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  • The heterogeneous nature of depression

    Depression is generally considered to be a specific and consistent disorder characterized by a fixed set of symptoms and often treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. However, the standard rating scales used by healthcare professionals and researchers to diagnose this disease often differ in the symptoms they list, perhaps explaining why a one-size-fits-all treatment has to date been so ineffective, new research suggests.
  • New evaluation model delivers improved care for patients with cognitive disorders

    First year data on the effectiveness of a new care model has been published. The work follows a three-step evaluation and management plan from clinicians in Geriatrics, Neuropsychology and Neurology, examines patients referred for evaluation of cognitive complaints based on activities of daily living, demographic information, co-morbid conditions, and medication review.
  • 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.
  • Foster care children at much greater risk of physical, mental health problems

    Children who have been in the U.S. foster care system are at a significantly higher risk of mental and physical health problems – ranging from learning disabilities, developmental delays and depression to behavioral issues, asthma and obesity – than children who haven’t been in foster care, according to a sociologist.
  • Changes in depression symptoms tied to lung cancer survival

    Worsening depression symptoms are associated with shorter survival for lung cancer patients, particularly those in the early stages of disease, according to a new study.
  • Understanding the delayed response to antidepressants

    Depression is a mental illness that affects how a person feels, thinks and handles daily activities. Antidepressants are prescribed to alleviate the symptoms of depression and help the brain process and use certain chemicals that regulate mood or stress. Unfortunately, existing medications usually require two to four weeks of use before patients respond.
  • Mental illness genetically linked to drug use and misuse

    There are many reports of drug use leading to mental health problems, and we all know of someone having a few too many drinks to cope with a bad day. Many people who are diagnosed with a mental health disorder indulge in drugs, and vice versa. As severity of both increase, problems arise and they become more difficult to treat. But why substance involvement and psychiatric disorders often co-occur is not well understood.
  • Early marijuana use associated with abnormal brain function, lower IQ

    In a new study, scientists have discovered that early marijuana use may result in abnormal brain function and lower IQ.
  • Treating persistent depression in older adults

    A $13.9 million grant has been awarded to evaluate treatment strategies for older adults with depression who have not responded to medications.
  • ADHD diagnosis puts girls at much higher risk for other mental health problems

    Girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are at higher risk than girls without ADHD for multiple mental disorders that often lead to cascading problems such as abusive relationships, teenage pregnancies, poor grades and drug abuse, psychologists report.