While the title of the article is distressing, the actual findings of the study do provide hope that proper treatment can counteract the threats to longevity that mental illness poses. Read more here.
Depression Tied to Shorter Life Span
Depression: There’s Help and Hope
Part of my hometown of Buffalo, NY’s campaign during depression awareness month, this article serves as a reminder that there is always someone to turn to and somewhere to go to for support. We just need to a better job of communicating the message. Read it here.
Floating Away Your Anxiety and Stress
This new treatment seeks to combat stress and anxiety-as well as related symptoms such as increased blood pressure and racing mental activity-by allowing patients to float in extremely salinated water for around an hour at a time. The treatment is still in its testing phases but has proven to be an attractive alternative to medication for many suffering from PTSD, injured athletes, and those suffering from chronic pain and anxiety. Read the NPR article here.
No Sweat: Small Doses of Exercise May Ward Off Depression
Small doses of exercise, if performed consistently, can be effective tools for combatting depression. A new study from Australia finds that even as little as one hour of exercise a week can elevate one’s mood, regardless of age or gender. Read the article here.
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder, What are the Symptoms and is SAD Different from Depression?
This article details the symptoms as well as the remedies of a disorder that seasonally affects somewhere between 10-20% of Americans. Read it here.
Are Depression and Excessive Screen Time Linked?
This article discusses a recent study analyzing the effects increased exposure to smart devices can have on mental health. Predictably, an unhealthy amount of screen time increases one’s sense of isolation and loneliness while limiting their social interactions (dating, spending time with friends etc.). Read the article here.
Brain Inflammation Linked to Suicidal Thinking in Depression
Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) have increased brain levels of a marker of microglial activation, a sign of inflammation, according to a new study. Scientists have found that the increase in the inflammatory marker was present specifically in patients with MDD who were experiencing suicidal thoughts, pinning the role of inflammation to suicidality rather than a diagnosis of MDD itself. Read more here.
Sleep Deprivation Can Rapidly Reduce the Symptoms of Depression
It may sound counter-intuitive, but for decades it has been known that sleep deprivation can rapidly alleviate symptoms of depression. A new meta-analysis from a team at the University of Pennsylvania has examined more than 30 years worth of studies on the strange phenomenon and concluded that sleep deprivation can result in antidepressant effects in up to 50 percent of people. Read the article here.
Magnetic Treatment Takes on Depression
This article in the Columbian Health Reporter details Todd Walker’s, a middle aged man suffering from major depressive disorder, experience with FDA-approved transcranial magnetic stimulation. Read the article here.
A Type of Sleep Therapy Reduces Depression, Anxiety and Paranoia
A type of therapy originally designed for insomnia has been found to also help a range of mental health issues, including negative thoughts, anxiety, depression and psychosis. Read about it here.