Category: Depression

Blood Test Can Determine Depression And Its Subtypes In Teens

A breakthrough blood test which identifies depression and its specific subtypes in teens has been developed by a scientist at Northwestern University. Scientist were able to distinguish 11 specific genetic markers apparent within teens with depression and those without depression. Additionally, 18 out of 26 genetic markers previously identified, distinguished between teens who suffered major depression alone and those whose depression was coupled with anxiety disorders. This research is promising as, not only can depression and its subtypes be diagnosed through a simple blood test, but also gives hope for the development of individualized treatment options.

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Risk Factors For Paternal Depression Identified

New research released in this months Maternal and Child Health Journal helps to identify certain factors associated with paternal depression. Risk factors for depression in fathers include poverty, living with a depressive partner, having special needs children and unemployment. It has previously been identified that children with depressive parents have increased rates of expressing mental illness during their life times. 15% of children with fathers who display depressive symptoms had evidence of behavioral or emotional problems.

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Further Cardiac Related Hospitalization In Heart Attack Patients With Depression

New research released by Tel Aviv University today suggests heart attack patients with a history of depression are more likely to be re-admitted to hospital with additional cardiac health problems. For patients with depression, it is hoped that further medical assistance be administered to help manage depression, in addition to general lifestyle changes such as weight loss and smoking cessation.

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New Study Links Depression To Low Levels Of Vitamin D

A new report from psychiatrists at UT Southwestern has pointed to a correlation between low levels of vitamin D and depression. Researchers discovered that lower levels of vitamin D were apparent in people with current depressive symptoms, particularly those who had a history of depression. However, the researchers are yet to determine whether the low vitamin D levels contribute to depressive symptoms, or whether the depression contributes to lower levels of the vitamin.

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Partner’s Support During Pregnancy Is Key To Emotional Wellbeing Of Mother And Baby

For most women, pregnancy is the most joyous experience of their lives. However, for some women, pregnancy can bring with it feelings of intense anxiety and depression, especially if they feel little support from their partner. Depression, stress and anxiety during pregnancy can lead to premature births or low birth weights. These can impact children’s health well into their early school years.

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Difference In Reporting Physical Symptoms Between Anxiety And Depression

A new study performed by researchers at the University of Iowa suggests a difference in the reporting of physical symptoms between people who suffer from depression or anxiety. The study points out people with depression are more likely to report past physical symptoms, while people suffering from anxiety are more inclined to report present symptoms. Additionally, the research suggests people who suffered from depressive moods were more inclined to recall more physical problems than they actually experienced after the fact.

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