Depression Depression, one of the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorders, is being diagnosed in increasing numbers in various segments of the population worldwide. Depression in the United States alone affects 17.6 million Americans each year or 1 in 6 people. Depressed patients are at increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and suicide.

The Hunger Hormone Could Be A Breakthrough Antidepressant

By | Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:00

In a new study, researchers have found that ghrelin, a hunger hormone, contains antidepressant properties that could lead to a new depression treatment.

Boosting Excess Neuron Activity Builds Resilience Against Depression

By | Thu, 04/17/2014 - 18:16

A new study has found that boosting neuron activity inside the brain’s reward circuit rather than suppressing it can actually help animals susceptible to depression become more resilient.

Apathetic Old People Have Smaller Brains

By | Wed, 04/16/2014 - 16:00

Apathy may indicate lower volume of white and gray matter in older brains, a new study finds.

No Harm In Breastfeeding On Antidepressants

By | Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:38

Mothers on antidepressants were more successful at breastfeeding their child if they kept taking their medication.

Married Mothers More Depressed When Living With Baby’s Grandparents

By | Sun, 04/06/2014 - 17:57

A new study finds that married mothers are more depressed living with the folks, whereas those who are unmarried might appreciate the extra help.

Popular Party Drug Ketamine May Also Treat Depression

By | Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:19

Researchers from Oxford University have successfully used infusions of the party drug ketamine to treat patients suffering from depression.

Obesity And Depression: Twin Malefactors For Teenage Girls

By | Sun, 03/23/2014 - 18:12

A new study shows a strong relationship between obesity and depression among teenage girls, with both conditions raising the risk for the other.

Learn Healthy Eating And Keep Depression At Bay

By | Sun, 03/23/2014 - 15:30

By teaching a man to eat healthy, one might be able to teach him to be happy.

Hearing Loss May Lead To Depression, Particularly For Older Women

By | Sat, 03/08/2014 - 15:07

Women over age 70 are most susceptible to depression brought by hearing loss, a condition experienced by nearly one in five American adults.

Is Depression Caused By A 'Stress Hormone'?

By | Mon, 02/17/2014 - 15:11

Cortisol, the "stress hormone," may be a reliable biomarker for depression in teenage boys, a new study finds.

A Heartbroken Child's Heart Suffers In Adulthood

By | Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:56

Childhood depression 'causes' heart disease and other cardiovascular complications in adulthood, a new study finds.

ADHD Drug Fails To Treat Depression

By | Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:54

Shire's Vyvanse failed to treat depression in trials, but the stimulant drug may effectively treat binge-eating disorder.

Parks And Greenery May Improve Mental Health In City-Dwellers

By | Mon, 01/06/2014 - 22:09

Parks and urban greenery can provide "long-lasting improvements in mental health" for nearby residents, a study finds.

Where Is God Located In the Brain?

By | Mon, 12/30/2013 - 17:12

Researchers from New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University find the importance of spirituality to individuals may be linked to the thickness of their cerebral cortices.

Can Reading A Good Book Cure Your Depression?

By | Mon, 12/30/2013 - 12:43

Doctors in England's National Health Service are writing prescriptions for book titles instead of drugs when treating patients suffering from depression and other minor forms of mental illness.