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  • Fear of stigma or sanction keeps many doctors from revealing mental health issues, study finds


    Even as doctors across America encourage their patients to share concerns about depression, anxiety and other concerns, a new study suggests the doctors may be less likely to seek help for those same concerns about themselves.
  • New treatment for depressed smokers trying to quit


    Why is quitting smoking particularly difficult for depressed people? Researchers are now testing a new smoking cessation treatment combining medication and behavioral activation therapy targeted at this population.
  • Better, cost-effective depression treatment for teens identified


    Depression can create a huge cost burden on patients and institutions, and for teenagers that includes issues like missed school and the costs of healthcare for families. A new study identifies a cost-effective treatment that yields promising results for depressed teens.
  • Why don't antidepressants work in some patients?


    SSRI antidepressants (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, the best known being Prozactm) are amongst the most commonly taken medicines. However, there seems to be no way of knowing in advance whether or not SSRIs will work effectively. Now a group of researchers has developed a new theory of SSRI action, and tested it in stressed mice. The results show why the circumstances we find ourselves in may influence whether an antidepressant works or not.
  • High status job means you are less likely to respond to treatment for depression


    A high status job means that you are less likely to respond to standard treatment with medications for depression, an international study has found. These results may have implications for clinicians and their patients, employers and public policy.
  • Risks of developing mental health problems if brother or sister affected


    What is the risk of developing a mental disorder if a brother or sister has the condition? Now a large survey using data from all patients hospitalized in psychiatric wards in Israel, and their siblings, has given some answers: having a sibling with schizophrenia increases your risk of developing the condition by a factor of x10, with increased risks of developing bipolar disorder and other mental disorders.  Similar increases are seen with siblings of patients with bipolar disorder.
  • Can sertraline prevent depressive disorders following traumatic brain injury?


    Depressive disorders are common following traumatic brain injury (TBI). So, can the antidepressant medication sertraline prevent the onset of depressive disorders following TBI?
  • People with epilepsy face increased risks of discrimination and other negative life events


    In a recent analysis, people with epilepsy were seven-fold more likely to have reported experiencing discrimination due to health problems than the general population. This risk was greater than other chronic health problems such as diabetes, asthma and migraines.
  • Depression in early pregnancy linked to gestational diabetes


    A two-way link between depression and gestational diabetes has been uncovered by researchers. Women who reported feeling depressed during the first two trimesters of pregnancy were nearly twice as likely to develop gestational diabetes, according to an analysis of pregnancy records. Conversely, a separate analysis found that women who developed gestational diabetes were more likely to report postpartum depression six weeks after giving birth, compared to a similar group of women who did not develop gestational diabetes.
  • Let's talk about more than sex: Parents in favor of expanding health education


    Teaching kids about drugs, alcohol and sex appears to be less controversial than ever before but parents want to see health education classes cover more topics.