks to have an effect. The findings could one day lead to more effective and faster acting drugs.
  • Mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's diagnoses trigger lower self-ratings of quality of life


    A patient's awareness of a diagnosis of cognitive impairment may diminish their self-assessment of quality of life, suggests new research.