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.
Brain Inflammation Linked to Suicidal Thinking in Depression
Wiring of ‘Little Brain’ Linked to Multiple Forms of Mental Illness
Having a single mental illness like anxiety, depression or schizophrenia is hard enough on its own. But studies consistently show that up to half of people with one mental illness also experience one or more additional forms of mental illness at the same time.The high numbers of patients who suffer from multiple forms of mental illness has many researchers shifting focus away from studying individual disorders and instead hunting for common mechanisms or risk factors that might cause all types of mental disorders. Read the rest of the news here.
What Effect Does Caffeine Have on Depression?
In tea and coffee, caffeine is often part of a daily ritual that helps people through the day. The medical world is divided, however, when it comes to the benefits and risks of caffeine. Its impact on mental health is hotly debated. Many believe that caffeine can relieve depression, while others warn it can make it worse. This article will seek to look at both sides of the debate while also looking at the effects of other foods on depression. Read the News.
Brain Structure That Tracks Negative Events Backfires In Depression
A region of the brain that responds to bad experiences has the opposite reaction to expectations of aversive events in people with depression compared to healthy adults, finds a new study. Read the article.
People Seeking Treatment for Depression May Not Be Getting All the Information They Want
More than 15 million American adults seek treatment for depression each year. However, a first-of-its-kind study reveals an eye-opening disconnect between the priorities of patients and clinicians when it comes to the information needed to make decisions about treatment options. Read the News
Recalling Positive Memories Reverses Stress-induced Depression
New research has established that artificial activation of memories stored during a positive experience can suppress the effects of stress-induced depression. Read the News
Blue Monday: Brutal Cold, Short Days, Post-Holiday Letdown Raise Risk of Depression
According to Science Daily, there is an uptick in depression during the month of January with brutal cold and short days. Read the News
Depression Stems From Miscommunication Between Brain Cells; Study Challenges Role of Serotonin in Depression
Depression, a new study has found, results from a disturbance in the ability of brain cells to communicate with each other. Read the Story
Memory Strategy May Help Depressed People Remember the Good Times
Depressed folks struggle to remember good things that have happened to them. Find out why and what you can do about this. Read the Story
Dopamine Regulates the Motivation to Act, Study Shows
Low motivation is a big problem for depression sufferers and low dopamine levels have been implicated. Read the Story